SOMETIMES YOU JUST KNOW when a product is going to move mountains, and the launch of the RØDE VideoMic Go II feels like one of those moments. For the past few years the original VideoMic Go has been an absolute staple entry-level product for a generation of filmmakers, and it remains a really well specified and usable microphone that’s available for the bargain price of £59. For that money you get a shed-load of high-end features plus a Rycote Lyre shockmount to isolate the mic from bumps and vibrations, and it’s a neat way to transform your on camera audio at a stroke, and a complete no-brainer to make the necessary investment.
Technology inexorably moves on, however, and the arrival of the RØDE VideoMic Go II, still really competitively priced at sub-£100, signals a massive step-up in terms of what’s onboard, and the new model is a valuable new addition to the legendary range of RØDE on-camera microphones. Like the original, the Mark II version is super lightweight and very simple to use, and it’s capable of delivering stunning audio quality. All good, but look a little closer and you start to see some of the awesome new features that are now on board that have brought this versatile product bang up to date.
Producing Pro Quality Audio
The VideoMic GO II makes capturing professional-quality audio simple. It features the same revolutionary acoustic design as the VideoMic NTG and NTG5 professional shotgun microphones, which utilise RØDE’s innovative annular line tube technology to deliver unmatched transparency and rich, full-bodied sound that enhances the audio quality of any device it’s connected to. The VideoMic GO II runs off plug-in or USB power, meaning no batteries are required for it to operate and, with no complicated switches or controls to worry about, it’s incredibly simple to use, allowing creatives to just pick it up, plug it in and go.
Plug and Go
The beauty of shotgun mics is that they’re highly directional and this makes them the ideal model to use if you’re thinking of setting up a Run ‘n Gun operation that’s completely self-contained. Simply slide the VideoMic Go II into the hot shoe and plug it into your camera via its 3.5mm TRS output and you’re ready to go. The quality of the audio you’ll be able to record will be up to a high level, and way superior to anything that could be recorded using a camera’s on-board mic. In short, it’s the perfect solution for those who are regularly on the go, particularly filmmakers, vloggers and mobile journalists.
As a valuable bonus the VideoMic Go II also features a USB-C output for plugging directly into smartphones, tablets and computers – a highly innovative feature that’s also found on the VideoMic NTG. This ground-breaking patent-pending technology unlocks huge creative potential, making the VideoMic GO II suitable for everything from creating vlogs on a smartphone to recording a podcast on a computer. When used in USB mode, the 3.5mm port also functions as a headphone output for zero-latency audio monitoring and playback, essentially turning the VideoMic GO II into a fully-featured USB mic.
Small but Mighty
Weighing a mere 89g and measuring just 150mm in length, the VideoMic GO II is ultra-lightweight and compact. This makes it perfect for use with smaller mirrorless cameras or smartphones, while if you’re producing a podcast or streaming it can also serve as a high-quality desktop USB microphone, and it’s small enough to be taken anywhere – ideal for creators on the move. Despite its diminutive size, the VideoMic GO II packs a punch, with a professional-grade shock mount and high-quality windshield included, a rugged all-metal body and renowned RØDE build quality, all of which ensures that it can take on the rigours of creating, day in, day out.
“When we released the VideoMic NTG in 2019, we completely revolutionised on-camera audio,” comments RØDE CEO Damien Wilson. “With its innovative acoustic design and USB recording capabilities, it pushed the boundaries of what a compact shotgun mic was capable of. Not only was it ideal for on-camera use, but it also became a go-to for mobile content creators, an excellent portable recording solution for podcasters and streamers and also a doit-all microphone for filmmakers.
“The VideoMic GO II combines these same features with the ultra-lightweight and easy-to-use form factor of the original VideoMic GO to offer a highly versatile yet approachable microphone that’s ideal for a wide variety of creators, from beginners through to seasoned professionals. The next generation of compact shotgun microphones has well and truly arrived, and once again, RØDE is leading the charge.”
Supercharged with USB Power
THE ABILITY TO CONNECT the VideoMic GO II to a smartphone, tablet or computer via USB not only opens up a world of creative possibilities for users but also unlocks access to supercharged features via the RØDE app suite.
❚ RØDE Connect is RØDE’s free podcasting and streaming software. This allows up to four VideoMic GO IIs (and other compatible RØDE microphones) to be connected to a computer, with complete control over the microphone’s input level, access to the high-pass filter, highfrequency boost and pad, plus studio-grade audio processing, including the legendary APHEX Aural Exciter and Big Bottom effects, together with a compressor and noise gate.
❚ RØDE Central is a handy desktop and mobile companion app that gives users access to a host of advanced features, including a high-pass filter, high-frequency boost and pad and complete control over the input level and headphone output level.
❚ RØDE Reporter is a simple solution that enables the recording of broadcast-quality audio on a mobile device. The VideoMic GO II can also be used with the app for iOS and Android devices.
Compatibility with RØDE Central, RØDE Connect and RØDE Reporter via its unique USB audio output transforms the VideoMic GO II into an incredibly powerful and versatile microphone unlike anything else in its class, making it perfect for everyone from mobile content creators through to filmmakers, podcasters and livestreamers.
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