RØDE has introduced what they say is another game-changing addition to its range of on-camera microphones. They tell us that the VideoMic GO II is an ultra-lightweight and compact shotgun microphone that's packed with innovative features for today's content creators. RØDE says that, like the original VideoMic GO, one of RØDE's best-selling on-camera microphones, the VideoMic GO II offers superb sound quality while being very simple to use, but it also has a few new tricks up its sleeve that make it extremely powerful and versatile.
Here's the details in the company's own words...
KEY FEATURES OF THE VIDEOMIC GO II:
- Revolutionary acoustic design, first introduced with the VideoMic NTG and NTG5 shotgun microphones – delivers unmatched transparency and rich, full-bodied sound
- 3.5mm TRS output for use with cameras and USB-C output for use with smartphones, tablets and computers
- Ultra-lightweight (just 89 grams) and compact, making it highly portable and useful in a wide range of content creation applications
- Incredibly easy to use – no batteries required and no complicated switches or controls
- Compatible with RØDE apps for accessing advanced features, powerful audio processing, and studio-quality recording on any device
- Designed and made in RØDE's state-of-the-art facilities in Sydney, Australia
PROFESSIONAL AUDIO WITH EASE
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 utilises 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 is connected to. The VideoMic GO II runs off plug-in or USB power, meaning no batteries are required to operate, and with no complicated switches or controls, it is incredibly simple to use, allowing creators to just pick it up, plug it in and go.
ONE MIC FOR EVERY DEVICE
Like all RØDE VideoMics, the VideoMic GO II features a 3.5mm TRS output and is an excellent solution for filmmakers and content creators in need of a compact, easy-to-use microphone for capturing high-quality audio with a camera. It also features a USB-C output for plugging directly into smartphones, tablets and computers – a highly innovative feature 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 content for TikTok on a smartphone to recording a podcast on a computer. When used in USB mode, the 3.5mm port 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 89 grams and measuring just 150mm in length, the VideoMic GO II is ultra-lightweight and compact. It is perfect for use with compact cameras, smartphone recording rigs or as a desktop USB microphone, and is 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 shockmount and high-quality windshield included, rugged all-metal body, and renowned RØDE build quality ensuring it can take on the rigours of creating day in, day out.
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, RØDE Central and RØDE Reporter.
RØDE Central is a handy desktop and mobile companion app that gives users access to advanced features, including a high-pass filter, high-frequency boost, pad, and complete control over the input level and headphone output level.
The VideoMic GO II is fully compatible with RØDE Connect, 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, high-frequency boost and pad, plus studio-grade audio processing, including the legendary APHEX Aural Exciter and Big Bottom effects, and a compressor and noise gate.
For creators looking for a simple solution for recording broadcast-quality audio on a mobile device, the VideoMic GO II can also be used with the RØDE Reporter 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, perfect for everyone from mobile content creators to podcasters and livestreamers.
The VideoMic GO II is so much more than just an on-camera microphone. Like the VideoMic NTG before it, it is a supremely versatile audio tool with unlimited creative potential.
"When we released the VideoMic NTG in 2019, we completely revolutionised on-camera audio, as we have been doing for well over a decade," says RØDE CEO Damien Wilson. "With its highly 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 a do-it-all microphone for filmmakers."
He continues: "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 ideal for a wide variety of creators, from beginners to seasoned professionals. The next generation of compact shotgun microphones has well and truly arrived, and once again, RØDE is leading the charge."
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