Rode has released a sequel to its Wireless Go mobile microphone system, the Wireless Go II, which is meant to offer an easy way for video creators to record audio from two people at once.
Like its predecessor, the Go II is a compact wireless microphone pack designed for the creator who wants a lighter gear bag in the field (or is on a budget), while still being able to use a dedicated off-camera audio system. With this next generation, the Go II now offers dual channel recording for two sources, an extended wireless range for a more stable transmission, and on-board recording capabilities as a failsafe alternative.
For dual channel recording, Rode includes two separate clip-on transmitters in the box — both with an on-board omnidirectional condenser microphone or a 3.5mm TRS input for plugging in a separate lavalier microphone — which transmits to a single receiver. That receiver can record both microphone packs in stereo and output the audio via USB-C to a phone or computer, or via 3.5mm analog TRS to a separate recorder or camera input.
Since an external lavalier is not included, the built-in microphones on the top of the transmitter are what most users will be relying on. In most practices this is hard to cover up on camera, unless you don’t mind an almost two-inch black square or a one-inch thick clip with a fuzzy windshield on the talent’s lapel.
The Wireless Go II’s on-board recording system can save up to 24 hours of audio internally without the need of an SD card (though the batteries will only last up to seven hours), while keeping the multitrack recording separate for post-production. The new model offers an extended wireless range of up to 200m (656 feet).
With these added features, Rode’s Wireless Go II should help to ease the stress of audio issues that plague the average sound operator — making sure microphones are picking up multiple sources, avoiding any RF interference from uncontrollable environments, and having a backup for any audio data lost.
Rode’s Wireless Go II is now available for $299.