RODE Wireless Go Singapore Review: How Effective Is It?
You’ll need an external microphone if you want to record speech with your video; the camera’s built-in mic won’t suffice. There are a number of options, but the RODE Wireless GO is one of the most versatile and user-friendly we’ve seen. It’s also extremely compact, and because it’s wireless, there are no cables to trip over or tangle with. Presenters, vloggers, and filmmakers will love it.
The transmitter and receiver are the two main components of the Wireless GO. The transmitter, which measures 44×45.3×18.5mm and weighs 31g, has an omnidirectional microphone and a clip for attaching it to your clothes. It can also be clipped to a back pocket or belt and used with a cavalier microphone connected through its 3.5mm TRS input.
RODE Wireless Go Vs. Rode Wireless Go 2
I wanted to provide a quick update before we continue with the rest of the review. Rode released the Rode Wireless Go 2 in 2021. The original Rode Wireless Go – which we reviewed in detail here – is still in stock, so which one should you get? The following are the key distinctions:
- Cost – At the time of writing, the RWG2 costs $350, while the original costs $180.
- Dual Use – The RWG2 has two transmitters, allowing you to record two different sound sources. The original was written primarily for solo recording.
- On-Board Recording – The RWG2 trasmitter has on-board recording capabilities, ensuring that you always have a backup recording in case of dropouts or other problems.
- Compatibility – The RWG2 uses USB-C to connect to a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
- Range – The RWG2 claims a range of up to 650 feet (line of sight), compared to 230 feet for the original.
So there you have it: the key differences between the Rode Wireless Go and the Rode Wireless Go 2. The new model retains all of the original’s functionality while adding a few new features and options. It’s a little more expensive, so if you want to stay under $200 rather than over $300, read on for my original Rode Wireless Go review
How Does The RODE Wireless Go Work?
You simply clip the transmitter to your jumper in the same way that you would a lav mic. But the best part is that it can also be used as a belt pack for a lavalier microphone (like the RODE Lavalier Go).
So those are your two microphone options. What about the recording of the audio itself? You must connect the receiver to a recording device in order to record. The RODE Wireless Go comes with a 3.5mm – 3.5mm TRS cable for this purpose.
A DSLR camera or a digital recorder could be used as your recording device. It’s what I’ve been using with the Zoom H5 and Zoom H6 cameras. The transmitter and receiver are already paired in the box, so all you have to do now is turn them both on and start recording.
This is a kit for a single person. However, you could include it in your interview preparation kit. I could, for example, plug another mic into the H6 and record one person while the other records into the RODE Wireless Go.
Features & Options
The RODE Wireless Go has a few settings, which is usually a good thing for on-the-go gear. A gain (recording volume) button, labeled dB, is present. A ‘pairing’ button is also included, which is used to connect and disconnect the transmitter and receiver.
The transmitter and receiver are both small and light (both 31g, according to RODE). They’re also small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. On the backs of both of them are dual-purpose clip-mounts. If you’re using a DSLR, this means the transmitter can easily attach to a piece of clothing, while the receiver can slide securely into the camera’s “cold shoe.”
Who Is the RODE Wireless For?
The RODE Wireless Go will be a big draw for people who make video content because of the way the mic works with cameras and the fact that it’s wireless. The mic, on the other hand, would be useful for audio-only creators who record their podcasts on the go. This kit is likely to appeal to anyone who enjoys going for a walk while recording their episodes.
Use in the Garden
Outdoor recording and wind are sworn enemies in the podcasting world. Fortunately, the RODE Wireless Go box includes a couple of useful fur windshields. Simply place one over the transmitter’s built-in microphone and you’re ready to go. Of course, you’ll never be completely safe from the wind. Anything from a fart to a tornado could be involved. Listen to the sound sample at the bottom of the page to hear how I fared.
The built-in microphone has an omnidirectional polar pattern, meaning it picks up sound from all directions. Here’s a closer look at polar patterns and why they’re important. The receiver’s gain button toggles between three input recording level settings: Low, Medium, and High. It’s also worth noting that the recording device you’re using may have its own gain controls. So, if you think the signal is too loud or too quiet, remember to check that.
Audio over the air
The transmitter and receiver can have a range of up to 230 feet, according to RODE (or 70 metres). If you’re only working in audio, you’re unlikely to need that much.
Because this is a wireless kit, your audio will have to travel through the air to reach its destination. This is done on the 2.4 GHz band, rather than the Ultra High Frequency band. Because UHF is like a busy highway with a lot of radio stations, it should help reduce unwanted interference in recordings.
The RDE Wireless GO is a great addition to your video gear because it takes very little time to set up and delivers high-quality audio. Because of its small size, it’s easy to transport in your camera, so there’s no excuse not to use it when you need to shoot video. And at this price, it’s a great buy for any YouTuber or vlogger.