Rode RODECaster Pro Review // Rodecaster Pro Setup Phone Call Test

by birtanpublished on November 20, 2020

row caster pro review coming your way right now hey everyone digital david here today in this video i'm gonna be unboxing and reviewing the road caster pro i did purchase this item myself and any opinion expressed in this video is strictly my own that being said if you're interested in this product or you want to find out more about it the link to it will be in my video description below you can see how it comes packaged to you right here in a very nice

Retail box it looks fantastic there's so many features we can go over to learn more about this product we can see right up here we have four high quality mic inputs records to microsd card instant jingle playback multi-track and stereo mix and we have an echo free connection so we can actually field phone calls if we wanted to do a podcast interview with our mobile devices so a lot of great features you can even see a layout of the whole

Product from both sides with all of our inputs and all of our controls now let's go ahead let's open it up and look at the package contents here all the package contents i gotta interrupt and say really quick that this is the nicest item i've ever unboxed on my channel and that's saying something i've unboxed and reviewed close to a thousand products guys this one just had top-notch packaging and design and all the attention to detail

That they go through with everything that's included it's really phenomenal beautiful box packaging presentation and layout so first up you can see our quick start guide right here i love these cards these are awesome i'm going to save them forever so you can see our quick start guide we have it continued on the back showing us all the different options that we have to use this device then you can see we have our key feature sheet card right here to walk you through all the key features

Then on the back side we have our back panel features as well explained for us and then last but not least we have a nice image of our rode caster pro right here and a reminder on the back to update the firmware stay up to date and get the latest version online and they even have a qr code at the bottom right here for you to update your device then we have some cards right here to be able to set our keys in the controls so these you can see are double-sided and they'll place

Right on the caster for us and then these look like they're more dry erase so you could you know have a less permanent solution as well you could set next to it to be reminded of what is which button so there you go you have a couple different options right there then you can see with a power supply and cable road branded as well which is cool they also include a rode usb the usb type-c cable so this end connects to the caster and then the usb type a mail-in will plug

Into your computer and last but not least we have the road caster itself right here let's look at this in more detail here's a closer look at the front panel of our road caster pro you can see a large color touch screen right here so we can control settings and view presets then we have a large record button this will instantly record to microsd card for us then you can see our headphone volume adjustment knobs right here we have four of them

And our speaker volume knob as well then you can see over here we got one two three four for our four inputs with our four microphones we can adjust the levels we can push the dedicated button to view settings we also have our solo in our mute buttons down here for each one then we have our usb our mobile phone and bluetooth level adjustments and your bluetooth pairing button and our solo and mute options as well then you can see we have our sound

Effect playback buttons and our level adjustment and our soloing now let's look at the back panel here's a quick look at the back panel you can see our four microphone inputs right here our four headphone inputs and our mobile phone input right there we have our speaker left and right as well for audio out micro sd card slot usb type c our power port our power button and a lock also want to point out on the front of the device you will see our master

Headphone output right there 3.5 millimeter trs and we'll go ahead we'll show you the bottom side too really nice guys four grit pads for you rode logo and branding right there it looks really sharp really sleek you can see it from this side and from the other side right there now let's go ahead let's set this up so here we go we got the road caster pro all set up plugged in and ready to go so first up you're hearing the audio directly from

Our input one it's a rode ntg2 shotgun microphone that's my main studio mic i hope to upgrade soon in the future but this is raw unedited audio in any way besides what the road caster pro is doing directly in here by default when we initially set this up and powered it on it's being connected to our computer via usb type c and we're recording this in obs right now to film this video so you can see we can adjust all the way down or all the way back up if we want to the very top or somewhere

In the middle we can push them now it's unmuted you should be able to hear me talking in just want to point out how fantastic all the built-in led rgb lights are they look so good i had to dig in the lights a little bit so you guys could really see how nice they are really rich colors vivid detail really happy with the whole design of this board it's just beautiful is the best way to describe it you can see our nice color touch screen

Right here very responsive all the different levels we have for monitoring right there now let's go ahead let's look at some of the settings so first up let's look at the settings gear icon in the top left hand corner go ahead select the settings gear icon now you can see the four options we have channels podcast sounds and advanced first let's select channels you can see we have individual channel control right here for our four main microphone channels usb smartphone and bluetooth

Let's look at channel one this is the channel we're currently using with our rode ntg2 shotgun mic so we have microphone we can choose from different road mics so you can see those options in the evr e20 or just your generic condenser or dynamic microphones right there so let's select condenser and go back then we can adjust our level so you can see our level right there we can adjust it up or down and turn phantom power on or off

Then we have audio processing guys so it's very easy and simple to make changes it's by toggling a switch on or off they do have more advanced features where you can control these individually and have more control over the audio processing we'll look at that in a minute here in this video but for just getting started if you don't know what you're doing or don't know how to adjust those very simple just to get you started with a lot better audio quality right out of the box so let's go back

Then we have voice too you can choose your tone deep medium or high and then your strength soft medium or strong that's your options for those now let's look at usb so you can see we have some presets none speech or music we could select speech and then hit advanced and again you have some audio processing right there if you want music hit advanced same thing you have some audio processing now we can look at smartphone

Presets phone call advanced not an option speech it is an option for audio processing and music advanced audio processing options right there and then don't forget we have our level adjustment as well same for usb i didn't show you that but we have level for that and then bluetooth presets phone call speech you can do audio processing music advanced you can do some audio processing right there and you can also

Adjust the levels so there we go that's the first option now let's look at podcasts so you can currently see that the podcast is greyed out right now so the first thing we have to do is record a podcast once we record one then we'll be able to access it right there play it back fast forward rewind or delete it directly from our road console so let's go ahead let's record one really quick just by pushing this button it's super simple and now we're recording the digital

David podcast so this is the digital david podcast thank you guys for listening i'm so sorry but i have to cut our time short but thank you so much for being here and listening to our podcast so that's it guys it's that simple to record a podcast now we can go ahead we can select settings again and you can see we can access podcasts right there to view our audio files i would click on it but i'm using

The main mic right now and so as soon as i do that it will cut it out so we'll go ahead i'll click on it but i won't be able to talk to you just so you guys can see what it's like we can play it back delete it fast forward or rewind so there we go guys podcast great very simple to do right from this device if you want then we have our sounds right here so you can see all the different presets that we have in bank one let's go ahead let's give them a listen

That's the intro outro wow so those are awesome presets guys then we have bank two we can set our own custom sounds and you can have multiple banks depending on the programs that you're using if you want to record multiple podcasts through one of these devices which is awesome so keep that in mind you can have your own different sound banks for digital david

Live streams digital david podcasts digital david recording anything like that you can do it right here with this device very simple and straightforward now we can go back let's look at our advanced settings go ahead click on advanced now you can see all the different options right here i want to point out again how easy everything is to navigate and the touch panel is very responsive so first up we have microsd card you can see the different options that we have right here slide to format we can see the capacity of this card and

We go back we can adjust our brightness of the screen and our controls in the active and inactive state then we have our headphone options we can limit max volume or boost headphone volume then we can look at bluetooth we can turn it on or off right here pair device so you can see very simple to do we also the bluetooth button don't forget about that then we have our audio settings we have a couple different options in here multi-track processing and operations

Let's select multi-track we can turn on all these different options if we want depending on our recording needs here's processing guys you can see the different options that we have i'm going to turn on effects edit mode this mode gives us more control over some of the audio processing i'll show you that in a second now that we have it turned on then we have operations right here same thing i want to turn on the bottom one i like broadcast meters we have a couple different options too again depending on your needs and your

Uses for this product so let's go back and then you can see we have information to look at so you can see we're currently on firmware 2.1 we can change the date and time and we can do a factory reset if we want all from right within our easy control panel so that's it guys that's the settings but now since i did tweak some settings i want to show you the broadcast meters now you can see our decibels right there before it was just lines like what you see on the actual board so that's really

Nice i just like to have that to look at it myself and then let's go in and now individual channels you may notice we have a master compressor now available that we can edit we can enable it and then we can adjust everything we want which is sliders which is great so just tweak it to your desired audio preferences and what sounds best for you and then for each individual channel now you can see when we go to audio processing

We have individual controls for each of these not just a toggle button so now for the high pass filter we can adjust it ourselves if we want and then we can go back noise gate same thing de-esser so you can see everything we can adjust right there compressor a lot of different options right here guys really cool we can toggle it on or off so we can do that for each individual channel

Then you can look at usb to see we don't really have any additional options right here we still just have the toggle buttons but for each individual channel one through four we have all of those options under audio processing which is really neat guys if you want to have full control or should say even more control than the defaults for the board and don't forget master compressor we can adjust that to give us a unified sound for everything that we're recording and

Outputting through the road right here so really nice happy with all the settings now let's go ahead let's try out the phones all right guys so first up we're trying out the connected phone input right here so you can see we have our google pixel 3a connected to the road caster pro plugged into the back where you have your phone input right there so this is how everything sounds we can adjust the settings

Right here for you in real time keep in mind too when you're doing this be sure to go to your settings tab select the proper channel in this case smartphone go to your presets and choose phone call to get the best quality available so this has been your sample test with our 3.5 millimeter auxiliary cable plugged into our google pixel 3a and our iphone sc 2020 making a phone call together now let's try out bluetooth pairing a

Bluetooth device is simple just make sure in the settings menu that you have the correct preset chosen depending on what you'll be using it for in this case we will be using it to test out phone call quality so we can go home now just push the bluetooth button it's going to activate it into pairing mode so the road caster pro is now discoverable so here's our device select pair new device there it is road caster pro shows up right away it's gonna connect

Now it's active and we're all set it even tells us it's connected to a pixel 3a which is awesome so now let's go ahead let's try out the bluetooth call quality so now i got my phone again you can see this time it's not connected with any wire we have it set up with bluetooth this is the wireless bluetooth call quality with unedited audio in any way besides what the road caster pro is doing for us so we can adjust it right here in real time

Which is awesome so you can use it to field phone calls for your interviews anything along those lines radio programs whatever you're doing even in the streaming world and don't forget with bluetooth we can connect one device and we can also plug in another device if it has a headphone jack for the 3.5 millimeter auxiliary cable so we have actually two options to field two different collars at the same time using the road caster pro so overall guys the road caster pro is jam-packed

Full of a ton of great features definitely geared towards and made towards podcasters but with that 2.1 update in previous updates they've released it's definitely getting more functionality in the live streaming space as well which is fantastic for me that's what i'm going to be using it for i'm also going to be running my audio through this for my main recordings of my videos for my youtube channel as well but i do that through obs so it's kind of like

Streaming anyway so really happy to have this product to get some increased functionality with bluetooth devices it'll be easier for me to test headphones earbuds that sort of thing going forward especially on live streams so i'm really really pumped for that right here i don't have to use my speakerphone or anything else along those lines if you're into podcasting you're definitely going to get a device like this and probably the road caster pro is going to be the top dog right now in that space with

The phone call interview options for inputs it's just so easy to control all the safe presets for the audio you want to record yourself really nice guys they've really thought this out my favorite feature is the fact that they continue to make this more valuable as time goes on with the updates that they release i just can't stress enough how important that is really nice that you don't just buy it and then it's instantly outdated with the new update you don't have the

Right um physical buttons or controls they're continuing to tweak the software to give us more controls over the compressor and everything else with this board so it's really exciting to see rode continue to add value after you even purchase the product and i like that they're gearing it more towards some streaming as well but it's definitely made for people that are podcasting but i'll be able to use this just fine for my setup so i'm really happy and impressed i can't encourage you enough

To go read their blogs and watch their very helpful videos to dive into more details about all the specific features the road caster pro has to offer well that concludes our video thank you so much for watching don't forget the product link will be in our video description below please go ahead check it out and do your shopping from there any purchase made through that link help support our channel at no additional cost to you so we're really grateful and thankful for all of

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