The RØDE Podcaster is a dynamic, end-address USB microphone that combines broadcast-quality audio with the simplicity of USB connectivity, allowing recording direct to a computer without the need for an additional digital interface.
Including an audiophile quality 18-bit resolution, 48kHz sampling A/D converter, the Podcaster processes all of the analogue-to-digital conversion internally, bypassing the computer's lower quality on-board sound controller altogether.
A headphone output on the microphone body provides zero-latency monitoring, so the user can hear exactly what is being recorded, free of delay or echo.
The Podcaster features an internal pop filter, designed to minimise plosives sounds that can overload the microphone capsule and distort the audio output.
It is fully compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X computers, as well as several Linux distributions. The microphone is bus powered and features a status LED to indicate operation.
The Podcaster is ideal for podcasting, vodcasting, YouTube videos, voice recognition software, corporate videos and any production application that requires a simple yet professional voice-over microphone. It is also a convenient demo microphone for musicians and songwriters that prefer the convenience of a USB microphone but don't want to compromise sound quality.
It can also be used as an iPad microphone for the Apple iPad (in conjunction with the iPad Camera Connection Kit and a powered USB hub) to provide high quality recording to various iPad audio applications such as Garageband.
The Podcaster includes a sturdy RM2 microphone ring mount. For professional applications the optional PSM1 shock mount and PSA1 boom arm are highly recommended.
The RØDE Podcaster USB microphone is designed and made in Australia, and covered by RØDE Microphones' industry leading 10 year warranty.
|Active Electronics||Analogue signal conditioning + A/D and USB interface|
|Frequency Range||40Hz - 14kHz|
|Maximum SPL||115dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1K? load)|
|Sensitivity||-51.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (2.80mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz|
|Dimensions||215.00mmH x 56.00mmW x 52.00mmD|
|Warranty||1 year with free extension to 10 years following registration here|
IN THE BOX:
USB Broadcast Microphone
Ring-Mount Microphone Stand
USB Cable (3m/10')
3m (10')USB cable
As you can tell if you've listened to the audio sample above the Podcaster has a fairly flat response curve with a slight bump around 10k that should work nice with most voices. I felt no need to muck around with any EQ after the fact. The built-in pop-filter does a great job neutralizing plosives and I feel negates the need for any additional pop-filtering. Additionally with a maximum SPL of 115db the RØDE has plenty of headroom to also be useful in grabbing quick demo recordings or song ideas on the fly.
I'm onto my 3rd Podcaster and it's the best thing that has happened to me in 35 years as announcer at the Seven network. I have a spare at the office and one that travels with me everywhere.
I have recorded tags and commercials in the car out the front of my daughter's school and even in the baby change room at the airport. As long as I can get a Telstra signal on the laptop then I can be "In the Studio" to record and send a WAV.
This is without question the most important and useful tool in my audio kit, and I thank you for allowing me the freedom to spend time with my family as the days of having to dash into the booth at Sev