Rode Wireless GO Ultimate Review – EVERYTHING you need to know
I just picked up the Rode Wireless GO. Let’s take a look and see if it makes sense for you. ♪ [upbeat music] ♪ My name is Chris and I’m a filmmaker, and I’m on the move with the Rode Wireless GO. ♪ ♪ ♪ So I’ve been wanting a wireless audio solution for a while. I have a small camera bag that I use on the go. And I don’t have a lot of extra room in there. In fact, I don’t have a lot of room in there at all. So if I was going to have a wireless solution that I could just take with me it needed to be small. When I saw that Rode came out with the Wireless GO, and at such a low price point, I decided it was time. ♪ ♪ ♪ So, some things I like about the Rode Wireless GO. I love how tiny it is. It’s so small you can just stick it in a bag and not have to worry about it taking up any extra room. I love that it has a built-in mic, because you can just hook it up to your camera turn it on and get going. There’s nothing to think about. But if you need to use a lav mic, or you’re trying to do something that’s a little more hidden, then it’s got the 3.5mm jack so you can just plug in any mic and use it as a wireless source. Another cool thing about it is just like your cell phone you can automatically dim the screen after a small period of inactivity. One cool thing about that that I found out is when the screen is dimmed if you press the buttons they won’t actually do anything. ♪ ♪ ♪ So this is an omnidirectional mic, it’s going to pick up all the sounds around you. [traffic sounds increase] [music stops] So in case you’re wondering what it’s like when there’s a lot of noise around, a situation in which you really don’t want to be recording under any circumstances, here it is. Driving next to a very, very busy road with a lot of traffic. [traffic fades]
♪ [upbeat music returns] ♪ But the one thing I have yet to actually pick up is wind noise. I’m riding my bike and I’m not getting any wind noise. Even going down a hill at a decent rate of speed, slight breeze— no rumble, no nothing. ♪ ♪ ♪ The clips hold on really well, I’ve never had any issues with them falling off, whether it’s clipped on to my shirt, or on to my backpack strap, riding my bike, stayed on without me ever worrying about losing it. The other cool thing about it is is it works as a cold shoe mount, so it fits right into your cold shoe without having to swap stuff back and forth. ♪ ♪ ♪ So there’s a couple other things to just be aware of as you’re using this. ♪ ♪ ♪ For one, you can’t use a mono cable with this, even though it’s a mono source, the output from the receiver has to be a stereo cable. And the reason why I thought this would be cool is because then I could split the signal between left and right, between two mics, between this mic and another microphone. So, it’s not that it’s impossible, it’s just that the one cable that I found that I thought would do it wouldn’t, so I need a slightly less elegant solution. ♪ ♪ ♪ One other thing that’s a little challenging is the screen on the receiver is a little hard to see in the sunlight. Now, the bright side is you don’t really have to look at it very often. Once you get it up and running, you probably don’t need to look at it again. But if you’re out in the sunlight you may need to cup your hand over it to actually see what’s going on. ♪ ♪ ♪ It has built in batteries, which is great because you don’t have to worry about swapping stuff out or whatever. But that also means that when it’s dead, you have no audio. [music stops] [silence] So I’ve been using the transmitter and receiver for four different recording sessions now and it’s finally just now dying. When the wireless receiver dies you just plug it into a power pack and you keep going. The fact that this has USB-C on it means you can charge it from any source. Little power pack, plug it in, and you’re good to go, with hardly any interruption. Now my advice would be to always top it off and make sure it’s charged before you get going, but if you just didn’t have time or you forgot or you were doing it for such a long time that it died, just plug it in and keep going. When you get the box, it’s actually a litttle like IKEA instructions there’s so little documentation. But it really doesn’t need all that much because you just turn it on, hook it up to your camera, and you’re good to go. If you need a little extra information about what the buttons specifically mean, or what the lights mean or whatever, then go online, check it out, and you’ll be just fine. And finally, if you’re using the built-in mic as your audio source, it’s a little bulky. It’s not as simple as just hiding a lavalier microphone under a collar or behind a shirt button. You have to take into account the size if you’re actually trying to do something hidden. If you’re just run and gun, simple YouTube stuff, where you don’t care if the microphone’s in the shot, than this’ll do you just fine by itself. Otherwise use a lav mic and hide it however you normally would. ♪ ♪ ♪ [loud truck engine running] So, the Rode Wireless GO is truly line of sight. You need to have a clear path between the transmitter and the receiver and if there’s anything that comes in between the two, your distance is going to be incredibly shortened. I found that putting your body between the transmitter and receiver actually had a very negative impact. ♪ ♪ ♪ [background noise, broken by audio dropout] [fast-forward squeal] [broken up]
…and transmitter… [fast-forward squeal] …so one thing that’s interesting is my body is between the transmitter and the receiver. So what does this mean? Well, it means you just need to take into account the positioning of the transmitter and receiver. You can’t have too much in between the two. So one thing I did to mitigate this issue is I used a lavalier mic and plugged it in to the transmitter. By having it in my pocket, it’s more on the side of my body rather than on the front of my body. So that if I was faced forwards or backwards, there was better line of sight between the transmitter and receiver. ♪ ♪ ♪ There are some other ways that you might want to use a wireless system like this, not just for talking, vlog style videos. Let’s take a look. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ Freedom, freedom ♪ ♪ Freedom, freedom ♪ ♪ Freedom, freedom ♪ ♪ Freedom, freedom ♪ So the Rode Wireless Go is a great way to get a small wireless audio solution you can take anywhere. As long as you know its strengths and weaknesses it will serve you well. I’ve never had a wireless audio solution before, I know there’s a lot out there, but if you’re looking for something that’s simple, just works, and doesn’t cost a lot of money the Rode Wireless GO is exactly what you’re looking for. I’m definitely going to be using it for a lot of things, and not just things where I need a wireless solution. The fact that I can just plug it in and not have to worry about setting up cables between my camera and microphone will definitely be an asset. If you’ve never had wireless audio, and you don’t have a lot of money, this is definitely for you. Thanks for watching, and in case you’re wondering I haven’t forgotten about my short film, I’m still working on it. So make sure you’re subscribed to stay up to date.