In this video, Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter looks at several options for getting the most out of your Rode wireless Go mic kit.
Announced last April, the Rode wireless Go has quickly become one of the most affordable and versatile wireless microphone systems around and apparently there is much more that you can do with it than you might have thought and Pike seems to have quite a few suggestions.
- Handheld Interview Microphone – just connect it to a cheap camera grip (or better yet a rubberized one) and use it as a handheld mic on a pinch. Rode has its own version and if you just need a one-time thing and don’t really care how it looks – just tape it to a piece of cardboard.
- Wireless Headphone Hack – this one is really cool and we have been testing a few options for even lower-cost options for that in the past but if you already have the wireless Go and not using them for the recording you can make them transmit audio to your headphones and turn them into wireless monitoring headphones with relatively low latency. Any monitoring headphones with 3.5mm input should be fine and you can connect the receiver using scotch tape to the side of the headphones or if you want a more permanent solution just connect a small cold shoe connector to the earphones and connect the wireless Go to it.
- Voice Over Microphone Trick – this is really simple, just get any tabletop tripod, mount the wireless Go (Pike suggest that you use the windscreen) and you are good to go for those on the go voice-overs when you can’t take too much stuff with you when you travel.
- Wireless Shotgun Microphone – this one can enhance the voice over hack but also be used for many other purposes as well such as interviews. Just get a 3.5mm a decent shielded stereo audio extension cable and a 3.5mm shotgun mic that provides its own power (or can work with the power from the wireless Go) the Rode VideoMicro is a popular inexpensive option (no battery in the mic) and the new Rode VideoMic NTG is a higher-end option but there are many more.
- Using Two Microphones – since when you are recording voice you typically want mono it means that you can record two channels into your camera and in post choose the best option. What you need in order to do that is buy a simple Stereo Breakout Cable. Now you can connect a mic to one mono cable and the wireless Go to the other and you have dual audio recording straight into your camera.
- Using Two Wireless GO Mics at Once – Using the same idea you can use two wireless Go kits with the Breakout Cable and record a two-person interview for example into almost any modern camera without using an external recorder.
- Signal Tips – these are more tips than hacks but if you are having signal issues make sure that you are using the wireless Go with as few obstacles between the units as possible (so put it in the front pocket and not the back pocket if possible), you can also use that extension cable we mentioned before to connect to your camera and have the receiver closer to the transmitter while your camera is further away.
- Hiding the Wireless GO Transmitter – There are many ways of hiding the wireless Go as it is quite small. You can put it in the pocket, behind a shirt, use medical bandage or medical tape.
- Using a Mixer with the Wireless GO – if you keep playing with the levels a tiny mixer like the Saramonic SR- AX100 can be a very inexpensive option (reviews are mixed so take it for what it is).
- Mini Audio Bag Kit – Finally, if you want to make a nice hard case for your kit for travel – using one of these Pelican cases might be an option.
In case you forgot here are some of the features of the Wireless GO system:
- Operates as both a clip-on microphone or belt-pack transmitter for a lavalier/headset microphone.
- Built-in omnidirectional condenser microphone delivers broadcast-quality sound.
- Up to 70m range (line-of-sight), but optimized for shorter-range operation in congested radio-frequency environments.
- Up to 7 hours on a full charge, including a battery saver mode.
- TX and RX have built-in rechargeable batteries, charged via USB-C.
- 3-stage output pad: 0, -6dB and -12dB.
- Use up to 8 systems in one location.
You can buy the Rode wireless Go for under $200.
If you are into sound recording for video productions check out this link which covers both equipment and techniques here on LensVid. You can also check out more of videos from our photography gear guides section here on LensVid.