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Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone
- Broadcast sound quality
- 28mm dynamic capsule
- 18-Bit Resolution, 8 - 48 kHz sampling
- Windows and Mac compatible
- Tight Cardioid pattern for superior off axis sound rejection
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From the Manufacturer
- Acoustic Principle: Dynamic
- Active Electronics: Analogue signal conditioning + A/D and USB interface
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Resolution: 18-bit
- Sampling Rate: 8-48kHz
- Address Type: End
- Frequency Range: 40Hz - 14kHz
- Output Impedance: 0Ω
- Maximum SPL: 115dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
- Sensitivity: -51.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (2.80mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
- Power Options: USB bus powered
- Weight: 655.00gm
- Dimensions: 215.00mmH x 56.00mmW x 52.00mmD
- Output: USB
USB Broadcast Microphone
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 (after registration).
- All Rode microphones are warranted for one year from date of purchase. You can extend that to a full ten years if you register online at www.rodemic.com
- Broadcast Sound Quality
- 28mm dynamic capsule
- Windows and Mac compatible
- Internal capsule shock mounting
- 3.5mm stereo headphone output with volume control built-in to body
The RØDE Podcaster Package Includes:
- RØDE Podcaster USB Broadcast Microphone.
- RØDE RM2 Ring-Mount Microphone Stand.
- USB Cable (3 meter/10 feet).
RØDE Podcaster Package
Podcaster (Front View)
Podcaster (Rear View)
Cardioid Polar Pattern
Shown with RØDE PSA1 and PSM1
-PSA1 Professional Studio Boom Arm
-PSM1 Microphone Shock Mount
1 year with free extension to 10 years following registration
Shown with RØDE DS1
-DS1 Desktop Microphone Stand
Designed as a no-compromise microphone for On-Air broadcast use, the Rode Procaster Broadcast Dynamic Vocal Microphone is one of the ultimate broadcast quality mics for the 21st century. Featuring a tight polar pattern and tailored-for-voice frequency response, the Procaster is perfect for every application where a great sounding, rugged microphone with superior ambient noise rejection is demanded. Plus, the Procaster is affordable and features an internal pop-filter to reduce plosives. Includes stand mount, 3/8 inch adaptor and zip pouch. Rode Procaster Features Broadcast quality sound High output dynamic capsule Balanced, low impedance output Internal shock mounting of capsule for low handling noise Internal pop-filter to reduce plosives Robust, all metal construction Designed and manufactured in Australia Ten year warranty Includes RM2 stand mount 3/8 inch adaptor ZP1 zip pouch
Top Customer Reviews
Very competitive price when compared to decent XLR mics.
Direct to USB (computer sees it as a sound card).
Headphone jack built in for direct, live monitoring (huge plus), with volume control (which does not effect recording volume).
Allows remote recordings to a laptop (with all the nice software) without lugging around extra devices to convert a "real" mic to USB or Firewire.
Works automatically on a Mac.
Feels very solid and sturdy -- very well made.
Front-firing cardiod-pattern dynamic mic (helps reduce most "background" noise).
Direct to USB: No possibility of using a hardware mixer or voice processor, and you can't use more than one at a time (except maybe with special software).
Large and heavy. Not really a big deal if you keep it on a mic stand like I do, but you need a real stand -- not a cheap one.
Doesn't come with any kind of padded box for storage/travel like pro mics. It's probably not meant for travel, but its functionality and all-in-one design certainly encourage it.
White plastic body and white USB cable. Sure, it matches my MacBook, but for some reason it feels a little weird that it's not silver or black. Personal taste, and I couldn't find much else to complain about.
All in all, it exceeds my current needs, and I'm selling my "pro" equipment to fund my other hobbies. I would recommend this to any podcaster who doesn't need multiple mics or a hardware mixer. If you just want to sound great on Skype, this'll do the trick, although it will probably be overkill.
I have an iMac and a MacBook Pro laptop.
I installed Sierra and the Podcaster stopped working. Shows up in System Preferences but there is NO AUDIO INPUT. For all intents and purposes, the Podcaster is DEAD.
I bought a cheap condenser mike and it is working just fine, so I know it's NOT the USB cable, it's NOT the USB connection, it's NOT the settings on the computer (as suggested by technical support).
The Podcaster won't work on either the laptop or the iMac.
I sent it to tech support and they claim it works just fine. They sent it back to me - plugged it into my computer - DEAD!
Tough luck for me - tech support doesn't' seem to give a damn.
Sad...it really worked great for about a year.
After MUCH wrangling AND paying TWO (2) times to ship my DEAD microphone back to RODE they sent me a NEW ONE! And guess what? When I plugged it in - it worked like a CHAMP! Just like when I bought it. So I guess I wasn't an idiot who had incorrect settings on my computer. WHEW! I'm glad to have my microphone back.
Guess what else I found out! They have a TEN (10) year warranty! Who does that?
So...what do I do? 5 stars for the mike - 1 star for customer support? Negative 1 star for having to pay twice to ship it back to California.
I really like the mike, though. I really like the 10-year warranty - seriously - 10 years???
I'll leave it up to you to make the call on the stars - it's too complicated for me.
The microphone electronics are extremely quiet - the audio is sampled at 18 bits.
It comes with a warranty which is easily extended to 10 years for free.
The real-time headphone monitoring is a great idea and works well.
It's a bit heavy (part of being built like a tank), and you need to think a little about how you're going to mount it, since some cheap desktop stands can barely manage it.
Some things to keep in mind are:
1) It likes close-miking (at least for male voices)
2) It is USB-only
3) It is a on the bit large and heavy side.
If those don't bother you, and the price is in your range, then you will probably like it a lot.