Rode Procaster Broadcast Dynamic Vocal Microphone
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- Featuring a tight polar pattern and tailored-for-voice frequency response
- Perfect for every application where a great sounding, rugged microphone with superior ambient noise
- Internal shock mounting of capsule for low handling noise
- Internal pop-filter to reduce plosives
- Includes stand mount, 3/8 inch adaptor and zip pouch
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- 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
Broadcast Dynamic Vocal Microphone
The RØDE Procaster is a broadcast-quality dynamic microphone, specifically designed to offer no-compromise performance for voice applications in the broadcast environment. It features a tight polar pattern and tailored-for-voice frequency response. It also features an internal pop filter to minimize plosive sounds that can overload the microphone capsule and distort the audio. Its high output dynamic capsule and balanced low impedance output make it an ideal broadcast and voice over microphone.
About Rode Microphones
RØDE Microphones are a uniquely Australian owned and operated audio company. Our home is in beautiful Sydney, just 20km west of Sydney's downtown area and right near the home of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Comprising three warehouses with a total footprint of over 110,000 square feet, the RØDE state-of-the-art plant has over 60 million dollars in precision machinery and an international team of more than 250 people across highly skilled disciplines: electronics engineering, industrial design, technical engineering, robotics, audio and acoustics engineering, metal production, toolmaking, injection-mould technology, logistics, assembly, quality control, finance, marketing and sales.
As well as our main campus in Sydney, we have offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Seoul. Our extensive distributor and 6000-strong storefront network ensures RØDE Microphones are sold in 117 countries – and growing – making RØDE a truly global company.
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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
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It's got plenty of bass, but it's not muddy. The high end is clear without being shrill. It sounds pretty good straight out of the box, but really comes alive with a little post processing.
It needs a healthy amount of clean gain. I'm running mine through the aforementioned DBX286s, and that provides plenty of gain and sounds great. Another option would be something like a Cloudlifter.
If you're looking for a great sounding mic for spoken word applications at a great price, the Procaster is worthy of your consideration. It hangs with some of the more expensive big dogs and doesn't miss a beat.
I noticed two things in internet: One of the pins of the mic is larger than the others. In the Rode FAQ website you can see that this is normal. Is the ground pin and is made in that way to guarantee that this pin connects first and protect the mic.
Some people show the pins being pulled of after removing the XLR connector. To avoid that, before connect the cable, just be sure that the bolt in the little hole near of the connector is tight enough.
I have read that you need a cloudlifter or some sort of preamp to use with the mic, which is somewhat true. The input or sound is very low. However, I didn't need one as the mixer I have had more than enough preamp ability to provide sufficient gain to the mic. If you have a mixer with a good preamp, then you don't need to spend the extra money for an additional preamp. The procaster is exactly what I needed. It captures my voice (which is deeper) extremely well. Most notably, it does not pick up much of the background noise that my AT2020 would. Perfect! I just had to adjust to keeping my mouth near the mic to maintain sound. It comes with a built in pop filter, which I can confirm works great. I could use the foam pop filter I had lying around, but the mic just looks sexier without it. It does not need any phantom power to work either since it is a dynamic microphone!
The mic came in a nice leather pouch, with an adapter and some docs in the box. I was very please to see that I could register and get the 10 year warranty for the mic. 10 years! That tells me RODE is confident in their products. Overall, the quality, the performance, and price, just outstanding across the board!
When I need additional equipment, RODE will be the very first in line for my business!
As for the sound, holy crap this thing is crisp, with a perfect note of bass.
This is the mic you want if you are a podcaster. Forget the USB, and low end crap. This mic will save you the difference in price easily. You will likely need very little sound proofing. It rejects background noise really well.
I’ll add to this as I use it more. I wanted a high end mic and this one just might put that goal off the list.
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I don’t really understand Rode’s advice to speak two inches from the mic. This increases proximity effect and for my voice, it becomes a bit too boomy. I hold it about 6 to 9 inches from my mouth where it becomes a more natural listen.
Low noise as well. Bear in mind that the microphone is very heavy so you need a solid base to hold it in. I have an NT1a and the base for that suits it well.
Rode have always made quality mics and this is no exception. The build quality is insane, it's heavy and feels like it's built like a tank, every part of the mic is made from metal and there's no plastic in sight. It might seem quite pricey if you're new to podcasting but once you feel and hear the sound quality I think you'll appreciate the step up from cheaper, entry-level mics. My one gripe would be the soft, leatherette carry case, which I wish had some padding, although to be honest if I dropped this thing I'd be more concerned for the floor rather than the mic, so it's not a big deal really.
I use it plugged into a Scarlett 2i2 and before that, a Scarlett Solo and both drove it just fine, although I did have to turn the gain up to maximum, it was still silent and didn't pick up any unwanted room noise or white noise from excessive gain. If you're looking to get that broadcast feel to your voice and want to either upgrade your podcasting setup to something a little more professional, I couldn't recommend this highly enough.
Works perfectly with my Zoom H6. The only downside is the weight which really needs a good shock mount! Unfortunately, the only one that seem good enough is the Rode.
So expect to invest in the entire Rode eco-system but worth it for audio quality.
Al final, y después de mucho buscar por páginas web y por YouTube, me decidí por este micrófono que puedo calificar en estos momento como el mejor que tengo, aunque no es el más caro de los muchos que he llegado a comprar.
Por si te sirve mi experiencia de algo, si vas a grabar un podcast o un screencast en tu casa puedes tener en cuenta estos consejos.
1. No compres un micrófono de condensador. Son ideales para cantar en un estudio, pero tu estarás en tu casa y no lo usaras previsiblemente para cantar.
2. No compres un micrófono USB. La calidad que obtendrás no es la mejor, incluso si compras el mejor del mercado. Lo se porque yo lo hice, y fue un error.
3. Compra una mesa de mezclas de calidad o una interface de calidad. Por ejemplo, a mi me gusta la Yamaha AG06
4. Opcionalmente, compra un FetHead que le dará al micrófono dinámico una ganancia extra de 27dB bastante limpios
5. Usa en tu editor, un compresor dinámico y un limitador. Yo uso Audacity con Chris’s Dynamic Compressor y como limitador uso LoudMax, ambos son plugins gratuitos.
Y recuerda "tu mejor micrófono es el último que te has comprado hasta que viene otro a reemplazarle".
Für meinen Youtube Kanal habe ich mir dieses Mikrofon gekauft.
Die Lieferung erfolgte mit Amazon Logistics und dauerte ca. 3 Tage.
Die Verarbeitung des Mikrofons ist perfekt! Es wirkt sehr hochwertig und weißt keinerlei Mängel auf! Lediglich die mitgelieferte "Leder"Tasche stinkt bestialisch! Da das Mikrofon darin versendet wird, hat sich der Geruch auf das Mikrofon übertragen. Ich musste es erst ein paar Tage auslüften lassen, bevor ich mich dem Mikrofon auch nur ansatzweise nähern konnte. Die Ledertasche habe ich direkt entsorgt...
Ich habe das Mikrofon über einen Steinberg UR22 MKII mit dem PC verbunden und bin von der Aufnahmequalität total überzeugt. Die Stimme wird in hervorragender Qualität aufgenommen und zusätzlich werden sämtliche Hintergrundgeräusche herausgefiltert. Einfach nur Überwältigend!
Abgesehen von der bestialisch riechenden Ledertasche gibt es an diesem Mikrofon nichts auszusetzen! Die Aufnahmequalität ist überwältigend. Die Stimme wird sehr sauber und deutlich aufgenommen. Zusätzlich werden Hintergrundgeräusche effizient herausgefiltert. Ich kann dieses Mikrofon jedem empfehlen. Sämtliche Aufnahmen wirken dadurch wesentlich professioneller!
Ich hoffe meine ehrliche Rezension war für Sie hilfreich. Mein Ziel ist es, die positiven sowie negativen Eigenschaften des Produktes aufzuzeigen und vor einem Fehlkauf zu bewahren.
Besten Dank und viele Grüße
We have used a lot of other mics over the last two years of podcasting and this mic is by far the best mic we have used. We use it in studio and the clarity of the sound is exceptional.
We have also used these mics “on location”, interviewing on noisy film sets and in a crowded London pub. In both cases this mic isolated and almost eliminated background noise. This mic really delivers that professional “broadcast” sound.
The only downside is that these mics need a lot of gain to get the best sound out of them. We use a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 audio interface and have to have the gain cranked up to almost maximum to get a good clear signal.
The sound quality is so good that we have now bought the same mic for all three members of the team.
Podcasts sounded lifeless and I just hated the sound
It also does not come with an xlr cable, so it's worth buying if you don't already have one. I hear a lot of people compare this to the NT1A but for me, I would consider where I am recording before buying either one. The NT1A is a condenser mic which is extremely sensitive, while the Procaster is a dynamic that does not capture as much of the ambient sound, hence making it more suitable to record in an environment that is not sound-proofed.
I have also noticed that you definitely need to direct the sound (in my case voice) straight into the mic and not the sides, s the loss of sound is significant. That is not a negative but rather be noted for information.
The Procaster is a wonderful mic with great quality.
I do have some warnings though, this thing needs gain, so be sure you have a good preamp to combo with it. Had to turn the gain up to 8/10 on a D-PRE preamp and it sounds goood.
Also I'm not sure if I'm an isolated case, but mine had some jerkyness in the XLR connector and later found out the little XLR socket at the bottom of it wasn't tightly screwed and could be pulled out of the microphone casing if not careful. It was easily fixed by screwing it in with a small flathead screwdriver.
You will need lots of gain to get a solid level from the mic. I have to turn the input on my Konnekt 24D all the way up and then boost the level in OBS which I use to stream. However, even with all that gain I hear no hiss. I also need to have mic very close to my mouth (which I do via a clip onto desk boom arm), but it can be placed far enough away such that pop and plosives are not audible without the need for an additional pop shield. That being said I don't shout down the mic.
The necessary positioning of the mic and its design is very good at rejecting any external noise. I live by a very busy road and no traffic noise is picked up, except the sirens of the occasional emergency vehicle a bit.
I then bought this Procaster and it has been amazing.
The Quality is great and it does what I need it to do.
I was worried I would need to keep this about 1cm away from my mouth for it to sound good - But I keep it roughly 5 - 10 inches away and it still sounds great. (May need to tweaking with your Mixer / software).
I do not miss the Yeti.. but I always hated that thing anyway :D