Today, we’re taking a look at the RODE Wireless Go mic system! We filmed this entire episode with it and also compared it side-by-side with a traditional wireless lav mic. Let’s jump right into this RODE Wireless GO Review!
RODE Wireless Go Review Introductions
RODE claims this is the worlds smallest wireless mic system; and it’s pretty darn small. The RODE Wireless Go is just a little bit larger than a quarter!
This is a real game-changer for smaller productions or run-and-gun type scenarios because of the Wireless Go’s size and ease of use. For productions where you don’t have the budget for a dedicated sound tech or expensive wireless systems it’s a great alternative to an on camera mic. One of the best features is that it has an integrated mic built into the system, which has very decent sound quality. So no more wires and just a quick clip on to your talent and you have production quality sound. And if you don’t like the internal mic (which we do), you can always attach an external lav mic as well to the unit.
RODE Wireless Go: Pros and Price
The Rode Wireless go only runs $199 for the full kit, meanwhile the Sony we tested with costs upwards of $500, making it a lot cheaper than any other wireless system.
Here’s what you get in the package: Two USB-C charging cables, one carrying pouch, two windscreens (including an extra if you lose one), two cable organizers, an 1/8 inch to 1/8 inch audio cable, the transmitter, and the receiver. However, the only thing you don’t get in the kit is a 1/8 inch to XLR adapter; you will want to buy one if you’re going into a pro video camera with XLR inputs!
Another nice design element of the system is that you can clip the Rode receiver right onto the hot shoe of your camera – we’re even clipped it onto an SDI cable on the camera. It’s very light weight and you can really hide it anywhere.
Similarly, the Rode Wireless Go transmitter can be clipped onto a shirt or collar. This makes it great for quick interviews where you don’t want to deal with a wire. We do a lot of on-the-fly interviews where there is not enough time to wire up talent with a full audio setup, so we’ve found this to be a great alternative to capture better audio and save time. It literally takes a few seconds to clip it on!
The Cons of the RODE Wireless Go
The RODE Wireless Go is a 1-to-1 system so you need one transmitter for each receiver, meaning you can’t run two transmitters to one receiver, so keep that in mind.
The wind screen seems like it had potential (and it looks really cute like a little mohawk!). But every time we clipped it on, it fell off and didn’t work as well. This seems to be a common issue with other users we’ve spoken to.
The faulty wind muff was a little concerning. However, the internal mic on the Rode Go actually ended up sounding surprisingly good outside in the wind even without one. We put a small shotgun on the camera with a wind muff then recorded on both the Wireless Go and the shotgun. We discovered that clipping the RODE Wireless Go inside the shirt helped remove some of the noise from the location at the beach even when it was pretty darn windy. (Make sure to check out the video above to hear the difference!)
It’s great that the mic system is small, but when you clip it on a regular T-shirt, it does’t look super appealing. It’s also not optimal if you’re shooting videos for a client because the RODE logo shows on the clip as well.
The Wireless Go has an internal battery that’s good up to 7 hours. It lasted all day for us on our shoot. Which means you don’t have to worry about carrying around a bunch of AA batteries like you would for our other mic system. But, if you’re planning to shoot longer than 7 hours, you’re going to need a recharge. So keep that in mind.
Real Thoughts on the RODE
The internal mic on the RODE Wireless GO impressed us quite a bit. It picked up clean and clear audio, even without the windscreen. While it may not have the same crisp quality as some more expensive wireless lav microphones, the RODE Wireless GO still records incredibly clean audio for the price point. Let us know what you thought of this Rode Wireless Go review! If you think you’re looking for other ways to capture great audio on a budget, check out our post on the Best Low Budget Microphones for Video!
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GEAR USED IN THIS VIDEO:
-RODE Wireless Go: https://amzn.to/2QszDTl
-RØDE SmartLav+ – https://amzn.to/2jDw68D
-Sony UHF Wireless System – https://amzn.to/2l6bwhw
-Sony ECM77 Lavalier Mic – https://amzn.to/2l2T75f
-1/8″ to XLR Adapter – https://amzn.to/2Y8Q7WO
Other equipment we use to film:
-Canon C200 – https://amzn.to/2YbgsUa
-Canon C100 – https://amzn.to/2u04CMm (for BTS video)
-Sony A7III – https://amzn.to/2TAoYqK
-Canon EOS R – https://amzn.to/2QaPZlK
-Canon 24-105mm – https://amzn.to/2ILo (main interview)
-Canon 100mm macro – https://amzn.to/2KsZuaF (product shots & CUs)
-Sachtler – https://amzn.to/2JTcoQA
-Sennheiser MKE600 – https://amzn.to/2ILulBP
-Sennheiser 416 – https://amzn.to/2INrtQy
-Litepanel Astra 6x – https://amzn.to/2KUBYCB
-Kino Flo Diva LED – https://amzn.to/2XUOeJh
-Profoto Beauty Dish – https://amzn.to/2zgfjPV
-Profoto D2 500 Strobe Kit – https://amzn.to/2J28AZx
-Canon 5D mkIII – https://amzn.to/2KRE3zl
-Profoto Air Remote – https://amzn.to/2MU7MZa
Leave a comment down below if you’ve got any questions about our RODE Wireless Go review or any other mic systems!
Filmed on location at: https://www.LitewaveMedia.com in St. Petersburg, FL and Gandy Beach, FL.
Special Thanks to the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission Digital Creator Program
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