43.5mm TRS Output
5Gain Control/Mute Button
6Pair Button/Channel Selection
7Merged/Split Mode Selector
33.5mm TRS Input
5Battery Indicator LED
6Connectivity Indicator LED
1 x Receiver, 2 x Transmitters, 3 x Furry Windshields, 3 x SC20 USB-C to USB-A Cables, 1 x SC5 TRS to TRS Memory Cable, 1 x Carry Pouch
The Dual Channel Receiver
The Wireless GO II features two transmitters and a dual channel receiver that allows you to connect both transmitters for recording two sound sources into a single device. Out of the box, the transmitters come auto paired to the receiver and will remember which channel they’ve been assigned to, so you don’t have to worry about pairing them again.
The receiver’s LED screen is split into four main sections, with icons for battery life, signal strength and input level displayed for each transmitter on the bottom left and right, and icons for battery life, backlight mode and output gain for the receiver in the middle. Above this is an output level meter for the receiver, which makes it easy to monitor the levels going into your camera or recording device and ensuring your signal isn’t too hot.
Turning On and Pairing Your Wireless GO II
To turn on your Wireless GO II, simply press and hold the power button on the receiver. To pair your transmitters to the receiver, press and hold the power button on the transmitters one at a time. Once turned on, they will automatically pair to the receiver. This should take a few seconds.
If a transmitter loses connection with the receiver, the blue ‘∞‘ LED on the transmitter will flash and the icons for that channel will go blank on the receiver, making it easy to identify which one you need to reconnect.
If you need to reconnect a transmitter to the receiver, press and hold the pair button (‘∞‘) on the receiver for three seconds to enable pairing mode, then single-click the power button on the transmitter and wait a few seconds.
To disconnect a transmitter, select it by single-clicking the pair button, then press and hold the pair button for three seconds.
Understanding RØDE's Series IV 2.4GHz Digital Transmission
The Wireless GO II utilises RØDE’s all-new Series IV 2.4GHz digital transmission with 128-bit encryption. This delivers an extended transmission range of 200 metres (line of sight). The Wireless GO II is optimised for extremely stable operation in environments where there is a lot of RF activity, including dense urban areas, shopping malls, universities, convention centres, and offices, so you can worry less about dropouts and focus more on what you're recording.
Merged & Split Mode
The Wireless GO II gives you the option to record in either 'Merged' or 'Split' mode. This allows you to record each transmitter onto separate channels on the output or combine the two into a single output.
To switch between 'Merged' and 'Split' mode, press and hold both buttons on the receiver for three seconds and keep an eye on the output level meter on the LED screen.
When there are two meters, you are in 'Split' mode. This means that each transmitter's output is being recorded onto separate channels (left and right) on the Wireless GO II’s output, which can be processed individually in post-production. This is great for two-person interviews where you need to be able to edit and mix each sound source independently.
When there is just one meter, you are in 'Merged' mode. This means that the two transmitters are being combined into a single summed output. This is great if you’re only using one transmitter and want the audio recorded onto both channels of your recording device, or if you are using the safety channel (see below for more information). It also works well if you are using the Wireless GO II in a live presentation setup.
For more information on how to import and separate your audio in post-production, check out this blog post on ‘How To Record Two Microphones Into Your Camera’.
Channel Selection & Mute Control
As mentioned, clicking the pair button on the receiver will allow you to cycle between the two transmitters. A single click will select transmitter 1, a second click will select transmitter 2, and a third click will exit the channel selection. Note this will only work when the transmitters are turned on and paired to the receiver. This allows you to connect and disconnect the transmitters and also mute them.
Mute Control via the Receiver
Once the desired transmitter has been selected via the channel selection, single-click the gain control/mute button to mute it. This is useful when the camera operator needs to quickly mute one of the transmitters.
Mute Control via the Transmitter
You can also mute via the transmitter. When paired to the receiver, single-click the transmitter power button to mute and unmute. This is useful when the speaker or presenter wants to mute themselves.
Connecting to Cameras
Use the supplied SC5 cable to connect your Wireless GO II to cameras and other devices with a 3.5mm TRS input. If you need to connect your microphone to a device with an XLR input, use an adaptor like the VXLR Pro.
Connecting to Computers
Use the supplied USB-C to USB-A cable to connect the Wireless GO II receiver to any computer with a USB-A input (use USB-C to USB-C cable for computers with a USB-C input), then go to your audio settings and select ‘Wireless GO II RX’ as your input device. This essentially turns the Wireless GO II receiver into a wireless USB audio interface.
Connecting to Mobile Devices
To connect the Wireless GO II to a smartphone or tablet, you will need additional cables. For iOS devices with a Lightning input, use the SC15 Lightning Accessory Cable The Wireless GO II is MFi-certified, meaning it will seamlessly interact with any iOS device. For Android and other devices with a USB-C input, use the SC16 USB-C to USB-C cable.
Note: to connect the Wireless GO II to iOS device, you must use a 'Lightning Accessory Cable', such as the SC15. Standard USB-C to Lightning cables are not compatible with the Wireless GO II.
Connecting the Wireless GO II to your smartphone or tablet via USB-C rather than using the 3.5mm analog TRS output gives you access to a number of useful features:
High-quality audio output – Using the USB-C output bypasses the recording device's analog input circuitry, giving a direct digital signal transfer for optimum quality.
Headphone monitoring – Using the USB-C output frees up the 3.5mm output so you can plug your headphones in and monitor your audio while recording. You can even use the gain control to adjust the volume of your headphones.
Access to the safety channel – When using a smartphone, the Wireless GO II’s safety channel is only accessibly using the USB-C output (see below for more information on the safety channel).
The Wireless GO II has flexible gain controls that allow you to precisely tailor the receiver’s output to avoid clipping or distortion in your recording device.
The gain control is found on the receiver. This is a three-stage pad that cuts your output level in 12dB increments. A single click of the gain control button will allow you to select between high (0dB), medium (-12dB), and low (-24dB) gain settings. The level icon in the middle of the screen indicates which gain setting is selected. An additional fine gain control mode can also be enabled in the RØDE Central app. See below for more information.
Note that the gain control only affects the 3.5mm output of the Wireless GO II, not the digital USB-C output. If you are using the Wireless GO II with a smartphone or computer and need to adjust your gain, do so in your recording software or app.
To get the cleanest signal when you record, it is recommended that you set the gain on your camera as low as possible, then use the gain control on the Wireless GO II to boost your signal if required. Cameras generally have poor-quality, noisy preamps that are quite sensitive, so it’s best to not rely on them to achieve good recording levels.
Battery Life and Power Saver Mode
Backlight Control/Power Saver Mode
To conserve battery life, you can activate power saver mode on the receiver. When enabled, this will turn the LED backlight off after 10 seconds of inactivity.
To turn power saver mode off, single-click the power button. The backlight will now always stay on. The small sun icon indicates if power saver mode is engaged or not (full = disengaged).
Battery and Charging
The Wireless GO II’s transmitters and receiver each have an in-built lithium-ion battery that can last up to seven hours. When the battery is low on a transmitter, the battery LED will start flashing. When it is very low, it will flash faster.
There are also battery level icons for each unit on the receiver screen. When the battery is fully charged, it will display a green outline. When the battery level is low, it will turn amber, and when it is very low, it will turn red. The Wireless GO II can be recharged using the supplied USB cables. When charging, the battery LED on the transmitters will flash and the battery level icon on the receiver will display a lightning bolt. You can still use the Wireless GO II while it's charging.
Using the Windshields
Each transmitter features a high-quality in-built omnidirectional condenser capsule. These are sensitive microphones that are designed to pick up sound from all around in great detail.
When recording outdoors or in windy environments, it’s recommended you use the supplied furry windshields to help protect the capsules and reduce any wind or background noise in your recording.
The Wireless GO II comes with three furry windshields. These have been completely redesigned to ensure an extremely strong connection and will not fall off your transmitters, even with vigorous use.
To attach them securely, align the two white dots on the windshield with the black dots on the receiver, then push the windshield down and twist to lock it in place. Reverse the process to remove them.
RØDE Central is a companion app for the Wireless GO II that allows you to set up device preferences, access, optimise and export recordings, activate and deactivate functions, and update your firmware. It’s free to download for Mac and Windows.
Information and Features Accessible in RØDE Central
RØDE Central gives you access to basic information about your Wireless GO II, including:
- Unique ID
- Battery level
- Firmware version (with option to update)
- Storage space (transmitters only)
- Clock (with option to sync to connected device)
RØDE Central allows you to activate and control a range of functions and features for the Wireless GO II receiver, including:
- Power saver mode
- Fine gain control (only accessible via RØDE Central)
- Merged/split recording mode
- Safety channel (only accessible via RØDE Central)
RØDE Central also allows you to activate and control a range of functions and features for the Wireless GO II transmitter that are only accessible via the app, including:
- On-board recording
- Compressed/uncompressed recording mode
- Mute lock and Marker mode
- Low Sensitivity Mode on/off
- LED brightness adjustment
- Recording playback, optimisation and export
New firmware now available. To update your firmware, download the latest version of RØDE Central here, then plug in your transmitters and receiver. You will then be prompted to update your firmware.
Note: OS Requirements for Mac - MacOS 10.13 or later, and for Windows - Windows 10 Version 1803 or later.
Each of the Wireless GO II’s transmitters has an on-board recording function, with internal memory capable of storing over 40 hours of compressed audio or seven hours of uncompressed audio. This feature can be activated via RØDE Central. When activated, a red 'REC' recording icon will appear above the channel that the transmitter is connected to on the receiver.
There are three different on-board recording modes to choose from. These can be toggled via RØDE Central:
'Always' recording mode: When this mode is activated, the transmitter will start recording audio as soon as it is switched on. It will continue recording until it is switched off, regardless of whether is it connected to the receiver. This means that you will have a continuous recording from the moment the transmitter is switched on, making this mode suitable for using the Wireless GO II as a standalone field recorder. Note that in this mode, the ‘mute’ function will not affect the on-board recording (although it will still mute the wireless transmission).
'Backup' recording mode: When this mode is activated, the transmitter will start recording audio when it connects to the receiver. When the receiver is switched off, the recording will stop. This means that if the signal drops out at any time or if you forget to hit record on your device, you will still have a backup recording for the period that the wireless connection was active.
'Off': Switching off the recording function means the transmitter will not record any audio internally. Existing recordings will remain on the unit until manually deleted using RØDE Central.
Accessing Your Recordings
Optimising and Exporting Your Recordings
RØDE Central allows you to listen to, optimise and export all of your recordings from within the software. Click on a recording to get started. A waveform will be displayed with real-time and elapsed recording time on the horizontal axis. This allows you to scrub to the desired time easily.The waveform will also display any dropouts that occurred during your recording with a red marker. These markers are populated automatically if the transmitter detects the wireless signal quality fell below the acceptable range during recording. This is extremely helpful for pinpointing exactly what section of audio you need, rather than having to listen back through the entire recording.
Clicking the 'Export' button will give you access to a dropdown menu of export options for optimising your audio, including:
- File name
- File type (WAV/MP3)
- Bit rate
- Sample rate
- Loudness (LuFs)
There are also export presets for a variety of audio platforms.
Find out more about the optimisation and export options that RØDE Central offers here.
Deleting Your Recordings
When storage in the transmitter is full, new recordings will begin overwriting the oldest recordings. After a recording session, it’s a good idea to export all of your audio then delete the files from the Wireless GO II to ensure you don’t lose any audio you haven’t saved.
Clicking the transmitter settings cog in RØDE Central will allow you to see how much storage space you have left and mass delete all recordings on the transmitter.
Manual Marker Drop
In addition to the transmitters automatically dropping a marker in the audio file when a dropout is detected, you can manually drop a marker in your recording at any time via the receiver or the transmitter (see below). This feature can be enabled in RØDE Central by toggling the 'Ø Button' to 'Marker' in the receiver settings. Now when you click the power button on the receiver while recording, a marker will be placed in the audio file.
Compressed and Uncompressed Audio
When using the on-board recording function, RØDE Central gives you the option to configure the format of the audio file. Note that the ‘Always' recording mode will record in the uncompressed file format to ensure you have the highest quality audio available.
Compressed recording: In this mode, the Wireless GO II transmitter records audio in a compressed format. Each transmitter can store over 40 hours of compressed audio. Note this is higher than the 24+ hours stated when the Wireless GO II was launched – our engineers have been able to optimise the storage capability in the latest firmware release compared to the firmware that shipped at launch. This new firmware will be installed when you connect the Wireless GO II to the RØDE Central app. This setting is only available when ‘Backup Recording' mode is selected.
Uncompressed recording: In this mode, the Wireless GO II transmitter unit records in uncompressed WAV format, and currently utilises a 48KHz, 24-bit audio stream. In this mode, the unit can store around seven hours of audio. This is the only mode available when using the ‘Always' recording mode.
The safety channel can only be activated in 'Merged' recording mode (when the transmitter channels are being combined into a single summed output). These recordings contain two channels of identical audio. However, enabling the safety channel will reduce the volume of one channel by 20dB.
This is a lifesaver in recording situations where your sound source suddenly gets louder and overloads the input of your recording device, causing distortion. This cannot be fixed in post-production and can effectively ruin your recording. Having a second channel recorded at 20dB lower than the main channel – and thus most likely not loud enough to cause distortion – means you will always have a safe backup of your audio.
To find out how to access the safety channel audio, check out this blog post on ‘How To Record Two Microphones Into Your Camera’, as many of the same principles can be applied.
Fine Gain Control
RØDE Central gives you access to an additional fine gain control. Activating this on the Wireless GO II receiver will expand the three-stage pad to a 10-stage pad, going from 0dB to –30dB in 3dB increments. This allows you to precisely tailor your Wireless GO II’s output to your recording device. It also gives you access to an extra 6dB of gain reduction, which is handy if you have a particularly sensitive recording device.
Low Sensitivity Mode
Sometimes it may be necessary to reduce the sensitivity of the Wireless GO II's in-built microphone, so we have included the option to activate a pad for the input of the transmitters.
To activate the pad, simply toggle the 'Pad' button in RØDE Central. You can also activate the pad from the receiver by selecting the transmitter using the pair button (‘∞‘), followed by a long press on the ‘dB’ button. Note: a short press will activate the mute function, so take care to hold the button until the pad symbol appears on the receiver display.
This feature is particularly useful when using the transmitter with the Interview GO handheld adapter, where it may be used very close to the mouth. The pad function also affects the 3.5mm microphone input if you are using an external lavalier.
You can reduce the brightness of the LEDs on the transmitter via RØDE Central. Connect the transmitter to your computer and open RØDE Central. Select the transmitter, click the settings cog and toggle the ‘LEDs’ button to switch between 'Bright' and 'Dim' mode.
Transmitter Power Button Mode
You can change the function controlled with a short press on the power (‘Ø’) button on the transmitter via RØDE Central. There are three options available: 'Mute', 'Marker', or 'None'.
In ‘Mute’ mode, a short press of the button will mute the microphone, and another short press will unmute it. The mute status is displayed on the receiver screen (note that the mute function has no effect on the on-board recording when in ‘Always' recording mode). In ‘Marker’ mode, a short press on the button will drop a marker into the internal recording, which is useful if you need to locate a specific section of audio in post-production. 'None' mode deactivates the button.