If you’re a content creator, podcaster, or audio editor, you’ve likely come across the RODECaster Pro 2 and the RODECaster Duo. These two cutting-edge audio interfaces from RODE promise to streamline your audio production. The question is, which one to buy? In this blog post, let’s unbox the RODECaster Duo. In addition, let’s compare it to its big brother, the RODECaster Pro 2.
Introducing the RODECaster Duo
The RODECaster Duo is the newest addition to RODE’s lineup of integrated audio production studios. It was released earlier this year and is available on Amazon. Since its release, it has gotten much attention from content creators and audio enthusiasts.
Designed with simplicity and versatility in mind, the RODECaster Duo aims to provide creators with a compact yet powerful audio solution. If you are a content creator, the RODECaster Duo offers a streamlined solution for producing professional audio recordings.
Unboxing The RODECaster Duo!
Opening the box of the RODECaster Duo is a delight for any tech enthusiast. Inside, you’ll find the compact device itself with accessories like a power adapter and cable, and a user manual to help you set up the console.
Difference between RODECaster Pro 2 from RODECaster Duo
RODE claims that the RODECaster Duo is as powerful as the RODECaster Pro 2 despite its compact size. Let’s see if that is really the case.
Neutrik Combo Inputs
The first difference we can observe between these two RODECasters is the number of Neutrik Combo Inputs available. The RODECaster Duo has only 2 combo inputs compared to the 4 inputs Pro 2 has. These inputs are not only XLR but also TRRS. This means that you can connect microphones or any other compatible instruments with these inputs.
Physical and Virtual Faders
The number of physical faders is also something observable. While the RODECaster Pro 2 features 6 faders, the Duo has four. But when it comes to the virtual faders, both have three. If you are not aware, faders are used to move the level up and down of certain audio channels such as volume.
The RODECaster Duo has 6 Smart Pads, which is less than the 8 pads on the Pro 2. These pads are fully programmable and come with bank switching. Moreover, these smart pads can be used to trigger sounds, voice effects, MIDI commands, and automated mixer actions.
Headphone and Line Outputs
Finally, the RODECaster Pro 2 and Duo differ in the number of headphones and line outputs. While the Pro 2 has 4 headphone outputs and 4 line outputs, the Duo has 2 of each feature.
The Advantage of RODECaster Duo
There is something important on the Duo that doesn’t exist on the RODECaster Pro 2. That is the 3.5mm TRRS Input for headphones and headsets. Having this feature adds versatility to the console. This additional audio input is at the front of the unit.
In general, the RODECaster Duo is a scaled-down version of the Pro 2. It has every single feature including all the processing and effects that the Pro 2 has. It has the same 5.5-inch high-definition touchscreen and tactile rotary encoder, perfectly tailored presets, and an innovative VoxLab™ processing editor.
Although it has fewer faders, Neutrik inputs, smart pads, and headphone and line outputs, the Duo has an advantage by having a 3.5mm TRRS input.
The RODECaster Duo and Pro II are both amazing integrated audio production studio consoles. They both have their unique strengths, catering to different production needs. When choosing which to buy, consider your recording needs, budget, and desired features.
If you’re a solo podcaster and always on the go, the RODECaster Duo could be the perfect fit for you. Its compact size offers convenience without sacrificing audio quality. On the other hand, if you host multi-person discussions, the RODECaster Pro 2 might be worth the investment. Its maximized features give you more flexibility and control over your audio production.