Now that you’ve mastered the basics of your RØDECaster Pro, it’s time to learn more about setting up your microphone channels.  

The RØDECaster Pro has four XLR channels for plugging in four microphones. You can use any microphone with the RØDECaster Pro, as long as it can be connected to an XLR input (note: USB microphones like the NT-USB Mini cannot be used with the RØDECaster Pro).  

These four XLR inputs are found at the back of the unit and correspond to the first four channels on the mixer, which have their own dedicated colour. When it comes to most settings, these channels are identical, and the instructions below can be applied to any of the channels individually. We’ll use Channel 1 as an example.

Rear of RODECaster Pro with 1 XLR cable plugged into channel 1 XLR input

Pro Tip

In general, most dynamic microphones require more gain to achieve a good level than condenser microphones. For example, if you are using a PodMic, you will need to set the gain higher than if you were using an NT1.

Compressor  This will help make your voice sound rich and more balanced and consistent.

De-esser  This will help reduce ‘sibilance’ in your voice – those harsh ‘sss’ ‘t’ ‘shhh’ sounds.

High-pass Filter  This will cut low frequencies in your audio signal, which is useful for preventing rumble from air conditioners, traffic noise and other vibrations being heard in your recording.

Noise Gate  This helps reduce any background noise in your audio signal, giving your recording a cleaner, more professional sound.

APHEX Aural Exciter – This will introduce some harmonics to the higher frequencies of your voice, giving it more shine and sparkle.

APHEX Big Bottom – This will introduce harmonics to the lower frequencies in your voice, adding richness and depth.

In the video below, we’ll give you a quick overview of what each of these processors does and how to use them. To learn about the advanced versions of these effects and processors, head over to the Using Advanced Processing and Effects page.

Bonus Tip

Use the XLR-ID to keep your cables organised. These are a set of eight colour-coded ring attachments for your XLR cables so you can easily identify which microphone is plugged into which channel.

xlr-id cable tags for the rodecaster pro

Pro Tip

If you can’t hear your podcast playing back through the RØDECaster Pro, there’s a good chance one of your solo buttons is engaged.

Now that your microphone channels are set up, check out the section on correctly setting up headphones and speakers.