The sound pads on the RØDECaster Pro are an incredibly easy way of storing audio to be played at any time during a podcast. They’re super fun to use and especially handy for live productions.

The sound pads can be used for triggering pre-recorded interviews, playing music beds, intro and outro music, stings and sound effects, segment intros and more. Even though they are extremely simple to use, there are endless ways to customise and deploy them.

producer mode for the rodecaster pro communications channel


The sound pad icon on the home screen will take you to the sound pad menu when pressed. This menu can also be accessed by going to ‘Settings’ > ‘Sounds’.

The sound pad menu will display each of the sound pads you have active and their assigned names (these names can be edited from within the Companion App). You can also scroll through the different sound banks; the RØDECaster Pro can store up to eight banks of sounds. These can be cycled through by pressing the arrow buttons at the bottom of the sound pad menu or swiping left and right.

To make changes to a sound pad, tap on it in the sound pad menu. This will display options to change the selected pad’s colour and its playback mode. On the left side of this screen is a map of the selected sound pad’s position on the control panel. This is especially helpful if you want to locate and fire off the selected sound pad to quickly test the audio.

Sound Pads menu on the RODECaster Pro displaying sound bank 1

Pro Tip

The RØDECaster Pro has 512MB of internal memory and can store up to eight banks of eight sounds – 64 in total!


Latch
In ‘Latch’ mode, the pads work in a simple start / stop configuration. Press a pad to begin playing the audio, and press it again to stop it playing. This can be considered as the sound pads' 'default' mode.

Pause
In ‘Pause’ mode, when the sound pad is pressed while audio is playing, playback will be paused and the sound pad will flash until the sound pad is pressed again to resume playback.

Replay
In ‘Replay’ mode, when the sound pad is pressed while audio is playing, playback will start again from the beginning. This can be handy for firing off a sound pad multiple times in quick succession, such as the classic air-horn sound effect.

Play
In ‘Play’ mode, the sound pad will play the audio in its entirety. Pressing the pad again whilst the audio is playing will have no effect. This prevents any accidental knocks or bumps from stopping playback – handy for playing extra long pre-recorded interviews or music.

Swear Button
Whenever the user presses the pad in Swear button mode, all channels will be muted and the sound on the pad played. When activated, the sound on the sound pad can be replaced with the classic 'beep' tone to mask profanities. 

Trash-Talk
In trash talk mode, the audio outputs to the USB, Bluetooth and phone channels will be muted, therefore any guest on the other end of these channels won't be able to hear anything. This can be handy for cueing guests before bringing them onto the podcast or if you're in a prank call situation and you want to talk amongst your physical guests without the caller hearing. 

Loop
While not necessarily a 'mode', when ‘Loop’ is activated, the pressed sound pad will repeat playback indefinitely until the sound pad is pressed again. This is especially handy when using a looped music track as an intro that can vary in length.

Pro Tip

To cancel playback in any mode, press and hold the active sound pad for three seconds.


Recording menu for Sound Pads on the RODECaster Pro with Overdub mode displayed
Each sound pad can be fully customised from within the RØDECaster Pro with options to clear, record and overdub audio. These settings can be found at the bottom of the menu for each sound pad. Pressing ‘Clear’ will delete anything stored on the selected sound pad, allowing you to record your own audio with the ‘Record’ button.

Press the ‘Record’ button to access a new menu. Here you will find the option to play the audio on the selected sound pad, record new audio, and even overdub extra audio on top of the audio that’s already stored on the sound pad.

Recording
When the ‘Record’ button is pressed, everything played through the main output on the RØDECaster Pro will be recorded to the sound pad. This means you could record a snippet of music, a sound effect, or even a full 20-minute podcast to the sound pad to be played back later on.

Overdubbing
When the ‘Overdub’ button is pressed, audio will be layered on top of the audio that is currently stored on the sound pad. This process can be repeated multiple times, allowing you to build layered sounds. This is handy for building your own podcast intros by laying a voice over and sound effects on top of a music bed.


All of the sound pad controls mentioned above are also available in the RØDECaster Pro Companion App. This app has a number of features for setting up and configuring the RØDECaster Pro. To download the Companion app, check out the page on updating firmware.

First, connect your RØDECaster Pro to a computer with the included USB cable and launch the Companion App. Once opened, the Companion app will automatically display the first eight sound pads with the option to cycle through the banks of sounds. Clicking on any of these sound pads will display a pop-up box with controls to change the name, colour and playback style of the sound pad.

You can also use the Companion App to transfer sounds from the RØDECaster Pro to your computer – handy if you have recorded an awesome custom sound and want to back it up. There is also the option to load sounds from your computer to the sound pads. Both of these features can be used by selecting a sound pad and clicking on one of the icons in the bottom left corner of the pop up box.

Looking for new sounds for your podcast? Check out the blog post on finding sounds for your podcast!

Computer screenshot of RODECaster Pro companion app with Sound Pads menu displayed. Settings to change name, colour, playback style and delete.

Pro Tip

Any changes made from within the Companion App will be reflected on your RØDECaster Pro in real-time.


Now that you have your microphones, headphones and sound pads set up, the next step is to add advanced effects and processing!