Using Windshields

The VideoMic GO II comes with a high-quality foam windshield to help curtail unpleasant wind noise when recording outdoors. We also recommend using it when speaking into the microphone up close, for example, when used on a tripod for podcasting – the windshield will help reduce the presence of plosives in your recording (harsh ‘p’ or ‘t’ sounds caused by air hitting the microphone capsule). The foam windshield can easily be removed by simply sliding it off.

When recording in high-wind environments, we recommend using the RØDE WS12 furry windshield (sold separately) to give you further protection from wind noise.

Using The Shockmount

The VideoMic GO II comes with the SM8-R, a high-quality shockmount that provides excellent isolation from external knocks, bumps, and other movement that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone. Simply clip the VideoMic GO II onto the shockmount using the arrows on the body as a guide. The shockmount features a cold shoe for mounting onto cameras and other devices, as well as a 3/8” thread for mounting it onto a boompole, tripod, microphone stand or studio arm.

Cable Management

The SM8-R shockmount features a handy cable management system for keeping your setup neat and tidy. It has four slots to accommodate different cable types, including standard TRS cables, flat cables like the included SC14, and larger USB cables like the SC17.

Sliding Rail

The SM8-R shockmount also features a sliding rail for precise positioning of the microphone. This is particularly useful when using the VideoMic GO II with cameras as it allows you to slide it forward, so it does not block the viewfinder, or slide it back if it is in frame. Simply loosen the screw to slide the microphone back or forward on its rail and tighten again to secure it in place.

The Level Peak Warning LED (USB Mode Only)

The VideoMic GO II features a level peak warning LED, which is located next to the USB output. This will flash red when the input level is too loud and clipping the microphone’s internal preamp, which will result in distorted audio. If your signal is clipping, turn the input gain level down or activate the pad using RØDE Connect or RØDE Central (note: this functionality is only available when using the microphone in USB mode).

Close up on the LED indication on the VideoMic GO II

The 3.5mm Output

The VideoMic GO II has a 3.5mm TRS output for connecting it to cameras and other devices with a 3.5mm input, such as the AI-Micro. It comes with the RØDE SC14 3.5mm TRS to TRS patch cable.

The 3.5mm output also acts as a headphone output for monitoring your audio when using the VideoMic GO II in USB mode (see below).

Close of TRS output on the VideoMic Go II

The USB Output

The VideoMic GO II also has a USB-C output for connecting it to smartphones, tablets, and computers. It is a class-compliant USB device, meaning you don’t need drivers or software for it to work. Simply plug it into your device, set it as your input source in your system preferences or recording software settings if required, and hit record. Using the USB output also allows the 3.5mm output to be used as a headphone output for monitoring your audio (see the ‘Direct Monitoring’ section for more information).

Close up on the USB-C output on the VideoMic GO II

Using the VideoMic GO II with a Computer

When used with a computer, the VideoMic GO II works as a fully functional USB microphone, complete with headphone monitoring using the 3.5mm output.

To connect the VideoMic GO II to your computer, you will need a USB-C to USB-C cable like the RØDE SC16 or SC17, or a USB-C to USB-A cable like the RØDE SC18, depending on what USB ports your computer has. Once connected, go to your computer system settings/preferences and select the VideoMic GO II as your audio input and output device. This will bypass your computer’s internal microphone and speakers and use the VideoMic GO II instead. You will also need to select the VideoMic GO II as your input and output device in any software or application you are using the microphone with.

When using the VideoMic GO II with a computer, you can access advanced features using RØDE Central, including input level and direct monitoring control, a high-pass filer and high-frequency boost, and a -20dB pad. If you are podcasting or livestreaming with the VideoMic GO II, we recommend using our free RØDE Connect software. See the ‘Using the VideoMic GO II with RØDE Apps’ section for more information.

Videomic Go II on tripod plugged into laptop

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Note: Any settings that have been enabled or adjusted on the VideoMic GO II using RØDE Connect, RØDE Central or RØDE Reporter will not be retained when the microphone is plugged into a device via the 3.5mm output.

Pro Tip

Using a shotgun microphone like the VideoMic GO II or VideoMic NTG for podcasting or streaming is great for recording setups where you want the microphone to be further away from your mouth, as they are highly directional and will retain presence and clarity, even at a distance.

RØDE Reporter

RØDE Reporter is a handy iOS/Android app for recording broadcast-quality audio on a smartphone or tablet. Record high-resolution 24-bit, 48kHz high audio anywhere, with access to the VideoMic GO II’s input and headphone monitoring level controls, high-pass filter, high-frequency boost and pad.

Videomic Go II on tripod with android phone and Rode Reporter App

Direct Monitoring

When using the microphone in USB mode with a smartphone, tablet or computer, you can plug a pair of headphones into the 3.5mm output to monitor your audio. You also have complete control over the output level via RØDE Central. Simply click the ‘Direct Monitor’ icon in the app and adjust the slider as required. Note: To adjust the headphone output level when using the VideoMic GO II with RØDE Connect, use RØDE Central or adjust via your computer’s audio settings.

Direct monitoring Gain on screen of phone and Videomic GO II plugged in


You can activate a -20dB input pad for the microphone via RØDE ConnectRØDE Central and RØDE Reporter. This is an easy way to quickly adjust the input level if you are recording a particularly loud sound source or are speaking into the microphone at a close distance. We recommend having the pad activated when recording a podcast or in any other situation where your mouth is close to the mic.

Pad on screen of phone and Videomic GO II plugged in

High-pass Filter

The VideoMic GO II features a two-step high-pass filter, accessed via RØDE Connect, RØDE Central and RØDE Reporter. This attenuates low-end frequencies in your recording, which is helpful for reducing the presence of unwanted low-end noise caused by wind, air conditioners, traffic noise and other ambient sounds from your recording environment.

There are two filter settings to choose from. The 75Hz setting will be more subtle and the 150Hz will be more prominent. Monitor your audio carefully in headphones and switch between each setting. If the 75Hz filter achieves the desired effect of reducing unwanted noise, leave it on. If you can still hear low-end rumble, switch to the 150Hz filter.

High Pass filter on screen of phone and Videomic GO II plugged in