RØDE Central

RØDE Central is an easy-to-use desktop and mobile companion app for the Wireless GO II that allows you to configure your device settings anywhere, unlock advanced features, optimise and export recordings (desktop only), access device information, and update to the latest firmware. Download it for free to unlock the full potential of your Wireless GO II.

Note: OS Requirements – MacOS 10.13 or later; Windows 10 Version 1803 or later; iOS 14 or later; Android 9.0.

Using the On-Board Recording Function

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.

Configuring the Recording Mode

There are three different on-board recording modes to choose from. These can be selected 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 it is 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). Also, when this is activated, audio can only be recorded in uncompressed format (see below for more info on this).

'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, Optimising and Exporting Your Recordings

RØDE Central allows you to access, listen back to, optimise and export all internal recordings from within the software (desktop version only).

To access your recordings, open RØDE Central, plug in your transmitter(s) and select one from the list of devices. Your recordings will be listed chronologically in the left-hand column from oldest to newest, with the recording time, date, length, and file type displayed.

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. You will also find zoom in/out buttons to adjust your view of the waveform.

There is also a mini-nav bar above the master waveform, which shows all the waveform data as well as any dropouts and user markers in the file (see below for more information on markers). This allows you to quickly jump to a region rather than having to scrub through the whole file, which is particularly handy for longer recordings.

Marker Drops

The waveform will display any marker drops in the recording. These signify dropouts (red markers), dropout regions (red sections) and user markers that you have manually dropped (green markers). This is useful for pinpointing exactly what section of audio you need to export.

  • Dropouts: If the quality of the wireless signal between a transmitter and the receiver falls below the acceptable range during recording, a marker will be automatically dropped into the internal recording to signify a signal dropout. These are displayed as red flags.

  • Dropout Regions: If several dropouts occur within 10 seconds of each other, this will be displayed as a dropout region rather than multiple marker lines clumped together.

  • User Markers: You can manually drop a marker in your recording at any time via the receiver or transmitters. This feature can be enabled in RØDE Central by toggling the power ('Ø’) button mode to 'Marker' (see below). User markers are displayed as green flags in RØDE Central. In addition to appearing in the waveform, user markers are indexed in a drop-down menu under each recording. Click a marker to jump to that section of the recording.

  • 'Jump-to Marker' Buttons: Navigating to markers in a recording is easy using the ‘Jump-to Marker’ buttons, which are located next to the play button under the waveform. Simply select what type of marker you want to navigate to (dropouts or user markers), then click the buttons to jump to those markers.

Optimising and Exporting Your Recordings

When a recording is selected in RØDE Central, an ‘Export’ button will appear. Clicking the 'Export' button will give you access to a drop-down menu of export options for optimising your audio, including:

  • File name
  • File type (WAV/MP3)
  • Bit rate
  • Sample rate

Find out more about the optimisation and export options that RØDE Central offers here.

Batch Export and Export Selection 

In addition to being able to export individual recordings, you can export multiple files simultaneously by checking the box next to any recording and clicking ‘Export Selection.’

You can also export a specific section of a recording by right-clicking and dragging the selection tool anywhere on the waveform to highlight the region you need, then clicking ‘Export Selection’. You can also do this in the mini-nav bar.

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 using the power (‘Ø') button on the receiver or transmitters. This feature can be enabled in RØDE Central by toggling the ‘Ø’ button mode to 'Marker' in the receiver and transmitter settings. Once enabled, a single press of the power button will drop a marker in the recording.

Naming Recordings

You can rename your recordings in RØDE Central. Simply double-click a recording title to rename it and press ‘Enter’/’Return’ to confirm. This file name will be retained after being exported, making them easier to manage. This also provides a clear indication of which recordings are new each time you connect a transmitter (as these will be unnamed).

Note: recording file names are stored in RØDE Central, not on the transmitters, meaning that if you plug your Wireless GO II into a different computer, saved file names will not appear. 

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.

Safety Channel

RØDE Central allows you to activate the Wireless GO II’s safety channel. This is a handy feature that is also found on the VideoMic NTG and VideoMic Pro+.

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.

RODE Central Software Screenshot - indicating Safety Channel On

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.

LED Brightness

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.

RØDE Central Software Screenshot - indicating PAD is engaged

RØDE Central Mobile 

In addition to the desktop version, RØDE Central is also available on iOS and Android devices. This allows for on-the-go device configuration for even greater freedom and flexibility. 

RØDE Central Mobile for iOS Devices

Download RØDE Central Mobile via the App Store or the link below. To use RØDE Central Mobile on iOS devices, you will need to update your Wireless GO II firmware.

This cannot be done via the mobile app due to iOS limitations. To update your firmware, download the latest RØDE Central desktop version and plug in your receiver and transmitters. 

Note: OS Requirements – iOS 14 or later.

RØDE Central Mobile for Android Devices

Download RØDE Central Mobile via Google Play or the link below. To use RØDE Central Mobile on Android devices you will first need to update your Wireless GO II firmware.

To update your firmware, download the latest RØDE Central desktop version, plug in your receiver and transmitters and follow the prompts. Subsequent firmware versions can be updated through the mobile app (note: this only applies to Android devices)

Note: OS Requirements – Android 9.0 or later.

Pro Tip

To connect your Wireless GO II to your Lightning-equipped iOS device, you must use a Lightning to USB-C cable like the RØDE SC15 or SC19.

To connect your Wireless GO II to your Android device (or iPad Pro), you must use a USB-C to USB-C cable like the RØDE SC16 or SC17.

Using RØDE Central Mobile

To configure your Wireless GO II using RØDE Central Mobile, turn on the receiver and two transmitters and ensure they are paired, then plug the receiver into your mobile device.

The app has dedicated sections for the receiver and transmitters where you can control all the functions as you would on the desktop app.

For the receiver you can:

  • Activate/deactivate power saver mode
  • Activate/deactivate the fine gain control and change the gain setting 
  • Switch between ‘Merged’ and ‘Split’ recording mode
  • Change the power button function (backlight mode or marker drop)
  • Activate the safety channel

For the transmitters, you can:

  • Configure the on-board recording function (‘Always’, ‘Backup’, ‘Off)
  • Activate the input pad
  • Dim the LEDs
  • Change the power button function (mute, marker drop or none)
  • Switch between compressed and uncompressed recording mode

See above for more information on these functions.

Any changes you make to transmitter settings using the app will be transferred wirelessly via the receiver. Once you’ve made your changes, simply hit ‘Apply’ to beam the new settings to the transmitters.

For Android users, you can also connect the transmitters directly to your phone to adjust the settings individually.

You can also use the app to access your device information by tapping the ‘info’ icon and check the battery life for each unit.

Note: you cannot access and export recordings via the RØDE Central mobile app. This is far more easily managed via the desktop app as your computer has significantly more storage space and more powerful editing capabilities.