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RØDE Microphones & The 2019 Schools Spectacular

In November 2019, RØDE Microphones made a trip to Dubbo, a large rural town in central New South Wales, which is currently in the grips of the worst drought Australia has seen in recorded history. It was here that we met some of the 150 kids from drought-affected parts of rural NSW that had been selected by their schools to be a part of the ‘Wish Upon a Star’ program for the 2019 Schools Spectacular. This was an initiative that saw the kids travel from the country to Sydney for a mini-holiday to see the Schools Spectacular and enjoy a fun weekend away from the challenges of the drought.

As the Rural Initiative Sponsor of the 2019 Schools Spectacular, RØDE was proud to assist with costs of the ‘Wish Upon a Star’ program. We also took the opportunity to get to know the kids, hear their stories, and find out how podcasting is helping them connect with the wider community and have their voices heard. Laura was just one of these kids. This is her story.

LAURA'S STORY

How Podcasting Is Giving Kids a Voice

Podcasting is an incredibly powerful way for kids to unleash their creativity and have their voices heard, especially those in remote parts of the world. Creating a podcast requires little technical experience and has a very low barrier to entry. With some simple gear and with a little guidance, kids of all ages can get stuck into podcasting – it is a uniquely accessible medium, one that is growingly rapidly. Through developing stories, gathering information and ideas for podcasts, and learning how to communicate and present this content, kids are given the chance to formulate their own views and opinions, and share them in a meaningful way.

How Do You Start a Podcast?

Starting a podcast is easy. All you need is a great idea and a way to share it with the world. We’ll leave the ideas to you, but we’re here to help you share it. The RØDE range offers a number of products to suit every application and budget, from simple USB microphones to complete podcast production kits.

RØDECaster Pro

RØDECaster Pro

The RØDECaster Pro is an all-in-one podcast production studio that makes creating amazing podcasts incredibly easy. It’s like a full radio studio in a simple-to-use box. Have up to four presenters, trigger music or sounds, make phone or Skype calls – all recorded to an on-board SD Card or to your computer via USB. It is revolutionising podcast production – from hobbyists to the biggest names in podcasting – all over the world.

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PodMic

PodMic

The PodMic is a broadcast-grade dynamic microphone optimised for podcast applications. With a built-in pop filter and a rich, even sound, it will give your voice a silky, professional quality, even if you are new to podcasting. It will provide great results with any XLR mic interface, but is optimised for connecting to the RØDECaster Pro.

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NT-USB

NT-USB

For those looking for a studio-quality microphone that can record direct into a computer without the need for an audio interface or mixer, the NT-USB is a great option. Simply plug it into your computer, plug in your headphones, and hit record in your favourite software. Professional-grade podcast audio, with no studio needed!

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These are just a few of the amazing podcasting products RØDE has to offer.