VideoMic GO II

VideoMic GO II

Lightweight Directional Microphone

The VideoMic GO II is designed to make capturing incredible audio incredibly easy. Ultra-lightweight and compact, with powerful features that are simple to use, it is perfect for all forms of content creation with a camera, smartphone or tablet, or computer. It’s time to take your content to the next level.

Key Features:

  • Broadcast-quality compact shotgun microphone
  • Ultra-lightweight (just 89 grams)
  • No battery required and no complicated switching – incredibly easy to use
  • 3.5mm TRS output for use with cameras
  • USB output for use with mobile devices (iOS and Android) and computers (macOS and Windows)
  • Compatible with RØDE apps for accessing advanced features, powerful digital signal processing and studio-quality recording on any device


Incredible Sound with Ease

You don’t need to be an audio expert to get incredible sound. The VideoMic GO II does all the hard work for you. Featuring the same annular line tube technology as our VideoMic NTG and NTG5 microphones, it delivers rich, full-bodied audio that is perfect for a wide range of recording applications. It is a highly directional microphone, meaning it focuses on what you have it pointed at while reducing background noise, giving you crystal-clear, professional sound with ease.

The VideoMic GO II also comes with a ​high-quality windshield for capturing clean recordings outdoors​ and reducing plosives, plus a professional shockmount for superior absorption of handling noise.

Small but Mighty

Weighing in at just 89 grams, the VideoMic GO II is compact and lightweight enough to take with you wherever you go. Perfect for use with compact cameras, mobile recording rigs, or on a desktop as a USB microphone for capturing high-quality audio anywhere.

Videomic Go II front facing with large shadow behind it

As Simple as Plug and Go

The VideoMic GO II has no complicated controls or switches and requires no batteries to operate, so you can get recording in seconds. It connects seamlessly to cameras, computers, smartphones and tablets, giving you instant professional audio with minimal fuss – just pick it up, plug it in and go.

girl at home at desk with laptop and Videomic GO II plugged in

One Mic For All Your Devices

The VideoMic GO II is designed to suit the diverse needs of today’s content creators, offering universal compatibility with all your devices*.

Use it with your camera in the field. Use it with your smartphone or tablet for crystal-clear recording on the go. Use it as a desktop USB mic for podcasting, gaming and livestreaming, or video calls. Incredible versatility for maximum creativity.

*Additional cables required for connecting the VideoMic GO II to computers and mobile devices via USB – USB-C devices: SC16, SC17, SC18; iOS (Lightning) devices: SC15, SC19.

a camera, laptop, mobile phone all with videomic go ii

Supercharged with USB Power

Plugging the VideoMic GO II into your computer turns it into a fully functional USB microphone – perfect for anything from podcasting to video calls and voice overs to streaming. This groundbreaking patent-pending technology makes the VideoMic GO II unlike any other microphone in its class. When used in USB mode, the 3.5mm output doubles as a headphone output for easy audio monitoring and playback of your recordings.

girl at home at desk with computer and Videomic GO II plugged in

Unlock More Creative Potential With RØDE Apps

The VideoMic GO II is compatible with the entire RØDE app suite, giving you access to advanced features, powerful audio processing and studio-quality recording on any device.

AI-Micro connected to computer using RØDE Connect

RØDE Connect

Record with up to four microphones on a computer, with intuitive controls and powerful features. Create pro-quality podcasts or livestreams. Access studio-quality processing at the click of a button.

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AI-Micro connected to iPhone using RØDE Reporter

RØDE Reporter

Configure device settings, including adjusting the input gain, engaging a high-pass filter, high-frequency boost and pad, and record broadcast-quality audio on the go with your mobile device.

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AI-Micro connected to Samsung using RØDE Central

RØDE Central

Unlock advanced features and configure device settings anywhere. Set the input gain, engage a high-pass filter, high-frequency boost and pad, and update firmware for accessing new features.

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Specifications

Acoustic & Electrical Specifications

Acoustic Principle
Pressure gradient electret condenser

Polar Pattern
Supercardioid

Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz

Output Impedance
2K2Ω

Signal-to-Noise Ratio
79 dBA

Equivalent Noise Level (A-Weighted)
15 dBA

Dynamic Range
95 dBA Typical

Sensitivity
-31dBV(28.78mV @ 94dB SPL) ± 1dB @ 1kHz

Max Input SPL
110 dB SPL

Output Connection
3.5mm TRS

USB-C

Computer Connectivity
USB-C (USB 2.0)

Simultaneous I/O
Stereo input and output when in USB mode

Power Requirements
3.5mm plug-in power 2 - 5V

USB 5V

Bit Depth
24-bit

Sample Rates
48 kHz

Minimum OS Requirements
macOS 10.15

Windows 10 (20H2)

 iOS 14

Android 9.0 

Mechanical Specifications

Weight (g)
VideoMic GO II: 33

VideoMic GO II with SM8-R: 89

VideoMic GO II and all included accessories: 96 

Dimensions (mm)

VideoMic GO II:
Height: 120
Diameter: 21.6

VideoMic GO II and included accessories:
Length: 150
Width: 70
Height: 86


Included Accessories
1 x SC14 3.5mm TRS to TRS cable
1 x Foam Windshield
1 x SM8-R Shockmount

Box Contains

VideoMic GO II

1 x VideoMic GO II

sm8-r

1 x SM8-R

vmgoii-windshield

1 x Windshield

sc14

1 x SC14


Downloads

Datasheet

CE Declaration of Conformity

UKCA Declaration of Conformity


FAQs

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Do I need to charge the VideoMic GO II?
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The VideoMic GO II runs off plug-in power supplied by the connected device and does not contain an internal battery, so it does not need to be charged.
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Most definitely! The VideoMic GO II features a USB-C audio output that allows it to be connected to computers and mobile devices and used as a fully featured USB microphone. When used in USB mode, the 3.5mm TRS output can be used to connect headphones for audio monitoring and playback.

Additional cables are required for connecting the VideoMic GO II to computers and mobile devices via USB, such as the RØDE SC16, SC17 or SC18 for devices with a USB-C input, or RØDE SC15, SC19 for iOS devices with a Lightning port (note: to use the VideoMic GO II with an iOS device, you must use an Apple-certified 'Lightning Accessory Cable' like the SC15 or SC19).

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It is important to understand there are two different types of USB to Lightning cables specified by Apple. One is a charging / sync cable. This is the one that is supplied with your phone. The other is a ‘Lightning Accessory Cable’. This is a different type of cable that is used to attach accessories (such as microphones) to your device. You can use any Apple-certified Lightning Accessory Cable to connect the VideoMic Go II to your device; it does not have to be from RØDE. Just check carefully to ensure it is a certified ‘Lightning Accessory Cable’. A regular charging / sync cable will not work, as it is a different type of cable.
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The pad function only operates when using the VideoMic GO II in USB mode. When using the 3.5mm analog output, you should use the gain control on your camera to ensure the recording level is not too high.
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Yes. If you are using the 3.5mm output, you can use any high-quality 3.5mm extension cable (but be aware that the longer the cable, the higher likelihood of interference from other electrical devices). We suggest using the RØDE VC1 or SC8 when mounting the VideoMic GO II on a boompole. You can also use the Wireless GO for a wireless solution.

If you are using the USB output, be aware that very long USB cables or USB cable extenders can be problematic, and their performance may depend on the recording device being used. Use a high-quality USB extender, ideally an ‘active’ one, for best performance. Note: RØDE cannot warrant the performance of the microphone when used with third-party cables.

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Yes, the VideoMic GO II is fully compatible with RØDE Connect, allowing you to connect up to four of the microphones to a computer, with complete control over the input level and audio processing.
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The foam windshield is designed to mitigate moderate wind noise and plosives. You should also use it if the microphone is being moved (for example, on a handheld camera or boom arm), or if you are speaking directly into it. If it is mounted on a static camera in an indoor environment, you can remove it. The windshield features a high-quality open-cell design that is very acoustically transparent, so will not noticeably affect the performance of the microphone.

If you are using the microphone outdoors in a high-wind environment, we recommend using the WS12 furry windshield.

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Yes, you can do this within RØDE Central on PC or Mac computers, or by using RØDE Central Mobile or RØDE Reporter on iOS or Android devices. Please note that when the VideoMic GO II is being used with RØDE Connect, direct monitoring will always be on.
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When using the 3.5mm analog output, the peaks will depend on the gain setting in your camera, so you should use the audio meters on your device to monitor for peaks.

In USB mode, the VideoMic Go II utilises an internal preamp and A/D, so the LED will alert you to any loud peaks that may clip the input.

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The sliding rail is particularly useful for making sure the VideoMic GO II doesn’t protrude within the frame when using a very wide/ultra-wide lens and also allows it to be pushed forward in case it is blocking the viewfinder of a camera.
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Yes, on the bottom of the VideoMic GO II’s cold shoe mount there is a 3/8” screw thread, allowing it to be mounted to boom arms such as the RØDE PSA1 and PSA1+, boompoles, tripods such as the Tripod 2, and microphone stands. You may need a thread adaptor to attach it to these accessories (we recommend the RØDE Thread Adaptor kit).
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If you have an iPhone or iPad with a Lightning input, you will need a Lightning Accessory Cable (USB-C to Lightning) like the RØDE SC15 or SC19 (note: standard USB-C to Lightning cables will not work – you must use an Apple-certified ‘Lightning Accessory Cable’).

If you have a device with a USB-C input, such as an Android smartphone or iPad Pro, you will need a USB-C to USB-C cable like the RØDE SC16 or SC17.

You can also plug your VideoMic GO II into your smartphone or tablet using the 3.5mm output with the RØDE SC7 cable (available separately). Using the USB-C output gives you access to a host of features including headphone monitoring and access to advanced features using RØDE Central, so we highly recommend this option if possible

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When being used with a camera, the VideoMic GO II is designed to be a simple plug-and-go microphone with no controls or switches ensuring minimal fuss. You can use the manual gain control on your camera to adjust the input level if required.

When being used in USB mode, the input level and headphone volume can be adjusted from the computer or mobile device it’s connected to or with RØDE Central or RØDE Connect (computers), RØDE Central Mobile or RØDE Reporter (mobile devices). These apps can also be used to activate the high-pass filter, high-frequency boost, pad and other audio processing (RØDE Connect only).

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Many cameras have Automatic Gain Control (AGC) and other audio processing enabled by default. They can cause jumps in audio levels and other artefacts. These are not needed when using a high-quality microphone such as the VideoMic GO II. Ensure they are turned off, and the audio gain is set to ‘manual’ in your camera settings. Then adjust the gain so the audio meter is about 2/3 of the way across for the sound you are recording. For more details on setting the gain on your camera, check out this blog.