A new major firmware update has landed for the RØDECaster Pro II, making the all-in-one audio solution for content creators even more powerful.
Based on user feedback, RØDE has introduced advanced sub-mixing to all of the RØDECaster Pro II’s outputs, expanding on the routing feature introduced in the last major update (1.0.7). This is an especially powerful feature for streamers who need to send different mixes to different audio destinations, such as stream and chat applications and their headphone mix, but it’s also super useful for podcasters and other content creators.
With firmware version 1.0.7, you could customise each of the USB and Bluetooth outputs by selecting which channels would be heard on these outputs. The new update takes this functionality to the next level, allowing you to independently adjust the level of each channel for all ten audio outputs (both digital and analogue), including the headphone and monitor outputs, the Bluetooth channel, on-board recording mix, and the three USB outputs.
From the main mixing screen, simply tap the settings cog in the top-right corner of the screen, navigate to ‘Outputs’ > ‘Routing’, and choose one of the ten outputs to configure. From here, you’ll notice that every output has a ‘Custom’ option at the top of the screen – tapping this will show you the new sub-mix screen for that output.
In the sub-mix screen, you can independently set the levels of each channel by tapping the virtual fader of the channel you wish to change and turning the rotary encoder. You’ll also notice a ‘link’ button below each virtual channel – when linked, adjusting the level of a channel will create an offset from the main mix, meaning that the linked channel in your sub-mix will increase or decrease in level when you adjust the physical or virtual faders in your main mix, but the offset will be maintained. You can ‘unlink’ a channel by pressing this button (a yellow broken chain icon will display), and a third press will remove the channel from the sub-mix entirely (a red ‘x’), which is effectively a mute.
As touched on, this feature is super useful if you’re a streamer as you’ll now be able to fine-tune the audio you hear in your headphones separately to the audio sent to your chat and your stream. If you’re a podcaster, this means that hosts and guests can hear entirely different mixes to what’s being recorded on the RØDECaster Pro II itself or what’s being sent to the computer. This level of customisation adds a huge amount of flexibility to the RØDECaster Pro II, expanding on its already immense capabilities as an all-in-one audio production studio and interface.
In addition to the new advanced sub-mixing feature, firmware 1.1.1 introduces a number of system optimisations and workflow improvements, including the routing of voice effects, which are now applied to each individual channel in multitrack mode, allowing users to capture these effects while maintaining the post-production flexibility that multitrack recording offers.
The RØDECaster Pro II’s companion software RØDE Central has also been updated to mirror all of the configuration options now available on the RØDECaster Pro II itself, including setting up the advanced APHEX audio processing, SMART pads and custom sub-mixes.
Firmware version 1.1.1 for the RØDECaster Pro II is available for direct download now – connect your unit to the internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet to update, or download and install the latest version of RØDE Central to update it when connected to your computer.