The RODE RODECaster Pro (RCP) was released in Late 2018. As we are fast approaching the two year anniversary of this awesome machine, I wanted to take some time to explore all of the exciting tools that this system has to offer.
The original release of the RCP was pretty straightforward. The features that you saw on the outside were essentially what you got. No complaining here! The RODECaster Pro was (and still is) the perfect podcast solution at a great price. Over the last 18 months RODE has outdone themselves. They have implemented a ton of awesome features including Effect processing, Multi track recording and other tools that can take your production to the next level.
Many audiophiles (myself included) rejoiced when they heard that compressors, noise gates, and a De-Esser were coming to the RCP in June of 2020. However some entry level podcaster’s may not know what these tools are or how to best utilize them. That’s where DVE Store can help! We believe in empowering content creators with the knowledge that they need to go out there and do what they do best, create content! In this article I will be outlining in detail the newest tools that the RCP has to offer, and how to wield them to create next level content.
We are going to start by looking into the on-board Audio Processing function on the RODECaster Pro. Altogether the RODECaster Pro has 5 different channel effects that we can utilize. It has a High-pass filter, Noise Gate, De-esser, Compressor, and the Aphex Exciter and Big Bottom effects. These effects can be found either on the channel settings of the RCP or by using the RODECaster Pro Companion app. Let’s start from the top and dive in!
This tool does exactly what the name would suggest, it lets the higher frequencies pass while reducing/blocking the lower frequencies. The higher the frequency is on the slider, the more low-end frequencies will be blocked. This tool can be used to reduce some of the low end of a particularly deeper voice. It can also be used to block some of the plosive sounds like the hard ‘P’ sounds. For my voice, which is on the deeper side, I have it set to roughly 80 Hz. But don’t be scared to play around with it and see what works best for your situation!
A Noise Gate is a great tool that can save a bunch of time in post production. Imagine being a kid again and standing in line at Disneyland for the “Tower of Terror”. After a wait that feels like eternity you walk up to the ride and the ride operator comes by with the sign that says “ You must be ‘this’ tall to ride”. After sizing you up the operator opens the gate, and then sends you on your way into the ride. That experience is roughly the same way a Noise Gate works for audio. A Noise Gate serves as a way to regulate what audio can come into the mix. Signals too small, like a neighborhood dog barking in the distance or an Air conditioner in the background, will not be able to come into your feed.
Here is a breakdown of the parameters of a Noise Gate and my recommendations.
Threshold - This is the size of the gate. More specifically, this represents at what dB level will the gate open and close. If you set this too high you may experience drops in audio in between words and phrases, reducing intelligibility. Too low and you will be letting in too much sound in the room and you will have to do more edits in post. I have my gate set at around -55dB. The goal is to find that sweet spot that captures all of the words and features of your voice, while cutting out unwanted environment noises (I.E air conditioning, computer noise, ect.)
Attack - Going back to the gate analogy, the attack represents how quickly the Gate opens. This parameter is set in milliseconds. That time is how quickly the Noise Gate responds to a signal that is above the threshold. This will help smooth out the sound of when the Noise Gate engages. Listen to the initial sounds after a quiet moment of your audio, that is where the attack is most relevant.
Hold - This is how long the gate will be open for. The hold is used to delay the gate closing to smooth out the end of phrases and audio. I keep my hold around 0.10 but feel free to increase the hold as you see fit for your voice.
Release - This is how quickly the Gate closes after the hold. Same as the attack, this parameter allows you to smooth out the back side of audio to keep a consistent and smooth sound. When I am setting up a Noise gate my default is to set the attack first and then copy that setting to the release and adjust from there.
Range - This function will let you turn a signal down instead of completely cutting it off. Try it out for yourself and see what sounds best for your setup!
One thing to keep in mind is to be patient! Learning is a process and it takes a ton of time to develop the skills to dial in these awesome features. I can guarantee that if you are persistent and take the time to set up these tools you will not regret it! Not only will you have a great and unique sound, but you will also save a ton of time in post production.
Thats it from me. Remember to have fun and keep curious!
If you have any questions on the RODE RODECaster Pro or podcasting please feel free to reach out to me at
Email: Brycel@dvestore.com Direct Line: 425-535-4967
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