6.0, which actually addressed some of the issues or suggestions that i made about the system in my original review, not so long before that. So i wanted to update you because they have improved it. Quite importantly, and the most significant upgrade regards the internal recording facility of the wireless go to transmitters, and i should mention that i’m recording all of the audio that you’re listening to right now, using the internal recording capabilities of the transmitters. Now, if you want to update your wireless go to, you have to do it via the rode, central, app and you’ll need to download the latest version of that. You can do that from the road website and then the next time you connect your transmitter or receiver units to it. It will update the firmware automatically and you can see here that the transmitter i’ve connected to the usbc port on my macbook pro is now running version 1.6.0. So it is the latest one. At the time i made this video now the most important new setting regards the internal recording, because previously you needed to have both the transmitter and the receiver module on in order for that internal recording to take place, and it would actually start and stop when you, When those two units were wirelessly linked, so as soon as you disabled, that link by switching say the receiver off, then the recording would stop, and i suggested in my original review that wouldn’t it be.
If you didn’t need to have the receiver module activated, then you can actually use those transmitters as separate field recorders and rode has now equipped them without facility. So you’ll see here in the road central app this record button here and if i toggle it on here to always record now what will happen is the transmitter that i’ve got connected will record as soon as it is switched on and it will keep recording until I switch it off again and i don’t need it connected wirelessly or via cable to anything it just automatically starts recording. Now, when you have this option enabled there is only one quality option: it is broadcast quality. This is uncompressed. You cannot choose the compressed option. If you have it set to always record and as before, you’re looking at about seven hours worth of audio on a unit that is completely empty, i already have some recordings here on the left, so it’s only showing just over six hours remaining. Now, if you like, the way that it worked before you can, alternatively, set it to backup recording which will only start recording internally, when you have the transmitters wirelessly linked to the receiver unit. But, personally speaking, i love the idea of being able to use these little transmitters as field recorders, so i’m going to have it set to always record, and one thing that rode has changed is the actual icon. That indicates that internal recording is taking place on the receiver unit.
You’Ll see that the red dot has now changed to the actual word wreck. You can see that above the channels that are recording at the moment. Okay back to the road central app and the next new feature is a pad option, and this reduces the sensitivity of the transmitters microphone, and that also applies to anything that you have connected to the analog input on the transmitter, such as lav microphone. Next rode has addressed. One of the biggest bug bears that i had with the wireless go 2 and its predecessor, and that regards the led lights on the transmitter unit. You see it’s got two little leds on the top that glow quite brightly blue. They look really nice until you’re, using the actual transmitter as a lav mic attached to your neck, in which case it illuminates your neck, a rather attractive shade of blue, especially in dimmer conditions, and it can be very, very distracting. Now. I suggested in my reviews of both units that they should have an option to turn it off altogether. They haven’t done that they’ve met me halfway and you can now set it from bright to dim and, as you can see here, the unit on the left is set to bright and the unit on the right is set to dim now it’s, not that easy to Tell in the footage that i’ve recorded here, but in real life, the dim version on the right really is very, very dim it’s bright enough for you to actually see that the unit is switched on and activated, but not so bright that it will cast any light On the neck of the person that you’ve got it attached to, unless it’s very, very, very dark, so it’s, not exactly what i was after, but it’s a good compromise.
I think, maybe in the future, those lights on the next version could be positioned to the side or underneath the unit so that they don’t cause a problem at all. One thing i should note, though, is that one of those lights, if you’re, just using it for internal recording without the receiver turned on one of those lights, will keep flashing on and off to indicate that it is trying to find a wireless connection. Those lights only appear steady, as you can see here when the units are actually wirelessly connected to the receiver unit. Now this probably isn’t going to be much of an issue if you’re using it as a standalone field recorder, but just bear in mind that when it’s not connected to the receiver, the transmitter light will keep flashing. And finally, you can configure the function of the actual o button, which is on the bottom of the transmitter unit. Here you can set it to mute the signal to have no function at all or to drop a marker, which is really handy if you’ve got a really long recording and you want to say no. This is actually where the good stuff starts, and that makes it easier to find your position in a long recording and as before, once you do have a series of internal recordings. They appear on the left, as you connect the transmitter to your computer, and then you can just highlight them: uh, preview them and download them.
You still have to do this via the rode central app. It is not possible to just connect the transmitter and drag them off as if it were a mass storage device like say, uh, an sd, sound recorder or something like that. It still doesn’t have that functionality. It still doesn’t support. True native 32 bit float but really i’m very pleased with the updates that road has made here, in particular, the ability to always record without the receiver present effectively turning the system into two very, very portable field. Recorders, if you like and of course at that very important chance to dim those blue leds and before i go, i just wanted to mention one other thing in my original review of the rode wireless go 2, i mentioned on a caption near the start that it Didn’T recharge with all of the usb chargers that i tried it with now. I went back and retested that, and it did work with the ones for my macbook pro and also my samsung galaxy s20, as well as being able to charge it via the usbc ports. On my macbook pro itself, so i think i experienced some thing a little bit odd there, or perhaps it was my own mistake or user error, but i just wanted to update that by saying that, since making that review, i haven’t had any problems recharging it with Any usb charging source that i have at least at my disposal right.
I hope you found that useful.