RØDE, the Sydney-based, globally-popular maker of affordable, innovative microphones for moviemakers, singers and musicians, has just announced that its groundbreaking RØDELink Digital Wireless Filmmaker Kit is now shipping everywhere.
First in a series of digital wireless connection solutions, the Filmmaker Kit will particularly appeal to independent moviemakers needing a reliable wireless recording solution for unpredictable conditions on location. It will also be attractive to all moviemakers needing to replace existing wireless solutions in the face of widespread contractions of the radio spectrum.
In RØDE’s press release, company Founder and President Peter Freedman writes of his 15-year dream of providing wireless solutions to customers everywhere.
For the past year or so, Australian moviemakers in particular have been living something of a nightmare, with threats of the radio spectrum formerly available to wireless microphone users being radically contracted if not removed altogether.
Even before the federal government made its initial spectrum loss announcement, moviemakers using traditional wireless solutions reported wide variations in spectrum availability and freedom from interference. I suspect the situation may be similar wherever moviemakers find themselves.
Rather than trying to fix existing wireless microphone technology, RØDE has thought different and sought a digital solution instead. In the process it came up with a product that, from what I have seen in operation in a noisy factory environment full of electronically-controlled production machines with possible electromagnetic emissions, handles these situations brilliantly.
Independent moviemaking is an oftentimes challenging process, and it is a real boon to have dependable, high quality production tools to take the edge off the common stresses we undergo with too-small budgets, unfamiliar borrowed gear or under-experienced crews.
I look forward to seeing what else RØDE comes up with by way of wireless solutions. In the small, overworked crews and often cluttered improvised sets of independent movie production, cables strewn all round the place can be overlooked dangers to the unwary. Replacing at least some of them with wireless connections will make moviemaking safer for us all. [bctt tweet=”RØDE announces innovative RØDELink Digital Wireless ‘Filmmaker Kit' is now shipping worldwide.”]
Introducing the RØDELink Digital Wireless Audio System
Via Youtube Description:
RØDE is pleased to announce the RØDELink fully digital wireless audio system. Using a next-generation 2.4GHz, 128-bit encrypted digital transmission sent on two channels simultaneously, RØDELink provides a high-resolution 24-bit/44.1k digital audio signal at a range of up to 100 meters (over 100 yards).
The first product offering in the RØDELink system is the Filmmaker kit, which includes a camera-mounted receiver, beltpack transmitter and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone.
RØDELink Filmmaker Kit
Series II, 2.4GHz digital transmission 128-bit encryption Up to 100 metres range* OLED display (on receiver) One button pairing Three level gain control AA battery or USB powered Includes RØDE's broadcast Lavalier microphone
RØDELink represents the next generation of digital wireless systems. Using a series II 2.4GHz digital transmission with 128-bit encryption, it is able to constantly monitor and hop between frequencies to maintain the strongest possible signal level at a range of up to 100 metres* (over 100 yards). The RØDELink Filmmaker Kit provides everything you need to start shooting video wirelessly, including a receiver, transmitter and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone. The receiver (RX-CAM) features an OLED display with information on level, battery status (receiver and transmitter), mute and channel selection. The unit can be mounted on a standard camera shoe mount, 3/8″ thread or belt-clip, and for added versatility the shoe mount can be located in one of two positions. The lightweight transmitter (TX-BELT) can be fitted to a belt or clothing and features a locking thread to ensure the microphone connection is as secure as possible. RØDE’s omnidirectional Lavalier microphone is included in the kit to provide the highest possible audio reproduction quality.
* range estimations based on optimal environment
RØDELink DIGITAL WIRELESS “FILMMAKER KIT” SHIPPING NOW
Via RØDE Press Release:
Thursday April30th 2015,Sydney, Australia– Australian audio company RØDE Microphones is proud to announce the first product in the “RØDELink” digital wireless product range – The Filmmaker Kit – has commenced shipping to authorized RØDE dealers worldwide.
A fully-digital wireless audio system, RØDELink utilises a next-generation 2.4GHz, 128-bit encrypted digital transmission sent on two channels simultaneously, providing a high-resolution 24-bit/44.1k digital audio signal at a range of up to 100 meters (over 100 yards).
The Filmmaker Kit consists of a beltpack transmitter, on-camera or beltpack receiver, and RØDE’s broadcast quality Lavalier microphone.Future kits in the RØDELink system will address specific audio solutions across film, news gathering, presentation and stage use, and will consist of a number of receiver and transmitter options.
“Today marks a very special occasion for us at RØDE. Wireless has been a dream of mine for the last 15 or so years, so to finally be shipping a product today that is not only a leader in technology and design, but affordability and user experience is a dream realised”.Commented Peter Freedman, RØDE’s Founder and President.“I can’t wait to see RØDELink systems being used all over the world, helping independent filmmakers reach a level of audio production quality that was previously out of reach.”
About RØDE microphones:
RØDE Microphones (www.rode.com) designs and manufactures high-quality microphones and related accessories for studio, live and location use. Its products are designed and primarily manufactured in Sydney, Australia and exported to over 100 countries globally.
(cover photo credit: snap from RØDE)