Rode, the Australian audio company that enjoyed breakthrough success with the Wireless Go and GO II, has introduced a dual-transmitter version of the more affordable device. Wireless ME microphone. If you can do without on-board recording, the dual-transmitter version can save you from buying additional equipment for a multi-mic setup.
As wireless clip-on digital microphones have gained popularity among creators, the (single transmitter) Rode Wireless ME has become a popular budget ($149) alternative. $299 GO II. This dual transmitter model is identical to the single microphone version. So you get the same Series IV 2.4GHz digital transmission, Rode’s GainAssist technology and “universal compatibility” with cameras, phones and computers.
Also, like the single-transmitter version of the Wireless ME, the new model’s receiver includes an additional “behind-the-camera” microphone for a bonus audio source. In this case, this theoretically gives you a third microphone – as long as your setup allows you to connect it directly to your recording device. It works with Rode Capture software (available for iOS and Android), aimed at creators.
Given that the Wireless ME is at the budget end of the Rode range, the same concessions apply as the single transmitter version. This includes no receiver display, on-board recording/storage, or the option to record a safety track at a lower gain level. In return for these concessions, you’ll save a few bucks over the top-of-the-line GO II.
We say “likely” because Rode hasn’t yet said how much the dual-drive version will cost. (The single-mic version costs $150, so you can probably expect it to be more.) The Dual Wireless ME is coming this spring, so expect to hear about pricing closer to its release date. It will be available in black and (for the first time in the ME series) white.