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Recording to a Computer via USB

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Recording to a Computer via USB

The RØDECaster Pro offers a variety of recording options to suit any podcaster. You can choose to record directly to the microSD card, but for even greater flexibility, you also have the option to record to a computer via USB. This can be especially handy if you need to mix your podcast, polish it with extra signal processing, or add in extra audio or entirely new segments in post-production.

Connecting to your Computer

The RØDECaster Pro can be connected to either a Mac or Windows computer using the included USB-C to USB-A cable. First, plug the USB-C end into the back of the RØDECaster Pro, then plug the USB-A end into your computer.

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(Video) Connecting The RODECASTER PRO To Your COMPUTER

Pro Tip

If your computer or laptop has a USB-C connector, the SC17 cable can be used to connect your RØDECaster Pro to the computer.

Recording in Stereo to Computer via USB

Once connected, the RØDECaster Pro will appear as an audio device in the sound settings on your computer. Selecting ‘RODECaster Pro Stereo’ as your input and output device will establish an audio connection between the RØDECaster Pro and your computer. Remember, you can use this set up to integrate online guests into your podcast via Zoom or any communications app. Learn more about connecting online guests and callers here.

In order to record the audio to your computer, you will need to download and use a digital audio workstation (DAW). You can use the RØDECaster Pro with any DAW – we have extensively tested it with Audition, GarageBand, Logic Pro X, ProTools and Reaper, so we recommend using one of these DAWs. Now that you have your DAW set up on your computer, you’ll need to route the incoming audio from the RØDECaster Pro to the correct place.

Note: Depending on the kind of DAW you are using, the set-up and recording process may differ slightly. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll be using GarageBand for this demonstration. See the downloads section below for step-by-step walkthroughs on some of the other popular DAWs.

1.

Open a new session in GarageBand, go to ‘Preferences’ or ‘Session Settings’ and set the input device to ‘RODECaster Pro Stereo’.

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2.

Create a new stereo track using inputs 1-2. These are the left and right channels of your RØDECaster Pro’s main stereo mix. You can rename this stereo track ‘RØDECaster Pro’.

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Pro Tip

When recording into most DAWs, it’s good practice to mute the outputs of the tracks you’re recording into. This will avoid any chance of feedback loops while playing back audio through speakers or headphones.

(Video) RØDECaster Pro Features - Using your PC as an Audio Source

3.

You can now turn on record enable in your track header by right clicking the track header, selecting ‘Configure Track Header’ and ‘Record Enable’. Now you can record enable your tracks and hit record. You are now recording in real-time to your DAW!

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4.

If you would like to play back the recorded audio from GarageBand, simply slide up the USB channel fader, switch off record enable on each track and hit play. If you’re using other DAWs, you might also need to set the output of each tracks to ‘RODECaster Pro Stereo’ individually.

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Recording to a DAW will not stop you from recording to a microSD card in your RØDECaster Pro. As a backup, your podcast can be recorded simultaneously on both microSD card and your DAW. To do this, simply tap the record button on your RØDECaster Pro at the same time as you begin recording in your DAW.

Keep in mind that when recording via USB to a computer in its default ‘Stereo’ mode, using communications apps on the USB channel like Skype or Zoom won't be ideal as the function that is used to avoid feedback and echo in comms app (USB mix-minus) will effectively cancel all audio on the USB channel when switched on. If you wanted to record all channels via USB including comms applications on the USB channel, the RØDECaster Pro has an extremely powerful multitrack mode that can allow for even more expansion and options.

Recording Multitrack to Computer via USB

In its default mode, the RØDECaster Pro will output a stereo podcast to the connected USB device, but you also have the option to record in multitrack. When ‘Multitrack to USB’ is switched on, each channel on your RØDECaster Pro can be recorded onto its own track in your DAW, opening up infinite editing and mixing possibilities in post-production. First you will need to switch on multitrack recording via USB by going to 'Settings’ > ‘Advanced’ > ‘Audio’ > ‘Multitrack’ and tapping on ‘USB’.

(Video) RØDECaster Pro Firmware Version 1.2.0 - Now with Multitrack to microSD

Doing this will output the complete stereo mix of your podcast, plus every single channel on the RØDECaster Pro in individual tracks. This includes mono tracks for the microphone channels, plus stereo tracks for the main output, USB, smartphone, Bluetooth and sound pad channels – a maximum of 14 tracks in total.

Each track from the RØDECaster Pro can be assigned to a separate input in your DAW, starting with the complete stereo mix (Input 1 and 2) then going across the console from the microphone channels (Inputs 3-6) to the USB channel (Input 7 and 8), the smartphone channel (Input 9 and 10), the Bluetooth channel (Input 11 and 12) and the sound pads (Inputs 13 and 14). Use the chart below to keep track of your channels and their assigned input numbers.

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Setting up a multitrack session in your DAW will be slightly different depending on your operating system and the software you’re using. Most common DAWs are simple to set up and use, but others will be a bit more complex.

In your DAW, select ‘RODECaster Pro Multichannel’ as your input device. Note that this is a different input device to ‘RODECaster Pro Stereo’, which you may have used previously.

Next, create 14 new mono tracks in your DAW (alternatively, you can create five stereo tracks and four mono tracks if the DAW you are using supports stereo-linked tracks), then assign the inputs from each channel of the RØDECaster Pro to its corresponding track in your DAW and label them accordingly (for example: ‘stereo mix’, ‘mic channel 1’, ‘mic channel 2’ etc).

Pro Tip

Even if you aren’t using every channel on your RØDECaster Pro, it’s a good idea to set up your multitrack session with all 14 (or nine) tracks as a visual reference that corresponds to the layout of the console. You can also save this configuration in your DAW for a quick and easy set up in future.

Once each channel from the RØDECaster Pro has been routed to an individual track within your DAW, mute the outputs, record enable each track that you want to capture and hit record.

For a more in-depth walkthrough for setting up multitrack sessions in popular DAWs, including GarageBand, Reaper and ProTools, see the links below.

Audition Guide (Mac)

Audition Guide (PC)

Garageband Guide

Logic Pro X

Pro Tools (Mac)

Pro Tools (PC)

Reaper (Mac)

(Video) RØDECaster Pro Firmware Version 1.1.0 – Multichannel Over USB

Reaper (PC)

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RØDECaster Pro ASIO Drivers

To download the new ASIO driver for Windows, click the link below:

RØDECaster Pro Windows ASIO Driver.zip

For help setting up and using the ASIO Driver for the RØDECaster Pro, see the walkthrough below:

Installing and Using the RØDECaster Pro Windows ASIO Driver.pdf

If you are having any other trouble with recording to a DAW,contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Pro Tip

With the USB output set to multitrack, you can still use the USB channel to speak to remote callers on Skype or Zoom while simultaneously recording in multitrack via USB. You will just need to make sure you set the input and output on the communications app to ‘RODECaster Pro Stereo’. Setting it to ‘RODECaster Pro Multichannel’ will result in a distracting feedback loop for your guest.

Recording to Both MicroSD Card and a DAW

The RØDECaster Pro is capable of recording in multitrack to a microSD and a DAW via USB simultaneously. Simply select ‘microSD Card’ as well as ‘USB’ in the multitrack advanced settings. This is handy for ensuring you have a backup of your podcast in case your computer crashes. You could even record a stereo mix of your podcast to microSD card while recording in multitrack to a DAW (or vice versa).

If you want your multitrack recording to include all of the processing from your RØDECaster Pro, as well as the fader positions, make sure you have ‘Post-Fader Mode’ engaged. To do this, navigate to the ‘Multitrack’ menu by going to ‘Settings’ > ‘Advanced’ > ‘Audio’ > ‘Multitrack’, then switch on the ‘Post Fader’ option.

If you want your multitrack recording to be completely clean, with no effects, processing or level settings applied, turn off ‘Post Fader Mode’. This will give you a completely clean slate to work from in post-production.

To learn more about recording pre and post-fader, check out the section on recording to microSD card.

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There are plenty more ways to edit and control your podcasts with the RØDECaster Pros MIDI functionality being one of them! Check out the next section on MIDI Control below!

(Video) RØDECaster Pro II: Computer Features Walkthrough

FAQs

How do I connect my RODECaster Pro 2 to my computer? ›

Connect a USB cable to the USB 2 jack if you wish to add an additional input and output device. You must connect mobile devices to the USB 2 jack. If you are using a streaming platform on a PC, you must use the USB 2 jack and choose the Rodecaster Pro II secondary audio device as your input and output.

Can the RøDECaster Pro be used as an audio interface? ›

RØDECaster Pro can act as a USB interface and mixer, the thinking being that you can send your cast straight out via your computer or into your DAW to edit it before you broadcast it.

How do I connect my turntable to my computer via USB? ›

Turn on the turntable and computer and plug the turntable into the USB port on your computer. Locate the Speaker Icon in the task bar on your computer. It is often located at the bottom right of the screen. Right click on the Speaker Icon and select “Playback devices.”

Can you convert XLR to USB? ›

It is possible to convert an XLR microphone to USB provided you use an XLR to USB cable adapter. Unlike condenser microphones, dynamic microphones don't require any DC voltage to function. Therefore, you can successfully connect dynamic microphones directly to your computer by converting the XLR signal to USB.

How much memory does the RODECaster Pro have? ›

Plus a 32GB Ultra UHS-I microSDHC Memory Card features a storage capacity of 32GB and takes advantage of the UHS-I bus to support read speeds of up to 80 MB/s.

Does RODECaster have internal memory? ›

Sounds for the playback pads are stored on an internal 512MB flash memory, which has more than enough capacity for intro and outro music plus short cues or jingles.

Can I connect a USB mic to Rodecaster? ›

'Rode Connect' is free software that emulates the Rodecaster Pro on your computer. You can use it with up to 4 Rode NT-USB Mini mics, and record in multitrack.

Is a USB mic good for podcasting? ›

USB microphones stand out as a great piece of equipment for any podcast host. They make recording on-the-go simple, and they're compatible with a variety of systems and device types. You can find many types of USB mics on the market to record high-quality audio for your podcast.

Is RodeCaster Pro a mixer or audio interface? ›

The RodeCaster Pro can function as a mixer, recorder, and audio interface. It'll record into your computer or onto an SD card. Users can record phone calls with it, as well as use it as an interface with Zoom, Squadcast, Riverside.fm, or other VOIP application of choice.

How do I get Pro Tools to play through interface? ›

Pro Tools Playback Engine Settings

The Playback Engine can be found in the Pro Tools Setup menu. Open up the Playback Engine menu, and select your interface from the drop-down menu.

Why would you want a USB on a turntable? ›

Although music enthusiasts can connect their turntables to the computer's sound card for playback, the USB turntable makes it convenient for consumers to convert their vinyl collections to digital permanently.

Can you run audio through USB? ›

USB audio is a digital audio connection used to send digital music from your computer to a digital to analogue converter (DAC). But why would you use this instead of other outputs? Let us enlighten you. The reason why many people choose USB audio is due to the poor quality built in DAC in a computer.

Why would you need USB in turntable? ›

One of the biggest benefits to using a USB turntable is making backups of your albums in case one gets damaged, or borrowed by a friend. At the very least, you'll have a high-quality digital version of your favorite records you can listen to over and over without wearing out the grooves.

Is XLR to USB better than USB? ›

The 6 reasons XLR is better than USB are: They're significantly more versatile. They work in non-digital settings, so you're not stuck to a computer. Clearer sound quality.

Is XLR higher quality than USB? ›

A USB mic connects directly to the USB port on your computer, while an XLR mic requires an external recording interface or a digital I/O. Neither option is inherently better than the other. In fact, many USB mics use the exact same components as their XLR counterparts, so the sound quality is comparable.

Can you connect XLR directly to PC? ›

Plug the small end of the cable adapter or XLR-to-3.5mm adapter cable into the “Mic-In” or “Microphone” jack on the computer. On most computers, the “Mic-In” or “Microphone” jack has a thin, pink ring around it.

Can I use 2 USB mics in podcast? ›

You can add more than one USB microphone or device at each location, and even benefit from multitrack recording of them. This technique won't work in standard Cleanfeed, so you'll need to sign up for Cleanfeed Pro to use it. The Samson Q2U is a USB microphone which can be used with XLR cables too.

How much RAM do I need for podcasting? ›

A higher RAM means your laptop will be able to process multiple audio tracks, editing software, and more with no problem. Podcasters should look for at least 8GB of RAM. If you're a full-time podcaster, you might want to consider at least 16 GB.

Can you record a podcast with two USB mics? ›

If you're using a PC you'll need to download software to make this work. Voicemeeter is a free online mixer that allows you to link up multiple USB microphones. Then, when you record, it's as simple as selecting Voicemeeter as your input and output in the audio hardware settings of your recording software.

How do I connect Rode wireless to Windows? ›

Kindly try these steps to use your Rode Wireless Go on your Surface Book 2:
  1. Connect the Rode Wireless Go through the USB port.
  2. Open Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound.
  3. On the pop-up window, go to the Recording tab.
  4. Select your Rode Wireless Go and click Set Default.
  5. Click Apply then OK.
19 Jul 2020

How long can you record audio on 32GB? ›

32GB Large Capacity: Store 2000 Hours of recording files.

Is USB mixer good for recording? ›

Audio Mixer: Ideal for Live Recording and Bands

USB mixers can deliver great sound quality just as much as USB interfaces do, with the difference that with the former, you'll have full control over all the inputs at a glance, without the need to access your DAW to make changes.

How much storage do I need for my podcast? ›

How much storage do you need for a podcast?
Episodes per weekLength of an episodeYearly GB of stereo storage
60 minutes12.1 GB
5 episodes15 minutes3.80 GB
30 minutes7.61 GB
60 minutes15.2 GB
17 more rows
23 Aug 2021

Is USB mic good for recording? ›

Like all microphones, USB mics come in a variety of formats. Handheld mics are great for recording vocals and interviews, while desktop models are generally better for acoustic instruments and podcasting. Some USB microphones are compatible with standard mic stands, which makes them ideal for studio-style recording.

Can you use a USB mic for music production? ›

Yes. A USB mic becomes the recording interface to your computer. It replaces any other inbuilt microphone or recording system and gives you a good, clean recorded sound. While many are designed for speech there are plenty, as listed here, that will operate brilliantly over the dynamic range of the singing voice.

Are USB mics worth it? ›

USB Mics: Better Audio Quality, More Work

Your voice will be clearer, they handle background noise better, and the actual audio captured will be higher definition than most headset mics, allowing for much more freedom in post-production and audio editing.

What is the best device to record a podcast? ›

The Samson Q2U is our most recommended mic and suits 90% of new podcasters perfectly. It functions as both a USB and XLR mic, so, if you decide to upgrade to a recorder or interface further down the line, it'll work with them too. It's also excellent value, and well within most folks' budgets.

What equipment do I need for a 3 person podcast? ›

So to review you will need: Microphone (for each person) XLR Cable (for each person) USB Interface or Mixer (w/ USB in/out)
...
  • Microphone Stand (here are the best tabletop mic stands)
  • Shock Mount.
  • Windscreen or Pop Filter.
  • Studio Headphones.
25 Aug 2021

Can a microphone be connected by USB? ›

Where you connect a microphone to a computer depends on the connector the microphone utilizes. Generally speaking, there are two types of connectors used with microphones: the mini-plug and USB. Both types can connect to nearly any computer as most machines (including some laptops and Chromebooks) have both.

What is a USB microphone used for? ›

A USB microphone is a microphone that is designed for use in a personal computer or laptop and utilizes the “plug and play” technology that is associated with USB ports.

Is a USB mixer better than an audio interface? ›

If you want to the ability to record high-quality audio from a single source, or maybe just a few sources simultaneously, an interface is the best bet. Mixers work for broadcast, streaming, and live sound reinforcement. They offer the ability to combine and “mix” diverse sound sources.

Does Rodecaster need drivers? ›

The Rodecaster Pro is considered class-compliant on Mac, which means it doesn't need third-party audio drivers.

Can you live stream with Rodecaster Pro? ›

The Rodecaster Pro allows you to bring in extra sounds and music on to your live streams with the sound buttons, and from your smartphone. It has Aphex effects to make your voice sound amazing. It's also a mixer, with 4 microphone inputs. It's perfect for live podcasting and perfect for live streaming.

Do you need an interface for Pro Tools? ›

All Pro Tools|HD hardware systems require the presence of at least one Pro Tools|HD audio interface (purchased separately). Additional interfaces can be added to extend your I/O capabilities.

Do you have to be connected to the Internet to use Pro Tools? ›

Does Pro Tools require an internet connection? Pro Tools software does not require an internet connection to run, though if using iLok Cloud for licensing a persistent internet connection is needed. An internet connection is used for some setup functions, like downloading installers or managing (renewing) licenses.

How do I connect my RØDECaster Pro 2 to my computer? ›

Connect a USB cable to the USB 2 jack if you wish to add an additional input and output device. You must connect mobile devices to the USB 2 jack. If you are using a streaming platform on a PC, you must use the USB 2 jack and choose the Rodecaster Pro II secondary audio device as your input and output.

How do I connect my mixing console to my computer? ›

It's likely that your computer has an 'on–board' soundcard, and yours may have line and/or microphone inputs on mini-jack connections. If this is the case, you can simply plug the outputs of the mixer (in this case either the Stereo Out, Monitor, Rec Out or Aux Send) into the input of your on–board soundcard.

How do I connect my live mixer to my computer? ›

6 Ways To Connect An Audio Mixer To A Computer (Mac or PC)
  1. RCA to 1/8″ Cable > USB Sound Card > Computer.
  2. Dual 1/4″ to 1/8″ Cable > USB Sound Card > Computer.
  3. XLR to 1/8″ Cable > USB Sound Card > Computer.
  4. XLR to USB Cable > Computer.
  5. USB Audio Mixer > Computer.
  6. USB Audio Interface > Computer.
18 Aug 2020

Can I hook up my turntable to my computer? ›

Connect your turntable to your computer

Connect your turntable to your amp's phono input using the stereo audio cable. Next, connect the amp to your computer using the stereo to 3.5mm cable, by plugging the stereo end into the amp's OUT port, and the 3.5mm end into the computer's IN port.

What is the USB port on my mixer for? ›

The USB mixer is equipped with either one or two USB ports that allow you to play and record audio directly from your computer! Just hook up a USB cable, and the software drivers will automatically install. You can then play MP3, WMA, WAV or any other audio format that your computer is capable of, through your mixer.

Can you use a USB mixer live? ›

USB Mixers are an excellent addition to your home recording studio set up, most especially if you like live recording with your band or drum kit. And now you should be well versed in how to connect your USB to your respective computer, and how the USB Mixer functions during live in studio recording.

Does a digital mixer need an audio interface? ›

If you're using your audio mixer only to mix audio without recording it, then you don't need an audio interface. If you do want to record music, but don't own a USB mixer, then you will need an audio interface to translate the audio signal from analog to digital and save it on your DAW.

How do I record from my turntable to my computer? ›

Here are three ways you can capture vinyl into a computer:
  1. Using an all-in-one turntable/CD burner;
  2. Using a USB turntable;
  3. Using an audio interface to connect a turntable to a computer.
26 May 2015

Can you play records on USB turntable? ›

Enter the USB record player. The turntables in this list offer the option of ripping your records for digital safe-keeping and sound great for the price.

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2. Features and Specifications of the RØDECaster Pro II
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3. RØDECaster Pro II Mix Minus: Everything You Need To Know!
(Tom Buck)
4. RØDECaster Pro II: How to Make Phone Calls or Connect to a Computer via Bluetooth
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5. RØDECaster Pro Features - Loading Sounds
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6. An overview of the RØDECaster Pro - Podcast Production Studio
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