RØDE has released Connect, a free software tool (Windows and macOS) for streaming and podcasting that allows up to four NT-USB Mini Broadcast Microphones to be connected to a computer simultaneously and then immediately available without complex routing or configuration.
RØDE Connect is effectively a virtual version of RØDE&s all-in-one audio production tool for podcasts RØDECaster Pro, which costs around 500 euros and can record audio via its 4 XLR inputs either to micro-SD cards or via USB to an external computer. That&s why the OnScreen user interface of RØDE Connect is also based on its user interface, offering four microphone channels with long sliders, level meters, mute buttons and more.
There&s also a virtual channel and a system channel for bringing in external guests via apps like Zoom or Google Hangouts, respectively, music tracks, pre-produced posts and jingles. All inputs are automatically assigned the mix-minus circuit, which prevents the annoying echoes that can occur during phone interviews. In addition, RØDE Connect offers dedicated output controls for streaming software such as OBS and XSplit.
Via RØDE Connect, NT-USB Mini Microphones can be upgraded via firmware update to include a switchable noise gate, compressor and Aphex sound processing. In addition, the built-in - but previously non-functional - DSP in each NT-USB Mini can now be unlocked via the RØDE Connect software.
RØDE NTB-USB Mini microphone
RØDE Connect is now available for Mac and PC from RØDE online at free download. However, RØDE Connect can only be used in conjunction with RØDE&s NT-USB Mini Broadcast Microphone, which is priced at around €100. RØDE explains that the NT-USB Mini is an integral part of the RØDE Connect&s operation, as many of the critical aspects of the software (such as real-time monitoring, compressor, noise gate, APHEX processing and low-latency recording capability) are based on the powerful internal digital signal processing performed within the microphone.
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