Podcasting with multiple people and a single computer just became supremely easy, thanks to the release of RØDE Connect, a free Mac/Windows software application that supports connection of up to four NT-USB Mini microphones. Yes, that’s right: up to four of those fantastic little USB mics to one computer without any complicated routing or fancy finagling.
Not only does RØDE Connect make setting up panel podcasts and multi-guest livestreams virtually effortless, but it also opens up options for powerful audio enhancement and pro-level podcasting functions, all within the user-friendly comfort of the intuitive app.
With an emphasis on keeping things clear for users of any experience level, the Connect software sports a straightforward interface inspired by the popular RØDECaster Pro podcast production studio. As a result, it gives you broadcast-style faders, multicolor level metering, individual mute buttons, and color-coded channels, which can visually correspond to your NT-USB Mini mics if you outfit them with the COLORS set of pink, green, blue, and orange mic caps and cable clips. Do that and it will be so much simpler to keep track of who’s talking and which channel is for them.
RØDE Connect even makes the NT-USB Mini mics better by allowing access to their DSP—compression, noise gating, and the heralded Aural Exciter and Big Bottom from APHEX—for achieving professional voice presence without the hassle of time-consuming parameter tweaking.
The Connect software provides other luxuries such as automatic mix-minus for all channels, ensuring echo-free audio for the podcast participants. Also, it offers virtual channels, a massive benefit for scenarios in which you need to bring in audio from remote guests, streaming apps, music playback, and more. Since Connect boasts multichannel recording, it will be a breeze to edit or further manipulate each source in post-production.
To take advantage of the simplicity and power of RØDE Connect, you just need a Mac or Windows computer and one or more NT-USB Mini mics. If you need help getting started, turn to the B&H Podcasting page for how-to videos and expertise.
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