Today, content creators require high-quality tools for content creation. Interestingly, they can use top-notch camera phones to capture videos adequate for professional productions. So, in our RODE Wireless ME Review, we will look into another high-quality product from RODE.
The company continues providing products for content creation, offering user-friendly, lightweight, and quality mic kits and companion apps. These elements help enhance your overall experience, and the Wireless ME is an ideal option.
This RODE Wireless ME Review will discuss its design, specs, functions, performance, and features. But before discussing these, let us check its packaging and what RODE included in the box.
The Wireless ME ships in a simple white box. In front, you will find its name, the product image, and its company branding. The product comes with everything you need to use it after unboxing. Inside, you will find the following:
Four cables to connect your gadgets
Two furry windshields
A handy pouch
The Wireless ME
RODE Wireless ME Review – Design and Functionality
We will discuss the Wireless ME functionality and design in our RODE Wireless ME Review.
RODE excels in crafting superior build standards and ensuring exceptional performance. It is a trait that remains consistent in the case of the Wireless ME system. This innovative package consists of a pair of seemingly identical ebony enclosures.
Yet among these, one box works as the transmitting unit housing an integrated omnidirectional microphone. It is strategically affixed to your subject. Acting as the receiver is the second component, which fastens to your recording device using the provided cable.
The units feature cold shoe clips that work as clothing attachments for secure placement on jackets or shirts. As previously highlighted, both components have built-in omnidirectional microphones and USB ports. These cater to charging and seamless connections with computers, smartphones, and tablets.
Furthermore, the transmitter incorporates a 3.5mm TRS socket. It lets you connect a Lavalier mic if you want its placement to be more stealthy.
The Wireless ME is a dual-mic setup, but you can add a third mic if necessary. It is also compatible with the RODE Series IV, allowing you to use it with other wireless products from the company.
Key Features of the RODE Wireless ME
Pro Audio + Pocket-sized
We immediately noticed the integrated clip of the product after unboxing it for this RODE Wireless ME Review. You can clip it to your clothes or mount it on the camera without supplementary tools.
Simply put, it is the best grab-and-go mic around.
Wireless You and ME
This product is generally the first wireless mic to feature microphones in its receiver and transmitter. With this setup, you can capture audio from behind and in front of the camera. These make it perfect for recording two-way interviews, voiceovers, etc.
Enjoy and Take Advantage of Wireless Freedom
This product uses the Series IV 2.4GHz digital transmission of the company. What makes it ideal is its 128-bit encryption that helps provide stable wireless audio at over 100m.
Connect the receiver to your camera, PC, or smartphone before linking the transmitter to the user. Then, press record to get quality and professional audio for your content while staying hands-free and wireless.
Perfect and Accurate Audio, Every Time
The product features broadcast-quality omnidirectional mics to give HQ audio for your videos. Moreover, the company integrates their GainAssist technology to make it easier for you to capture crystal-clear audio.
Its convenience stems from the intelligent algorithms present in the audio processor of the Wireless ME. It automatically manages audio levels to guarantee perfect balance while preventing audio clipping.
Get Recording in Seconds
The Wireless ME records clear, quality, pristine audio in seconds thanks to its transmitter and receiver. Out of the box, these two pair up for your convenience.
You can start creating immediately thanks to its integrated microphones, included cables, and clips for attaching to your clothes/camera.
Get Ultimate Control with RØDE Central
RODE Central is one of the most user-friendly companion apps for desktop and mobile use. It allows you to configure the Wireless ME no matter where you are.
Operating system requirements to use it include the following:
MacOS 10.15 or later
iOS 14 or later
YWindows 10 Version 1803 or later
Android 9.0 or later
Create Quality and Beautiful Content with RODE Capture
In this RODE Wireless ME Review, we saw how essential RODE Capture is when creating quality content. It is a user-friendly iOS video application with elements for creating professional quality content.
The app offers direct in-app control and management for capturing stunning audio for RODE microphones. It also sports a dual camera mode to record selfies and front cameras.
The app sports split-screen recording and picture-in-picture features. For this reason, RODE Capture works efficiently with the dual integrated mic of the Wireless ME. These elements also make them ideal for creating the following content:
TikTok, Snapchat, YouTube, or Instagram Shorts
Other Media Applications
It is also worth noting that it is compatible with iPads and iPhones running iOS16 or later.
Power Requirements: Integrated rechargeable battery (lithium-ion) charged using 5V USB
Minimum Operating System Requirements: macOS 10.15 or later, Windows 10 or later, Android 11, iOS 14
Transmission Range: 100m
Operating Time: 7 hours
Weight: TX 32g and RX 32g
Dimensions: TX: 44 x 45.3 x 18.3mm | RX: 44 x 45.3 x 18.3mm
Hands-on with the RODE Wireless ME
Before we share our experience with the product in our RODE Wireless ME Review, let us discuss the Software Suite. It is a collection of apps from RODE that are necessary to improve the performance of your Wireless ME.
RODE Connect App
Since the Wireless ME is a plug-and-play product, you can use the RODE Connect App. It is free and downloadable for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows. Plus, it also provides you with more in-depth control settings you can take advantage of.
All its microphone controls are on the Central Desktop and Phone App. During the first plug of your receiver/transmitter, you will see a prompt telling you to update the firmware.
You will see this prompt several times while you have the product since RODE consistently improves its performance. There are output level settings, and its options have instant level monitoring. These assist in preventing audio clipping while recording.
RODE Reporter App
RODE introduces the Reporter app – an intuitive recording software for the Wireless ME and other wireless microphones RODE manufactures. The app presents a user-friendly interface, ensuring a streamlined experience.
The versatility of the Reporter app shines while capturing a solitary podcast episode or conducting an interview. It works while harnessing the capabilities of the Wireless ME microphones.
Finally, the RODE Capture is an innovative iOS application tailored for iOS devices. It helps you capture superb audio and video content using your smartphone.
This user-friendly video application for iOS devices has robust features, seamlessly integrating with compatible RODE microphones. With these, it offers convenient in-app controls for your needs.
It lets you record professional-grade audio with the dual camera video mode using the front and selfie cameras. It proves to be a clever function, particularly during interview scenarios.
Furthermore, the application introduces innovative picture-in-picture and split-screen recording modes. It lets you maximise the use of the integrated dual microphones of the Wireless ME. It presents an exceptional combination for content creators focusing on platforms like TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, or YouTube.
Audio Quality and Performance
The WIreless ME works as expected from a Tx/Rx microphone pair. The transmitter attaches to the subject, and the receiver is for the camera to send the signal into the in-camera recording.
One of the best things about the Wireless ME is its integrated microphone in the receiver. The Wireless ME can record your voice when mounted on the camera’s hot shoe.
We used the included windshields when the wind picked up, and surprisingly, it produced the effect we wanted. It also recorded sounds when we plugged a Lavalier mic into the transmitter unit.
The Wireless ME is an excellent solution for travel vlogging when filming your view while talking about what you see. With the receiver mounted to the hot shoe of cameras, the microphone points towards you to perfectly capture your voice.
RODE Wireless ME Review Summary
The Wireless ME is a straightforward microphone that is easy to set up and use, making it excellent for newbies. It includes a mic in the receiver to make commentaries and interviews more convenient.
The digital and analogue output allows you to plug it into the mic jack of your camera. Also, you can link it via USB or lightning port of your mobile phone.
In our product tests for this RODE Wireless ME Review, it delivered satisfying audio quality. Its windshield also effectively maintained the audio quality and retained its clarity.
We highly recommend the Wireless ME for recording videos with high-quality audio. This microphone is convenient, making it ideal for on-the-go content creation.