Neck mics have been round for so long as I can keep in mind. You see them getting used on film units, TV studios, and with on-location crews. And why not? They provide nice sound high quality and should not too conspicuous. Just a few years again Rode launched the GO system, a mini wi-fi neck mic, that may be a full resolution – a microphone and transmitter in a single small field, and a receiver in one other small field. Whereas it’s not as hidden as your traditional lav, it’s tremendous fast to make use of, and there may be much less hustle placing it up.
Since then, Rode got here up with a second iteration for his or her fashionable Rode Go, the Rode Go II, and now Godox are getting into the world with their very own resolution, the Godox Movelink M2. Each techniques share primary performance and form-factor, however which is the proper one for you?
Each models are virtually the identical dimension – about 4 by 5 centimeters, and one centimeter thick. That is about your standard-size matchbox. The Godox is somewhat bit longer and the rode is somewhat bit thicker, however actually, they’re virtually the identical.
Actually, on the shape issue entrance, each are spectacular engineering achievements.
What’s within the field
With each units, you possibly can work proper after opening the field. However the Godox set comes with a bit extra package.
The Rode has
- two transmitters and a receiver with
- charging cables
- a tender case
- and a digicam cable.
- It additionally consists of three tiny useless cats. (there are solely two microphones, so I’m not actually positive, why there are three deadcats…)
If you wish to report to your telephone, you’ll need to shell out about 20 additional bucks for a telephone adapter (relying in your telephone system).
Godox are a bit extra beneficiant and supply fairly a beautiful set of cables and adapters. The M2 package deal consists of:
- two transmitters and a receiver
- charging cables
- digicam cable and
- telephone cables
- Two lav mics and
- two pretty giant useless cats.
- Magnetic discs and a hand strap.
- A tough case with USB-C charging port
Sound High quality
Ultimately, any mic, as features-pack as it might be, can be only a toy if the audio high quality was missing. I’m joyful to report that each mics sound nice for his or her worth vary. The video has 4 recordings:
- The primary two are from the field mic
- the opposite two are from the related lavalier mics: The one which the Godox Movelink m2 has within the field and the one you would need to purchase with Rode GO II prolonged set.
On paper, the Rode helps a variety of as much as 200 meters, and the Godox Movelink 2 will go as much as 50. In our checks, the Godox disconnected after about 30 meters with line of sight, and the RODE lasted for at the very least 70, which is so far as we might in our parking zone.
Each transmitters use a clip that you would be able to connect to your shirt… or your belt in case you go for the lav mic. Godox additionally features a few magnetic discs that you should utilize to cover the transmitter underneath your shirt. Each receivers use an identical clip to go in your digicam scorching shoe.
Controlling the mics
That is the place it will get fascinating, as each mics have completely different management schemes. The Godox Movelink makes use of a small uni-color display screen to show every of the unit’s stats. It reveals the menus, connection, battery standing, and different very important info. It doesn’t present clipping alerts and it has an enormous delay when exhibiting ranges. That signifies that it will be exhausting to see any clipping.
The Rode, however, has a colourful display screen that reveals all the information, and the degrees on this unit are tremendous responsive and correct. Sadly, solely the receiver has a display screen so all management is finished from the digicam/receiver facet. I see the logic right here when you have a digicam op, however if you’re taking pictures your self, it could actually get fairly tedious.
Rode additionally offers a helpful software program to set parameters in your mics. Issues like recording high quality, customized button perform, achieve mode, and deciding on if you wish to combine the mics to mono and have a security channel or report every mic to its personal channel.
One factor that was bothering me on the Rode is that there isn’t a mute indication on the transmitter. You’d truly need to intently monitor sound to see that you just didn’t mute accidentally.
Lastly, the Go 2 has software program updates so it retains getting options and bug fixes.
For those who check out each models from excessive sufficient they’re fairly comparable. Nonetheless, there may be one function that places the RODE GO II in a unique league right here. It data. Not solely does it report, nevertheless it additionally does so on the transmitter unit. And in order for you, you possibly can also have a minus 20DB security channel. That signifies that even when you have quite a lot of radio interference you’ll nonetheless have clear audio from the micro SD playing cards. to place a cherry on the cream right here, it could actually report in 24 bits which is often reserved for high-end units.
To entry the recording information, although, you must use RODE’s PC software program – I’m not an enormous fan of this methodology and would have most popular a microSD slot.
Each the Godox and the RODE sport a typical mini 3.5mm TRS jack. As anticipated.
The Godox additionally has a headphones jack to observe sound. The Rode has an ominous USBC port that you should utilize as a digital PC output. However that is digital output so it doesn’t work with USBC headsets for monitoring audio.
Whenever you take a look at the recording, the Godox has a few 50-millisecond delay on the receiver which I discovered to be a bit annoying. 50ms continues to be inside tolerance however if you’re actually choosy, you’ll discover that and can wish to re-sync your audio.
Each units have loads of battery time. We examined the RODE for six and a half hours and the M2 for 5. That is comprehensible contemplating that the RODE is a bit bulkier.
The RODE Go II is presently promoting for about $300 at B&H for the fundamental package. If you would like the 2 additional lav mics, you’d need to shell about $450. The GODOX together with the exhausting case, extra cables and two lav mics, is promoting for about $200. That’s lower than half of an identical package deal from RODE.
OK, which must you select then?
So right here we’re within the last verdict the place we reply, which system you must go for?
Nicely, if you’re searching for a unit that’s extra budget-friendly, has a built-in show, an awesome charging case, and comes with all of the components that you just’d ever want, go for the GODOX Movelink M2.
If you’re searching for a unit that has inner recording, a much bigger vary, and extra battery time, the Rode Go II is the unit for you.