Roland releases GO:PODCAST for content creators

Roland has released GO:PODCAST, an integrated system for live streaming with iOS and Android mobile devices.

Using the GO:PODCAST mobile app and included USB microphone, creating high-quality streams is made simple, even for beginners. From ‘just chatting’ sessions to interviews, demonstrations and mobile gaming streams, GO:PODCAST is designed to help content creators elevate their online presence with engaging video and crystal-clear sound.

High production quality is vital to growing an online audience and gaining new subscribers. GO:PODCAST helps users deliver pro results while streaming from any location, backed by advanced features derived from Roland’s professional AV products.

GO:PODCAST makes it easy for users to start streaming with the mobile devices they already own. Connect the included microphone to the smartphone via USB-C and plug headphones into the stereo mini jack for monitoring. Then, open the GO:PODCAST app to set up the device’s camera and directly connect to YouTube, Twitch, Facebook and other streaming platforms.

The flexible GO:PODCAST app supports a variety of video setups. Creators can use their self-facing camera for solo sessions or the front and back cameras on an iOS device to capture two people simultaneously. For dynamic demonstrations, a second mobile device can be used as a wireless camera via the companion Roland Satellite Camera app. iOS mobile gamers can share their screen to entertain the audience with gripping gameplay. It’s even possible to record camera views separately for offline content creation and editing.

The GO:PODCAST app is filled with powerful tools to boost production quality. A step-by-step wizard provides a range of video options, including split-screen views and picture-in-picture effects. Users can import graphics for titles and lower thirds and personalise streams with images, background music and video content stored locally on their device.

Even if the video looks great, viewers will tune out if the audio is subpar. The GO:PODCAST microphone features a full-range condenser design to capture voices and other sources with clear, warm and articulate sound.

There’s a convenient dual-function volume knob for the mic and headphone jack, plus an audio metre for setting optimum levels. The built-in stand provides easy desk positioning and a stable, isolated platform that helps eliminate low-frequency rumble.

The GO:PODCAST microphone includes four polar pattern options, an advanced feature not typically found on USB mics for mobile devices. Cardioid is best for solo speaking, while Omni picks up from every direction to capture all the sound in a room.

Stereo is perfect for recording two people, and it’s also great for capturing the depth and richness of an acoustic guitar or another live musical instrument. There’s also a switched stereo option to flip the left/right audio to match the video image if needed.

The Roland GO:PODCAST will be available in the U.S. in early May for $139.99.