23 minutes | Apr 14th 2020

How to Transfer Recordings Faster from the RØDECaster Pro

The RØDECaster Pro is my new favorite piece of podcasting gear! I'll have a thorough review soon. In the meantime, here are some tips to help with one of the biggest complaints I've heard about the RØDECaster Pro. Why the RØDECaster Pro transfers files so slowly The RØDECaster Pro (RCP) can read and write to a variety of microSD cards, including extremely high-speed cards. But its transfer speed is limited because the interface with your computer is only USB 2.0! USB 2.0's maximum transfer speed is 480 megabits per second (or 60 MB/s because there are 8 bits in 1 byte). But USB 3.0's maximum transfer speed is 5 gigabits per second, so it's about 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Thus, not matter how fast your computer or the microSD card are, the RØDECaster Pro has a bottleneck transfer speed. In my real-world testing, this came out to be about 8.1 MB per second. How to speed up file transfers (and workflow) 1. Update the app and firmware The RØDECaster Pro Companion app version 2.0.4 performed so horribly in my tests that I stopped trying to measure transfer times when a stereo file was taking more time to transfer than the recording itself! I realized this could be from one or both of my following conditions: macOS Catalina—this was most likely the causeEncrypted hard drive In this scenario, the app was spiking my CPU and taking hours to transfer files, even if I used a USB 3.0 reader! But simply using version 2.1 of the app fixed the CPU spike and dramatically improved transfer speeds. If you're facing similar unreasonably slow performance, make sure you update the app and firmware! 2. Record in stereo instead of multitrack 3. Use the RØDECaster Pro companion app for multitrack recordings 4. Use a separate microSD reader … 5. … And upgrade to a faster microSD My SanDisk Extreme Pro microSDXC UHS-II was more than 2.1× faster than my SanDisk Ultra microSDHC UHS-I, and about 23× faster than the RCP's USB 2.0. But remember that because of the RCP's USB 2.0 bottleneck, you will see these performance benefits only if you use a separate and faster microSD reader. Performance results SanDisk Ultra RCP 2.1, via app1-hour, stereo, 1.04 GB: 2:051-hour, multitrack, 7.28 GB (9 files): 14:29SanDisk Ultra via USB 3.0 microSD card reader and RCP app1-hour, stereo, 1.04 GB: 0:121-hour, multitrack, 7.28 GB (9 files): 1:24SanDisk Extreme PRO via USB 3.0 microSD card reader and RCP app1-hour, stereo, 1.04 GB: 0:061-hour, multitrack, 7.28 GB (9 files): 0:37 Need podcasting help? If you need one-on-one help, or you haven't launched your podcast, yet, click here to request a personal coaching and consulting session and we'll connect you with a podcasting expert we trust! Ask your questions or share your feedback Comment on the show notesLeave a voicemail at (903) 231-2221Email feedback@TheAudacitytoPodcast.com (audio files welcome) Connect with me Subscribe to The Audacity to Podcast Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, other Android apps, or in your favorite podcast app.Join the Facebook PageSubscribe on YouTube for Podcasting Videos by The Audacity to PodcastFollow @theDanielJLewis Disclosure This post may contain links to products or services with which I have an affiliate relationship. I may receive compensation from your actions through such links. However, I don't let that corrupt my perspective and I don't recommend only affiliates.
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