RØDE Microphones is a uniquely Australian owned and operated audio company based in Sydney, Australia.
Comprising three warehouses with a total footprint of over 110,000 square feet, the RØDE state-of-the-art plant has over 60 million dollars in precision machinery and an international team of more than 250 people across highly skilled disciplines: electronics engineering, industrial design, technical engineering, robotics, audio and acoustics engineering, metal production, toolmaking, injection-mould technology, logistics, assembly, quality control, finance, marketing and sales.
As well as RØDE’s main campus in Sydney, they have offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Seoul, and an extensive distributor and 6000-strong storefront network which ensures RØDE Microphones are sold in 117 countries – and growing – making RØDE a truly global company.
2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the parent company Freedman Electronics’ formation, a remarkable milestone in modern business. Today, The Freedman Group is home to RØDE Microphones, Aphex, Event Electronics, and SoundField.
Freedman Electronics began in 1967 when Henry and Astrid Freedman opened shop after migrating to Australia from Sweden, and the company soon became a leader in the fledgling Australian audio industry, becoming experts in loudspeakers, amplifiers and custom electronics as well as dabbling in the odd microphone.
Freedman Electronics was also the first company in Australia to carry Dynacord consoles which gained fame in Australia whilst Henry sat behind the desk mixing a young Tom Jones during his 1968 tour of Australia.
With the technological advancement and relative low cost of gear for the home recording enthusiast hitting new heights in the 1990s, the stage was set for the entry of a low-cost, high-quality microphone; having sourced a microphone from China and tested the market in Australia, Henry’s son Peter Freedman and RØDE began creating the infrastructure to design, build and manufacture microphones in Australia.
Soon the entirely Australian designed, built and manufactured RØDE NT2 began to roll off the production line and start the amazing journey that has seen RØDE revolutionise how people record audio every day, all around the world.