The brief was to utilise the UX methodology on the RØDECaster pro and create increased usability. The design solution must improve usability throughout all stages of the users' journey. The solution must integrate into the current UI without disturbing it.
Understanding the RØDECaster Pro
To understand and develop solutions for the RØDECaster Pro I needed to understand the key features which make the RØDECaster Pro unique.
- Eight channels (4 XLR mic inputs, USB, Phone, BlueTooth, Sound pads)
- Four XLR mic inputs with phantom power.
- MicroSD card
- Touch screen
- Buttons to access channel settings
- 1/4 TRS headphone outputs Volume control for speakers
- for each channel (Colour coded for each channel)
- Settings for display
- Gain levels for each channel
- Ability to record onto the sound pads
RØDECaster Pro accessories
To develop solutions which will add value to the RØDECaster Pro I needed to understand the accessories which have been developed to increase the usability of the RØDECaster Pro.
XLR-ID is a pack of Eight colour-coded rings that can be affixed to any XLR cable increasing usability and ease of setting up your podcasting studio.
DC-USB power cable allows the RØDECaster pro to be powered by any portable USB charger. Increasing usability and versatility transforming the RØDECaster pro into a portable podcasting studio.
HJA-4 is a four a pack of high-quality adapters converting the 1/4" headphone socket into 3.5mm headphone socket.
I undertook a landscape review to understand what makes the rode caster pro unique compared to its competitors. The RØDECaster pro has revolutionised the traditional notion of a mixer by exchanging nobs for a clean touch screen.
Behringer Xenyx Q1202USB
Price - $194 (Storedj.com.au) 4 Channels
Budget mixer for 3+ person podcasting
Connectivity to a computer via USB
4 Mic Preamp
Net Weight: 2.15 kg)
Yamaha Mg10Xu 10-Input Stereo Mixer With Effects
Price - $299 (Storedj.com.au)
10 Channel mixer with USB and SPX digital effects
1 Knob compressors
XLR and TRS outs for connecting to your PA system or monitor speakers
Net Weight: 2.1 kg
Allen & Heath ZED-12FX 12-Channel Mixer with USB Interface and Onboard EFX
Price - $949 (Soundeasy.com.au)
6 mono channels
3 stereo channels with 2-band EQ and inputs for extra sources
16 internal time-delay effects
Neutrik mic XLR
Neutrik 1/4 inch jacks
Net Weight: 8.5kg
Yamaha MG12XU 12 Input Mixer w/ FX & USB Audio Interface
Price - $599 (yamaha.com)
6x Mic Inputs
12x Line Inputs
1-Knob compressors 2-In/2-Out USB Up to 24-bit / 192kHz Built-In FX with 24 Presets
Net Weight: 4.2 kg
To understand the potential users of the RØDECaster Pro I created personas to best represent the user.
User journey map
This is an example of a user journey map of one of the 6 personas, This allows me to empathise with the user to increase the usability of the RØDECaster Pro throughout all touchpoints.
To grasp areas of improvement in the UI I needed to map all sectors of the Mixers interface. This allowed me to understand where potential updates could be implemented. This is represented by the enlarged section. The update is located within the 4 XLR channels.
The introduction of a feature called 'shows' that allows you to save a snapshot of all your settings, which can be saved and reloaded at any time in the future
I developed a high fidelity prototype where I recreated the iconography to create a working prototype.