Welcome to RØDE Microphones - a uniquely Australian owned and operated audio company. Our home is in beautiful Sydney, just 20km west of Sydney's down town area and right near the home of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Comprising of two warehouses with a total footprint of over 30,000 square feet, the RØDE state-of-the-art plant has over 30 million dollars in precision machinery and a support staff of more than 140 people.
As well as our main hub in Sydney, we also have offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong, making RØDE a truly global company.
Freedman Electronics began in 1967 when Henry and Astrid Freedman opened shop after migrating to Australia from Sweden.
Freedman Electronics soon became a leader in the fledgling Australian audio industry, becoming experts in loudspeakers, amps 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.
Diaphragm backplates in the RØDE factory
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 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.
The early days of RØDE production
RØDE has always had technology and precision manufacturing as its core value.
The 2000s saw RØDE invest heavily in the latest machinery and technology to continue to produce world-class microphones across all categories at accessible prices.
From its humble beginning in the 1990s RØDE Microphones has gone from strength to strength on the global stage and has become the go-to microphone for a variety of industries.
RØDE employs the latest technology and precision machinery to continue to keep its products at world-class standards and at a great price.
Over the years RØDE has been recognized as industry leaders in design and business having received numerous Red Dot awards, Australian International Design awards and most recently being recognised as the Australian Manufacturing Exporter of the year for 2013.
The RØDE team with the 2013 Australian Manufacturer Export Award