BLUE MICROPHONES JOE CONDENSER
April 2008—Promising not to be your average Joe, this mic from Blue (www.bluemic.com) is a cardioid, large-diaphragm condenser model that features a copper-toned, anodized-finish, Class-A discrete electronics and hand-tuned/tested capsules built on the pedigree of Blue’s Dragonfly, Kiwi and Bottle microphone system. Joe ($499) ships with an integrated swivel mount and velvet storage bag.
March 2007—The Woodpecker from Blue Microphones features a handsome, polished wooden body and an aluminum-ribbon pressure-gradient transducer. The $1,299 mic is an active ribbon, meaning it requires phantom power to operate. It also means that the usual impedance matching and level requirements needed with a ribbon mic are moot. The mic will take a blistering 136dB SPL, generates internal noise less than 22 dB (A-weighted) and has a dynamic range of 114 dB. The Woodpecker ships with a custom-made, solid-brass shock-mount and wooden storage box.
BLUE APPLETS FOR SNOWBALL
October 2006—Two new free firmware applets for the Snowball let the user adjust gain levels on a Mac or PC. Download the low-gain applet for loud sounds (drums, electric guitars, louder singing). Download the high-gain applet for quieter sounds (speech, Podcasting, Internet telephony or recording sounds from a distance). Users can also switch back and forth as often as needed. To download the Snowball Applets, visit www.bluemic.com.
BLUE MICROPHONES OMNIMOUSE
October 2006—Using BLUE’S renowned B4 handbuilt spherical pure-pressure omni, Omni Mouse is designed for orchestration, Decca Tree, room tone and ambient recording.
November 2005—The BLUE $1,699 OmniMouse puts a small omni condenser capsule within an M50-style spherical grille in a rotating mount.
BLUE ROBBIE PREAMP
JUNE 2004—Robbie, a Class-A discrete tube mic/instrument preamp from Blue, has a 10-100k Hz response, sports balanced in/outs and provides 68 dB of gain through its ECC88 tube gain stage. Mic input impedance is 5 k-ohms; the instrument input is 1 m-ohm. On the rear, the 7-pound unit offers switchable phantom power, a 20dB pad, polarity reverse switch and input for the external power supply. Price: $1,299.
November 2003—The DigiMic? Not exactly—BLUE
Microphonesteamed up with Digidesign at AES NYC to offer a
special-edition mic, supplied exclusively with future Digi product
bundles. Dubbed the Bluebird, the new mic is a large-diaphragm,
cardioidcondenser with low-noise Class-A electronics, Blueberry hi-def
cable, shockmount and pop screen.
BLUE BALL MICROPHONE
March 2003—Winter NAMM’s coolest mic-design award has to go to
BLUE Microphones’ Ball. This phantom-powereddynamic mic (yes, you read
that correctly) is unique-looking even among BLUE mics, especially with
its spherical design resembling a blue baseball. The Ball is a cardioid
pattern, and stated specs are impressive, listing a 35 to 16k Hz
response and 146dB max SPL. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.
BLUE DRAGONFLY DELUXE
March 2002—At Winter NAMM, BLUE added the $1,699 Dragonfly
Deluxe, a spiffed-up version of the standard Dragonfly.
BLUE BABY BOTTLE CONDENSER
December 2001—BLUE Microphones offers the Baby Bottle, a
discrete, solid-state, Class-A cardioid condenser mic. The most
affordable B.L.U.E. mic to date, the Baby Bottle features hand-selected
components and a spherical “lollipop” grille enclosing a
precision-machined, gold-sputtered capsule. Frequency response is
20-20k Hz, and the mic can withstand SPLs of 133 dB (0.5% THD).
Packaged in a cherrywood storage box, the Baby Bottle is priced at
$649.99. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.
July 2001-—The Cactus ($3,295) from BLUE is a new multipattern tube condenser mic in the company’s flora- and fauna-named mic line (Blueberry, Dragonfly, Mouse, etc.). Each Cactus mic includes a power supply, B.L.U.E.’s top shock-mount and pop filter assembly and a Kiwi Cable connector—all in a sturdy ATA flight case. The Cactus weighs 600 grams and lists a frequency range of 20-20k Hz, a maximum SPL of 130 dB for THD 0.5% and a 77dB dynamic range.
October 2000—Complete with an integrated elastic shockmount, this
Class-A discrete, transformerless microphone offers a rotating capsule
grille. The Dragonfly incorporates the BLUE handcrafted 1-inch active
diameter capsule with a 6 micron mylar film, which has been sputtered
with a special mixture of pure gold and aluminum. The capsule operating
principle is a pressure gradient with the pickup pattern being
cardioid. The Dragonfly is packaged in an attractive linen box. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.