At the 123rd AES Convention in New York City, Blue Microphones introduced its Joe ($499) large diaphragm cardioid condenser mic and Snowpack ($199) USB product bundle.
Joe is targeted at project studios and designed to capture a variety of sound sources, such as vocals, acoustic instruments, drums and more. It features a classic look and anodized finish, and has Class-A discrete electronics as well as hand-tuned and tested capsules. The microphone cable plugs into the mic clip, leaving the capsule housing “floating” in balance to accommodate a wider range of positioning options. It includes a swivel mount for easy positioning and a velvet storage bag.
Blue Microphones expects to ship Joe on January 1, 2008.
The company also announces the Snowpack bundle, comprising the Snowball USB microphone with a pair of USB headphones and Mackie Tracktion 3 software for a portable USB-powered studio for music and podcasting on the Mac or PC.
The Snowball is Blue’s plug-and-play USB mic featuring a dual capsule design and unique 3-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad and omni). The Snowball is designed to handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band, and is well suited for podcasting, voice-overs, multimedia production and more.
The Blue USB headphones include custom software that gives you control of the sound space, including customizable sound settings and 5.1 surround sound simulation. They feature 40mm drivers and a 20-20k Hz frequency response.
Blue states that the Snowpack will be available November 1, 2007.
For more information, visit www.bluemic.com.