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Blue Microphones
« on: August 22, 2013, 09:08:19 AM »
Part 2 of my Mic questions:

Hey Record and Produce,
I've got a couple questions about Blue Microphones, and I'd like to hear other people's experience with the brand (specifically their microphones).
  • What was the first Blue microphone you used on a project?
  • Was it worth the price tag?
  • Would you recommend Blue microphones to someone else?
  • Have you used cheaper microphone alternatives that were just as adequate as your Blue mic / microphones?
  • Do you feel like you partially were paying for the cosmetic attributes of your Blue Microphone rather than the functional aspects of the microphone?  (they always look unique and cool it seems, but I'd rather have a good quality mic than a cool looking toy)

Thanks everyone :)
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Re: Blue Microphones
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013, 12:07:54 PM »
BLUE Baby Bottle Studio Condenser Microphone

Alright here's my experience w/ the brand :

1. BLUE Baby Bottle Studio Condenser Microphone

"- Solid-state large-diaphragm condenser
- Fixed cardioid pickup pattern
- Detailed midrange and smooth, neutral top end
- Very accurate, uncolored sound with low self-noise
- 20 Hz - 20 kHz frequency response
- Discrete Class-A circuitry with transformerless output
- Excellent multi-purpose mic on vocals and midrange-heavy instruments
- Includes wooden box, custom shock mount, and pop filter

With its neutral, accurate top end and rich midrange presence, the Baby Bottle is truly a "go-to" microphone for vocals and guitar amps -- not to mention tough-to-record sources like violins, flutes and saxophone. And with its stunning Blue styling, this Baby looks like it costs twice as much as it does. Add some versatility to your mic collection with this remarkably accurate microphone."

Acoustic Operating Principle: Pressure gradient

Directional pattern: Cardioid

Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz

Sensitivity at 1kHz into 2.5 kohms: 33.5mV/Pa

Rated Impedance: 50 ohms

Rated Load Impedance: Not more than 5.5dB

Max. Output (1% THD) into 2.5 kohms: 12dBV - 3.1V

Max. SPL (0.5% THD) into 2.5 kohms: 133dB

Dynamic range (2.5 kohm load): 128dB

Supply Voltage (IEC 268-15): 48V phantom (35V min.)

Current Drain (Typical ai 48V): 1.8mA Dimensions and Weight in PackagingShipping Weight: 4 lbs Shipping Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 4 in

2. Most definitely worth the ~$400.00

3. I love Blue mics, they go hard for the price and they look real slick in the lab!

4. I've used cheaper mics, and yeah if you got the right engineer they can work that magic w/ whatever's available, but I think using a quality Mic takes some of the work out of the process for sure.

5. Yeah i mean you're paying for the name, and the cosmetic stuff, but even if you stripped off the looks they still do what they're supposed to and they do it well.


The one I really want to cop is the Dragonfly.

BLUE Dragonfly Cardioid Condenser Microphone
Type of mic amplifier: Solid State Discrete class A

Type of Transducer: Pressure gradient

Directional Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000 Hz

Rated source impedance: 50 ohms

Recommended load impedance: not less than 1000 ohms

Sensitivity: 20mV/Pa

Signal to noise ratio: 69db (related to 1 PA at 1khz) Max.

Sound Pressure Level for 0.5% THD: 132db

Power Requirements: 48-volt phantom (DIN 45596, IEC8 15)

Net weight: 640g

Dimensions: 235mm x 45mm

Connector: 3-pin XLR-type Dimensions and Weight in PackagingShipping Weight: 3 lbs Shipping Dimensions: 13 x 7 x 6 in

"In the 1960s, Mohammed Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, boasted he "floats like a butterfly, stings like bee." BLUE's knockout punch microphone, the Dragonfly, is best described by this famous statement. Complete with an integrated elastic shock mount, this class A discrete, transformerless microphone offers a rotating capsule grill that can be positioned in the most difficult of areas. Countless hours of research and development were spent to test and select the most suitable active and passive components. This no compromises process, can assure the low noise, high dynamic range and unappreciable distortion of the microphone circuitry. The end-result gives the Dragonfly complete sonic neutral electronics with low-output impedance and no side effects from the cable capacitance and load impedance. This way only the capsule determines the sound. The Dragonfly incorporates the BLUE handcrafted 1 in. active diameter capsule. For this diaphragm they have selected 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."

Tell me u don't want one too haha :P

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Re: Blue Microphones
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2013, 11:36:59 AM »
The Blue Baby Bottle and the Dragonfly are both great condenser mics. I've never personally owned a Blue Microphone but I've worked with a couple setups that had them in their mic collection. Really nice products, a little pricey for some of em but I think overall they're probably worth it. I thought I read somewhere they were made in the US too. Also recently read they are in australia, and someone else is claiming China, so who knows lol.
   

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Re: Blue Microphones
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2013, 07:25:33 PM »
Most blue mics are out of my budget right now, and the ones I can afford are pretty shitty from what I've read on reviews...I guess you get what you pay for
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Re: Blue Microphones
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2013, 04:55:24 PM »
I've used blue yetis and snowballs and theres not much difference between the two except $40

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Re: Blue Microphones
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2015, 11:05:23 PM »
I have a blue snowball and it works great. It has a strong bass quality to it, and sounds quite warm. I'd recommend this if you don't have a lot of money to spend on equipment. It will get the job done that is for sure.

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Re: Blue Microphones
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2015, 08:12:42 PM »
What was the first Blue microphone you used on a project?
The Snowball Mic.

Was it worth the price tag?
I got it on sale while it was somewhere around 30 bucks, so definitely worth the price tag as it has various toggles for different environments.

Would you recommend Blue microphones to someone else?
Nope. I'm a strong advocator of buying once then never buying again. While Blue mics are decent, they're not incredible, so I would actually recommend a more expensive mic that you'll only have to buy once.

Have you used cheaper microphone alternatives that were just as adequate as your Blue mic / microphones?
No, because any of the mics I have used under 30 bucks are just the ones on my headphones or something sub-par like that.

Do you feel like you partially were paying for the cosmetic attributes of your Blue Microphone rather than the functional aspects of the microphone?  (they always look unique and cool it seems, but I'd rather have a good quality mic than a cool looking toy)
No. I don't like the aesthetic at all, I just wanted a cheap-ish microphone and the Snowball was on sale. They're pretty much mainstream now, so I think that's the actual reason why they're a bit pricey.

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Re: Blue Microphones
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2015, 01:01:55 PM »
I have always dreamed of having one. It's just frustrating that it's so expensive. Almost all professional studios in Hollywood use it. I have tried it from a friend who has one and I have to say that it's worth it!

Re: Blue Microphones
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2015, 03:55:31 AM »
I don't own a blue mic yet because it's too expensive. I have experienced it in one of the studios I've worked at and my goodness, it is glorious!

Re: Blue Microphones
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2015, 03:40:41 PM »
I have a Blue Snowball Ice microphone, and it actually works pretty well. It cost around $60 I think, but I've been using mine for a year now and most of my recording sounds quality. I don't have much experience with other high quality microphones, but compared to standard ones and other low end products it works really well.