Raising the bar for microphone technology and design
By Ty Schultz
Blue Microphones Chief Operating Officer
In an age of indistinguishable, cookie-cutter microphones designed for use with the recording equipment of a bygone era, Blue microphones are as unique as the artists who use them. Our products start with state-of-the-art technology that ensures the purest signal path possible. For instance, our solid state and tube mic amplifiers use only Class A fully discrete circuitry with no ICs, pads, or filters. Next, our obsession with quality and performance comes together with an attention to design detail never before seen in the microphone business. The marriage of this dual focus uniquely enables Blue Microphones to create that indescribable experience where the individuality of the artist is authentically revealed.
The Blue story
Blue Microphones was founded to utilize the increased bandwidth benefits enabled by digital technology to create innovative, high-quality, hand-built microphones that optimize the artistic and listening experience. The founders, Skipper Wise (A&M, Capital, JVC professional audiophile recording artist with 17 albums and four number one contemporary jazz records) and Martins Saulespurens (a renowned audio engineer—Latvia Conservatory), realized that digital recording facilitated more than the vintage microphones of the past could deliver. Advances in digital processing (e.g., extended frequency response, dynamic range, project recording capability) fundamentally changed the recording process as well as the demands for microphone performance. A new approach to microphone technology was needed that would enable musicians to capture the full essence of their recordings by focusing on the unique tonality of their voices and instruments, with pure, application-specific sonic signatures that could capture sound unlike anything ever heard before.
Enter Blue: the perfect analog input devices for the digital age. Our first proprietary design, the Blueberry (Electronic Musician 2000 Editor’s Choice Microphone of the Year), was designed and engineered at the behest of John Gass, a Grammy award-winning engineer/mixer, who asked Skipper if it was even possible to create a contemporary pop vocal mic that also substantially eliminated the need to spend hours EQing or over-processing the signal source. The Blueberry’s success led to future Blue designs that focused solely on delivering the best possible reproduction of specific vocal or instrument types. The result is a palette of sounds that enables artists to realize the sonic landscape of their vision. Examples include the Dragonfly, which was designed to warm up and capture the nuances of female vocalists and drum overheads, and the Kiwi with its continuous, even sound that creates depth that sounds literally larger than life. For over a decade these mics have enabled artists to capture sounds with clarity and character like never before. From this beginning, Blue has grown into an award-winning line of innovative, professional, application-specific recording tools, with 18 exceptional products whose patented technology, design, and craftsmanship make them unlike any other mics you will ever hear.
The original and legendary Baby Bottle solid state condenser microphone is one of the most versatile and award-winning (2003 MiPA Mic of the Year and Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice Award winner) mics in Blue’s lineup. Drawing on Blue’s rich heritage, the Baby Bottle features a lollipop spherical grille housing Blue’s renowned hand-tuned and tested large-diaphragm cardioid capsule and Class A discrete transformerless electronics. The Baby Bottle's unique sonic signature has rich and present midrange response, a smooth top end, and a neutral bottom end creating an extremely present, classic sound, making it an ideal choice for recording vocals, room miking for drums, electric guitar amps, and difficult brass instrument sources like saxophones and horns. With a unique proprietary circuit polarizing the capsule film at 100 volts, the Baby Bottle yields high output creating the quietest microphone in its class. The Baby Bottle’s unique and often imitated modern design with included cutting-edge pop filter turns eyes as well as ears in every recording environment.
We’re 100% committed to getting the very best microphones in the world into the hands of those who have a passion for music; this is our heritage and will always be the core focus of everything we do. We believe that great sound enhances every environment and today Blue is more than just the creator of renowned high-end studio microphones. Recently, Blue has used our pro-audio DNA to launch a line of products catering to life outside the studio. These include three high-quality USB products (Snowball, Snowflake, and Eyeball), an iPod recorder (Mikey), and an XLR-to-USB converter (Icicle), allowing everyone to take advantage of the quality and performance that are inherent in every Blue microphone. From the uncompromising and revolutionary Bottle to the HD audio/video Eyeball webcam, every product reflects Blue’s rare expertise and inimitable design sense. We encourage you to audition each Blue microphone to discover the ideal sonic character for your recording applications. Blue Microphones is the microphone company of today. Record for today. Step up to the mic.
Features & Specs
- Transducer type: Condenser, pressure gradient
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Sensitivity: 33.5mV/Pa at 1kHz (1 Pa = 94dB SPL)
- Output impedance: 50 ohms
- Rated load impedance: Not less than 1 kohms
- Maximum SPL: 133dB (2.5 kohms, 0.5% THD)
- S/N Ratio: 87dB-A (IEC 651)
- Noise level: 5.5dB-A (IEC 651)
- Dynamic range: 127.5dB (@ 2.5 kohms)
- Power requirement: (IEC 268-15): +48V Phantom (IEC 268-15)
- Weight: 12 oz.
- Dimensions: 8-3/4" x 1-3/4"