New Blue Yeti Mic The “Ultimate USB Microphone”

blue-yeti-thx-usb-microphoneBlue Microphones has introduced Yeti, the first THX Certified microphone and, according to the company, the “ultimate USB microphone for professional recording.”

Yeti Features:

  • The first USB mic to offer Blue’s condenser capsules in a  triple capsule array for the highest quality, most versatile audio recording capability
  • Four patterns (Omni, Cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional) for  versatility and superior results
  • THX certification
  • Studio quality performance and features, with zero latency, amplified headphone monitoring, microphone mute, and hardware-based gain adjustment
  • Driverless installation and works with both PC and Mac.
  • The Yeti’s angle can be adjusted on its custom-designed desk stand.

The Yeti microphone is designed to offer quality recordings in a wide range of situations, including podcasts, vocals, live or event recording, interviews, broadcasts, instruments, bands and more.

“THX testing and certification ensures the fidelity of the recording always remains true to its source” according to Matthew Chrispen, director of certification at THX, “allowing artists to accurately capture voice-overs, interviews and other sound elements with confidence.”

The Yeti, MSRP $149.99, will be available beginning December 2009.

If you’ve used the Yeti microphone, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!

Blue Announces Woodpecker Active Ribbon Microphone

Blue Microphone Woodpecker2007 Winter NAMM Show: Blue Microphones announced its newest addition to the Blue family of award winning microphones, the Woodpecker.

With the Woodpecker, Blue continues its style of introducing attractive vintage-styled microphones that look as good as they sound.

The Woodpecker was designed to provide the smooth, intimate sound associated with the most sought-after (and expensive) vintage ribbon microphones. With its focused mid-range, and outstanding bass response, the Woodpecker captures the essence of any recorded sound. It also excels at ambient recording, capturing room tone with the most intimate detail – whether for rock drums, guitars or vocals – any application where some natural space in the recording is desired. The Woodpecker package includes a custom made, solid brass shockmount and wood storage box.

Woodpecker specifications:

  • Acoustical Operating Principal: Pressure Gradient
  • Directional Pattern: figure 8, bidirectional
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Sensitivity (1kHz into 2.5k ohm): 26mV/Pa
  • Rated Impedance: 50 ohm
  • Rated Load Impedance: Not less than 1k ohm
  • Noise Level A-weighted (IEC 651): Not more than 22dB
  • Max Output (1% THD into 2.5k ohm): 10dBU = 2.5V
  • Max SPL (0.5% THD into 2.5k ohm): 136dB
  • Dynamic Range (2.5k ohm load): 114dB
  • Supply Voltage (IEC 268-15): +48V phantom power (+35V min.)
  • Current Draw (typical ai +48V): 2.4mA
  • Weight: 1.6lbs

Price: $1299
Availability: Q1, 2007

Blue Releases New Applets for Snowball

blue snowball micBlue Microphones, a leading microphone technology vendor, has introduced two new Applets for their Snowball USB Microphone which add further flexibility to its dual-capsule design by giving users more control over the input gain.

The Snowball has been popular with computer musicians because it is a relativley inexpensive USB microphone.

“In addition to its dual capsule design, these new applets add to the Snowball’s ability to record just about any source you put in front of it,” said Skipper Wise, President and Co-Founder of Blue Microphones. “And with ever expanding distribution of the mic, more computer users will have access to this high quality audio tool.”

Two new free firmware applets for the Snowball let you adjust gain levels on a Mac or PC for greater control in recording loud or soft sources. Download the low gain applet for loud sounds (like drums, electric guitars, louder singing). Download the high gain applet for quieter sounds like speech, podcasting, internet telephony, or recording sounds from a distance. You can also switch back and forth as often as you need.

More information is available at the Blue Mic site.

NAMM Weirdness: Ralph the Wonder Mount

Ralph the Wonder Mount2006 NAMM Winter Show: Blue Microphones seems to be doing its best to make mundane things interesting, with the introduction of Ralph – the Wonder Mount, a new shock mount designed for many popular recording microphones.

Ralph was designed to be an effective and inexpensive alternative or replacement shock mount for any mic with a diameter of 19.88mm-22mm. Precision crafted of solid brass, this shock mount is well suited to Blue’s Baby Bottle microphone as well as many other popular recording mics by AKG, Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser and Shure.

Employing an aesthetically unique design which has become a Blue calling-card, this custom mount is also designed for results and built to last. Ralph’s wrap-around design and suspension bands hold the mic out in front of the stand, positioning it directly in front of the sound source, helping to further eliminate low-frequency rumble generated by floor resonance or bumping the stand. It’s elegant, simple design also make mic changes and cable connections quick and easy. Continue reading

AES Update: Blue Intros OmniMouse Microphone

blue OmniMouseAES Update: Blue Microphones has introduced the OmniMouse Microphone. Based on the unique and versatile design of the popular Mouse Microphone, the OmniMouse is a pressure-gradient condenser microphone featuring a rotating omni-directional capsule enclosed within a spherical grille. This is the same B4 capsule used in Blue’s Bottle microphone system. This recording tool combines the low noise and superb transient response of modern electronics with the crisp, open high end frequency response.

The smooth frequency response and increased focus in the high end of the OmniMouse make it ideally suited to classical ensemble and larger orchestral recording. Its ability to capture direct sound as well as the ambient environment are perfect for recording sources where the room sound is desired; anything from live drums and percussion, to vocal groups and horn sections. The OmniMouse works well in a single mic set up, as a stereo pair, or in a Decca Tree formation. Continue reading

Blue Ships White Snowball USB Mic

snowball usb micBlue Microphones is now shipping the Snowball USB Microphone. Designed for desktop recording applications such as podcasting, the Snowball mic’s universal driver and plug & play USB compatibility make recording into your laptop or DAW easy.

The mic’s dual-capsule design and three-position switch dial make it flexible to use for many applications.

The Snowball retails for $155 MSRP and is available in consumer electronics stores with accessory pack (desktop stand and cable) for $159. Continue reading

Blue Introduces Professional USB Mic

NAMM 2005 Show: Blue Microphones announces the first USB microphone designed for professional recording applications. Dubbed the Snowball, the mic is an extension of Blue’s popular line of spherical mics that includes the original Ball, the world’s first phantom-powered dynamic; the 8-Ball condenser mic; and the newly shipping Kickball, Blue’s new big bass dynamic.

Designed for desktop recording applications, the Snowball incorporates Blue’s exceptional styling with high quality, versatility and ease of use. The mic’s universal driver and plug & play USB compatibility make recording into your laptop or DAW quick and easy, while its dual capsule design and three-position switch dial in the desired sound for many applications.

The Snowball’s versatility is achieved by its unique dual-capsule design, with one capsule tailored for vocals and the other for instruments. A three position switch on the back of the mic lets you change between the capsules. The first position offers the end user a robust vocal sound, the second position delivers an open, airy detailed sound and the third position is a unique combination of both capsules, which allows for the recording of loud sound sources. The result makes Snowball a multi-talented recording tool — the first USB mic designed and engineered by people who know sound.

Snowball will be available in Q2 of 2005 for $139.00 MSRP.

For more information, visit the Blue Mic site.