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

sE Electronics Ships First Professional Studio-Quality USB Microphone

sE Electronics is now shipping the USB2200a mic, which they announced back in January 2006 at the Winter NAMM show in California.

se usb microphoneThe USB2200a is a USB2 microphone based on the studio standard sE2200a capsule. It records CD quality audio (record path16 bit 48K, output 24 bit 48K) via USB directly to your DAW.

The mic has several features unique from USB mics currently on the market including, ultra-low latency headphone monitoring (less than 1ms) with mix control to allow the user to set playback versus record path levels to monitor live takes, 10dB pad, Bass cut and an ‘analogue switch’ which enables the user to use the mic via an XLR connector with 48v phantom power where required. This feature adds flexibility of use to the mic, and means that whatever changes may occur to digital recording technology in years to come, the mic can still be used in ‘analogue mode’, unlike it’s competitors.

In addition, the USB2200a has proprietary chips, developed by sE Electronics International, which deal with both noise and software driver problems faced by competitor products. One chip helps with transforming the 5v power supplied via the USB cable to power the capsule, by first removing ‘noise’ and undesirable spikes from the current. This ‘noise’ would normally be amplified, which is why USB mics have, until now, been largely too noisy to use in a professional environment. No other USB mic on the market offers this kind of specification, and it makes a huge difference to the performance for studio use.

Most manufacturers market their USB mics as ‘Podcasting mics’ for this reason. The second proprietary chip has all the appropriate software drivers embedded for use with any DAW, so the product really is ‘plug in and play’, automatically configuring to the host as it is connected.

The USB2200a will ship in early January 2007 and will retail at £222 inc vat.

RED Intros Type A Tube Mic

red microphoneRed Microphones has introduced the Type A, a tube microphone based on a system of interchangeable capsules. To celebrate the release of this new mic, Red will be including a free R7 capsule ($650Value) to customers who purchase the mic by September 31, 2006.

The Type A vacuum tube microphone system is a high quality innovative and unique solution for virtually any critical recording need. Combining low noise and superb transient response along with a choice of nine different interchangeable capsules called “The Redheads” the Type A is a microphone system that is as versatile as it is dependable. The bayonet-mount capsules can quickly be changed for a stunning variety of sounds and pickup patterns without having to shut off the included “PowerStream” power supply.

“The Type A represents a breakthrough in quality and price for a tube microphone,” stated Ariel Soudak, Persident of Red Microphones. “Its interchangeable capsules make it several mics in one to cover virtually any recording situation. And with the free R7, it’s a great time to experience the sound of a high-end tube microphone.”

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Red Announces the Type A Tube Mic

Red Tube MicRed Microphones introduced today the Type A, a tube microphone based on a system of interchangeable capsules. To celebrate the release of this new mic, Red will be including a free R7 capsule ($650 value) to customers who purchase the mic by September 31, 2006.

The Type A vacuum tube microphone system is a high quality innovative and unique solution for virtually any critical recording need. Combining low noise and superb transient response along with a choice of nine different interchangeable capsules called “The Redheads” the Type A is a microphone system that is as versatile as it is dependable. The bayonet-mount capsules can quickly be changed for a stunning variety of sounds and pickup patterns without having to shut off the included “PowerStream” power supply.

“The Type A represents a breakthrough in quality and price for a tube microphone,” stated Ariel Soudak, Persident of Red Microphones. “Its interchangeable capsules make it several mics in one to cover virtually any recording situation. And with the free R7, it’s a great time to experience the sound of a high-end tube microphone.” Continue reading

Red Microphones Increases Distribution

RED Microphones announced today that they will begin to widen distribution of their products, making them available to brick and mortar retailers as well as other online music and pro audio dealers. This change in distribution strategy is a result of the acquisition of VintageMicrophone.com by California-based equity firm SEMA Capital Group, Inc.

Prior to its acquisition, VintageMicrophone.com had been the exclusive reseller of Red Microphone products, specializing in vintage microphone and related pro audio products, including microphones, hard-to-find replacement capsules and shockmounts, cables, custom storage solutions and more. VintageMicrophone.com will now become a wholly-owned subsidiary of SEMA Capital Group.

SEMA plans to expand the range of products and services offered at Vintage Microphone.com to evolve the specialized e-tailer into a high quality, full service online recording products retailer. VintageMicrophone.com will also remain a Red Microphone authorized retailer.

Ariel Soudak, Red Microphone’s President, believes that this is a win-win situation. “We are excited about this new relationship,” stated Soudak. “This acquisition provides both VintageMicrophone.com and Red Microphones the perfect opportunity to leverage our respective strengths and significantly grow our businesses.”

More information is available at the RED Microphones 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

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