Condenser mic recs?

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Re: Condenser mic recs?

Post by jorri » Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:03 am

lastlol wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 5:34 am
I use an Aston Origin on vocals and acoustic guitar, it is a really fantastic mic for the price.
I see the Astons revered a lot for their cheaper price. The Spirit too.

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Re: Condenser mic recs?

Post by mediocreplayer » Sun Feb 14, 2021 7:49 pm

How do people feel about Blue microphones?

I am thinking of picking up the Bottle Rocket Lite 1 locker, mostly because...it looks cool. And maybe something with 4 capsules would make me not think about mics for a while?

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But I am interested in hearing opinions about Blue in general.

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Re: Condenser mic recs?

Post by øøøøøøø » Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:59 am

Opinions about BLUE in general are tricky, because the trademark has been through several radically-different phases over the years.

Early on, their focus was on high-end microphones and modification/reworking of some vintage classics (to mixed reviews... I'm not a fan of the U47s they retrofitted to use EF86 tubes, for instance). Their flagship microphone, the Bottle, was a large tube mic (reminiscent of the old CMV3) with interchangeable capsules.

In this era, their focus was the high-end pro audio market... they could've rightly been called a "boutique" mic manufacturer (at least by aspiration).

At some point, I believe they developed a relationship with Apple and started making podcasting microphones in addition to their professional line (which was already starting to include more and more product targeted toward the mid-level pro and prosumer markets).

Shortly thereafter they were sold to a private equity firm (we all know what that usually means for making quality-minded audio gear), and then eventually to Logitech, who are the current owners.

Logitech is a computer peripherals company, and the BLUE trademark is now probably more associated with that market... product for people who do streaming, podcasting, etc.

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Re: Condenser mic recs?

Post by mediocreplayer » Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:00 pm

Blue is owned by Logitech?! :derp:

Thanks for the response! Really appreciate your input throughout the thread. It seems that this bottle rocket is a pretty good deal for a made-in-USA mic, assuming the capsules do a good job of copping the tones of the microphones they are modeled after.

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Re: Condenser mic recs?

Post by øøøøøøø » Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:46 am

I'll qualify this by saying that I don't really see country of origin as an especially-consistent predictor of quality in 2021, but I don't believe BLUE mics have ever been made in USA?

If they are now, that's probably a new development!

The acronym BLUE stands for "Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics," and before all the ownership changes they were made, as the name suggests, in Latvia.

The original people behind BLUE now have another company, called JZ (formerly "Violet Microphones") which basically continues the tradition of the old BLUE mics in Riga, Latvia.

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Re: Condenser mic recs?

Post by CorporateDisguise » Tue Feb 16, 2021 5:38 am

I have a Blue Bluebird. It was definitely a very hyped mic at the time, and I fell for it. That’s not to say it’s not a good mic. It does a job, although it’s a bit more limited than I had hoped. It has a bit of an accentuated top end that can sound brittle on somethings. As a vocal mic, it’s a bit to sibilant in my opinion, which I think is made worse by its extra treble response. I do like it as a room mic for drums or even guitar sometimes, as the extra top end helps it not sound to dull or muffled.

I hear good things about the Blue Bottle. I kinda wish I had done more research before I purchase the Bluebird and just gotten the Blue Bottle instead.

That said, the build quality is good enough and it seems to be sturdy. It has had no issues in the few years I’ve owned it.

(I’m also not an engineer, nor do I work in a legitimate recording studio. This is all just from experience making demos at home in an untreated environment. So take everything I say with a grain of salt, because I certainly don’t have great ears.)

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Re: Condenser mic recs?

Post by mediocreplayer » Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:07 am

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Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:46 am
I'll qualify this by saying that I don't really see country of origin as an especially-consistent predictor of quality in 2021, but I don't believe BLUE mics have ever been made in USA?

If they are now, that's probably a new development!

The acronym BLUE stands for "Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics," and before all the ownership changes they were made, as the name suggests, in Latvia.

The original people behind BLUE now have another company, called JZ (formerly "Violet Microphones") which basically continues the tradition of the old BLUE mics in Riga, Latvia.
The BLUE mics come in two tiers, roughly divided as those below $1k are made in China and those $1k and above are made in the US. I agree with you that country of origin is not necessarily a reliable predictor of quality.

Do you have experience with the JZ mics? They just released a new one apparently, the BB29, which can currently be bought at half price.

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Re: Condenser mic recs?

Post by øøøøøøø » Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:24 am

I’ve never had the chance to try either JZ or Violet mics.

I did have the chance to use several BLUE mics back in the day, including the Blueberry, the Dragonfly and the Mouse.

My basis for experience-based comparison at the time was a bit scant, but I remember liking the Blueberry and especially the Mouse (the latter specifically on outside bass drum).

I haven’t had the chance to use a BLUE mic from any era in many years, except for a YETI USB podcast mic (with inbuilt preamp, headphone amp and DAC/ADC). I thought it was quite good at its price point and for its target application!

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