NAMM 2017: Blue reveals the new Essential Series microphones

Blue has announced the arrival of a newly updated and enhanced Essential Series, which now features Spark SL, Bluebird SL and Baby Bottle SL…

Essential Series

Blue tells us that they’ve streamlined the build and refined the sonics on their most popular microphone line, which also features a versatile 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad. Promising that the Essential Series will provide the flexibility to track a wide variety of sound source with nuance and power, the new range sounds very enticing, but what about the small print. Well, here’s what Blue has to say about the new Essential Series.

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Designed to inspire and capture creativity, Blue’s newly enhanced Essentials Series brings distinct voices to recordings: Baby Bottle delivers classic warmth and presence, Bluebird offers modern, crystal-clear performance, and Spark delivers detailed, transparent sound. The Essentials Series allows you to pair each voice and instrument with its perfect microphone counterpart, creating a complete mic locker of essential sounds.

“We’re excited to take the legacy of Baby Bottle, Bluebird and Spark one step further,” said John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones. “These very popular and trusted mics serve creators in every situation, from the home studio to the professional mic locker. The new models were designed to enhance their distinct sounds and give customers greater control and flexibility. Even the newly updated designs were fine-tuned to inspire creativity.”

Baby Bottle SL

Building on the success of the original Baby Bottle, the newly refined SL model provides superior sound with vibrant warmth and clarity to capture the true character of each instrument and performer. Baby Bottle SL also features an updated design that looks great in any studio. Baby Bottle SL combines the classic sound of the world’s finest vintage microphones with incredible versatility to record any sound source. Bring rich, timeless vibes to vocals, drums, guitar amps and more with the present midrange, silky top end and neutral bottom of Baby Bottle SL.

At its foundation, Baby Bottle SL starts with Blue’s proprietary, hand-tuned capsule. A robust, gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragm and twin machined brass backplate design creates the signature warmth and presence Baby Bottle is known for. And custom discrete, Class-A circuitry makes it the quietest mic in its class.

Baby Bottle SL features a new switchable high-pass filter and -20dB pad to keep the sound pure regardless of instrument, volume or environment. Whether you’re recording loud guitar amps, drums and brass or capturing every nuance of vocals, strings and piano, Baby Bottle SL provides the same classic performance.

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Bluebird SL

With the original Bluebird microphone, Blue set a new standard for modern mics. Bluebird SL advances that legacy by providing exceptionally transparent, powerful and versatile sound. Add in an updated design that looks great in any studio and Blue unveils the enhanced new version of its best-selling Essentials Series condenser mic.

Every component of Bluebird SL is specially designed to deliver modern, crystal-clear tone. The hand-built capsule utilizes a fine, gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragm to deliver superior resonance at higher frequencies. The rear backplate ensures balanced sound across the entire frequency spectrum. And discreet Class-A circuitry maximizes the accuracy of your sound.

Bluebird SL now features a new onboard switchable high-pass filter and -20dB pad that provides the flexibility to track a wide variety of sound sources and keep recordings clear at any volume. Record in stereo with two Bluebird SL mics to add depth and ambiance to any instrument.

Spark SL

Spark SL delivers legendary Blue studio sound and versatility that’s perfect for starting your studio or expanding your mic locker. With incredible clarity and presence, plus a completely new visual design, Spark SL transforms the sound and look of any recording studio space.

Spark SL delivers detailed, transparent sound and rich harmonics for creating stunning recordings of vocals, guitars, drums, pianos and more. Based on the primary voicing of its predecessor, Spark SL evolves the sound, clarity and versatility of the Essentials Series’ most popular microphone. At the heart of Spark SL’s sound is Blue’s custom JFET design, which ensures the backplate of the microphone capsule is evenly charged. Spark SL also features discreet Class-A circuitry to maintain a crystal-clear signal. Spark SL’s incredible flexibility makes it easy to capture the detail of any voice or instrument.

Spark SL now features a new onboard switchable 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad to bring professional versatility to your recording sessions.

Each microphone in the Essentials Series comes in a wooden storage box and includes a custom pop filter. The Essentials series also works great with at-home USB interfaces. The Essentials Series— Spark SL (MSRP $199.99), Bluebird SL (MSRP $299.99) and Baby Bottle SL (MSRP $399.99)—will be available starting January 19th at Guitar Center and Musician’s Friend, and coming soon to Sweetwater, Sam Ash, Long & McQuade Canada and other authorized retailers worldwide. For more information visit: Spark SL, Bluebird SL and Baby Bottle SL.

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