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The Blue Dragonfly Microphone employs an innovative design to offer you fine tuning and precise placement. The Dragonfly mic will please the most discerning recordist. Combines ease of use that is wit... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Blue Dragonfly Microphone employs an innovative design to offer you fine tuning and precise placement. The Dragonfly mic will please the most discerning recordist. Combines ease of use that is without equal among contemporary microphones with a price that is considerably less than anything in its class. The Dragonfly mic is winner of both the 2001 TEC Award and an Electronic Musician's 2001 Editor's Choice award.

The Dragonfly is a unique pressure-gradient cardioid condenser microphone, employing Blue's hand-built single-membrane large-diaphragm capsule coated with a 6-micron mylar film of pure gold and aluminum. Enclosed within a rotating spherical grille, the capsule can be positioned and adjusted in the smallest spaces. Complete with an integrated elastic shockmount, the microphone's electronics are based on a Class-A discrete circuit, with a transformerless output. The Dragonfly mic's sonic character gives flight to everything from vocals to percussion, electric guitar and bass, as well as more difficult sources such as saxophones and stringed instruments.
Requires phantom power.

Specifications
  • Type of mic amplifier: Solid State Discrete class A
    Type of Transducer: Pressure gradient
    Directional Pattern: Cardioid
    Frequency Response: 20Hz”20,000 Hz
    Rated source impedance: 50 ohms
    Recommended load impedance: not less than 1000 ohms
    Sensitivity: 20mV/Pa
    Signal to noise ratio: 69db (related to 1 PA at 1khz) Max.
    Sound Pressure Level for 0.5% THD: 132db
    Power Requirements: 48 volt phantom (DIN 45596, IEC8 15)
    Net weight: 640g
    Dimensions: 235mm x 45mm
    Connector: 3 pin XLR-type
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One year parts and labor warranty.


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BlueDragonfly Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Diverse, Crisp, Flexible, Clean and Affordable

This is my go-to mic for almost everything. Electric guitars sound full and wide, male vocals are as uncolored as you can get without spending $3k on a Neumann U87, and are crisp,...Read complete review

This is my go-to mic for almost everything. Electric guitars sound full and wide, male vocals are as uncolored as you can get without spending $3k on a Neumann U87, and are crisp, clean, requiring very little EQing (haven't tried female vox yet). Acoustic guitars are very silky and smooth when using correct placement and especially sound great when using a blend of the Dragonfly with an SM58. I don't know why exactly but this combo really sings. I also use it for hand percussion and as an overhead. Honestly nothing has sounded bad through this thing! I'm really surprised that Blue managed to create something so good for so little money. Major props to you guys and gals! I tried this mic out next to the U87 (which IS better but not 3K better IMHO), next to the TLM 102 (which didn't sound that much better), the Rode NT1 (which was pretty nice too for the price), the AKG C414 (which was similar quality but more money), and a Shure 58 for a baseline starting point, since I've used that mic for years. After all that my choices were easily narrowed to the Dragonfly and the U87. I can't afford the U87 so I went with the next best thing IMO. I believe every home recording musician and pro studio should have one.

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Not as good as they say...

I bought two of these, not matched, but they were close enough for a couple sessions. Immediately upon using these mics I had to EQ the highs. They are a bit brittle and...Read complete review

I bought two of these, not matched, but they were close enough for a couple sessions. Immediately upon using these mics I had to EQ the highs. They are a bit brittle and add too much "air" beyond use. I bought them from a good review of recording classical piano. On another session, they had so much RF interference, they ruined a session. THANKS BLUE, YOU COST ME MONEY. I used other mics with no problem. I sold these mics back to guitar center and bought some TLM103s. I also have to EQ out some high end, but at least they didn't pick up RFs. I will not use BLUE again. My main mics are Scheops and my pres are Millennias. I've recorded in members of the Minnesota Orchestra and Opera in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and world-class jazz musicians. I would not trust BLUE for these sessions. There are so many other companies within that budget to choose from. Don't make the mistake by buying BLUE. On a good note, they do look flashy and the price has dropped substantially.

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5.0

You may as well buy two right away..

By Senor Mistakes

from Tauranga, New Zealand or Chicago, IL

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blue Dragonfly Microphone:

    Lots of reviews on this mic say it shines on female vocals and acoustic guitar. While it is a great mic for these sources, i tend to use it most on electric guitars. Use all the fancy sound words you want but there is a certain way this mic captures the sound of a speaker cabinet that just so "there". The only time i ever really take it out of the guitar isolation booth is when i need to close mic cymbals. I have also had good luck using the dragonfly to mic crunchy bass guitar. After owning one for about two years i finally got another and cant wait to start using them as overheads.

     
    5.0

    Crisp vocals with a nice top end

    By Erik Cereghino

    from Los Angleles, CA

    Comments about Blue Dragonfly Microphone:

    I'm no sound engineer so if you think this review is a little off, you're probably correct. I'm a student that raps and have been experimenting with different microphones for a while. I was lucky to be able to book a few studio sessions recently (in a real studio) and have been checking out different mics. From an AKG C 414, TCM 102 and a few other somewhat high end microphones that weren't necessarily made for what i was using them for but you just gotta try them all. I played with this one a bit and found a sweet spot which is very crisp flat and a good top end which i realized what i really needed for rap cause there is already plenty of bass on the track. I'm still trying other microphones right now but really enjoy this one over the instrumentals im using. However be careful, many people i could see just want to buy this mic or enjoy it because of how it looks, thats why i was first interested but after i kept listening and comparing i found to really sound good for myself at least.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Diverse, Crisp, Flexible, Clean and Affordable

    By George

    from Fort Collins, CO

    Comments about Blue Dragonfly Microphone:

    This is my go-to mic for almost everything. Electric guitars sound full and wide, male vocals are as uncolored as you can get without spending $3k on a Neumann U87, and are crisp, clean, requiring very little EQing (haven't tried female vox yet). Acoustic guitars are very silky and smooth when using correct placement and especially sound great when using a blend of the Dragonfly with an SM58. I don't know why exactly but this combo really sings. I also use it for hand percussion and as an overhead. Honestly nothing has sounded bad through this thing! I'm really surprised that Blue managed to create something so good for so little money. Major props to you guys and gals! I tried this mic out next to the U87 (which IS better but not 3K better IMHO), next to the TLM 102 (which didn't sound that much better), the Rode NT1 (which was pretty nice too for the price), the AKG C414 (which was similar quality but more money), and a Shure 58 for a baseline starting point, since I've used that mic for years. After all that my choices were easily narrowed to the Dragonfly and the U87. I can't afford the U87 so I went with the next best thing IMO. I believe every home recording musician and pro studio should have one.

    (0 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not as good as they say...

    By Visser Studios

    from Twin Cities, MN

    Comments about Blue Dragonfly Microphone:

    I bought two of these, not matched, but they were close enough for a couple sessions. Immediately upon using these mics I had to EQ the highs. They are a bit brittle and add too much "air" beyond use. I bought them from a good review of recording classical piano. On another session, they had so much RF interference, they ruined a session. THANKS BLUE, YOU COST ME MONEY. I used other mics with no problem. I sold these mics back to guitar center and bought some TLM103s. I also have to EQ out some high end, but at least they didn't pick up RFs. I will not use BLUE again. My main mics are Scheops and my pres are Millennias. I've recorded in members of the Minnesota Orchestra and Opera in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and world-class jazz musicians. I would not trust BLUE for these sessions. There are so many other companies within that budget to choose from. Don't make the mistake by buying BLUE. On a good note, they do look flashy and the price has dropped substantially.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent!!!

    By Brian Jones

    from VA

    Comments about Blue Dragonfly Microphone:

    I purchased one and have been able to use it on any instrument: vocals, drums, guitars, etc...it is particularly splendid on Male Vocals as you can turn the capsule up or down to "fine tune" your sound based on your vocal pitch. I am a drummer and I really like this on my overheads and as a room mic. I run it through my ADL600 and I get a ULTRA clean sound! Add some Waves and your sounding like a million bucks!!

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice Mic

    By Guitarold

    from Sacramento, Ca

    Comments about Blue Dragonfly Microphone:

    This is a great mic. The Blue stuff really intrigued me and I bought this for a recording project. I weas very impressed with it but eventually went to other mics that favored my voice better. You can't beat the quality. Just check some reviews on what it sounds best with and youll be set.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautifully transparent

    By GuitarGeezerGuy

    from Mohnton, PA

    Comments about Blue Dragonfly Microphone:

    I've been using this in my home studio for several years now for recording demos and midi+audio backing tracks. I've used it for male and female vocals, steel and nylon string acoustic guitars, drum overheads and micing guitar amps, anything where only a single mic is necessary. The clarity and detail are terrific, it has a very "sweet" and airy nature. I run it straight into my MOTU A/D preamps and I rarely have to eq it. It's also robust in construction, it's been on the stand since I got it and gets moved, adjusted and bopped to and fro constantly and I haven't had any problems. When I look for another studio mic I'll check Blue again first.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blue's Dragon fly, Fly's High

    By Gregory P. Booker

    from Beachwood, NJ.

    Comments about Blue Dragonfly Microphone:

    I've had this for a year and to be honest it does everything I've asked it to, and done it well. My first application is vocals followed closely by acoustic guitar. It has a "sound" but its a flavor that I like. It even recorded bell tree and Timpani with outstanding detail and a depth that I've never heard without EQ or effects added. Kudos to Blue for making a truly great mic thats easy to adjust and very versatile without sounding sterile. I think it is priced right and compares to more expensive mics in my cabinet, A great overall mic that will not leave you thinking you need more. I use an inexpensive Aphex 207D mic pre with it and it shines. Very quiet and clean and I don't need to EQ except on rare occasions.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for In-home studios!

    By AeonFTF

    from Seattle, WA

    Comments about Blue Dragonfly Microphone:

    I've used this mic for a little over two years, I have recorded a wide variety of different voices and a few acoustic guitars. This mic performs brilliantly. The price is more then good for what you are getting, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good starting point in a home studio, or even for a higher end studio, this mic sounds really great.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superb Mic for the $$

    By Scorwrtr

    from Fremont, CA

    Comments about Blue Dragonfly Microphone:

    The DragonFly's build quality is higher than mics costing much more, and the ability to lock it up on a stand and still adjust (fine tune) the capsule angle is a huge benefit with many performers and instruments. But it's really the sound that sets this BLUE mic apart. Wide open on top, honest sound without being boring, and one of the quietest mics in my collection. I only wish there was a multi pattern version. I run it into a Grace Design mic pre, straight into a 192 interface on ProTools HD and the detail is stunning. Fantastic overhead for drums, great on female voice and acoustic guitar. Very impressive.

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