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Blue Microphones newest professional mic, Spark, is a stylish, solid state cardioid condenser with finely detailed, uncolored sound that excels with virtually any instrument or vocal. The Blue Spark f... Read More

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Overview

Blue Microphones newest professional mic, Spark, is a stylish, solid state cardioid condenser with finely detailed, uncolored sound that excels with virtually any instrument or vocal. The Blue Spark features a unique Focus Control switch for a wider range of high-to-low end sonic signatures.

Blue Microphones Spark First Take:
• Custom-designed capsule with Class A discrete electronics

• Unique Focus Control
• Custom pop filter and shockmount included


Custom-designed, Class A capsule
Designed to help you achieve professional quality recordings in any creative environment, Blue's Spark features a custom-designed condenser capsule with Class-A discrete electronics resulting in superbly detailed and uncolored output-making it the ideal microphone for recording vocals, drums, guitars, pianos, brass, woodwinds, and just about anything else you can light a fire under.

Focus Control
A new feature found only on the Spark microphone is the unique Focus Control, providing two different usage modes at the push of a button: the Normal mode (out position) providing increased low frequency sensitivity for recordings with great impact and definition, along with the Focus mode, (in position) for even greater clarity and detail.

Custom accessories
The Spark microphone ships with a custom-designed pop-filter and shockmount as well as a convenient and stylish wood case for transport. With Spark, you've got everything you need to make professional recordings, all in one package.

* Requires +48V phantom power to operate.

Features
  • Custom-designed capsule with Class A discrete electronics
  • Unique Focus Control for a wider range of high-to-low end sonic signatures
Specifications
  • Transducer: Condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 28mV/Pa
  • Output impedance: 50 ohm
  • Rated load impedance: Not less than 1 ohm
  • Maximum SPL: 128dB
  • S/N ratio: 84dB
  • Noise level: 10dB
  • Power requirement: +48V phantom power
  • Weight: 1.25 lb.
  • Dimensions:
  • Length: 7-3/4"
  • Diameter: 1-3/4"
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One year parts and labor warranty.


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4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

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Perfect for beginners, good enough for high end recording.

The focus switch is great for beginners. Its almost like blue already made an eq for you so you don't really have to know anything about eq to make vocals sound...Read complete review

The focus switch is great for beginners. Its almost like blue already made an eq for you so you don't really have to know anything about eq to make vocals sound "okay". For me, the focus switch is pointless. I got 2 of these as new overheads for drums. They work amazingly and I couldn't be any happier. I also used this for a neck mic on an acoustic guitar. Sounds great. It's blue quality, but cheaper.

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Certainly not a bad mic

Reliability: I've had this mic for three years now and it's generally held up. The pop filter doesn't really hold up well and it is primarily there for aesthetic purposes so not much of...Read complete review

Reliability: I've had this mic for three years now and it's generally held up. The pop filter doesn't really hold up well and it is primarily there for aesthetic purposes so not much of a loss in that department. Get a separate pop filter or create your own. I haven't had any major issues with the shock mount though it is difficult to hang the mic in any other position than vertical with the capsule up top. Looks/feel: It is a very beautiful mic, I have the blue model which is very appealing to the eyes. It has a little weight to it which gives the impression of a solid build. Sound(99% of what matters): I have mic'd amps, vocals, acoustic guitars, drums and some sound effects. Amps: Actually a very nice sound, very smooth and full on clean settings, thick with dirty settings and a little lacking on heavier distortion. Compared to an sm57 though, I'd probably prefer the spark on dirty and clean amp micing. Vocals: this mic is a heavy gamble for vocals. Generally if you have a somewhat heavy voice do not buy this as a vocal mic. This mic does work pretty well on light, airy female vocals so take what you want from that. acoustic guitar: Pretty good sound, not phenomenal in any sense, but clear and appealing. Does not have a studio album feel, more of a live acoustic ambiance about it. Drum overheads: Can handle the sound, but certainly not the best mic I've heard on overheads, a little thin. Conclusion: this mic is okay at most things and good at a select few. I would head somewhere else to find a universal usage mic. maybe a at2050 or the like. There are a lot of options in this price range.

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5.0

Unbeatable mic at the price! Get one!

By kenneth

from Golden Valley, MN

As a grad student, I don't have lots of cash to throw around. But I thought it was finally time to get a condenser mic. I settled on a Blue Spark, which has proven to be an excellent compromise of low cost with good performance. Works well with vocals with a Stedman proscreen, and also great for acoustic instruments, percussion, and anything with lots of intimate detail. Wish it wasn't so tough to get one in a quiet color, so it is not as distracting for live use in applications where visual microphone attention is not desirable. I've had some fun with this mic up close off-axis doing a capella bass off the cheek or nose. The polar pattern and compact capsule is also amenable to doing some neat things with shakers especially when recording in conjunction with a second microphone. Decent for studio, yet cheap enough where you can gig it and not be nervous. People will comment on the clarity of your sound (I've gotten comments from non-musical people on my percussion). Overall, a tough mic to beat at the $200 price point. I've yet to find one that can compete.

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3.0

Certainly not a bad mic

By Joel

from Amelia, Ohio

Reliability: I've had this mic for three years now and it's generally held up. The pop filter doesn't really hold up well and it is primarily there for aesthetic purposes so not much of a loss in that department. Get a separate pop filter or create your own. I haven't had any major issues with the shock mount though it is difficult to hang the mic in any other position than vertical with the capsule up top. Looks/feel: It is a very beautiful mic, I have the blue model which is very appealing to the eyes. It has a little weight to it which gives the impression of a solid build. Sound(99% of what matters): I have mic'd amps, vocals, acoustic guitars, drums and some sound effects. Amps: Actually a very nice sound, very smooth and full on clean settings, thick with dirty settings and a little lacking on heavier distortion. Compared to an sm57 though, I'd probably prefer the spark on dirty and clean amp micing. Vocals: this mic is a heavy gamble for vocals. Generally if you have a somewhat heavy voice do not buy this as a vocal mic. This mic does work pretty well on light, airy female vocals so take what you want from that. acoustic guitar: Pretty good sound, not phenomenal in any sense, but clear and appealing. Does not have a studio album feel, more of a live acoustic ambiance about it. Drum overheads: Can handle the sound, but certainly not the best mic I've heard on overheads, a little thin. Conclusion: this mic is okay at most things and good at a select few. I would head somewhere else to find a universal usage mic. maybe a at2050 or the like. There are a lot of options in this price range.

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5.0

Main Mic for Vocals

By Alex Canlione

from Rhythm

Great Mic, Not much to say. Used them on guitars, vocals. Love them for vocals and very good for guitars. Only found one singer that it didnt work with and there are to many factors that could have affected our displeasure with the mic at that particular time. I love this mic and almost everyone who uses it with me seems to as well. As appearance goes, i've had some pretentious musicians seem to think blue focused on the image of the mic alone at that its just a lame condeser in a fancy package. Maybe if youre used to $500+ mics and have experience testing out different ones with your voice it might not be as top notch as i feel it is. I just mention this because people will judge this mic before they hear it. Wether thats good or bad depends on the people. Another note i am hesitant to say on the review... Its cheaper on e b a y even new ones. Check evay

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4.0

Good mic for the price - mainly for midrange dynamics

By Walter

from Goshen, IN

I'm one of the lucky ones that got this mic on a half-price black Friday sale. For that price the mic is great. For its normal price, I'd say it's still a good mic to have in a recording mic collection. I haven't had it for long, but I tested it against my Rode NT1-A which normally runs in the same price range, but a little higher. All testing was done with the "focus" high-pass-filter OFF. I am mainly interested in what the mic can give me rather than what it can filter - I can filter with the DAW. In general, the Spark lacks the depth of the NT1-A at the very low frequencies and the sparkle of the very highs, so I'm not as likely to use the Spark on acoustic strings. The Spark shines, though, in the midrange. Fast dynamics in this area have more punch and accurate timber. I think vocals and some percussion will benefit from this. If I had to choose only one of these 2 mics, I'd take the NT1-A and gladly pay the extra 20%, but I'm happy to have the Spark as an addition to my mic collection for its contrast. It should help bring some sources up to cut through the mix.

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5.0

Excellent Quality

By JORDAN BENSON

from Phoenix Arizona

I have a new toy and I am So excited about it. This thing has Excellent dynamics. Grabs all of my low tones as well as my high range. Custom Pop Filter works excellent and you couldn't ask for a better shock mount. Best deal for the price. You wont find a better one anywhere!! Recommend this mic for anyone!!!!

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5.0

Wow!

By Martha Bernicker

from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This is a fantastic mic! I have been playing guitar for a long time and I have been listening to music for an even longer time and I have never heard a mic that sounds this good. At the studio where I record, I used to use a $4000 mic for vocals, and two $900 mics for guitar. Now when I record, I bring my spark and use it for vocals almost every time, and often for guitars as well. This mic is a perfect fit for me, as well as everyone else I know who owns one or has used one. The only thing that I have against this mic is that the pop filter is cheap and breaks easily, and the base screw on the shock mount is very hard to turn. But aside from those two things, my only regret is that I didn't get two!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great recording mic.

By Jason

from New Castle, PA

I've had this mic for about 3 weeks now. I use it in my home studio and have recorded myself and the lead singer of another band. His band does pop punk type music similar to "all time low", I sing more poppy rock/blues music. This mic sounds great for both. It's very very clear and vocals come out way better with this mic than any other mic I've used. I've had 2 minor problems with the mic. First, the pop filter sucks at a close range. It works but not well enough. Not a problem though I just use a seperate pop filter. Second problem bothers me a little more and that is the shock mounts makes a lot of noise if the mic is bumped. That's disappointing cause with the quality of this mic I don't want anything else to get in the way. Overall a WONDERFUL mic though

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Probably The Best Mic You'll Find Under $200

By Evan McDuffie

from Cleveland, Ohio

This Microphone Is Excellent On Vocals. I Use It In My Home Studio And I'm Very Satisfied With The Quality I Recieve. I Have Heard Problems With The Shockmount But I Didn't Find Any Difficulties In Its Use.

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5.0

blue making new friends

By Noah Montena

from Syracuse, NY

The Spark has most of the same audio characteristics and build quality as the Bluebird, and other Blue "clean" transistor mics, but is one of their cheapest, so it should push anyone who has been waiting to buy a Blue mic over the edge. The Spark also has some nice touches and improvements over previous Blues, so even if you already own a higher model, you might want a Spark. The custom pop filter attaches to the mic housing, but, unlike the Bluebird screen, the Spark's fastens with just one captive screw, rather than with a two-piece collar, making it much easier to install or remove. The included wood box is large, but fits the shockmount and pop filter in addition to the Spark, so now you don't have to rummage around for those parts later, when you can't remember where you last put them. And the Spark has a "focus" button, which is really just a low cut filter, but it's nice to have that option on a mic this inexpensive. Also, the Spark is bright orange, so there's that.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome mic

By Mau

from Qro, Mexico

I had work with blue mics in the past so I decided to order this one for my home studio and I'm quite impressed with the quality of both the mic itself and the sound you can get from it, really warm and present. The focus control button is basically a high pass filter around 120 Hz but it definitely comes handy sometimes . The shock-mount and the pop filter are really good quality too and are a nice plus. For the price you can't go wrong.

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