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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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"
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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BlueSpark Studio Microphone
 
4.7

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic Microphone

I run Dual Mic Records Recording Studio. This Mic is unbeleivable. Could tell the diffrence right away. I have about 25 diffrent mics to include a few high end mic and this one...Read complete review

I run Dual Mic Records Recording Studio. This Mic is unbeleivable. Could tell the diffrence right away. I have about 25 diffrent mics to include a few high end mic and this one is right on point with them. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quality mic at a great price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Great product, great price.

By Alli

from Boston, MA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blue Spark Studio Microphone:

    Great for V/O auditions and audiobook recordings

     
    4.0

    VERY nice & i'm a pro

    By King tat

    from Iowa

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blue Spark Studio Microphone:

    Been using for 2 years and you would be blown away at my audio quality for being a home studio!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unbeatable mic at the price! Get one!

    By kenneth

    from Golden Valley, MN

    Comments about Blue Spark Studio Microphone:

    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Secret weapon

    By Fossil Man

    from USA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Blue Spark Studio Microphone:

      This mic came as quite a shock to me: It's Great!
      I had low expectations of a mic at this price.
      But I was impressed. It's quiet, clean, with a strong output level with low noise.
      What's not to like? (The looks, I guess, which are kind of tacky, IMO)
      On vocals it has plenty of detailed high end. Maybe a little crisp - but that can be controlled with EQ in the preamp or DAW.
      I did some A/B recordings agains the Reactor and Blueberry, and could not tell which was which.
      You may not get the low end you need for other sounds, so this is not a "do-it-all" mic. But that's OK. We all need more than one mic...
      Save your money toward a good preamp and get this mic, instead of spending a bundle on more high end products.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Certainly not a bad mic

      By Joel

      from Amelia, Ohio

      Comments about Blue Spark Studio Microphone:

      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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      An amazing mic for voice over work

      By clothoBuerocracy

      from South Jordan, Utah

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear
      • Clear highs
      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Low-end

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Audioplays
      • Instrument recording
      • Voice acting
      • Voice Over

      Comments about Blue Spark Studio Microphone:

      I've been using this mic for more than a year now and I can say that I've never been disappointed by how it sounded. It captures the natural resonance of my low-mid range male voice and can accurately reproduce exactly what I'm going for when I'm doing a voice for a character. I've knocked the thing around a little bit but it's still as shiny and perfect as the day I got it. There's nothing I would change about this mic.

       
      5.0

      Main Mic for Vocals

      By Alex Canlione

      from Rhythm

      Comments about Blue Spark Studio Microphone:

      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

      (1 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      So-So

      By Conner Steele

      from North Carolina

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Blue Spark Studio Microphone:

      I have used this mic for a couple years only because I haven't had the budget to get a better one. It picks up all the background noise you don't want (air conditioning, etc) and none of the details of the sound source that you do want. I used it primarily for vocals and it worked so-so on female vocals but it's worthless on male vocals. I tried miking an acoustic guitar with it but I could hear myself breathing over the strumming of the guitar...ridiculous.

       
      4.0

      Good mic for the price - mainly for midrange dynamics

      By Walter

      from Goshen, IN

      Comments about Blue Spark Studio Microphone:

      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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Condition 4 - needs repair

      By Self Described Mic Addict

      from San Franciso Bay Area

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Blue Spark Studio Microphone:

      I bought this as a broken microphone, but all that was wrong was the headbasket mesh came off. It looks like their superglue failed, I can easily apply my own. Other that that it works perfectly.

      Did a quick test recording (with the headbasket taped back on), and was pleasantly surprised with how it recorded my Gibson Songwriter Studio acoustic guitar. I usually use either a JZ/Violet VIN26 or a Neumann TLM102 depending on the song. The Spark was in the ballpark, and if I didn't have those other two (and more expensive) mics I'd probably go to the Spark every time. It's missing some of the detail of those other mics.

      It's a great deal at retail price, my "broken" one was even less. Glad I took the chance.

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