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Blue Bluebird SL Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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Just Hit Record The Bluebird SL flatters any sound source. Its proprietary hand-tuned capsule and transformerless design deliver tremendous upper-end clarity, smooth midrange frequencies, and rich lows that make every detail of your sound come to life. It features a high-pass filter and -20dB pad, which expands it versatility greatly. It can acco...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Just Hit Record
The Bluebird SL flatters any sound source. Its proprietary hand-tuned capsule and transformerless design deliver tremendous upper-end clarity, smooth midrange frequencies, and rich lows that make every detail of your sound come to life. It features a high-pass filter and -20dB pad, which expands it versatility greatly. It can accommodate loud instruments and singers, and can help mitigate harsh input signals at the source. Bluebird SL helps you capture standout male or female lead vocal performances, express the true tone of guitars, piano and percussion, and enhance the warmth of stringed instruments and brass

Behind The Mic
With the original Bluebird microphone, Blue set a new standard for modern recording mics. Bluebird SL advances that legacy with refined sonics and versatile switches to capture exceptionally clear and powerful sound that makes ears perk up and listen. Add in an updated design to inspire your best performances, and what you get is a best-selling Essential Series condenser mic.
The Sound
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 that delivers superior resonance at higher frequencies to help vocals cut through the mix. The sculpted rear backplate ensures balanced sound across the entire frequency spectrum. And discreet Class-A circuitry maximizes the accuracy of your sound.

Make The Switch
Bluebird SL is a one-of-a-kind mic for every kind of performance. The new onboard switchable 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad give you the flexibility to track a wide variety of sound sources with nuance and power. Use Bluebird SL to capture a singer’s unique vocal character in stunning detail, achieve full-frequency guitar recordings and more.

Features

  • Extended upper clarity with smooth mid frequencies for any voice or instrument
  • Hand-built proprietary large-diaphragm cardioid capsule for full, open sound
  • High-pass filter and -20dB pad for ultimate versatility
  • Works great with home studio USB audio interfaces
Specifications
Audio
  • Analog or digital: Analog
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 138 dB
  • Connectivity: XLR
Pattern and Type
  • Capsule: Condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Type: Mounted
  • Switches: 20 dB pad, HPF
  • Phantom power required: Yes
Size and Weight
  • Diameter: 1.9 in.
  • Length: 8.8 in.
  • Weight: 16 oz.
Included Accessories
  • Case: Yes
  • Clip: Yes
  • Shockmount: Yes
  • Power supply: N/A
  • Cable: No
  • Stand: No
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Bluebird SL Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone
 
4.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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Pros

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  • Good audio (3)

Cons

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  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
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4.0

This is a KEEPER!

By Will

from Denver

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Bluebird SL Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

    This mic is an absolute workhorse! Since receiving my Bluebird SL, It's stayed rigged and ready to go in my studio. The mic is incredibly versatile and pleasing, no matter what or who you put in front of it. The sound is detailed without being sterile and captures high-frequency sound without sounding harsh.

    I've found that one of my favorite things to record with Bluebird SL is acoustic guitar and percussion. The mic captures a full range of frequencies, so none of the performance is lost—it's easy to get the sound and the vibe of a performer.

    Outside of the great sound, Blue really pays attention to the little things. The packaging is great (I kept the box as a show piece for my home studio). The included shockmount works great—hands down. And the wood box the mic nests keeps everything safe in between sessions—that is if you ever put it away ;).

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    5.0

    This Bluebird is awesome!

    By Chris M

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Bluebird SL Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

      I am loving this microphone. So far, I've used the Bluebird SL on vocals (both male and female), acoustic guitars, electric guitar, and as a drum room mic. In short, this mic sounds great on everything I've put in front of it.

      To be specific, the mic has a nice, even, full-bodied response — sounding nice and warm when you get close, but also having a clear and very detailed high end. Vocals sound amazing — warm, but with a high end that can easily cut through the mix. Guitars sound rich and full, with shimmery highs. On drums, the mic captured all the nuances I was listening for.

      Physically, the Bluebird SL looks as beautiful as it sounds. It feels extremely solid and well-made. You can tell that a lot of care and precision went into its design. The mic comes with a very nice, padded wooden storage box and an elastic shock mount.

      The mic is really quiet, clean and transparent. Having the switches for low-cut and -20 dB pad gives you even more flexibility. It has excellent off-axis rejection, which is helpful for isolation. The shock mount helps make handling noise and vibrations a non-issue.

      Because of its high quality and versatility, I know this mic is going to get a LOT of great use. In fact, since it is so affordable, I plan to buy a second one for stereo applications.

       
      5.0

      Beautiful mic with studio sounding quality!

      By Isla_Royale

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bluebird SL Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        I've had my Bluebird for over a year and am still in love with its retro vibe, the sound quality and the durability this mic has. If you are looking for a more "professional" sound quality, this is what you need! Perfect for a home studio, mine is used in conjunction with a phantom power audio interface and can then be used directly on my iPhone/iPad to record straight vocals or on the app Smule.

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