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Blue Hummingbird Condenser Mic with Pivoting Head

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Hummingbird is a versatile, precision-engineered Class A small-diaphragm microphone that unlocks the tonal nuances of your instruments so you can capture the best recordings possible. With a 180 degree rotating head, Hummingbird fits into tight spaces and can nimbly change positions where others can™t. Featuring a precisely tuned diaphragm based on...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Price: $299.0
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Overview

Hummingbird is a versatile, precision-engineered Class A small-diaphragm microphone that unlocks the tonal nuances of your instruments so you can capture the best recordings possible. With a 180 degree rotating head, Hummingbird fits into tight spaces and can nimbly change positions where others can™t. Featuring a precisely tuned diaphragm based on the acclaimed B1 capsule from Blue' flagship Bottle microphone, Hummingbird is ultra-responsive and delivers extended frequency response. Hummingbird is the perfect studio and stage solution for drum overheads, acoustic guitar, piano, percussion, or any other instrument with fast transients and rich overtones.

Mic Placement is Everything
Discover new tonal colors of your instrument by simply rotating Hummingbird' head. The unique 180 pivoting head allows you to place the mic at any angle”without having to adjust the mic stand”and capture the sound most mics would leave behind. Give Hummingbird a turn, and take your recordings from good to great.

¢ Sweep the capsule between the 12th fret and sound hole of an acoustic guitar to dial in the perfect guitar sound, all without having to get up out of your chair.
¢ Rotate the capsule between the edge of the snare drum and the center of the drumhead to get the perfect snare sound, all without having to adjust the mic stand.
¢ Pivot the heads of a pair of Hummingbird overheads to dial in the perfect stereo image over a set of drums, percussion, or upright piano.

Premium Blue Capsule
Hummingbird boasts a premium capsule based on the Blue B1”part of our acclaimed interchangeable Bottle Caps series. Hummingbird' precisely tuned cardioid capsule is ultra-responsive and provides extended high-frequency response”making it perfect for recording any instrument with quick attacks and rich tonal characteristics.

Take Your Sound to New Heights
The superb dynamic range, balanced character and sparkling high end of the Hummingbird is perfect for reproducing the sharp attacks and tonal characteristics of a wide range of instruments including drums, acoustic guitars, strings and world instruments. And with no IC' in the signal path, Hummingbird delivers maximum sonic detail with the lowest possible noise floor. With excellent off-axis rejection, Hummingbird is the perfect choice for close-miking drums or percussion while minimizing sound from surrounding instruments.

Drums”From a Bird's Eye View
The Hummingbird' agility, sonic precision, and ability to handle high sound pressure levels make it an ideal mic for recording drums. With a 180 pivoting head, Hummingbird makes it easier to get great overhead sounds, and it can fit into tight snare drum or rack tom spaces and get the perfect angle on the drumheads”a difficult task with other condenser microphones.

Features

180 rotating head for precise mic placement
Cardioid condenser based on the B1 capsule from the heralded Blue Bottle
Exceptional sonic accuracy and extended frequency response
Ultra-fast transient response and high-SPL handling in the studio and on stage
Included accessories
Rigid carry case with foam lining
Mic clip
Foam windscreen
Specifications
Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
Sensitivity: 15mV/Pa @ 1kHz (1 Pa = 94dB SPL)
Output Impedance: 50Î
Rated Load Impedance: Not less than 1kÎ
Maximum SPL: 130 dB SPL
S/N Ratio: 85.5 dB-A (IEC 651)
Noise Level A-Weighted: 8.5 dB-A (IEC 651)
Dynamic Range: 129.5 dB (2.5kÎ)
Power Requirement: +48V DC Phantom Power (IEC 268-15)
Weight: 212g (7.5oz)
Dimensions: 170mm x 27mm x 27mm (6.7 x 1.1 x 1.1)
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BlueHummingbird Condenser Mic with Pivoting Head
 
3.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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5.0

Wish I Grabbed Two

By Benjamin D.A.

from Midwest, USA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blue Hummingbird Condenser Mic with Pivoting Head:

    I really wish I grabbed more of these before they went out of production. I have only used it so far for recording acoustic guitar but it is incredibly detailed and the diaphragm size and pickup pattern make it great for mitigating any sound that isn't coming from your source. I have a bedroom studio next to a very street and my recording computer has an unfortunately noisy fan, but even then I am able to track the guitar with absolutely no noticeable noise. Really great microphone. The accessories that come with it are also great (Blue does a particularly terrible job with pop screens and mic clips/baskets so it was nice they did this one right.) Finally, the swivel head is awesome if you're a one man recording operation, because it allows you to fine tune mic placement/orientation without necessarily having to adjust the whole mic stand.

     
    4.0

    sexy swivel heads

    By Music for Airports

    from Los Angeles CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • no roll off or pattern options

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blue Hummingbird Condenser Mic with Pivoting Head:

    used in ORTF configuration for field/nature recording (huge roaring waves, lapping water, morning bird/insect ambience, howling wind) I really liked the way natural echoes, ambience and stereo space was captured. especially distant birds in valleys. Self noise was never an issue even with high gain. Easy to go to XY or other modified angle with swivel heads to capture a vivid and 3-D stereo soundscape.
    A DIY wire-frame blimp and dead wombat worked to prevent overload from wind gusts.
    Some sort of mid-high-frequency hyping going on (I could see where some might call these paper or brittle) but, this crisp character and detail worked for me. I'm sure there are better SDCs, but if you get a hold of a solid pair of these, the swivel capsules are super functional and chances are if you can't do it with these... you're not going to do it.

     
    5.0

    bargain

    By Kevin

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Blue Hummingbird Condenser Mic with Pivoting Head:

    Nice detail on recorded sound, well built, movable head quite useful.

    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Defective and no customer care

    By Hiro

    from Rancho Santa Fe, CA

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      • Two out of four purchased are defective

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blue Hummingbird Condenser Mic with Pivoting Head:

        Two out of four makes excessive noises, They are unusable.

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