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Bluebird Microphone

B&H # BLBBMQ MFR # BLUEBIRD
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Product Highlights

  • Versatile Condenser Microphone
  • Alloy-Sputtered Mylar Capsule
  • Cardioid Pattern Rejects Off-Axis Sound
  • Discrete Circuitry
  • 138 dB SPL Handling
  • S3 Shockmount Included
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You Pay: $299.99

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The Bluebird Microphone from Blue features a versatile condenser design and can be used in professional and studio applications for capturing vocals and general instruments such as electric and acoustic guitars, drum overheads, percussion, piano, horns, and strings. There is a cardioid polar pattern for providing an even frequency response while minimizing off-axis noise and feedback. The microphone includes a wood storage box, a shockmount, and a custom pop filter.

Cardioid Polar Pattern
The cardioid polar pattern provides even frequency response and minimal noise from the off-axis sections of the capsule.
Flat Frequency Response
The wide, flat frequency response of the Bluebird accurately reproduces audio from most sources.
Class-A Discrete Circuit
The Bluebird's Class-A electronics and output section provides maximum output with minimal noise-floor.
UPC: 836213004586

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Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio 87 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level 7 dB A-Weighted
Maximum SPL 138 dB SPL 0.5%
Impedance 50 ohms
Load Impedance 1 kOhms
Sensitivity 27 mV/PA @ 1 kHz
Power Requirements 48 V
Dynamic Range 131 dB
General
Length 8.74" (222.0 mm)
Diameter 1.77" (45.0 mm)
Weight 16.93 oz (480.0 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.6 x 11.2 x 5.2"
BlueBird Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone
  • S3 Shock
  • Custom Pop Filter
  • Wood Box
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Bluebird Microphone
     
    4.7

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (18)
    • Versatile (12)
    • Easy to use (9)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (15)
    • Professional recording (11)
    • Amateur recording (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

    Reviewed by 21 customers

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    5.0

    Great quality Great Price

    By Michelle The Singer

    from New York,NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

      Great product , I would only recommend that you buy another pop filter on top of the one it comes with .

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      4.0

      Great Sound for a Great Price

      By Candy Man Can

      from Chattanooga, TN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

        I use this mic for vocals and acoustic instruments in my home studio. It has great presence and a great color. Doesn't overemphasize the high end like a lot of other large diaphragm mics in the same price range.

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By Dario

        from Boynton Beach, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

          The best!

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          5.0

          Blue Bluebird Review

          By Kevin

          from Tallahassee, FL

          Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

          Great mic! Pics up vocals amazingly! Also has great pick up of sounds, regardless of distance (depending on mic prefs set up. Very controllable tho in order to make sure you don't pick up unwanted noise. Just need to make adjustments depending on what you are looking for.

          Phenominal microphone and transformed my vocals to greatness!

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          5.0

          Awesome start mic for home studio

          By Altermax

          from Canada

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Sibilance For Some Voices

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

          Takes EQ VERY WELL

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          4.0

          Best vocal mike anywhere near the price

          By Justa guy

          from St. Paul, MN

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

            I bought this from BH after listening closely to one of those "microphone shootouts" on YouTube, in which I thought the Bluebird sounded better than anything in its price range (there were two mikes I liked slightly more, but they were 2 to 3 times the Bluebird's price). I did my own testing when the Bluebird arrived, comparing it on my voice to an SE Electronics 2200a and an Audio Technica AT2035. I had the same result: the Bluebird sounded more natural and open, and I'll be using it for my most of my own vocals from now on. There are a couple of things I don't like: I thought the included pop filter gave a subtle coloration to the sound, or perhaps, it caused me to change something about the mike's positioning in some way. So I ordered Blue's universal pop filter, and I've had better results using that instead. I'm also not crazy about Blue's included shock mount, for the same reason another reviewer noted: I have to twist the thumb screw very tight for it to hold the mike steady and not suddenly flop down. One more thing about the Bluebird: As the owners manual explains, the sound is greatly affected by the angle at which you place your mouth it relation to its capsule. I'm not talking just about one's distance from the mike and the normal proximity effect; other tonal characteristics of the Bluebird change, based on a slight shift in the angle of the mike's placement. This is good because it allows me to "fine tune" the sound for my own voice or a particular song, just by moving things a bit. But it also means the vocalist and/or engineer has to be aware of this factor, or they might not get the result they're looking for. I own a number of mikes in the $200 - $300 price range from Rode (NT1), Shure (C3000B) and others, in addition to those already mentioned. This is the best one yet, at least for my purposes.

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            5.0

            Best mic around for $300 bucks!

            By CashCaine

            from Tulsa, OK

            Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

            This is one of the cleanest, crisp, and warmest mics around. I can only imagine how great the [$] Blue Bottle sounds. I use this mic for my vocals and it sounds absolutely great. I haven't even ran it through any Tube pre amp and/or limiter/compressor yet and it still sounds good. If $300 is your price range for a mic I would definitely recommend buying the Bluebird.

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            5.0

            Quality

            By Arthur Velasquez

            from Montreal, Canada

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

            Uses it in conjuction with Garageband Rosetta Stone Skype Vocal practice.

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            5.0

            Listen to My Bluebird

            By Dave E.

            from Shoreline, WA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None so far

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

            This is a very nice mic bought at B&H the best price on the web or anywhere I could find. It works equally well with vocals and instrument recording. The only hassle with the product is that the wing nut locking the shock mount doesn't do that great of a job holding the mic in place. Sagging is the problem. Other than that, the Bluebird is great for the home and professional recording engineer and musician. It is frequently mentioned in musician magazines for instrument recording and for providing a lot of bang-for-the-buck. Some people feel the mic "colors" the sound a bit, but the effect has been noted as being not unpleasant.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            You Can't Beat It For The Price!

            By J the Mot

            from San Antonio, TX

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

              There are some mics that you just won't ever regret purchasing whether it's because they're THAT GOOD, or they're THAT GOOD FOR THE MONEY. This is one of the mics that is just THAT GOOD FOR THE MONEY.

              This is often the first mic I'll grab when feeling out some vox or want a condenser on a guitar cab that really grabs the tone without any wash. It's smooth, even, and doesn't over-color your tone.

              Buy it! You will not regret it. I've produced over 40 albums and have purchased several hundred thousand dollars worth of vintage and high-end equipment in the last 10 years, and I still enjoy using this mic.

              Want to know what isn't great about it? Occasionally the shockmount slips if you don't give it a decent crank. And obviously it's not a Neumann, Manley or Bock, so don't expect it to sound that good. Just love it for what it is. A fantastic mid-level mic that won't disappoint.

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              5.0

              Sweet Sound!

              By kayakdoug

              from Humboldt Co. CA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

                  This microphone makes beautiful sounds.
                  As subjective as that opinion is, I suppose I haven't told you much.
                  I use it for vocals, voice-overs, and Foley work.
                  I wish the shock cage thingy was nicer, but these Blue mics seem to suffer in that area. That's OK by me, because the microphone is so nice. Maybe The Blue People put all the cost into the mic and not the shock cage or the spit screen. That is also a bit inadequate, being a bit smallish diameter. It is pretty, though, so I just put my old screen in front of it, and I am OK.

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                  4.0

                  Nice Mic

                  By EnormusJ

                  from Tampa, FL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

                    I have to agree with most of the reviewers of this product. Sound is awesome, but the bird cage tightening mechanism is not all that great. The thumbscrew broke on one mic about two minutes after I opened the box. Looks like it was soldered together. I called Blue and they seemed to be aware of the problem and immediately sent me two new redesigned thumbscrews (I bought two of these mics). I've recorded voices and acoustic pianos with these and the sound is terrific. The overall build quality is good and they do look cool.

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                    5.0

                    Million Dollar Sound without the Price

                    By the kosmic kid

                    from Boston

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • beautiful
                    • Clear Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Delicate

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

                    Amazing Crisp, True Vocals. Sounds great on Acoustic Guitar recording as well. Great Design, looks Beautiful in the Studio.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Solid Microphone

                    By Hazy Shuffle

                    from Edwardsville, IL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • None so far

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

                    I use this product with a USB mixer and Garageband on my Mac. It works great!! The Quality Is really pretty amazing sound wise and how it is put together.

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                    5.0

                    Sweet Value

                    By PghDragonman

                    from Pittsburgh, PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

                      I produce recorded books for a Library I work for. We've been happy with our previous microphone, but we're always looking to do better. I don't know how much better we can get than this microphone!

                      Great sensitivity allow us to get a decent working distance from the mic. Voices have a real presence to them, like you are talking right into someone's ear. Outstanding midrange, good lows and the highs are clean without carrying over into the brittle range. What more can you ask for?

                      I've read complaints about the shock mount, but I have none. Maybe I've not owned it long enough. The pop filter is a nice plus, but I would not make a buying decision solely on that feature. Look, and listen, to the entire package.

                      Tough to beat the quality!

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                      5.0

                      More Spectacular than awesome

                      By Mikey

                      from Carbondale, IL

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

                        This microphone reaches it's full potential, seriously this is an awesome product for recording and the price was cheaper on this website than others. The microphone catches vocals beautifully, very powerful for it's size.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great Mic! Bad Accessories ...

                        By Vittorio

                        from Burbank, CA.

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Beautifully crafted
                        • Clear Sound
                        • Great Look
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Bulky/Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

                        The microphone sounds great, so far i've tried it recording acoustic guitar and vocals, and I'm very pleased with the results.

                        On the other side, I'm not so pleased with the so called "Birdnest" (shock mount). It won't stay firmly in position because the thumbscrew is poorly designed in relation to the weight of the microphone. I read reviews complaining about it before i bought it, so it didn't turn out to be a surprise. Adding to that, one of the rubber bands that comes as part of the shock mount came broken.

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                        4.0

                        Great Vocal Mic

                        By g-man-rocks

                        from Northern Virginia

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Bulky/Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

                        Used to record male rock vocals at home studio. Also record Acoustic guitar and Harmonica ala folk singer songwriter type setup. Very versatile. Got 4 stars rather than 5 because of price, and the fit of the windscreen is a weak spot. And the pivot mount of the shockmount to the mic-stand can sometimes let go and the mic will swing down hard. Solution is to mount the mic upside down and let gravity help. Not ideal but works.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        detached diaphragm!

                        By winnipeg

                        from winnipeg

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

                            yep- i had to open it up and reseat the diaphragm myself, the wiring was still ok, surprisingly. Bird cage is lousy too, doesn't like to be repositioned, and loosens with gravity. But it sounds good.

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                            5.0

                            I own one and love it

                            By B8A

                            from Warsaw Poland

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Sensitivity
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Bluebird Microphone:

                              I use this product both for home recording and for small live shows. It is outrageously sensitive yet with a dynamic response that means I haven't had the feedback issues or background noise issues I've had with other microphones. Just make sure you get a cable with an off switch, it's a handy little thing.

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                              Auray - Reflection Filter with Microphone Stand Kit
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                              Cables

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                              Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                              Kopul - Performance 2000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 10' (3.0 m), Black
                              • You Pay: $11.49
                               

                              Stands & Support

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                              Mount your microphone on a stand.

                              Auray - MS-5130 Round Base Microphone Stand
                              • You Pay: $19.50
                               
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                              • You Pay: $21.99
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                              Additional Hardware extends the flexibility of your system.

                              AKG - KM235/1 Stereo Microphone Bar
                              • You Pay: $19.99
                               

                              Acoustic Treatment & Isolation

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                              Control and reduce ambient room noise and reflections with Acoustical Treatment.

                              Auray - RF-CPB-18 Reflection Filter (Plastic)
                              • You Pay: $79.99
                               

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                              Keep your microphone clean and sanitized with Hygiene products.

                              Goby Labs - Goby Labs Microphone Sanitizer
                              • You Pay: $7.95
                               

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