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Blue Nessie - Adaptive USB Microphone

B&H # BLNESSIE Mfr # NESSIE
You Pay: $72.11
Product Highlights
  • Custom-Tuned Condenser Capsule
  • Three Recording Modes
  • Automatic EQ, De-essing & Level Control
  • Zero-Latency Monitoring
  • Mac, iPad and PC Compatible

The Nessie by Blue is an adaptive USB microphone for desktop recording of vocals, instruments, voiceovers and more. Designed to address common pitfalls of recording, Nessie automatically adapts to the source, applying digital processing combined with a built-in pop filter and internal shockmount. Nessie enhances audio so that you get polished results.

Nessie employs a single custom-tuned condenser capsule with a cardioid pattern. Its adaptive processing, including EQ, de-esser and level control, automatically smoothes and refines audio in real time. Nessie also features a zero-latency headphone output for direct monitoring, which is critical for eliminating distracting delay. Headphone volume and instant mute controls are located directly on the microphone.

Three Recording Modes
Nessie's three flexible recording modes:
1.) Optimized for richer vocals
2.) More detailed instruments
3.) Raw audio for manual post-production editing
Mac, iPad and PC Compatible
Nessie is plug-and-play compatible via USB with both PC and Mac, no drivers required. For mobile recording, you can connect it to an iPad using the Apple Camera Connection Kit. Please note, Nessie requires USB power when used with an iPad
Performance
Capsule Blue proprietary 14 mm condenser capsule
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Bit Rate 16-bit
Sample Rate 48 kHz
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL 110 dB (THD: 0.5% @ 1 kHZ)
Power Requirement 5V
Power Consumption 150 mA
Headphone Output
Headphone Amplifier 100 mW RMS
Impedance 16Ω
Frequency Response 15 Hz to 22 kHz
THD 0.009%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 100 dB
System Requirements
Windows System Requirements XP / Vista / 7 / 8
USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
64 MB RAM (minimum)
Mac System Requirements Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher
USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
64 MB RAM (minimum)
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (W x D x H) 3.75 x 3.75 x 10" (95.25 x 95.25 x 254 mm) in stand, home position
3.75 x 3.75 x 11.25" (95.25 x 95.25 x 285.75 mm) max extension
Weight 1.4 lb (0.64 kg)
Blue Nessie - Adaptive USB Microphone
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    BlueNessie - Adaptive USB Microphone
     
    4.5

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    5.0

    Awesome Microphone

    By Bennet

    from Wrentham MA

    About Me Value Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Sound Quality
    • Quality Microphone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Computer
      • Office Computer
      • Voiceovers

      Comments about Blue Nessie - Adaptive USB Microphone:

      Crisp audio & plays well with consumer and professional software. We may be buying a second one for our other lab.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      4.0

      For the price it delivers, but ...

      By Mme Peacock

      from Boston, MA

      About Me News Producer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Head
      • Less Post Editing
      • Nice Design
      • Stable Base
      • Works With Linux

      Cons

      • No Input Volume Control

      Best Uses

      • Home Use

      Comments about Blue Nessie - Adaptive USB Microphone:

      After waiting several months for this brand new item to come in and ship, I finally received my Blue Nessie. First impressions, I am pleased with it.

      Like other Blue products, it worked right out of the box on Linux (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS), even if it only lists Windows and Mac operating systems. In fact, my Win7 tablet took longer to find the drivers.

      As to the onboard processing feature: be realistic with your expectations; this isn't going to perform miracles or work like a piece of equipment that costs thousands. Comparing the Voice Mode to raw, it sounded cleaner and the wave looked smaller, but there were still a few aspirations and spikes. That said, there was less to clean up in post. All in all, the average podcaster will probably love it.

      People will either love or hate the design and a few may be disappointed with the plastic construction (the neck joint looks like it is metal), but it neither looks nor feels cheap.

      It has a heavy 4-inch diameter base that keeps it stable. Standing 10 inches tall with a head that pivots about 100 degrees up and down, it's a good table-top mic.

      A big, conveniently-placed dial on the base controls volume output to the onboard headphone jack. However, input volume has to be controlled through system or audio software settings. The mute button doesn't depress, but is sensitive to touch -- accidentally brushing against it will turn mute on and off.

      There is deliberate resistance to the switch between raw and the two processing modes, but easy switching between Voice and Music mode.

      For the price, it delivers -- just don't expect miracles.

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