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Blue Nessie - Adaptive USB Microphone

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You Pay: $63.99
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
     
    4.9

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (6)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Home studio (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (4)

      Reviewed by 7 customers

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      5.0

      Why Nessie?

      By mjb5178

      from PA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blue Nessie - Adaptive USB Microphone:

          Straight out of the box use. Takes 2 minutes to set up. Built in pop filter, simple and clear sounding vocals. Get it right the first time, no added steps. It reminded me of why I missed recording vocals, sounded awesome on playback. This gives your vocals that you know sound good, the arena to wow you and others!

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          5.0

          Clear as a bell

          By VAPhotog

          from Springfield, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Blue Nessie - Adaptive USB Microphone:

            I'm a huge fan of the Blue microphone series - this is my latest addition to my collection, and it doesn't disappoint. The sound quality is excellent, and its light weight makes it very portable.

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            5.0

            Awesome for the price!!

            By Beebullbrox

            from Waycross, GA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Blue Nessie - Adaptive USB Microphone:

              Basically I'm giving this Mic 5 stars because for the price it has everything you need in a basic mic. It's very portable, runs off usb power, has very well done built in effects and is just a great all around mic. The mic really seems to bring out the low end of recordings and if your using a program like sound recorder(windows) or quick time(Mac) to just do a quick recording the 3 choice effects switch is great and works very well. Also you have to give it to B&H as I go this Mic on sale for [$]AND IT CAME WITH A SET OF STUDIO MONITOR HEADPHONES FOR FREE. You just can't beat that!

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              5.0

              Great adaptive microphone; solid base

              By USNA92

              from Connecticut

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Blue Nessie - Adaptive USB Microphone:

                I plan to use the Blue Nessie for voiceovers. I haven't used it professionally yet, but I've plugged it in a few times to play with and experiment with, both with my voice and my young children's voices. All of our voices come out beautifully. The automatic EQ and De-essing seem to work very well.

                I was a little concerned when other reviews pointed out that the neck of the microphone is actually plastic and not metal as it looks. I was worried that the microphone would be somewhat flimsy. However, the plastic neck is thicker and stronger than I expected, and the base is metal and very solid.

                Also, this mic really is plug-and-play, and it works well with Audacity.

                I've used this product several times (but not a lot), but I haven't found anything to complain about.

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                5.0

                I love Nessie

                By Eyeball

                from Iowa City, Iowa

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording
                  • Video Narrations

                  Comments about Blue Nessie - Adaptive USB Microphone:

                  Blue Nessie does what it says and does it well. Easy to use and very nice design. Buy one!

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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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