The Microphone That's Bringing Sexy Back
Posted On: 24/11/2016
By: Paul Bannister
Calling all budding musicians and singers (and bloggers and vloggers and podcasters and even those who just love the sound of their own voice), I’ve found the ‘must have’ tool to get you making your own professional level recordings. With technology improving all the time and the software to record and produce our own music being readily available, there’s been an explosion in desktop microphones. Blue Microphones have a boss reputation and now with the Raspberry, they've made us go all heart eyes emoji too 😍.
At about £180, the Raspberry is a bit more expensive than the average mic, but you’re paying for portability and overall better quality.
It’s not intended to be a handheld mic; it looks awkward to grip for vocalists, and Blue strongly suggests you use it on a table top or other flat surface. It’s definitely small enough to toss into a bag, or carry around the house for those moments of inspiration where you’ve got to just lay some tracks down or vlog about the latest lippy Urban Decay have just brought out.
Like other Blue products, it’s also plug-and-play; with USB and Lightning compatibility for the iOS faithful. This means, plug it into your laptop and you’re basically ready to go. The mic comes with a small built-in stand to help stabilize it on table tops, a headphone jack so that you can listen to your dulcet tones as you go, and a gain control knob that doubles as a mute button, for those unexpected fits of sneezing and swearing when you forget the words. Like this guy…
To help keep quality up while the size shrinks down, Blue used a new Internal Acoustic Diffuser to help focus in on your voice, while ignoring the ambient noises around you. That’s not the only trick it incorporates to help maintain quality that’s way above its weight class. “Typically, the major trade-off of a smaller size microphone is audio quality, because the capsule must be smaller,” says Blue director of product management Tommy Edwards. “With a smaller diaphragm microphone, you trade off some of the clarity and lower frequencies that you get with a larger studio microphone.” Blue uses proprietary condenser capsule circuitry to help replicate large-diaphragm quality in a significantly smaller frame. Or in English – the sound quality is crisp even though it’s tiny.
Finally, It’s absolutely adorable. It certainly doesn’t impact the sound quality, but the Raspberry’s funky retro design looks like a beefy Swiss Army knife crossed with a vintage RCA microphone. Simon Cowell might not give bonus points for stylish equipment, but it definitely doesn’t hurt.