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Blue Microphones Ember Condenser Microphone
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
|Item Weight||2.07 Pounds|
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- Hand-tuned condenser capsule delivers open, detailed sound
- Premium, high-output electronics for maximum clarity and headroom
- Cardioid polar pattern with excellent off-axis noise rejection
- Compact side-address design fits anywhere and looks great on camera
- Includes microphone stand mount
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The Blue Ember microphone makes stunning detail accessible to everyone. Pristine electronics deliver a strong, clean signal with ample headroom. A custom hand-tuned condenser capsule captures maximum detail, while the tight cardioid pickup pattern helps reduce room and background noise. Ember's compact, side-address design fits anywhere and keeps a low profile on camera. Bring Blue's legendary studio sound to your creative space.Behind the MicFeaturing Blue Microphones' custom hand-tuned condenser capsule, Ember captures stunning detail and is ideal for recording music for online distribution through SoundCloud and capturing professional sound for YouTube videos. It's also your secret weapon for broadcasting, podcasting, and live-streaming.Inside the SoundEmber's precise cardioid polar pattern and custom-designed phantom power circuitry ensure remarkably consistent frequency response with ultra-low noise for a rich, smooth vocal sound. Clean, high-output gain ensures impressive headroom for up-front instruments and commanding vocals.Sleek, Low-Profile DesignEmber's compact, side-address design makes it easy to position in tight spaces since it picks up sound from the front of the mic instead of the end, you can easily sneak it in anywhere. And, Ember's sleek form factor keeps a low profile on camera, making it ideal for streamers and video creators.Features:Hand-tuned condenser capsule delivers open, detailed soundPremium, high-output electronics for maximum clarity and headroomCardioid polar pattern with excellent off-axis noise rejectionCompact side-address design fits anywhere and looks great on cameraWorks great with home studio audio interfacesIncludes microphone stand mount Get your Blue Microphones Ember Condenser Microphone today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.
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The shape and low profile makes it easy to place in difficult positions.
However, there are two major things to be aware of.
1: It needs a shock mount in the worst way. The shock mount that Blue recommends costs as much as the microphone itself. If you don't have a shock mount, don't put this mic on a stand placed on a desk, or that easily conducts sounds.
It's too small to fit inside of your typical cheap shock mount. It will just fall right through. While there are other shocks that have similar threads, they are generally not long enough. I tried a few. I really wish Blue had included a shock mount in the box. Even a small clamp-style one would be better than the clip it comes with now.
2. A pop shield is absolutely necessary. I would use a pop shield with any mic anyway, but this is just something to remember.
Now that you've spent $99 on a mic, $99 on a shock mount, and let's say $30 and up on a good pop shield, you've gone into the territory of other budget-friendly mics that are perhaps just as good, if not better, but come in kits with this stuff already. The price of the mic is great, but when you factor the rest in, there are many more options to choose from.
So, at this point, the Ember's big selling point is probably it's profile, and the fact that it doesn't have the typical cheap Chinese condenser microphone sound.
So I did my normal 'watch a thousand online reviews' and try to decide what I wanted. A bit of background on my selecting an XLR mic. With a USB mic like the Yeti, you can't run it through any external processing before it hits the computer. So you get what's in the mic, and that's it.
The challenge with condenser mics is that they pick up sounds in your neighbor's house. So I've always run a noise gate filter on post production of Yeti recordings. When I first started thinking about the Yeti for conference calls, I tried an opensource piece of software that put itself in the audio path on Windows, and provided noise gate, eq, and more.
The problem with that was it took so much of system resources, my computer couldn't keep up with the audio and web conference (i.e. all glitchy). And it wasn't very stable either.
So that's when I looked at external hardware that could be used to apply filters like a noise gate. That led me into XLR mics. I won't go into my journey to find the right piece of hardware for the external noise gate to usb into PC. That's a long one, and one I haven't been too happy with so far. I'm leaning back toward just using a very simple XLR to usb interface until things advance in the current other options.
So that said, this mic does really well with its cardioid pattern, and I am able to adjust the gain t where ambient noise doesn't really become irritatingly apparent. But, this also requires the mic to be 2 to 4 inches from my mouth. That's ok for the most part, since it's so slim, it doesn't really distract when in frame with a video web conference.
I had purchased a shock mount for it and that was quite a bit of hardware in the way of the video frame. But I found I don't need it. When on a boom from a tripod, with the included hard mount, I don't get any reverb or noise transfer into the mic I did with the Yeti and absolutely used a shock mount for that. So that was a pleasant surprise. No shock mount = less crap on screen.
Second thing that surprised me was that it seems to have an integrated pop filter. You have to practically smack your lips on the screen before you'd need a pop filter. So again, slim mic, not taking up frame real estate.
I believe this is why they add streamer application to their marketing for it. And I'd agree. Now, like any mic you can crank the gain and keep it out of frame, but with this type of mic, you will be needing a very specialized recording booth. The recommended use for and mic like this is 2 to 4 inches from your mouth.
I've seen a lot of reviews of this mic where they say 'oh, the included mount is substandard and you NEED a shock mount', and the same sort of thing about a pop filter. To that, I say 'no, you don't'
The mic generates a great reproduction of my voice and I am pleased with it right out of gate, with no processing. All that said, I've now caught the bug to improve everything, and have added some dedicated lighting to improve my video. While it's not impossible to light and keep this very slim mic in a spot that is acceptable without throwing a shadow on your face, I've decided to try out a hyper cardioid pencil mic that I can keep just out of frame.
But I will definitely have this for my go to mic when doing voice over for my recordings. I'm sure I will still do post on it, but is light years ahead of the Yeti in voice quality, so way less post and better overall results.
For $100 (plus any additional XLR stuff you need if you're just leaving USB mode) I think it's money well spent. I like this thing a lot and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to someone with similar needs as me.
The Blue Ember microphone is a solidly built microphone that provides fantastic value for the price. The Ember provides a warm tone that is well-suited for vocals. Despite being a small-diaphragm condenser I did not find it lacking in capturing nuance.
One caveat: a pop filter is mandatory. The Ember does not handle plosives well and even with good mic technique this will be an issue.
Caveat aside, the Ember is excellent for voice applications.