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Blue Microphones Spark Condenser Microphone, Cardioid
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- Features Blue Microphones premium condenser capsule, delivering low noise, high efficiency, and rapid response in any recording situation
- Designed with Focus Control, which results in a tighter, more direct and focused sound when selected
- Utilizes custom-matched circuitry with professional-quality, Class-A discrete components
- Circuit design pairs Spark's condenser capsule with a phantom-powered outboard amplifier to drive the capsule with linear control and accuracy
- Ships in a high-quality wooden box with a custom shockmount and metal pop filter and detailed recording guide showing complete setup and recording tips for a variety of instruments and vocal sounds
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The versatile Blue Microphones Spark Cardioid Solid-State Condenser Microphone is designed to achieve professional quality recordings in any creative environment. Focus Control provides two recording modes--one with low-frequency sensitivity--that allow you to record a wide range of instruments. The included pop filter and shockmount reduce plosives and distortion while providing isolation during recording. The microphone includes a stylish wood carrying case and a recording guide offering professional recording tips.
Two Modes for Versatile, High-Quality Recording
The Spark offers two usage modes--Normal Mode and Focus Mode--that are easily selected with the Focus Control switch. Normal Mode--with the Focus Control switch out--delivers a robust timbre that creates a large audio landscape. Focus Mode--with the Focus Control switch in--allows the microphone to capture greater clarity and detail, resulting in a recorded signal that will easily sit in a track or final mix. Focus Mode is ideal for lead vocals intended to sit well in the mix of a rock-and-roll or pop track.
Clear and Present Recording
When using the Spark microphone to record a single sound source, the Spark's cardioid pattern will help eliminate the unwanted ambient room sound often captured with omnidirectional or wider pattern microphones that can make your recordings sound unprofessional. With the Spark, the end result is a clear and present recording, just like a professional studio.
Pop-Filter and Shockmount Eliminate Unwanted Noise
The Spark package includes a custom-designed, easy to install pop filter, which helps minimize disruptive popping noises and sibilance sounds (such as when a singer pronounces "p" and "b" consonants). The uniquely-designed shockmount isolates the microphone from vibrations, bumps, and low frequency noises resonating in the recording area.
Focus Your Sound
The Spark microphone is designed to help you achieve professional quality recordings in any creative environment. One of its coolest features is the Focus Control switch. Recessed in the lower groove of the body tube at the rear of the microphone you will find a small, two-position button. With this button in the "out" position (Normal mode), your Spark provides increased low-frequency sensitivity for recordings with great impact and definition. When the button is pressed to the "in" position (Focus mode), the Spark will provide even greater clarity and detail.
Extra Features Offer Convenience and Guidance
The Spark comes with a wooden storage case that will keep the microphone, shockmount, and pop filter safe during storage and transport. Blue Microphones also provides a guide with professional recording tips for using Spark on a variety of instruments and vocal sounds.
The Spark is backed by a three-year manufacturer's warranty.
What's in the Box
Spark microphone, wooden case, pop filter, shockmount, and recording guide.
What Critics Are Saying About the Blue Spark Microphone
"If someone said they could only afford one condenser mic, I'd recommend Spark not just for the versatility, but the quality."
"Spark is a genuine 'jack of all trades' working for males vocals, steel- and gut-string guitars and in front of a guitar amp."
"From drum overhead to guitar to hand claps, the Spark is an entry-level all-rounder that really does not play favorites."
Top Customer Reviews
The reason I am marking this down to four stars is because it is not the most post production friendly microphone. I.E. it does not take compression too well, even after recording with a reflection filter. One budget microphone that does have a flat response that takes post production extremely well is the MXL 2003a. I would say get the Spark if you are looking to record female vocals or acoustic guitar, or want it for its plain looks. You probably won't be disappointed, but if you want something that is more of an all rounder that takes post production better, go for the MXL 2003a.
After comparing sound outtakes from the Spark to the Bluebird, I have to say the Bluebird is a much better buy and worth the $100-150 price difference.
-Only slight concerns pertaining to the shock mount being a tad wobbly, make sure everything's tight. The assembly of the mic body (chrome and orange/red section) is quite simple. The 3 sections are basically twisted on together (which is fine) but they can become lose while attaching your mic to a mic stand, especially the bottom chrome section.
overall it's a great buy!
I recently started putting together a project studio at home and have been mainly focused on filling out my mic arsenal without going bankrupt. I was able to find inexpensive/quality mics for all my instruments, but was left wondering what to do about a good vocal mic. Realistically, if you want a good mic for recording your looking at spending at least $800 to $1000 - or so I thought.
I came across the Spark while browsing the website for my local music shop and was drawn in for two reasons - it was a "Blue" microphone for around $200. Being a little skeptical I scoured the internet and checked reviews, compared to other mics in the same price range, and finally decided to go for it. The fact that it is a perfect vocal mic, with the ability to work (and sound amazing) with almost any other instrument I have in my project studio, makes it exactly what I needed. Yes, you need to run it through an EQ to get the exact sound you want - but the clarity you can obtain once you set your EQ properly is amazing.
As for people who seem to think this mic is no good for male vocals - I can tell you they are crazy. My vocals have been compare to the Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen - low and raspy. Even with the focus switch off, and little in the way of soundproofing, I get an amazing performance from this mic, one that suits my voice perfectly. Put in my ghetto reflection filter I made and coloration almost disappears - once I have the SE reflexion filter I ordered I'm sure I will sound just as if I'm in a studio on a mic ten times more expensive than this actually is.Read more ›
- Reliability / Durability: Very well made mic. It's heavy and solid with a decent shock mount and a beautiful wooden case. Seems to be a league ahead of the NT1a in this regard.
- Would you buy this again if it were stolen?: I would. In fact I have 2 just in case something happens to one in a clutch and so I can do some stereo recordings. I got them for $159 on sale. That seems to be what they are commonly available for at the time of this review.
- Features that stand out: The best part about this mic is that it seems ideal for the one person and his/her guitar. The response, sensitivity, and low noise make that its ideal use.
- What I don't Like: The pop filter looks nice, but isn't particularly useful. It certainly doesn't muffle the sound though. If you get the older version, the shock mount was poorly built. They sent me a new replacement and it is fine, but still not as nice as some spider mount style ones. I can't say it's given me any problems though.
- Similar products used: Rode NT1a and Samson C01.
This is my most used mic in my collection. That says it all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this microphone for years now and it still works just as great as the day I bought it!!! I record everything from rap vocals to a little heavier and it always gives me... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Devin Bernal
The microphone itself is great, but the accessories it comes with aren't. High quality microphone with great sound which is what earned it 5 stars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tommy Callaway
Amazing mic for the price but does take a lot to set up! If you are comfortable or have used blue in the past you already know this company makes amazing mics and this is no... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luke Milner
Looks great comes in hard wooden box. Sounds fantastic very crisp. Picks up little to no room noise.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Sounds like it costs. The top diaphragm was loose and fell off dangling from a wire. it was Press fit on and doesnt stay on when I put it back on.Published 3 months ago by bearit
I'm a DIY musician with high standards and a married dad's budget. I've run my vocals through a wide range of mics, from 58s to Neumanns. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like what I got so far! Very sturdy, fast delivery, the packaging was awesome! haven't quite figured out how to use it yet though. But I'm liking it so far!Published 3 months ago by Marlon A. Bird