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Blue Microphones Spark Condenser Microphone, Cardioid

4.2 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
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Price: $199.00 & FREE Shipping. Details
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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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Product Description

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.

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Spark Cardioid Solid-State Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • Blue's condenser capsule design


  • Two recording models for a wide range of recording styles


  • Includes custom-designed shockmount and pop filter to reduce unwanted noise


  • Stylish wood carrying case


  • Detailed recording guide with professional tips


  • Backed by a three-year manufacturer's warranty
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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."
--Electronic Musician

"Spark is a genuine 'jack of all trades' working for males vocals, steel- and gut-string guitars and in front of a guitar amp."
--Mix Magazine

"From drum overhead to guitar to hand claps, the Spark is an entry-level all-rounder that really does not play favorites."
--Recording Magazine


Product Information

Item Weight 1.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.8 x 1.8 x 2 inches
Shipping Weight 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
ASIN B004BR20OM
Item model number SPARK
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,279 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#64 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Microphones > Condenser Microphones > Multipurpose
Date first available at Amazon.com October 20, 2010

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This mic is excellent for the price (Amazon had it for $127 a little while ago). If you compare it to the competition, it is quite possibly one of the best budget mics. The important thing to know about microphones is that some suit only specific voices/applications. For example, this mic is excellent for higher voices i.e. female, but not the greatest for low male. If you understand that, then you will fully appreciate this microphone. One cool thing is the "focus switch" which serves as a high pass filter. It's pretty cool to know you can get 2 sounds from 1 microphone, but when I recorded I found myself not using the switch at all (I'm a male with a mid voice) for vocals and for acoustic guitar and it did a decent job.

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.

Update (8/22)

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.
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I am currently attending a music recording school and compiling my home studio gear piece by piece. The Blue Spark was my first legit mic purchased and it has exceeded my expectations. It delivers a high quality sound for whatever you are using it for; Drums, vox, guitar ect. It's a fun little mic with great visual appeal. For the low price you will get what you expect from the Blue family, quality sound. I highly recommend this for your ideal home studio if you don't have a crazy amount of money to spend or just want to explore and own a Blue mic.
-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!
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This mic seriously is the jack of all trades, and at a price tag that makes it available to even the most starving of artists.

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.
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The level of clarity in this microphone is great. In fact, sometimes it is too great. This is one of those mics that may make you hate your voice just because it captures it so accurately. If you have a tendency to make smacking noises when you talk, this mic will pick up every bit of it. If you tend to whistle when you say words with S in them, your recorded voice will drill into everyone's ears. I use this mic at home and in a professional radio station. This is an excellent mic for those who want to do professional recording. I have not yet tried recording instruments with this mic. But I can at least guarantee this is prefect for vocal recordings.
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- Sound quality: I really like this mic. It just has a balanced tone and fairly low noise. Compared to my Rode NT1a, it doesn't go as deep in the bass range or as high in the treble. Still its tone is balance and extended enough to cover an acoustic guitar and most people's vocal with a fair degree of accuracy. Its cardioid pattern is not as tight as my PR20, but has enough rejection for studio use. See the Recording Hacks website for its on axis graph with the focus button on and off. The Focus just seems to reduce the low end which can help reduce rumble. Notice it also is a low noise mic, though it doesn't seem to be as low as the NT1a. It's still very useful and sensitive enough for quiet instruments.

- 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.
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