Blue has announced the newly updated and enhanced Essentials Series now featuring Spark SL, Bluebird SL and Baby Bottle SL. Taking their most popular microphone line one step further, Blue tells us that they have advanced each mic with a new streamlined build and refined sonics, along with a versatile 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad. They say that the enhanced Essentials Series provides the flexibility to track a wide variety of sound sources with nuance and power.
John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones, told us, "We're excited to take the legacy of Baby Bottle, Bluebird and Spark one step further. These very popular and trusted mics serve creators in every situation, from the home studio to the professional mic locker. The new models were designed to enhance their distinct sounds and give customers greater control and flexibility. Even the newly updated designs were fine-tuned to inspire creativity."
Here's more details in Blue's own words...
Designed to inspire and capture creativity, Blue's newly enhanced Essentials Series brings distinct voices to recordings: Baby Bottle delivers classic warmth and presence, Bluebird offers modern, crystal-clear performance, and Spark delivers detailed, transparent sound. The Essentials Series allows you to pair each voice and instrument with its perfect microphone counterpart, creating a complete mic locker of essential sounds.
Baby Bottle SL
Building on the success of the original Baby Bottle, the newly refined SL model provides superior sound with vibrant warmth and clarity to capture the true character of each instrument and performer. Baby Bottle SL also features an updated design that looks great in any studio. Baby Bottle SL combines the classic sound of the world's finest vintage microphones with incredible versatility to record any sound source. Bring rich, timeless vibes to vocals, drums, guitar amps and more with the present midrange, silky top end and neutral bottom of Baby Bottle SL.
At its foundation, Baby Bottle SL starts with Blue's proprietary, hand-tuned capsule. A robust, gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragm and twin machined brass backplate design creates the signature warmth and presence Baby Bottle is known for. And custom discrete, Class-A circuitry makes it the quietest mic in its class.`
Baby Bottle SL features a new switchable high-pass filter and -20dB pad to keep the sound pure regardless of instrument, volume or environment. Whether you're recording loud guitar amps, drums and brass or capturing every nuance of vocals, strings and piano, Baby Bottle SL provides the same classic performance.
With the original Bluebird microphone, Blue set a new standard for modern mics. Bluebird SL advances that legacy by providing exceptionally transparent, powerful and versatile sound. Add in an updated design that looks great in any studio and Blue unveils the enhanced new version of its best-selling Essentials Series condenser mic.
Every component of Bluebird SL is specially designed to deliver modern, crystal-clear tone. The hand-built capsule utilizes a fine, gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragm to deliver superior resonance at higher frequencies. The rear backplate ensures balanced sound across the entire frequency spectrum. And discreet Class-A circuitry maximizes the accuracy of your sound.
Bluebird SL now features a new onboard switchable high-pass filter and -20dB pad that provides the flexibility to track a wide variety of sound sources and keep recordings clear at any volume. Record in stereo with two Bluebird SL mics to add depth and ambiance to any instrument.
Spark SL delivers legendary Blue studio sound and versatility that's perfect for starting your studio or expanding your mic locker. With incredible clarity and presence, plus a completely new visual design, Spark SL transforms the sound and look of any recording studio space.
Spark SL delivers detailed, transparent sound and rich harmonics for creating stunning recordings of vocals, guitars, drums, pianos and more. Based on the primary voicing of its predecessor, Spark SL evolves the sound, clarity and versatility of the Essentials Series' most popular microphone. At the heart of Spark SL's sound is Blue's custom JFET design, which ensures the backplate of the microphone capsule is evenly charged. Spark SL also features discreet Class-A circuitry to maintain a crystal-clear signal. Spark SL's incredible flexibility makes it easy to capture the detail of any voice or instrument.
Spark SL now features a new onboard switchable 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad to bring professional versatility to your recording sessions.
Each microphone in the Essentials Series comes in a wooden storage box and includes a custom pop filter. The Essentials series also works great with at-home USB interfaces.
Pricing and Availability:
The Essentials Series-- Spark SL (SRP £184.99 // €214.99), Bluebird SL (SRP £299.99 // €349.99) and Baby Bottle SL (SRP £359.99 // €419.99)--are available now from authorised Blue Microphone dealers.