Blue Announces New Updated and Enhanced Essentials Series Microphones at NAMM 2017

January 19 2017, 03:00
Blue Microphones announced the newly updated and enhanced Essentials Series now featuring improved sound and design of their best-selling studio microphones, Spark SL, Bluebird SL and Baby Bottle SL. Taking their most popular microphone line one step further, Blue advances each mic with a new streamlined build and refined sonics, along with a versatile 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad. All three new models will be available worldwide in February 2017.

The enhanced Essentials Series provides the flexibility to track a wide variety of sound sources at affordable prices, and will be available starting January 19th at selected retailers and worldwide in February. 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 users to pair each voice and instrument with its perfect microphone counterpart, creating a complete mic locker of essential sounds. "We’re excited to take the legacy of Baby Bottle, Bluebird and Spark one step further," says John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones. "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."

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. The new Baby Bottle SL features an updated design that looks great in any studio, and combines the classic sound of the world’s finest vintage microphones with incredible versatility to record any sound source.

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. Featuring custom discrete, Class-A circuitry that makes it one of the quietest mic in its class, the Baby Bottle SL adds a new switchable high-pass filter and -20dB pad to better adjust to any instrument, volume or environment.

Bluebird SL
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, while discreet Class-A circuitry maximizes sound accuracy. The new Bluebird SL features a new onboard switchable high-pass filter and -20dB pad.

Spark SL
Spark SL delivers legendary the versatility needed to project studios. With incredible clarity and presence, plus a completely new visual design, Spark SL delivers detailed, transparent sound and rich harmonics for 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 flexibility makes it easy to capture the detail of any voice or instrument, now featuring a new onboard switchable 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad.

Each microphone in the Essentials Series — Spark SL (MSRP $199.99), Bluebird SL (MSRP $299.99) and Baby Bottle SL (MSRP $399.99) — comes in a wooden storage box and includes a custom shockmount.
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