Has anyone tried the Blue Spark?
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6th December 2010
Old 6th December 2010
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Has anyone tried the Blue Spark?

Im wondering if anyone has purchased this newer mic? I bought one today our of sheer curiosity of the product...

Any reviews yet?
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6th December 2010
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I have been curious about this as well. Not really to buy one myself, but I am a fan of BLUE (more their Latvian made stuff), they have interesting products. If this is a relatively dark mic, it might be a turning point in what "cheap" mics are.

When you get yours, please let us know what you think. Thanks
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18th December 2010
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I'm a fan of Blue too, and I have never tried any of their Chinese mics. I wonder how the baby bottle, dragonfly, bluebird and spark stack up to the competition. I haven't tried any chinese mics since the first couple of years after they started coming out.
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31st January 2011
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They sure do look cool. Cant find too many reviews on them...
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31st January 2011
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Are they trying to claim something special by putting a low cut filter on a mic?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blue website
A new feature found only on the Spark microphone is the unique Focus Control, providing two different usage modes at the push of a button: the Normal mode (out position) providing increased low frequency sensitivity for recordings with great impact and definition, along with the Focus mode, (in position) for even greater clarity and detail.
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1st February 2011
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I am going to try one out at GC this week.
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2nd February 2011
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I picked one up recently. I haven't had much of an opportunity to put it through its paces but first impressions of it have been favorable. I tracked some acoustic guitar with it, placed about a foot and a half off the 12 fret coupled with a LDC on the body. The Spark sounded nice and smooth and was pretty much everything i had hoped/expected it to be.

Sorry I can't be more helpful at this time. The mic is what you'd expect from a Blue mic. Built great, looks beautiful and has a top notch shockmount and pop filter included. It'll easily make it's way into the mic rotation but I've just been swamped with fast moving projects and haven't had a lot of time to integrate it yet.

I will say, for 200 bucks it's BEYOND any expectations I had for it. The packaging and included accessories make it an insanely good deal. I'm not sure the focus button is even a selling point because it's kind of just there but for a good medium diaphragm mic that can be plugged in for a number of applications I'm very very happy with it. Plus, seriously… look at it… looks awesome!
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2nd February 2011
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Awesome. Let me know your results with vocals when you can.



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Originally Posted by brandonhackler View Post
I picked one up recently. I haven't had much of an opportunity to put it through its paces but first impressions of it have been favorable. I tracked some acoustic guitar with it, placed about a foot and a half off the 12 fret coupled with a LDC on the body. The Spark sounded nice and smooth and was pretty much everything i had hoped/expected it to be.

Sorry I can't be more helpful at this time. The mic is what you'd expect from a Blue mic. Built great, looks beautiful and has a top notch shockmount and pop filter included. It'll easily make it's way into the mic rotation but I've just been swamped with fast moving projects and haven't had a lot of time to integrate it yet.

I will say, for 200 bucks it's BEYOND any expectations I had for it. The packaging and included accessories make it an insanely good deal. I'm not sure the focus button is even a selling point because it's kind of just there but for a good medium diaphragm mic that can be plugged in for a number of applications I'm very very happy with it. Plus, seriously… look at it… looks awesome!
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2nd February 2011
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Bought one for 179$ CAD, tried it on acoustic guitar...

Sound is more focused - no pun intended - than a LDC. I'd say tighter. Less lows, little less highs also.

Found it very useful...so much that I purchased another one last week-end...

Now if I can only find the time/space to do a drum session....with them as OH!
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2nd February 2011
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I think Brandon said it best----it's what you expect from BLUE, and that is more than you expect for the price point. When Dino (BLUE National Sales Manager) showed it to me before the AES show, I was intrigued by the look but of course---sound is what matters HOWEVER when I learned of the price point, I was curious---and then I heard it, it's a really nice mic!
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2nd February 2011
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Has anyone tried the Blue Spark?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Krush411
Awesome. Let me know your results with vocals when you can.


In the new product hardware forum i posted some acoustic and vocal samples a while back. For the price its a nice mic. Pretty well suited for vox i think. - paul
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3rd February 2011
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Went to go try one today at GC but they were closed because of bad weather here in Dallas. Bummer
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