Blue preps professional-level Ember XLR condenser mic

in General Discussion edited January 2019
At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics show, Blue Microphones has unveiled the Ember, a cardioid XLR condenser microphone aimed at musicians, podcasters, YouTube producers, and other people needing high-quality audio.

Blue Ember

The mic sports a custom condenser capsule, and does directional recording to minimize ambient noise. The tall form-factor is intended to cope with small spaces or tight video shots.

"Its precise cardioid pattern and ability to handle loud sound sources delivers clear and focused sound, while the sleek design ensures optimal placement or low profile for on-camera productions," said Blue's director of product management Tommy Edwards. "Ember is perfect for home studio creators who want their productions to stand out with rich, professional-quality audio.

The frequency response is between 38Hz to 20kHz, with a sensitivity of 12 mV/PA. Output impedance is 40 ohms, with a rate load impedance of 1k ohm. The maximum sound pressure level is 123 dB. The microphone requires 48V of DC phantom power.

Blue further claims that the Ember can handle loud sound sources, and provide "clean," high-output gain "for even the most dynamic speech and instruments." It will come with a mount for standard microphone stands, but buyers will need to provide stands and/or booms on their own.

Blue's other offerings include the USB Yeti, and Yeti Nano microphones. Apple's iPhone can connect to the Blue Raspberry as well.

The Ember will ship in February for $99.99. Some online retailers may already be offering preorders.

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    Any info on a pad, roll off, power requirements? You know, pro questions? BTW... the link takes you right to a 404.
    edited January 2019 macseekerdavgreg
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    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,502member
    No these aren't aimed at vocalists. As a vocalist the Encore live XLR condenser large diaphragm cardioid for $199 a piece is the entry level for vocalists on live stage.

    Recording and you're baseline before the Rocket series is the Baby Bottle SL or it's skinny Bluebird/Spark brethren.

    Unless I'm seeing an expansion of the high end Bottle Rocket besides more interchangeable caps and not a more accessible entry price than $1699 for Rocket Kit and $3450 for the cap kit 5 this is Logitech watering down a professional music company and trying to turn every gaming idiot into a cheap Podcaster.
    edited January 2019 baconstangSpamSandwich
  • Reply 3 of 5
    It’s pricing suggests competition with a Shure SM57, so a side by side with that mic would have been helpful. 
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    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,263administrator
    Any info on a pad, roll off, power requirements? You know, pro questions? BTW... the link takes you right to a 404.
    The link was live at 0005. It is presently live now at 0917 with more information than was present at 0600, ET.
    edited January 2019
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    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,263administrator
    In regards to some comments that were way over the commenting guidelines, This is the middle of CES. You get what we get, when we've got it. When we get more information, we go back and add to the piece, like has been done.

    You're welcome to state your opinion on things. However, don't be a jackass about it, because you can't be bothered to make one click.

    Don't interpret this statement as an invitation for further discussion on the matter.
    edited January 2019
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