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Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic  

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Overview
  • Large-diaphragm premium condenser capsule
  • Three recording patterns: cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional (figure-8)
  • Swivel head allows flexible placement and multi-mic positioning (like mid/side, X-Y)
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Accommodates almost any recording situation.

The Blue multi-pattern Reactor pushes the envelope of modern microphone design and performance while making multiple mic setups more accessible. Reactor fuses an innovative pattern selection method with a swiveling capsule head for perfect positioning, and features Blue's premium condenser capsule, fully discreet Class A solid state components, and proprietary preamp for simple live switching between patterns (Cardioid, Omni or Figure-8). To facilitate use in multiple mic setups (like Mid/Side, X-Y), Reactor's capsule head rotates a range of 90 degrees for perfect positioning in tight spaces and easy pattern adjustability. Reactor's recording pattern selection is both intuitive and stylish, featuring LED backlighting on the pattern indicators and a magnifying element that compliments its forward-looking design.

Features
  • Large-diaphragm premium condenser capsule
  • Three recording patterns: cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional (figure-8)
  • Swivel head allows flexible placement and multi-mic positioning (like mid/side, X-Y)
  • Unique selection method with magnifier for easy toggle
  • Fully discreet, Class A solid stste components
  • LED backlit pattern selection
  • Simple pop filter selection
  • Includes: custom metal case, shockmount, and pop filter

Achieve a world-class contemporary sound!

 

Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic Specifications:

  • Transducer: condenser, pressure gradient
  • Polar pattern: cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional (figure-8)
  • Sensitivity: cardioid: 22mV/Pa, omnidirectional: 18mV/Pa, bidirectional: 18mV/Pa
  • Output impedance: 50 ohm
  • Rated load impedance: Not less than 1 kohm
  • Maximum SPL: 138dB
  • S/N ratio: 84.5 dB-A (IEC65I)
  • Noise level: cardioid: 7.5 dB-A, omnidirectional: 8.5 dB-A, bidirectional (figure-8): 8.5 dB-A
  • Dynamic range: cardioid: 130.5 dB, omnidirectional: 129.5 dB, bidirectional (figure-8): 129.5 dB
  • Power requirement: +48V DC phantom power (IEC268-15)
  • Weight: 1.5 lb. (.68kg)
  • Dimensions: 9.45" x 4.14" x 2” (24.1cm x 10.5cm x 5cm)
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BlueReactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

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5.0

Beautiful sounding cinder block

By Computer Blue

from New Mexico

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy
  • Shockmount

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

I would love to give this 4.5 stars, but since that option does not exist I went ahead and gave it 5 stars.

The sound from this (in all patterns) is just sweet, No other word to describe. Sweet, sweet, sweet. Smooth, warm, crisp.

So far I have used mostly for male vocals & hardly any EQ was needed to cut through the mix.

Here is the caveat -- the thing weighs about 1.5 tons & a proper shockmount was apparently not designed for it (?!?)

So positioning & placing the Reactor on a mic stand is a precarious act akin to walking a tightrope between two Vegas skyscrapers on a windy day.

Even when placing it upside-down (as a Blue rep recommended), it's wobbly... I have a heavy-based mic stand.

I had read about these shockmount issues before I purchased it & thought maybe some were exaggerating. They're not, so just be forewarned & have a good stand.

So 5 stars for the sound, but hoping there is some sort of alternate shockmount planned from Blue for the future of this baby -- cause it's a fabulous sounding mic.

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4.0

My Reaction to the Reactor

By M2014

from Northern Ca

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

I have now used this on one recording (setting aside my Rode NT1A) and the sound is there. The shock mount should have been made to accomodate the large body. There are ways around this like using an arm and tilting the mic to the side. Even then you will need to secure the mic stand. I designed a vocal booth and placed it inside the booth on small table top mic stand. I am after the end result of good recordings, not cosmetics. On sale or the SDOD it's a great buy. Blue makes good quality mics.

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5.0

Blue Reactor

By bdx

from Toronto

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

    great mic and great service

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome!

    By Scout

    from Austin

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

      Sooth and warm sounding microphone with no hi end brittleness. Extremely well made. Needs to be securely fastened to its shock mount since it is very heavy.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Reactions to the Reactor

      By Bill

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

        Everyone should have an all around multi-patterned mic and this one fills that bill. Only thing is - this is a HEAVY mic. You probably won't be able to use this on your average boom stand. You may need a wrench on the mic holder to keep it from sagging.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great mic

        By Malmsteen

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

          Have only used this mic a few times, but I love it so far. Mic'd a Peavey half stack with a Line 6 head, with 3 mics. an SM58, a Samson C03, and this Blue, to compare/contrast. Ran them through a Mackie Onyx board and listened with Dynaudio powered monitors.
          The Blue had a very nice full guitar sound from the cabinet. I was impressed. I like using SM57/58's, and there is definitely a time and a place for those, but this Blue really impressed my by comparison.
          Can't wait to record vox with it, I have high hopes!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great sounding Mic!

          By Scout

          from Austin

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

            This is a great sounding microphone. Warm, and most important for a vocalist, it's not brittle on the hi end. It's very heavy which shouldn't matter, but it does. It is hard to secure on the shock mount.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Versatile Workhorse

            By TJaaxMusic

            from Minneapolis, MN

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            Pros

            • Built like a tank
            • Clear
            • Pretty
            • Quality build
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording
            • Studio Workhorse

            Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

            I own and have used many quality multi-pattern microphones (Sontronics Helios, Avantone CV-12, U87, AT4050, AKG 414, Rode NT2000) in my day. The Blue Reactor is by far the most versatile large diaphram condenser microphone I have used. This is not due to a transparent or neutral sound, but due to the way the polar patterns effect the tone for use with such a wide variety of sources. Is it aesthetically beautiful? It is to me; I love the neo-retro styling. Love or hate it, fine, but give it a chance from the tonal perspective.

            Typically I try to match the microphone's tonal tendencies with the opposite of the source to balance things out. (E.G. Dark microphone=bright source or darker source=brighter microphone.) This is obviously not always the case depending on how you want things to sit in the mix, but I find that when selecting a mic for a particular source those are my personal tendencies or what I end up deciding even if I don't start there because of the results.

            I'll try my best to describe my experience with the 3 different patterns and their effect on the sound:

            The cardioid pattern is quite bright and works great for "in-your-face" or intimate vocals. It also works wonderfully for dark instrument sources that you want to "pop". It isn't a bright as the Blue Blueberry, but it works wonderfully. The presence boost is not in a place where you will constantly be struggling with sibilance or "s" sounds. It mostly above that range at 10K or so. At least for my male vocals it wasn't an issue. I could see it getting bright or having too much sizzle for a female vocal, but then I might consider changing the pattern to influence the tone (see figure-8). Will it work for all vocals, no. But it might work with quite a few.

            The figure-8 pattern has a slightly rolled off top end sound that works great for fattening up electric guitar, ukelele, or any bright sources like horns (if you don't have a ribbon microphone). The figure-8 pattern had the most prominent proximity effect, which can be used to your advantage as well for adding some low end. It was reminiscent of the tone you might expect from a "long ribbon" mic. Maybe just a hair brighter and less of a mid bump.

            The Omnidirectional pattern is somewhere in the middle of those two tone-wise having a little more high end than the figure-8, basically no proximity effect, and extended bass response (without any boost in the bass frequencies. This is probably the most neutral sounding (while still slightly adding some presence)

            A lot of people complain about how heavy this microphone is… Yes it is heavy. If you have a proper stand it isn't a problem. If you know how to tighten a shock mount it isn't an issue. I personally haven't felt like the shock mount is poorly designed or can't handle the weight of this microphone.

            In the long run, this is a sound studio investment, especially if you don't have one quality large diaphram condenser in your mic locker at home. If this was around when I had not yet chosen one microphone yet for my home studio and I had the opportunity to try it first to understand its benefits and limitations then I would have for sure picked one up. It is not a neutral microphone; it does offer 3 quite distinct colors to match to your sources when recording.

            I recommend it. You won't be disappointed.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Inspiring

            By Fossil Man

            from USA

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

            This is an inspiring mic.
            It's looks are arguably interesting or just wierd.
            It's shock mount is shocking. It's hard to get the mic in it, and then it's hard to stabilize.
            It's so heavy that it can double as a training weight.
            But all that aside, it's a Great mic. It simply sounds fantastic!
            And after all, isn't that what we want from a mic?
            The sound is very detailed, clear, airy, with a crisp high end and full mid range and low end.
            What's also impressive is that the noise level is very low (as low as Neumann 102, 103), while the signal level is high. I only use about 3/4 the gain I use on other similar mics.
            And on top of that it handles transients better than my Neumanns. You can blast it with "p"s and it won't break up.
            This thing is as good - or better - than mics costing twice as much.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tight low end and crisp highs

            By justaguy

            from san diego, ca

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Excellent Overall Sound
            • Great Vocal Mic

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy
            • The Shockmount

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

              I have owned some very nice mics including a manley reference, a nuemann tlm103 and an akg c-3000. I personally like this mic better than the nuemann due to the warmth and flattering high end. It's actually very similar to the manley in that polished sound, although slightly more sibilant and compressed sounding, which I like. The Manley sounded better overall and had a more consistent sound further away from the mic (less proximity effect), and the shockmount on this mic is very difficult to use. If you get used to it though, its a great mic with excellent sound and versatility. There are other options in this price range, but if you are looking for clear, in your face, polished vocals with a crisp high end and tight warm lows and slightly compressed sound, you will not be disappointed.

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