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Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic   (Open Box)
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Product# H74537
OVERVIEW

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!

SPECIFICATIONS

Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic

  • 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
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (15)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (11)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (11)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Amateur recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (6)

Reviewed by 16 customers

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5.0

Kiwi on a budget

By Yet another home studio guy

from North Carolina

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Excellent Sonic Signature
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy
  • Terrible Shockmount

Best Uses

  • Studio Recording

Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

I've owned BLUE Kiwi mics, which are great. The Reactor is very much a "Kiwi on a budget"--similar sounds, but not quite as refined. For the average singer or band, this is definitely good enough. If I were recording Norah Jones, I'd step up to the more expensive stuff, but that's not an issue with the type of recording that I (and most MF customers) do.

I like the mic enough that I can overlook its weight, awkward placement limitations, and terrible shockmount. If BLUE at least came up with a more suitable shockmount, that would go a long way towards easing users' complaints. But even with this limitation, the mic is still great and, really, a bargain for what it gives back to you, sonically.

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5.0

Great Mic, Great Price!!!

By CMusic

from El Paso Texas

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

Great Microphone. Good quality. So much Pretty. And Good price in Stupid Deal of a Day...

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5.0

Very clear sounding! Great for vocals.

By CCB

from Florida

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

I haven't used this much. However, I have tested it compared to another condenser mic that I really like. It seems even clearer and fuller.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic!

By KerryDP

from Ft. Worth Metroplex, Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • Clear Sound
  • Great For Voiceover Work

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

The comments about it being a heavy mic are dead on. It is heavy. And, if you mount it tilted to one side or the other, the shock mount barely compensates...if. That being said... WOW! I love this mic. It is beautifully designed as a piece of artful manufacturing. The tone I get with it is great whether I am recording voice, spoken or singing, or tracking guitar. Very pleased. I have other large diaphragm condenser mics that can only be used in a well acoustically treated room. I did a voice over recently in an untreated, furnished office and suffered no problems of any kind. Very, very pleased.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds as good as it looks!

By GuyWithEars.

from LA, CA, USA.

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

You definitely get what you pay for with this mic and maybe a little more (especially if you find it on sale).

At first I was upset to find Blue neglected to include a dB pad or a low-cut filter, but the other day I used it to single mic a drum kit just for laughs and it's like the thing compresses itself. Very present, but it handled the dBs just fine and it was right up on the kit.

People seem to complain about the weight and how it topples stands and causes the shock mount to sag.. Well, it is heavy, that's absolutely true, but with a little more attention to setup I was able to secure the mic just fine on a pretty terrible stand. Fixing the mic at a downward angle proved to be a little more difficult, however.

I think it would be very hard to find many other mics of this caliber at this price point.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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

About Me Professional Musician

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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

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    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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