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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

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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
 
4.5

(based on 2 reviews)

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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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    4.0

    Good mic, flimsy shockmount

    By Rhythmatist

    from Chillicothe, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Love It For My Vocs
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy
    • Shockmount Little Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blue Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

    I like this mic a lot but--- the shock mount has eye candy factor, but it's just not quite heavy duty enough to handle this mic reliably. I use the Reactor mostly for--- cardiod setting for live vocs and Fig8 when recording mid-side drum overheads. Up close on drums it overloads, and it doesn't have a pad.

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