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BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone

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The Blue Baby Bottle Microphone is a handcrafted solid-state, class A, discrete condenser mic with a precision-machined, gold-sputtered capsule enclo...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Blue Baby Bottle Microphone is a handcrafted solid-state, class A, discrete condenser mic with a precision-machined, gold-sputtered capsule enclosed in a lollipop spherical grille. Fixed cardioid pattern. The Baby bottle Mic is ideal for recording vocals, percussion, or any acoustical instruments. 20Hz-20kHz. 133dB max SPL.
Requires phantom power.


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BLUEBaby Bottle Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 23 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (5)
  • Home studio (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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(24 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Classic tone, but NEWBS BE WARNED.

By Andy

from Duluth, MN

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Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

Buyer beware! If you want a vintage, mid-heavy, semi-muddled sound, then by all means this is the mic for you, however if you want a more modern neuman-esk Mic, buy a bluebird. The baby bottle does not pick up the high ambience and syllabus frequencies that make modern vocal standout in the mix. If you're looking to capture pop/hip-hop vocals, this mic will SUCK.I'm running this mic through the Great River ME-1NV (a $1200 Neve clone particularly good for acoustic guitar and vocals). I LOVE the modern sound of the bluebird matched with a little bit of impedance to give it more edge. The baby bottle can't get that edge, it's eq is bumped at a considerable lower frequency and then it rolls off in high frequencies so much that it won't even pick up my laptop fan whirring 3 feet away. In the end, I ended up replacing this make with the road a Rode NT-1A (a mic that's smooth across the board and is colored with a hint of low-frequency distortion). I'd suggest looking at the AT 2020, bluebird, and the Rode NT-1A before this Mic - better yet, bring your preamp to your local Guitar Center and demo them before you make a purchase.P.S. Newbies, please spend your money on a quality preamp before you buy this. A good preamp will make any mic sound 10 times better.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The right vocal mic for me

By TheSparky

from San Diego, CA

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

    I bought this mic for lead vocals after trying out virtually every microphone at my local music store. I had the money ready to purchase ALMOST any mic they had available. There were flashier models with price tags suggesting a better product but I let my ears decide and took home the Baby Bottle.
    When it comes to purchasing microphones, I find you have to use and trust your own judgment. What works for me and other reviewers might not work for you and your unique needs. You can waste a lot of time and money going off suggestions of others but until you get some quality time with these instruments you just don't know for sure.
    Go try them out and when you find one you like, make sure and order it from Musician's Friend-they have the best coverage and return policies you can get anywhere and the rare times you have to deal with a company about something negative, you want it to be a positive experience.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    versatile, quality budget condenser

    By D.D.

    from Chicago

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Even Frequency Response
    • Great value
    • Handles High Spls
    • LOW NOISE
    • Quality components
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bad Shockmount Design
    • Cardioid Pattern Only

    Best Uses

      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      I have owned and used this mic for years, and it is one of my favorite mics for a lot of uses, including vocals and acoustic instruments. This is a no-nonsense, no-frills mic that gives you a natural sound with a minimum of eq boosting or "hyping."

      The frequency response of this mic is virtually flat, so it is not what most people think of as a vocal mic, but what it does give you is a very natural sound which can later be manipulated appropriately in the mix with eq if necessary.

      For people looking for a vocal mic with a strong boost around 3 KHz or so (like most large diaphragm condensers engineered for vocals), this is probably not what you're looking for. However, if you're looking for something more versatile or "old-school" sounding--sort of a happy medium between a typical (modern) large diaphragm condenser and a ribbon mic (but less problematic and quirky)--than this is a great mic at a tremendous price.

      I also own a Neumann TLM-103 but virtually never use it. I use the Baby Bottle constantly. The Neumann is a decent mic but too hyped and shrill for my taste. The Baby Bottle is very mellow and even and natural--pleasing to my ears.

      Another plus about regarding this mic is that it is very low-noise and it can handle very high spl.

      In short, this mic is a very high quality, neutral-sounding mic with a very simple, no frills design, using a quality capsule. IMO, it's exactly what the doctor ordered for someone starting out on a budget who wants something versatile and doesn't want to skimp on quality too much.

      In my opinion, for someone who is recording more than just vocals and who only wants to by one condenser mic, this is the one to buy.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Smooth and mellow

      By FrancoOlivo

      from New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Bang for buck
      • Smooth
      • Vintage
      • Warm

      Cons

      • Must Use Blue Mount

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording
      • Vocals

      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      I use this with a 2-610. It has much less highs than my Rode NTK, but none of the harshness. I use a reference track with a vocal done on a U87 --> Avalon 2022 and have no trouble at all getting my vocal tracks to sound similar. For someone looking for a round, warm vocal, this is the mic. For high-end sparkle, I'd look somewhere else.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Mic Is a One Mic Show

      By Jamiesjammin-8ewI.

      from GA

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      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      i am a multi-instrumentalist, solo artist. I record multiple instruments in my recordings along with vocals. the baby bottle by blue is an incredible mic because the sound quality is incredible and it is also a versatile mic. i mic my acoustic guitar with it, then i mic my vocals, but i have also used it to mic a solo performance of just me singing and the guitar simultaneously. the recording was awesome and i put it on my newest cd. my friends can't believe how clear the acoustic guitar sounds through this mic and the vocals are super crisp. you can also mic amps effectively and other instruments. i have been using this mic in my studio for 7+ years now and have been so satisfied, the thought of buying another mic for vocal and acoustic guitar recording has never even crossed my mind.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Can't be beat for the price

      By dastardly Donnie D.

      from Orlando area, FL

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      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      I have to agree with most of the other reviews about the Baby Bottle.Like one of the other reviewers, I also run it through a UA LA-610 Channel Strip, and the sound is just warm and wonderful. I do use it sometimes on particular vocal tracks, depends on the singer, but for recording acoustic guitar, it can't be beat. I even use it to mic up my '65 Fender Princeton Reverb Amp, especially when going for a clean sound. For the money, you just can't go wrong with this offering from BLUE. A good channel strip or mic pre is a must. A cheap one will not do this mic justice and of course a good quality mic cable. I use the Blue Quad cables. I also own a Limited Edition BLUE Dragon Fly which I find is sometimes more suited to vocal tracks, but if you can only afford one good quality mic, this is the one.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sweet Sweet Sounds

      By Scotty-PhCDy

      from Lambertville

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      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      I aquired this microphone as a gift and it has enhanced my studio tenfold. guitars and vocals are so much cleaner and more crisp. The difference is just unbelievable. Tired of using 2 mics in an X formation, or using two mics on an acoustic period? This is the mic for you. I find that I get the best acoustic sound by placing the mic about 10" to 1' below the guitar. It can be slightly picky with the lows, and sometimes throws a fit. Its a delicate mic, but it sounds like $3000, for $500. Thats a steal...

      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This mic is wow

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      For all those people looking at these comments and saying yea right. This mic is well worth the price. I have been project recording for 6 years and have had several mics and the babybottle blue mic is where i stop. I use the mic for hiphop/R&B/Rock/Alternative vocals and everything i have tried with the mic sounded great. Full sounding, not thin, or colloration. just a great full sound. Use this mic with the Presonous Eureka Pre Amp and A DBX166XL compressor. You will be thrilled

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Yeah baby yeah...

      By thelatenessmonster

      from Boston, MA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      I have owned the baby bottle for several years and could not be more pleased with it's overall performance, appearance, and durability. It's very accurate with only the slightest mid range bump, but this actually lends a ton of character, especially to male rock vocals. Boosts presence in female vocals as well. I usually run it through a UA 610 preamp, which is a great combo. Up front, warm, and airy. Fits wonderfully into the mix. Price tag makes it a great entry level general use condensor for recording vocals, etc.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great for guitar cabs

      By moparzack

      from CFO, OH

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

      • VERY susceptible to handling noise

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      Paired this up with a Tele through an old Fender deluxe reverb amp, and it was pure bliss. This mic brought out the best qualities in the amp, and multiple tracks stacked up very nicely. One note - condenser mics are susceptible to handling anyway, but this mic seems to be especially sensitive. As long as you use the included shock mount, you should be OK, but keep an ear on any low-low-low frequencies. This mic will pick up low frequency muck you may not want in the mix.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The God of Affordable Microphones

      By SavedByRockAndRoll

      from NY

      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      Look, I never even looked at high end microphones, but this microphone is the most responsive, beautiful sounding microphone in the entire world as far as I'm concerned. I've been project recording for four years and could never get my voice to record like I knew it sounded in real life, but this microphone made it happen. Beautiful on vocals, acoustic guitar and ambient micing and I'm sure more. After hearing the playback from one track I almost cried it sounded so good.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great on some stuff, not so nice on vox

      By jonoby

      from Imperial, MO

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      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      I've put this mic thru the paces over the last year and a half and I'd have to say of all the bands I've recorded both male and female I've never liked the way it sounds when it comes to vocals. It does sound great ab'd against other mics, but once you put it in a mix it just doesn't sit well, when it comes to vocals. Now on a snare this thing is amazing.

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Deffinetly a keeper

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      If your not sure about buying mics online, without testing them; don't worry with this baby. It really just sounds good, vocals are clear and not to mention the design is really cool, so you got people singing into this feelin real good about it... It's a good mic to have. I always start with this mic when recording.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Review

      By SoundMan-aHWKr

      from davenport, ia

      See all my reviews

      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      This mic has got some balls. great warmth with clean highs. eq in a bit of presence where you need it and its a great vocal sound. it may not sound well in a bright rock mix but definatly great in most other styles. I really like to use it to thicken up female vox and some alto male vox. it was a tad boomy on the accoustic unless its just a solo-singer/songwriter-deal.

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Buying this baby soon!

      By SELF TAUGHT

      from Poughkeepsie, New York

      Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

      Now, I don't own this, but I used it to record my cd at my friends studio, and this studio mic is amazing! Perfect full sound!, everything you want for vocals and much more. I love it. Best studio microphone I ever used, I can't wait to buy mine soon.

       
      5.0

      I did buy it again.

      By Mr Demo

      from Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Sounds Great/ Record Vocals

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

        I used the Blue Spark first for vocals and miked a bass guitar amp. When miking the bass amp with the Spark. The holder will rattle so I placed a few strips of tape across it. It work really good for me in recording bass guitar and made vocals sound warm. I was going to stick with the Spark only, but I caught a good sell on the Baby Bottle and tried one. It sounds great on vocals. I haven't tried to record bass guitar on it yet. I am sold on the Baby Bottle. I don't need any other mics right now because they can get the job done. They are not real expensive. I haven't tried them with a mic pre, only through my recording software. Very good mics.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        awesome vocal mic

        By not my real fake name

        from PHX

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

          Can be used to record anything of course, but it's rich midrange will compliment any voice, and bring it front and center in your mix. Not in a brash way but with compelling clarity. It's unique frequency response graph and sound make for great voice recordings.
          It also will shine on electric or acoustic guitar or any instrument that requires honesty and a natural presentation. It's not bass heavy nor does it have the accented highs of inexpensive mics, they have their uses like filling out drum sets. It isn't flat like the expensive studio standards either, but tailor made for voice.
          There are videos of it being compared and reviewed online. Watch these and hear for yourself how this mic stands apart from anything else.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rock'n Mic

          By Londonblue007

          from Boston, MA

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          Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

          I spent 3 months researching Microphones. In the end all that was left was the Baby Bottle and the Shure KSM-32. I did a side by side comparision with Pro Tools and a pair of Mackie HR824. Even the salesmen were floored. The KSM32 was not flat (even when set to flat) and made my voice and those of my friends sound uncharacteristcally deep and unlike us. The bottle was flat. Flat with a great tone. It sounded like us. We sounded... GOOD! So, in the end, I bought the bottle. Clean, Crisp, and just a plain good sound. I use it on vocals, Acoustic guitar, Nylon Stringed guitars, Harmonica (Pure Perfection!) and also on percussion. No matter what I use it for, it gives me the exact sound that I hear in the room. This is by far the best beginner's mic... and a mic that every veteran should have in his case. I have 6 mics, and this is my Fav.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Destined to be a classic

          By Lithium Zero

          from Norwich, Ny

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          Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

          This is the coolest mic you could buy for the money. I run this through a JoeMeek channel strip and it sounds amazing! I've also used it on guitars and the bottom head of a snare, all with great results. I wish the shock mount wasn't separate. That hurt my wallet! But overall, you can't do better than this mic for the price.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Truly blue

          By Chuck Stardust

          from Denham Springs, La.

          See all my reviews

          Comments about BLUE Baby Bottle Microphone:

          What can I say? You have to hear this thing to believe it. I am primarily a guitarist and was looking for a good vocal mike. I didn't want to spend a lot on something I initially thought would see little use. Was I wrong! This mic put my recordings over the top. My acoustic guitars (Taylors and a cousin's Martin) sound UNREAL! The vocals are beyond words. Very accurate and uncolored. They all sound like you are sitting where the mic is. If you are looking for a KILLER mic at a SUPER price, I promise you will not be wrong here. I think it was the best money I have spent to date for my gear. I love this mic. The price may seem high at first, but if you start here, you will good for a long time. No mic is perfect for every job, but this one is VERY versatile. It will shine for you. You can jingle keys and hear them crisply, or you can rub your shirt and hear your fingers produce a sound. It is that sensitive! I own a few Shure mics, and this one (Blue Baby Bottle) is my very best.

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