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BLUE Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic

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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!

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 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (20)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (15)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (16)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Amateur recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Versatile Workhorse

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...Read complete review

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cool mic / shoddy case

Great deal on this useful and unique mic. Funny enough, no mention of its discontinuation til they were out of stock.

The case was falling apart when I unpacked the...Read complete review

Great deal on this useful and unique mic. Funny enough, no mention of its discontinuation til they were out of stock.

The case was falling apart when I unpacked the mic. Crazy. Junk. Surprised with Blue for using a shoddy case.

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(5 of 5 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.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Scout

from San Francisco

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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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Mic, Oddly-shaped

    By nlaw

    from Saint Paul, MN

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy
    • Oddly-shaped
    • Odd Shockmount

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BLUE Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

    This oddly-shaped mic is built like a tank - which is a good thing! You need a substantial mic stand to hold this piece - it's heavy, and could tip easily. Shockmount is also odd, but works, best upside-down, hanging from a large studio-type boom stand. Once there, leave it alone - it doesn't seem to like adjustments. Not recommended for location work. Mic seems to have a bit of a "smile" EQ built-in, but not overly so, so that it works on almost anything. A smidge more "hyped" than my 87, but I like it.

    (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.

    (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.

    (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.

      (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!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great sounding Mic!

        By Scout

        from San Francisco

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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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Inspiring

          By Data-Bank-A

          from Lowell, MA

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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.

          (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.

             
            3.0

            Cool mic / shoddy case

            By Mercyland

            from Nashville

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about BLUE Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

              Great deal on this useful and unique mic. Funny enough, no mention of its discontinuation til they were out of stock.

              The case was falling apart when I unpacked the mic. Crazy. Junk. Surprised with Blue for using a shoddy case.

               
              5.0

              Best quality tou can have for the price but man it's bulky

              By Jeff

              from Quebec City, Canada

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

              • Bulky/Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about BLUE Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

              Grab one at that price, it's a no brainer. I have to installed mine upside down so it can hold in place. I' ve never seen such an heavy mic! The case was garbage as it break easily and I had to glue it. I dont care because it' s just for home studio. Bottom line: great sound and flexibility due to multipatern.

               
              5.0

              This is a very versitile microphone. 3 Patterns, all useful.

              By lymanvb

              from Roseville, CA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Bulky/Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about BLUE Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

              This mic is well rounded, with a full but tight low end, and smooth highs.

               
              4.0

              VERY HEAVY mic but sounds beautiful.

              By cjslicer

              from Abilene, TX

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Bulky/Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about BLUE Reactor Multi Pattern Condenser Mic:

              VERY HEAVY but beautiful sound on all settings. Quite striking to look at. MUST use heavy duty stand for this mic. It almost falls over under it's own weight in it's own shock mount! But if you have a strong stand and won't be moving it around too much, this is a very versatile and great sounding mic was and a hell of a value on the stupid deal.

               
              5.0

              Kiwi on a budget

              By Would-be bluesman

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Professional Musician

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              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.

               
              5.0

              Great Mic, Great Price!!!

              By CMusic

              from El Paso Texas

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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...

               
              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.

               
              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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