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Blue Microphones Bluebird SL Large Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone

 
5.0

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Capture vocals that stand out in the mix, express the true tone of your guitars, piano and percussion, and enhance the warmth of stringed instruments and brass—all with the Bluebird SL microphone.

With the original Bluebird microphone, Blue set a new standard for modern recording mics. Bluebird SL advances that legacy with refined sonics and versatile switches to capture exceptionally clear and powerful sound that makes ears perk up and listen. Add in an updated design to inspire your best performances, and what you get is a best-selling Essential Series condenser mic.

Inside the Sound
Every component of Bluebird SL is specially designed to deliver modern, crystal-clear tone. The hand-built capsule utilizes a fine, gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragm that delivers superior resonance at higher frequencies to help vocals cut through the mix. The sculpted rear backplate ensures balanced sound across the entire frequency spectrum. And discreet Class-A circuitry maximizes the accuracy of your sound.

Make The Switch
Bluebird SL is a one-of-a-kind mic for every kind of performance. The new onboard switchable 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad give you the flexibility to track a wide variety of sound sources with nuance and power. Use Bluebird SL to capture a singer’s unique vocal character in stunning detail, achieve full-frequency guitar recordings and more.

Modern Sound For Modern Musicians
When you’re in need of modern vocals that jump out with clarity, punch and presence, there’s the Bluebird SL microphone. The sonic accuracy and powerful punch is perfect for creating tracks that sparkle with energy and make ears perk up and listen.

Want to add depth, complexity and ambience to your tracks? Recording in stereo with two Bluebird mics delivers all that and more. Experiment with “XY” and “Decca Tree” mic placements when recording piano, acoustic guitar, drums and percussion—or even your favorite amplifier. With Bluebird’s pristine sound quality and clarity, you can capture the rich detail of any instrument.

Features:
  • Extended upper clarity with smooth mid frequencies for any voice or instrument
  • Hand-built proprietary large-diaphragm cardioid capsule for full, open sound
  • High-pass filter and -20dB pad for ultimate versatility
  • Works great with home studio USB audio interfaces
  • Accurate presence and transparency for any voice or instrument

Get your Blue Microphones Bluebird SL Large Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Bluebird Large Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone
  • S3 Shockmount
  • Custom Wooden Box
  • User Guide

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5.0

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5.0

One of my favorite condenser mics gets an overhaul

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from Cincinnati, OH

Staff Reviewer

BLUE microphones has been in the industry for a short time but have already made a mark on providing excellent quality mics with a unique look and vibe. While many of their mics are great they are out of reach for many recordists. A few years ago BLUE answered this problem with the original Bluebird and other essential series mics. Recently many of those mics got an overhaul enter the Bluebird SL. If you are looking for a high quality mic to build your studio around or you're looking to upgrade from something less expensive the Bluebird SL is a great choice to consider. It's dubbed as Blue's swiss army knife mic as it can handle just about any application you throw at it from instruments to vocals. Although designed to be a workhorse mic I feel the mic's sonic signature best suits acoustic guitars and female voices or any application where the source would benefit from a crystal clear, detailed, modern timbre with extended highs, rich lows and smooth mids. The SL version is a darker blue finish but Blue didn't just adjust the cosmetic the mic itself now features a couple things the original Bluebird lacked a low end roll off switch and a pad switch to attenuate louder sources. Both of these features are very important especially when using the mic in a typical home studio setup. The roll off works well on most sources (vocals especially) you'd be recording as it'll get rid of any mud and low frequencies that you don't need to capture that can cause havoc on your mix later. The pad is great to keep louder sources from overloading the mic causing distortion/clipping. Although I own about 20 different mics (some much more expensive) my original Bluebird is still one of my favorites and is often my mic of choice for many things I record. The Bluebird SL takes the original and makes it even better it along with the Baby Bottle SL happen to be my two go-to recommendations for most people looking for a first mic or their first upgrade.

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5.0

BLUEBIRD!!!!!

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from Las Vegas NV

Staff Reviewer

Blue microphones have been putting out high quality cost effective studio condenser microphones for years now and the new and improved Bluebird SL is no exception! With a full range frequency response of 20hz - 20khz this microphone is the perfect solution for home studio application or even a professional environment. With the max SPL of 138db this microphone is perfect on any instrument or vocal! Comes with the custom shock mount and pop filter so everything you need come right in the box! Check one out at your local Sam Ash today!

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5.0

Best Mid-Priced Microphone

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from Edison, NJ

Staff Reviewer

In the $300 range, this microphone makes itself a very hard hitting contender, pitting itself against the likes of the AKG 214, the AT4040 and the NT-1. Surprisingly well enough, it holds its own against the other much more common contenders. Where this microphone shines is its amazing and out of the box design and its coloration in the mid-high end. It is equally suitable on vocals as it is on instruments, I fully recommend this as a condenser that deserves a spot in any studios mic locker.

 
5.0

Versatile recording mic, great for vocals!!

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from Indianapolis

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • Comes with shockmount, pop filter and case
  • Has its own characteristic sound
  • High output

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Acoustic instruments
    • Recording vocals
    • Room microphones
    • studio recording

    The new Bluebird SL from Blue Microphones is a fantastic microphone and makes a great addition to any studio!! The transparent response on this mic makes it suitable for most any vocalist, as well as drum overheads, acoustic instruments, even grand pianos! The Bluebird SL is equipped with a 20dB cut and a low-end rolloff at 100Hz. This great-sounding mic is a perfect workhorse microphone and is a great choice for tons of applications.

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    5.0

    Great Mic!

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    from nyc

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • looks great
    • sounds great

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • recording

      These Bluebird Mics are some of the best in the industry for the price. They offer a great sound and high performance level at a small cost in comparison to the competition. This one sounds fantastic and it easy to use. I doesn't hurt that it looks great too!

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      5.0

      Bluebird SL

      By 

      from Cincinnati, OH

      Staff Reviewer

      Probably my go to mic!!! For the price, they sound better than most at a higher price point. Blue redesigned all of their mics and I really didnt think they could sound better than what they already were.

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      Capsule/Element Condenser, Pressure Gradient
      Signal to Noise Ratio 87 dB-A (IEC 651)
      Sensitivity 27mV/Pa at ikHz (1 Pa = 94 dB SPL)
      Power Requirements +48V DC Phantom Power (IEC 268-15)
      Polar Pattern Cardioid
      Model Name Bluebird
      Maximum SPL 138dB SPL (2.5kΩ, 0.5% THD)
      Frequency Response 20Hz – 20 kHz
      Dynamic Range 131 dB (@2.5kΩ)
      Dimensions 222mm x 45mm
      Weight 480g
      Warranty Info:

      Blue Microphones warrants it hardware product against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of TWO (2) years from the date of the original purchase, provided the purchase was made from an authorized Blue Microhones dealer. The warranty is void if the equipment is altered, damaged from misuse, abuse, maladjusted, suffers excessive wear or is serviced by any parties not authorized by Blue Microphones, and does not include shipping costs. For warranty service or for a copy of Blue's Warranty Policy including a complete list of exclusions and limitations, contact Blue @ 818-879-5200.