Here at Cosmo we see and hear mics from nearly every professional manufacturer, which means we have a solid perspective when it comes to picking the best mic for the application.
We love sharing this info with our customers to help them make the right decision the first time, and for those seeking a versatile vocal/instrument mic for recording purposes, the Blue Spark is a simple choice. With boutique styling at a very non-boutique price, it has no trouble drawing attention with its unique aesthetic appeal, but the sound is what really has us excited.
When first testing this microphone, we were blown away by the sound of Blue’s entry level condenser mic. It sounds smooth and clear on vocals right out of the box with the added perk of the “Focus Switch” which allows you tailor your mic to the performer/source; leave the switch up for increased low-frequency sensitivity, or engage it for a brighter, crisper tone. It is not your typical high-pass or low-pass filter. The Focus Switch actually changes the input driver of the capsule rather than the output signal of the microphone circuit (which can degrade and color the sound of the mic).
Aside from technical advancements, there is much to say for the overall look, feel, and, most importantly, the sound of the mic. It is a definite contender, even when compared to mics that cost double the money. In addition (like Blue needs to sweeten the deal), this microphone comes with a shock-mount, pop-filter and a slick wood carrying case, adding even more shock value to the Spark!
Oh, and don’t forget to keep your eyes open for the new Blue Spark Digital. Already a winner of MacWorld’s “Best of Show 2012”, Blue is bringing the revolutionary design and engineering of the Spark to the world of iPad and USB recording.