Known for the Blue Yeti microphone, Blue is going ultra-portable with the Blue Raspberry. In your pocket portable. And keeping studio-esque sound. It’s not meant to replace a full studio setup, but the podcaster who wants something portable? It shows promise.
And not just podcasting. If you’ve been under a rock, Facebook and YouTube are nearly beating us over the head with live streaming. Instead of your smartphone mic, up your game with 24-bit audio. Trust me, there’s a difference. Jony Ive has yet to tackle the mic in an iPhone and it earning a milk bath doesn’t look to be a top priority.
Blue Raspberry Specs
Power Requirement: Powered via USB or Lightning connector
Transducer Type: Electret Condenser, 14mm
Polar Pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
Bit Depth: 16-bit/24-bit
Sampling Rate: 44.1/48 kHz
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Adjustable Gain: 0 to +40dB
Maximum SPL: 120 dB SPL (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)
Mount Thread: 1/4″ diameter, 20 threads per inch (standard camera mount)
Microphone Stand Adapter: 5/8-27 thread (standard microphone stand mount)
Headphone Jack: 3.5mm (1/8 inch)
Headphone amp impedance: 32 ohm
A headphone jack? Always knew Blue had courage…
Blue’s marketing video gives you an idea of how they see the Raspberry being used. On the YouTube or Facebook streaming via your phone, this is going to wreck your battery.
Sound samples are done in a studio and can be heard on Blue’s site (scroll to the bottom). I want to see how it works in the real world, but the company is unveiling a new Internal Acoustic Diffuser which promises to reduce ambient room noise.
The idea is the mic is smart and will focus on your voice and the person you’re interviewing. That sounds great, but we’ll need to see in practice for those types of situations. But in your hotel or a meeting room? It frees up space in your luggage.
In addition to the IAD, the Blue Raspberry’s stand is designed to reduce noise and table rumble thanks to rubber shock absorber feet. The rubber reduces contact with the surface – table, desk, etc. – that can transfer noise into your recordings.
Its price is on the expensive side. $200 for a Blue Raspberry. And there are already USB products that fill the niche. The sound quality promises to be good, but for the dedicated podcaster or YouTuber? They already have a dedicated setup. For mobile interviews or streaming, I’d want to see audio samples in real world settings. The Yeti is famous for picking up damn near everything. That’s great in a studio. At a busy Starbucks? Not so much.
A price drop to $150 around Black Friday and solid audio samples? I’d be sold from the sheer portability standpoint. And yeah, they got me on the retro design. Well done Blue. Well done.