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BLUE Reactor Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

Fusing BLUE quality with an entry-level price, the Reactor condenser mic has a unique multi-pattern switch and 90-degree rotating head for precise placement. (3) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Blue is known for building high-quality studio mics with visually arresting, instant-classic designs. The Reactor multi-pattern condenser continues Blue's "eye-candy" tradition -- with a surprisingly affordable price tag to seal the deal. Destined to be a studio staple, the Reactor owes its versatility to a 90-degree swiveling head, innovative magnetic pop filter, and an unmistakable three-pattern switch with magnified glowing icons for instant visual feedback. The Blue Reactor is priced to be your first multi-pattern microphone -- and thoughtfully designed to be one of the most versatile in your closet.

A Blue Pedigree: Inspired By the B6 Capsule

Blue's famous Cactus and Kiwi nine-pattern condensers typically sell for $2000 and up -- not exactly the most budget-friendly price if you're trying to build your microphone collection. Luckily, the three-pattern Reactor is here to put celebrated Blue quality within easy reach. Drawing from Blue's B6 capsule used in the Kiwi and in the Blue Bottle, the Reactor's one-inch diaphragm, dual-backplate capsule is paired with solid-state class-A electronics. The Reactor has that detailed, airy Blue top end for which its bigger brothers are known, making this mic a great choice for lead or background vocals, crisp voiceovers, acoustic guitar, and more.

Dial-A-Pickup-Pattern

When you have a multi-pattern mic up on a stand and ready to record, the last step before rolling is to make sure your mic is switched to the correct pickup pattern for your sound source. The pattern switch on the body of the Reactor is impossible to miss: it's a big round dial that rotates to select omni, cardioid, or bi-directional, displaying the icon for each pattern with a magnifying glass. As you switch to each pickup pattern, a distinctive glowing LED lights up its icon, adding to the Reactor's decidedly futuristic look. And if you need to switch patterns in the middle of a recording, you can noiselessly turn the Reactor's switch to hear what your source sounds like in any of its three patterns.

Rotating Head for Precise Positioning

Because the Reactor can handle cardioid, omni, or bidirectional patterns, a pair of Reactors can combine to create a variety of stereo pairs: middle/side, Blumlein, ORTF, X-Y, spaced pair, you name it. (After all, at this price for a pro Blue mic, you'll probably want two) Build precisely aimed stereo setups with your Reactors' rotating capsule heads, designed to smoothly swivel and hold any position you place them in. Although the Reactor's body shape may seem unconventional, its rotating head makes it a handy choice for the tight situations that tend to pop up in the studio. Rotated a full 90 degrees to the side, each Reactor's grill is perfectly flush with its large round body, so it can be placed right up next to a guitar amp or vocalist for a clear, present close-mic recording.

Custom Accessories

Packed in a sturdy aluminum case, the Reactor comes with a custom shock mount that complements its aesthetics. The included pop filter slides forward on a track, so it can be adjusted to any distance from the capsule, and it quickly locks on and pops off the neck of the Reactor with a magnetized ring mount.

Features:

- Dual-backplate 1-inch diaphragm condenser based on Blue's B6 capsule
- Switchable cardioid, omni, and bidirectional (figure-8) pickup patterns
- LED backlight and magnifying glass pattern selection switch
- 90-degree rotating head allows for flexible, precise positioning
- Included hard case, custom shock mount and pop filter

Call it futuristic, call it whimsical, or call it "steampunk" -- Blue has clearly designed the three-pattern, rotating-head Reactor to be a studio workhorse. For this price, couldn't your mic closet use a Blue or two?

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- Transducer: Condenser, Pressure Gradient
- Polar Pattern:
- Cardioid
- Omni
- Figure 8 (bi-directional)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20 kHz
- Sensitivity: 19.0mV/Pa at 1kHz (1Pa=94SPL)
- Output Impedance: 50 ohms
- Rated Load Impedance: Not less than 1 kOhm
- Maximum SPL: 135 db SPL (2.5 kOhm, 0.5% THD
- S/N Ratio: 88 dB-A
- Noise Level: 9.3 dB-A
- Dynamic Range: 128 dB (@2.5 ohms)
- Power Requirement: +48V DC Phantom Power (IEC 268-15)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 818-879-5200

Product Description

The multi-pattern BLUE Reactor Microphone 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: Omni, Cardioid, Bi-directional
- Swivel head allows for flexible placement and multi mic positioning (like Mid/Side, X-Y)
- Unique selection method with magnifier for easy toggle
- Fully discreet, Class A solid state components
- LED backlit pattern selection
- Simple pop filter installation
- Includes custom designed storage case and shock mount
Customer Reviews
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Overall: The mic sounds good but the shock mount is extremely weak and cannot support the weight of this mic. It was made for its look more than its durability. I had this mic for about 2days before it broke. If you buy this mic make sure its stable!! you might have to crazy glue the mount.
Style of Music: Hip-hop R&B
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Sound: My room is not treated, I don't have the Robbie pre yet, and I'm using my O-K Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro.. AND THIS MIC STILL SOUNDS AAAAAWWWWWWEEEESOME! Blue Microphones is the RECESSION MIC COMPANY for any producer, engineer, or singer-songwriter. Neumann produces really great looking, sounding, and yet EXPENSIVE microphones. And when they try to make an affordable mic the sound quality, features, value are sacrificed. That's not a secret. But Blue Microphones founder Skipper Wise is on something different..... You will miss out on a great mic trying to go with "studio stanards"... BS!! GET THIS GREAT LOOKING, SOUNDING, AFFORDABLE(3X) MICROPHONE, YOU WILL THANK YOURSELF and me. Feature: Although the shock mount needs a lil' work, it doesn't reflect any bad on the microphone itself. STILL A GREAT PACKAGE (case, pop filter). Ease of Use: Just set this wonderful piece of equipment up and you are ready to smash! My room is not even treated yet and this mic is killer!! LOVE IT!!!! Quality: REALLY...... THIS IS BLUEMICS.COM HERE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT... AMERICAN MADE!!! USA ROCKS!!!! THE QUALITY IS SUPER; (just the shock mount needs a lil' work though). BUT OOOWWWEEE QUALITY IS AWESOME!!!! Value: THIS MICROPHONE SHOULD BE MORE THAN $500 US DOLLARS!!! It's basically the Kiwi without the 9 polar patterns. Don't get me wrong, the Kiwi is a beast of it's own kind but if your money is funny...... GET THE REACTOR!!! YOU ARE STILL GONNA SMASH HIT RECORDS WITH THIS MIC!!! Manufacturer Support: I just got the Reactor and haven't used Blue Microphone Support yet. However, I've heard nothing but good things about their excellent service. The Wow Factor: The Reactor is a GREAT lookin' mic!... However, the shock mount could be a little more sturdy. Overall: This mic will be a standard in project, demo, and home studios; (even some professional facilities).
Style of Music: Pop
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