Go-To Mic for Recording Natural-Sounding Vocals and More!
Modeled after Blue's famous Bottle microphone, but at a much more palatable price, the Blue Baby Bottle SL takes the quality and style that Blue is known for and boils it down into one truly versatile large-diaphragm cardioid condenser.
"Versatile" means this Baby is a "do-it-all" microphone. Yes, the Baby Bottle SL delivers a killer up-front character that's fantastic on lead vocals. But thanks to its neutral, accurate top end, the Baby Bottle is also your secret weapon for miking up hard-to-capture instruments like violins, flutes, and even 12-string guitars. The "SL" model adds a switchable low-pass filter and -20dB pad to help you control the sound, and as you'd expect from a name like Blue, the Baby Bottle comes in a gorgeous wooden box, with its own custom shock mount.
Enhance the Vocal Midrange
Condenser mics with an overly-bright, hyped high end can make vocals and voiceover sound too strident -- and they can make violins and flutes sound downright harsh. Have you ever found yourself leaning on a de-esser to round the edge off a hissy vocal? Go for a more natural sound with the smoother, softer, slightly darker top end of the Baby Bottle condenser. Thanks to a gentle high-frequency roll-off that starts around 5-6 kHz, the Baby captures less air, allowing the midrange -- where the "real" sound of the source lives -- to come to the forefront. The Baby Bottle delivers an up-front, present sound that enhances the "meat" of vocals without hyping the highs.
This Baby Shines on Guitar Amps and More
Natural, neutral sound is the name of the game with the Baby Bottle microphone. If your source sounds nice in real life, then the Blue Baby Bottle can "bottle" that sound, taking a very accurate snapshot of midrange-heavy sources like electric guitar amps, strings, and saxophones. The Baby Bottle's detailed midrange makes it a great choice for miking up guitar cabinets: just angle the capsule toward the center of the cone to pick up more highs, or toward the edge of the speaker to capture more low end. Truly a "do-everything" microphone, the Baby Bottle is a useful tool for capturing the midrange intricacies of sources like acoustic bass, 12-string guitar, or delicate vocals. If you record a lot
of different sources, you'll want to try this mic on all of them.
Control the Rumble
With the 100 Hz high-pass filter added to the "SL" model, the Baby Bottle now makes cutting unwanted rumble out of your recordings as easy as flipping a switch. Reducing unneeded low-end in your mix is an essential part of leaving those frequencies open for instruments that need them, like bass and drums. The Baby Bottle SL also includes a 20dB pad, so if your source is overly loud you can cut 20 decibels immediately without adjusting your preamp.
Blue's the Name, Transparent is the Game
The Baby Bottle may say "Blue," but its sound is uncolored. From the gold-sputtered single-membrane large-diaphragm capsule, to the class A discrete electronics and transformerless output, Blue Microphones selected each and every part of this solid-state condenser microphone to deliver minimal coloration. In the real world, all this means you get a microphone with remarkably low self-noise and remarkably high output. If you find that the preamps on your audio interface get noticeably noisy as you crank them up, try this microphone on for size -- you'll love how the Baby Bottle's hot signal lets you capture a clean sound without driving your preamp gain as hard.
- Solid-state large-diaphragm condenser
- Fixed cardioid pickup pattern
- Detailed midrange and smooth, neutral top end
- Very accurate, uncolored sound with low self-noise
- 20 Hz - 20 kHz frequency response
- Discrete Class-A circuitry with transformerless output
- 100 Hz switchable high-pass filter
- Switchable -20dB pad
- Excellent multi-purpose mic on vocals and midrange-heavy instruments
- Includes wooden box, and custom shock mount
With its neutral, accurate top end and rich midrange presence, the Baby Bottle is truly a "go-to" microphone for vocals and guitar amps -- not to mention tough-to-record sources like violins, flutes and saxophone. And with its stunning Blue styling, this Baby looks like it costs twice as much as it does. Add some versatility to your mic collection with this remarkably accurate microphone.
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- Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Sensitivity: 39.8 mV/Pa at 1 kHz (1 pa = 94 dB SPL)
- Output Impedance: 50 ohm
- Rate Load Impedance: not less than 1k ohm
- Maximum SPL: 134dB SPL (1k, THD 0.5%)
- S/N Ratio: 83.2 dB-A
- Noise Level: 10.8 dB
- Dynamic Range: 123.2 dB
- Power Requirements: +48V DC Phantom Power
- Weight: 410g
- Dimensions: 222.5mm x 51.5mm
- HPF: 100Hz, 12dB per octave
- PAD: -20dB
- Included Accessories: Wooden Storage Box, Custom shockmount
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