Post by Vincent R. on Sept 12, 2023 7:01:56 GMT -6
I think many of us saw the writing on the wall well before this was official, but here it is. BLUE microphones are no more. This article came out earlier this summer, so I'm probably late to the party.
I know BLUE had a divisive beginning due to their "restoration" of older mics. I came into BLUE mics later when I got myself in front of a BLUE Kiwi. We had it next to my U87ai, and were shooting it out with a breathy, female blues vocalist. I of course had to try it. It seemed both less honky in the mid range and cleaner sounding over all. We were all impressed with it.
When I built my first rig, my cousin, who at the time was a professional mastering engineer out here in NY, helped me put it together and recommended a few pieces of gear as I grew; a Dan Alexander Preamp, a BLUE Cactus, or a BLUE Bottle with all the main vocal capsules. He had worked at well known studio which had plenty of vintage mics, but had seen them loose out to the BLUE mics for one reason or another on various projects or at least BLUE kept up with the classics.
I never managed to grab a Cactus, and probably don't need one now. I only ended up with the BLUE Bottle Rocket Stage II. I do wish I had grabbed the Bottle at some point. I still may if I can nab a deal on one, but then you have to track down all the capsules. It's hard to justify it when you can grab 4 or 5 mics from companies like BeesNeez for the same cost. I still own my BLUE Woodpecker, which seems to feels like a middle ground between a Ribbon and a Condenser. I've been present for some fantastic acoustic guitars recorded with the BLUE Baby Bottle, and heard a fantastic sax recording done at the same studio with the BLUE Dragonfly. I think they had some good mics, but the budget mic range is what sold, and it is a shame. Oh, well.