Studio G: Out-of-the-Box & Mid-Course Guidance - Blue Raspberry USB Studio Microphone
I needed a different name for this series. I realized that The Weapons Locker was not the appropriate category, as those posts are predominantly about gear I use to game. Peripheral Matters was really not the right place either, although that is where I put the review of the Neewer 35mm Fixed Focal-Length lens; in hindsight, that did not seem right, either. The truth is that more and more, I am covering equipment used in the studio for creating audio and video content. That's a slightly different and new shtick, and I've chosen to separate it a bit in headings. Studio G is typically one of the names I use for the storage drives I have on any given PC where I stream encoded video on the fly, or where I put raw multimedia files until I process them in post before publishing the resulting content. Seems an appropriate heading for some of these studio-gear oriented reviews.
Ok. So I've had occasion to order and receive a Blue Raspberry Mobile Microphone. You can watch the video above, which is a pull-down from a FaceBook Live session, re-posted to my YouTube channel, Rounding Off Infinity. Things I forgot to mention:
- There is a faux leather finish on the lower half of the capsule body; gives it a nice material quality
- There are knobs for volume of the headphone output, which is a 3.5mm stereo jack on the back, and a gain knob for the microphone itself
- On the front is a green-red-off light indicator for status; this came in handy when it didn't work when plugged it into my brand-new iPad 6th Gen
As of now, this could be my best sounding mic (when I use it while connected to a PC over the microUSB to USB-A cable), so I want to emphasize my partial endorsement of this as a good solution to the in-studio use case, and mobile use-cases if your scenario is hooking this up to a laptop and recording. While it failed to work in conjunction with an iOS device, as this is not my primary use-case and was really just a science experiment for me, I am not knocking it entirely off the playing board for that defect. If you are looking for a solution for THAT use-case, DO NOT buy this equipment. For the performance I've observed, it may still be worth the $200 price of entry, when you compare it against similarly priced Audio Technica and other prosumer-level microphones, for instance, or even Blue's own product, the enCORE 300, which is similarly priced.
I'll report back with a final evaluation of this piece of studio equipment over time. In the meantime, you can listen to the audio quality for yourself from the latest episode of The Streamer's Cookbook, Episode #2, from my gaming channel on YouTube, Rounding Off Infinity.