Blue Mics has announced a new compact mic with big features. The Hummingbird is a small condenser mic, but has the ability to tilt its head 180° to be in the best position for sound. It’s designed for instrument miking and features a Class A circuit. The capsule on the cardioid mic is based on the B1 capsule found in the company’s more expensive mics. To keep it safe, the Hummingbird comes with a roadie-rated case to keep it sage on tour.
The Hummingbird is $299.99 and available in the Spring.
Blue Announces Hummingbird, a Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Signature Rotating Head
At NAMM 2015, Blue debuts the compact, versatile Hummingbird mic, based on Blue’s acclaimed B1 capsule with a 180 degree rotating head for precision placement
Anaheim, CA – January 22, 2015 Blue Microphones, a leading innovator in audio technology and design, announces Hummingbird, a versatile and precision-engineered Class A small-diaphragm microphone. With a precisely tuned diaphragm based on Blue’s B1 capsule, Hummingbird is ultra-responsive and delivers extended frequency response, making it the perfect studio and stage solution for drum overheads, acoustic guitar, strings, harp, or any other instrument with fast transients and rich overtones. Hummingbird features an adjustable pivoting head that allows for 180 degrees of rotation so users can set the mic at any angle without adjusting the stand.
“With fast transient response, high SPL handling and extended high frequency, Hummingbird is an exceptional small diaphragm microphone. To take it further, we designed the capsule to rotate 180 degrees for easy placement and now you have an undeniable weapon for drum overheads, acoustic guitar, piano and more,” said Tommy Edwards, Director of Product Management at Blue. “Like its avian counterpart, the Hummingbird is compact, able to fit precisely into tight spaces, and can nimbly change positions where others can’t.”
Featuring a premium pressure gradient cardioid capsule based on Blue’s “B1” capsule—from the flagship “interchangeable” Bottle Caps —and a proprietary Class A, fully discrete circuit, Hummingbird offers balanced character with plenty of sparkling high end. With no ICs in the signal path, the mic exhibits maximum detail and the lowest possible noise floor. The sonically versatile Hummingbird can capture the nuances of a wide range of instruments—though its agility, extended high-frequency response, and ability to handle high sound pressure levels make it an ideal mic for recording drums. Hummingbird’s transparency and superb dynamic range deliver superior sound reproduction every time.
Inspired by the Dragonfly and Mouse microphones, Hummingbird’s unique 180-degree pivoting head enables free range of motion for fast and precise positioning, making it possible to achieve better sound, quickly and easily. When using two Hummingbirds as stereo overheads, the 180-degree rotating head allows an engineer to precisely dial in the stereo field in seconds—a task that can be long and tedious when using traditional mics on mic stands.
Hummingbird comes with a rugged, road ready protective carrying case, along with a mic clip and foam wind screen. Hummingbird (MSRP $299.99) will be available spring 2015 at authorized Blue retailers.
About Blue Microphones
Celebrating our 20th anniversary, Blue continues a lengthy tradition of innovative, cutting-edge design and performance across award-winning microphones and the critically acclaimed new Mo-Fi Powered Headphones. Named one of the fastest-growing companies by Inc. Magazine for five consecutive years, Blue offers a range of recording tools for almost any application in both professional and consumer markets. From Blue’s flagship studio Bottle microphone, to Spark Digital for iPad recording to the award-winning Mo-Fi headphone line, Blue has tools that inspire creativity. www.bluemic.com