Blue Microphones Baby Bottle Condenser Microphone
The Baby Bottle’s unique sonic signature has a rich and present midrange response, a smooth top-end and neutral bottom-end creating an extremely present classic and contemporary sound. It is an ideal choice for recording vocals, room mixing for drums, electric guitar amps, and difficult brass instrument sources like saxophones and horns. With a unique proprietary circuit polarizing the capsule film at 100 volts, the Baby Bottle yields large output, creating the quietest microphone in its class.
Here’s a little-known secret — vocalists love singing into unique and impressive mics like the Baby Bottle. Put it in front of any singer and you are guaranteed to get a 110% inspired performance. For a “big” vocal sound, get the vocalist within one to four inches of the capsule. There is no need to worry about overloading the microphone, but be sure to use the pop filter included with the mic to protect the diaphragm. Tilt the microphone up (toward the forehead) for more projection and head tone, straight on at the mouth for maximum brightness and intelligibility, or down toward the chest for more robust full lows and smoother highs.
Because of its full midrange response, the Baby Bottle is an excellent mic for any clean or distorted electric guitar sounds. Orient the capsule toward the center of the speaker to capture more highs, or toward the edge of the cone for a fuller sound with more low end. For overdriven or distorted tones, move the mic towards the outer edge of the cone, or back it away from the amp a foot or more to add a little room sound and soften the extreme high end. Give the Baby Bottle a try on electric bass, blues harmonica, and organ too!
Large diaphragm mics require careful placement when used on acoustic guitar, but the Baby Bottle’s rich tone and hot output is well-suited to this job. For a balanced sound with plenty of sparkling high end, place the microphone facing the guitar neck, right where the neck joins the body (usually around the 12th – 14th frets). For starters, keep the mic as close as possible, and tilt the capsule toward the soundhole to capture a blend of low end and pick sound. If you need more lows, move the microphone closer to the soundhole. For more high end detail, move the Baby Bottle farther from the guitar, either at the same neck position, or above the instrument up by the guitarist’s head.
- Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20KHz
- Sensitivity: 33.5mV/Pa at 1 kHz (1 Pa = 94dB SPL)
- Output Impedance: 50 ohms
- Rated Load Impedance: <1k ohms
- Maximum SPL: 133dB SPL (2.5k ohms, 0.5% THD)
- S/N ratio: 87dB-A (IEC 651)
- Noise Level: 5.5dB-A (IEC 651)
- Dynamic Range: 127.5dB (@2.5k ohms)
- Power Requirement: +48V Phantom
- Weight: 350g
- Dimensions: 222mm x 45mm