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Blue Microphones Spark Digital review

For serious podcasters

Our Verdict

For

  • Great design
  • Simple set up
  • Brilliant sound quality
  • Sturdy build

Against

  • Expensive
  • Lacks some options
  • No professional connections

Blue Microphones has been making an impressive name for itself with high-end recording equipment. From the portable recording prowess of the Blue Microphones Tiki, to the podcaster's choice, the Blue Microphones Yeti Pro, we've always liked the build and sound quality of Blue Microphone's products.

The flagship Blue Microphones Spark Digital, priced at £199.95 / US$199.95 / AU$249.95, is no different. This is a seriously nice bit of kit, beautifully crafted with Blue Microphones' pedigree in professional studio recording equipment clearly evident.

Though it looks like a professional microphone, it comes with USB and iPhone/iPad cables, clearly aimed at the home recorder/podcaster. Both cables also have a jack output, making it useful for plugging in some headphones and monitoring the recordings.

There's no XLR output for connecting to amps and mixing desks, which may put off some more serious musicians. If you want that kind of professional connectivity then the slightly more expensive Blue Microphones Yeti Pro is a wiser purchase. For plug and play recording, however, the Blue Microphones Spark Digital proved to be excellent.

On the body of the microphone are volume controls that can be pressed to mute the mic, and also a switch to turn on the focus mode. This improves clarity and detail when dealing with mid-range and higher frequencies, which worked well, but tended to pick up more ambient noises when we were testing. In a completely quiet environment, we were more impressed.

Verdict

There's no doubt that the Blue Microphones Spark Digital is a well built and quality product, but with minimal options for tweaking the sound quality on the body, along with iPad and iPhone connections and USB included over XLR, this is a microphone that's aimed squarely at home users.

It's fantastic for plug and play recording, where you just want to get it quickly set up, and with fantastic sound quality, you can be confident that your podcasts and other recordings are going to sound great. If you want a more versatile microphone for your recording needs, however, then you might need to look elsewhere.

First reviewed 22 August 2013

Tech Specs

Product TypeMicrophone
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Brand NameBlue Microphones
Microphone TypeDesktop
Microphone TechnologyCondenser
Host InterfaceUSB, Apple Dock
Cable Length2.74 m
Minimum Frequency Response26 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
ManufacturerBlue Microphones
Product NameSpark Digital
Manufacturer Part NumberSPARKDIGITAL
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.bluemic.com
Marketing Information

your pad or mine?

Spark Digital is the world's first studio-grade condenser microphone to offer both USB and iPad connectivity. Expanding on the professional and sound of Blue's Spark XLR studio microphone, Spark Digital features the same studio-grade condenser capsule and hand-tuned components for high-fidelity recording and consistence performance in any situation- vocals, drums, piano, speech, location recording and more.

Spark Digital also includes the Focus Control, providing two different sonic options in one mic at the push of a button. Complete with an adjustable desk stand and built-in shockmount, Spark Digital also includes y-cables for each platform with a headphone jack for zero-latency real-time monitoring. With a full range of recording capabilities, Spark Digital turns your iPad into a true mobile studio.