Included Accessories: Shock Mount, Pop Filter, Wood Box
Manufacturer Part Number: BABYBOTTLE. GOO GOO GAH GAH. 😛
Some say this large diaphragm condenser mic is so good that you won’t even have to EQ it. Most people hate the pop filter. Some like the shock mount while others don’t. The complaint is that it’s hard to tighten the screw that holds the mic into place. Large diaphragm vs. Small diaphragm.
Some of the best endorsements came for acoustic guitars and female vocals.
Well made and durable.
Good quality sound, true and honest. Neutral. Mellow.
Mic Stand. Currently I use the Proline MS112 desktop stand. It’s about as solid as a 20 lb. barbell. Seriously. It ain’t going nowhere. Lol.
Some pieces of gear used:
Great River ME-1NV
UA LA-610 Channel strip
Presonus Eureka + DBX166XL compressor
Joe Meek channel strip
Universal Audio 2-610
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
This mic doesn’t really have a lot of high end sparkle. This one doesn’t have any bumps or spikes around the treble area, so if you’re looking for that sort of thing, you may look elsewhere. It does however have a slight mid-range bump. Some people simply cannot get over it’s lack of sparkle or character at the top.
The shock mount that comes with it is good, but the P sounds can causes resonance if close to the mic.
Proximity effect is good. You may not have to be right up on it to get a clear sound.
It’s good with thin/sharp/nasally voices.
Tightening the screw to hold the mic in places proves difficult.
The Blue quad cables have been recommended a few times in my research.
The mic has extremely low self noise. It’s also good about rejecting background noise.
Mic placement is key with the Baby Bottle.
A versatile mic with a bad pop filter and a questionable shock mount design. Great on female vocals and acoustic guitar especially. The common complaint seems to be that some people aren’t digging the mid-range bump and would rather have some sparkle in the treble range.
Similarities & Differences
Both are very durable.
Both are cardioid condenser microphones.
Both are versatile.
The C214 has a -20dB pad which gives a maximum SPL of 156dB. The Baby Bottle has no on board features and it’s SPL is 133dB. The C214 also has a low cut filter.
The C214 comes with a shock mount and metal carry case while the Baby Bottle comes with a Wood Box, shock mount and pop filter.
The C214 does extremely well with rap vocals while the Baby Bottle does not.
The Baby Bottle has a neutral and honest response. The C214 is meant to accentuate your vocals a bit. The great part about the 214 is that it’s also considered neutral, even with that warmth.
The C214 does have that sparkle that the Bottle lacks. I would say this is the single biggest difference. The C214 is considered a bright mic, but not harsh/sibilant at all. What does Sibilant mean? By contrast, the Bottle is very dark, sort of like when you’ve had too much Jack Daniels. 😛
The Bottle seems more of a specialty mic. Though it is pretty versatile, it’s still dark and it’s mid-range kind of puts things into the background rather than bringing them into the forefront.
Today I’m recommending the 214 because it’s just a phenomenal all around mic and amazing solution to any dilemma. The fact that it shares the same capsule design with the legendary C414 speaks for itself really. What is a cardioid capsule? The 214 is actually my overall top pick for any mic in any price range. It’s just that good, and I really can’t recall hearing a bad word about it anywhere. It would be the one mic I’d recommend if I only could mention one. A deserted island sort of pick if you will.
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