Included Accessories: Shock Mount, Pop Filter, Wood Box
The large diaphragm Bluebird provides a neutral response and crystal clear clarity of sound. Large diaphragm vs. Small diaphragm. It also happens to be very versatile, although people are saying you should probably steer clear of it for any type of voice over.
Also don’t be afraid to get in it’s face; most people say you have to be right up on it to get the best sound.
Flat frequency response from 100Hz to 2kHz.
Low self noise.
Warm tone, and smooth treble range.
Well built, with a high SPL (sound pressure level).
Subtle and crisp mid-range.
Provided pop-filter not so great.The Stedman Proscreen and the Shure Popper Stopper are both good options. Personally I use the Samson PS01 and have been since 2007. What an investment!
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. This is the interface I have, and it’s been known to do well with the Bluebird. Some say the mic needs a bit more juice than what the 2i2 can provide, but some say it’s fine. Take this lad for example:
The Bluebird has a bump in the 2khz to 10khz which provides some sheen for higher vocalists, but can also provide some “esss” problems for certain singers. A remedy for this is to point the microphone between the upper lip and under the nose, or use a de-esser.
For the Bluebird to reach it’s full potential, you should aim to sing pretty close to it. There’s a big difference between 2 inches and 6 inches (that’s what she said). So don’t be afraid to put it all up in your mouth. Lol. No seriously, get in close!
The shock mount is durable, but needs to be tightened a lot to stay in place.
Some say the design and aesthetic takes precedent over form and function.
It’s tough to get the mic in and out of the shock mount. Adjusting the angle of the shock mount can also be tedious. It’s difficult to lock into place.
Overall the mic is very sensitive and picks up a lot of sound and nuance to your voice, as well as movement.
I would say try the 2i2 or UR22 out first and see how the mic sounds to you. If you’re not satisfied, then you could return the interface and go for a preamp with more juice. Entry level interfaces suffice pretty well with most starter to mid-level condensers like the Bluebird. Condenser mic vs. Dynamic mic.
A mic that is very versatile and has a flat sound with great clarity. A different pop-filter is a must, and it may become a bit bright in the treble range. Otherwise a worthy addition to your mic locker.
Both have nice clarity and crispness, and do well with female vocals.
The C214 is said to have better resolution, and sounds more pleasant. There’s just an added sense of clarity and detail. Every nuance can be heard with stunning accuracy.
The C214 has a -20dB pad while the Bluebird does not. The C214 also has a low cut filter. The Bluebird does not have any on board features.
The Max SPL of the Bluebird is 138dB while the C214’s is 136dB.
The C214 has a bit more self noise than the Bluebird. 13dB compared to 7. You will be able to tell in the videos below.
While the Bluebird is mostly neutral, the 214 has a touch of warmth to it, and is meant to accentuate your vocals.
While both are relatively bright mics, the Bluebird has been accused of being a bit sibilant at times while the 214 is not.
COVER using C214
COVER using Bluebird
I would go with the C214. It’s just about the best investment in it’s price range, and gets really high marks pretty much everywhere you look. It’s also got some extra features that the Bluebird does not have, and in terms of sound is much more resolving and nuanced. With the -20dB switch applied close up, it can actually handle sound fields of up to 156db SPL. That’s pretty remarkable and not very common. I would also argue that the 214 is more versatile than the Bluebird, but the most important distinction is definitely the overall sound quality. Interested in learning more?
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