Blue Microphones Releases the Spark Digital, Its First Serious, Studio Microphone for The iPad

Blue Microphones Releases the Spark Digital, Its First Serious, Studio Microphone for The iPad

Just like Blue Microphone’s non-digital Spark, the new, Digital Spark microphone has been put together with an armful of we’re-not-playing-around components and features. Things like a beefed-up condenser capsule, a Focus selector that toggles between a low-frequency bias and a detail bias, and an adjustable desk stand with shock mount. But this Spark is built for iPads (or iPhones); though its USB connector means it’ll work just fine with your MacBook Pro, iMac, Sony Vaio, Samsung Galaxy Tab or anything else with a USB input.

Blue also says the Spark Digital is “the only iPad microphone to offer a zero-latency headphone out for direct monitoring, critical for eliminating distracting delay or for creating professional multi-track recordings where new tracks need to be synced with existing tracks.”

To sweeten the deal, Blue tossed in a six month account (each) to Gobbler, a music organization and transfer service, and SoundCloud, a social platform for creating and sharing crafted sound — a deal which Blue says adds up to $125. Which should help defray the Spark Digital’s $199 pricetag.

  • joebrenden

    But it connects via the old 30 pin connector. So, it’s a no go for iPhone5, iPad 4 and iPad Mini users.

  • BreinVanMartijn

    Aaaaand another comment bites the dust thanks to the sh*tty Vanilla commenting system. Anyway, my point was: that base seems too heavy for a microphone that (by nature of being a USB device) is supposed to be portable. I’m not carrying that thing through customs. Though I’d LOVE to ditch my Samson Go Mic. Horrible thing, that…

  • hairballjones

    Touting it as studio quality while in the same breath offering a perks package to justify its cost? Hmm. Also calling it the first TRUE studio quality condenser just sounds like they’re just chasing Apogee and their MiC. I’m skeptical. Apogee MiC sounds great, if it ain’t broke why fix it?

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