The digital version of Blue’s analog microphone, Spark Digital is a professional recording device for the iPad. Featuring the same studio-grade components as its analogue counterpart, Spark Digital gives a consistent performance across a wide range of sources, including vocals, drums, guitar, speech and location recording.
The Spark Digital also provides two different sound options in one mic allowing more versatility and freedom to experiment with different sonic signatures. For storing and sharing, Spark Digital includes an exclusive Cloud Production Bundle with free access to production tools for easy organising, storing and streaming of audio content across the web.
This pack includes a 25 GB storage and transfer account for six months from Gobbler, a leader in music backup and organisation, along with a six-month Pro Account from SoundCloud. It also comes with a zero-latency headphone jack and a desk stand with built-in shockmount so you can quickly position the mic wherever you need it.
- Studio-grade condenser microphone for iPad
- Records vocals and instruments
- Lets you create podcasts and capture audio on location
- Works with GarageBand and hundreds of other great apps
- Headphone jack for zero-latency, real-time monitoring
- Controls on the mic allow instant changes to gain, mute and headphone volume
- Focus Control offers two sound signatures in one mic
- Comes with adjustable desk-stand with built-in shockmount
- Soft carrying pouch
Did you notice?The world's first mic to supply both USB and iPad (30-pin dock connector) connectivity.
Apple Recommends ForDeliver studio-quality audio to your iPad, Mac, or a compute or tablet with USB input.
What's in the Box?
- Blue Microphones Spark Digital Condenser Microphone
- Y-Cable for 30-pin connector with headphone jack
- Y-Cable for USB with headphone jack
- Adjustable stand with built-in shockmount
- Soft carrying bag
- Frequency Response : 26 - 20,000 Hz
- OS X 10.4.11 or later
- 64 MB
- Windows 7/Vista/XP
- 64 MB
- Mfr. Part Number : 830
- UPC or EAN No. : 836213000830
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Ratings & Reviews
I know Blue is known for their vintage designs, but still have to say I was blown away by how gorgeous this mic is. Setup was flaw less, plugged it into my iPad (3 gen), booted up GarageBand and immediately got a great vocal sound (best I’ve ever gotten!). The front gain control made it easy to adjust the sensitivity. My friend has the original Spark for studio/XLR and this claims to be the same thing, and I’d believe it. I recorded acoustic guitar and vocals, sounds amazing! Big reason I bought this over other iPad mics was the headphone output – can’t really use headphones on a multi-track session on Garage Band without it. And it came with a cool carrying bag! Immediately satisfied with my purchase. …
- Written by Chris P from New Whiteland
73 of 75 people found this useful
I'm doing some narration work and this is my first 'high' quality mic. I was hesitant about spending the $200 but I'm very happy I did; it's a great with a lovely sound. I highly recommend this microphone. …
- Written by Shidan M from ETOBICOKE
16 of 20 people found this useful
Best iPad microphone
I have tried both the Apogee MiC and the Spark Digital microphones. Both are excellent products. If minimal size is important fo r you then the MiC is probably your best choice. If best sound quality is important (which it is for me) then the Spark wins easily.
I did not have any problems in terms of sound levels or reliability with the device on either iPad or Mac Book Pro Retina with latest version of OSX Mountain Lion.
I have two slight negatives to flag though:
1) The Spark does not remember the gain level after being powered off. i.e. You need to set the gain each time you connect it up to your iPad or Mac. Fortunately it has an LED gain level display that makes it easy to set the gain to the same level as before (assuming you remember what that looked like on the LED display).
2) For some acoustic guitar recording I found the bass to be slightly boomy. For most guitars this might not be a problem but with my Martin D15 which has a very rich bass it didn't sound quite right. It is significantly less boomy than the MiC though. There is also a "focus control" switch which eliminates the boominess. But neither setting captured the Martin D15 as well as a Yeti Pro microphone did. But of course Yeti Pro does not plug into iPad (only Mac or PC or XLR).
Overall though, the Spark remains the best microphone I have tried for iPad. …
- Written by Alexander P from San Francisco
14 of 18 people found this useful
iPad and OSX
I've had this mic for a couple months now and have had great results in GarageBand with both my iPad (3rd gen) and my 2008 MacBook Pro (unlike some other reviewers who complained about OSX.). If you're looking to expand into an entire mobile studio, Apogee probably offers a better overall system of advanced interfaces for recording multiple instruments, but if, like me, you're just recording acoustic/vocal tracks one at a time, this mic is great. I especially like the zero latency monitoring jack connected to the mic, which isn't offered on the Apogee Mic without extra hardware. Overall: works as advertised, was easy to use, great sound. Very happy with my purchase. …
- Written by Devon D from Calgary
1 of 2 people found this useful
Really disapointed in Blues qualitycontrol
Bought it , brought it home and ran some a couple acoustics from my collection through it. Iphone with garageband
Yes its extra b oomy on dreads... and So fat and beautifully detailed on my 000 rosewood model.
Listened back through dynaudio bm5s and was very impressed,
Way better than apogee mic or tascam offering
Ten minutes later it stopped powering up. Glitchy =non professional
Come on Blue? it sounded good for a minute …
- Written by Kevin P from Healdsburg
5 of 8 people found this useful
stopped working first day
I had the same problem as the other reviewer - except instead of 10 minutes I got about three hours of use. Then it started crack ling terribly then quit working altogether.
I guess I have to go back to the store and exchange it... Sigh …
- Written by Andrew S from Oakland
5 of 7 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Richard C from Perth
- May 31, 2013
No, 16 bit only.
- Answered by Claude L from Valleyfield
- Jun 3, 2013
- Asked by Jeffrey J from Glen Burnie
- Dec 23, 2012
Yes, I had that problem and returned it. The threads are on the cheap side.
- Answered by Todd L from Greenfield Center
- Mar 11, 2013
- Asked by Christina W
- Jan 28, 2013
- Asked by Amelia S
- Jan 26, 2013
Yes - Spark Digital is compatible with MacBook Air OSX 10.6.8 via USB (minimum OS is 10.4.11)
- Answered by Stacey M from Thousand Oaks
- Jan 29, 2013
- Asked by Virginia D from Montreal
- Nov 19, 2012
Spark Digital is a significant upgrade from Snowball.
As a studio mic, Spark Digital has a large r diaphragm capsule with one polar pattern (cardioid) so it offers more fidelity and sensitivity than the Snowball or Yeti. Spark Digital includes the Focus Control, which offers two different sonic options in one mic at the push of a button. It comes with an adjustable desk stand and built-in shockmount, and also includes y-cables for each platform with a headphone jack for zero-latency real-time monitoring. …
- Answered by Stacey M from Thousand Oaks
- Dec 4, 2012