Blue Spark Digital Microphone

Blue Spark Digital Microphone

$199.95

3.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 11 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    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.

  • Highlights

    • 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.
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  • 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
  • Tech Specs

    • Frequency Response: 26 - 20,000 Hz
    • Input Type: 30 Pin Dock, USB 2.0
  • System Requirements

    Mac

    • OS X 10.4.11 or later
    • 64 MB
    • USB

    Windows

    • Windows 7/Vista/XP
    • 64 MB
    • USB
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: 830
    • UPC or EAN No.: 836213000830

    Warranty

    • Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Great Recording!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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 flawless, 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 from New Whiteland

    83 of 85 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great Recording!
  • Best iPad microphone

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I have tried both the Apogee MiC and the Spark Digital microphones. Both are excellent products. If minimal size is important fo I have tried both the Apogee MiC and the Spark Digital microphones. Both are excellent products. If minimal size is important for 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 from San Francisco

    28 of 32 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Best iPad microphone
  • Great microphone

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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 from ETOBICOKE

    25 of 30 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great microphone
  • Losing my mind

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I first received the microphone I was happy how it looked like and my budget the coupon that was is in it was already be claimed, I first received the microphone I was happy how it looked like and my budget the coupon that was is in it was already be claimed, first time I used on iPad air it died after a few minutes, Apple was helpful to send me the second one and it didn't work again. I think better to add some more money to apongee one microphone.

    • Written by from Vilvoorde

    0 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Losing my mind
  • AMAZING!!!!!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I LOVE this mic!!!!!
    I cannot believe how amazing u sound singing into this mic!!!
    I highly recommend it
    A+++++

    • Written by from Innisfil

    1 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? AMAZING!!!!!
  • iPad and OSX

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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 from Calgary

    7 of 8 people found this useful

    Was this useful? iPad and OSX

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