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
- Input Type: 30 Pin Dock,USB 2.0
- 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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GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play a piano, organ, guitar, and drums. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and play through classic amps and stompbox effects.* Use a Touch Instrument, a built-in microphone, or a guitar and instantly record a performance. GarageBand now takes song creation to the next level with support for up to 32 tracks.** Get even more sounds for GarageBand with a one-time in-app purchase or record popular third-party music apps using Inter-App Audio in iOS 7. And share your song using email, Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud, or AirDrop for iOS.
Play your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch like a musical instrument
• Play musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard
• Tap out beats with an acoustic and electronic drum kit
• Record your voice using the built-in microphone and apply fun sound effects
• Recreate legendary guitar rigs with 9 amps and 10 stompbox effects*
• Use the Sampler to create an instrument from sounds you record, then play them on a keyboard*
• Record compatible third-party music apps right into GarageBand using Inter-App Audio in iOS 7
Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments
• Conduct an entire string orchestra with just one finger using Smart Strings*
• Tap chords to instantly create keyboard grooves with the Smart Keyboard*
• Strum chords on an acoustic and electric Smart Guitar, trigger fingerpicking patterns for popular chords, or switch to Notes view to try your hand at the real thing
• Groove with a variety of Smart Basses using upright, electric, and synth sounds*
• Drag drum instruments onto a grid to create your own beats with Smart Drums*
Start a Jam Session with your friends
• Use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to play or record live over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth with up to three of your friends
• Tempo, key, time signature, and chords automatically sync to the bandleader
• Jam with any Touch Instrument or live instruments like electric guitar or voice
• The bandleader automatically collects everyone's recordings so they can be mixed as a song and shared
Create a song anywhere you go
• Arrange and mix your song with up to 32 tracks** using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops
• Use the Note Editor to adjust or fine-tune any Touch Instrument recording
• Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play
• Use the Mixer to fine-tune each track’s volume —solo or mute any track or adjust pan, reverb, and echo
• Choose from over 250 professionally prerecorded loops as a backing band to your song
Share your songs
• Keep your GarageBand songs up to date across all your iOS devices with iCloud
• Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
• Share your songs directly to Facebook, YouTube, and SoundCloud
• Email songs right from GarageBand
• Export your song and add it to the iTunes library on your Mac or PC
• Share GarageBand projects directly between iOS devices using Airdrop for iOS
* Requires one-time in-app purchase for the complete collection of GarageBand instruments and sounds.
** 32 tracks available on iOS devices with the A7 chip. 16 tracks available on iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad (4th generation), iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation). …
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 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 Chris P from New Whiteland
79 of 81 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 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 Alexander P from San Francisco
24 of 28 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 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
23 of 27 people found this useful
I LOVE this mic!!!!!
I cannot believe how amazing u sound singing into this mic!!!
I highly recommend it
- Written by Natalie K from Innisfil
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 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
4 of 5 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 Bought it , brought it home and ran some a couple acoustics from my collection through it. Iphone with garageband
Yes its extra boomy 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
8 of 13 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Answered by Ben N from Oberon
- Dec 4, 2013
How can I extend the cable length? What extension cable will work with this mic?
- Asked by Georgie A from Northcote
- Jun 22, 2013
Yes, However it will degrade the quality dramatically. if you think of quality on a scale of 1-10 (1 Yes, However it will degrade the quality dramatically. if you think of quality on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) with every meter the cable is extended the quality goes down by 0.5-1 (depending on cable quality) eg. 2 meter extension quality drops for 10 to 8 …
- Answered by Ben N from Oberon
- Dec 4, 2013
anyone else have an issue with the mic not screwing into the stand?
- 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
I just bought CrazyTalk 7 Pro and would like to buy a plug & play external microphone that will work with this software. Suggestions?
- Asked by Melanie S from Saint Louis
- Aug 16, 2013
Does this mic offer 24-bit resolution?
- Asked by Richard C from Perth
- May 31, 2013
No, 16 bit only.
- Answered by Claude L from Valleyfield
- Jun 3, 2013