We all know that Blue is a company with a great line of USB microphones and a lot of podcasters opt and favour these over the other microphones in the market. This also goes for anyone who enjoys having an easy to utilise and simple recording device that records clean, clear, and quality sounds. Blue is highly known for their popular Yeti and Snowball line but their last few microphones focused mainly on technology to help you focus on the post-production editing processes. This can also be said for their latest product, the Blue Raspberry microphone; it is a compact and finely-built device that is integrated with excellent audio tools, making it the ideal microphone for recording on the go.
Raspberry is considered as the ultimate and probably one of the best mobile condenser mics specifically for instruments and voice; and because of Blue’s prominent studio heritage, the Raspberry line delivers an excellent twenty-four-bit studio quality sound straight to your devices such as iPhone, PC, iPad, or Mac. The brand new patent-pending IAD or Internal Acoustic Diffuser of Raspberry has a design that greatly resembles the elements found in concert halls and studios, so your instrument or voice is focused on while simultaneously decreasing any other unnecessary sounds coming from the room. Consider the Raspberry as something like a portable vocal studio so you’ll always have professional results everywhere you go.
If the Blue Raspberry microphone has piqued your interest, then let’s know more about the microphone and check out what other features it has for you.
Blue Raspberry Microphone Review – Whats in the Box?
The Raspberry microphone from Blue comes in a classy and nice black and red rectangular package. At the front portion of the box, you’ll see an image of the microphone while above it, you will see the Blue logo and the microphone’s name just below it. Below the image of the microphone, you will find a couple of details about the Blue Raspberry microphone.
If you take a look at the left part of the package, you’ll find a diagram of the product together with a couple of its features that make the microphone exceptional and unique from other similar products. Behind the box, you will see another image of the microphone but with the company’s tagline, “A vocal studio in the palm of your hand”; you will also find more descriptions about the Raspberry as well as a French translation of this. On the box’s right portion, you will find the key features of the device.
When you remove the sleeve of the box, you will find the Raspberry microphone neatly presented and packed securely in the box, and once you remove the device from its division, you will see that the mic is actually really small; it is not even any bigger than an iPhone 6 which is quite surprising. Beneath the division of the microphone, you will find another covering that leads to another little box which should be pulled out. Once you open this, you will see other included items such as the instruction manual, a USB – micro-USB cable, a little felt-type travel pouch, as well as a micro-USB to Apple devices.
Blue Raspberry Microphone Review – Portable Yet Still Awesome!
Blue designed their Raspberry microphone with hints of the classic retro design but didn’t go overboard with it. We actually liked how the company seamlessly combined old and new aesthetics in a unique and very cool way without making the device look flashy. Its exterior looks really cool since it is mostly silver that matches with the microphone’s metal stand.
Raspberry is a tabletop microphone from Blue which is completely different from the usual handheld microphones that are available today; it also comes with an attached stand if you want to utilise the microphone on your desk or any other surface. The mic stand conveniently folds up behind the Raspberry for easier packing; it also features two five-foot long cables, specifically a USB and Lightning cable. These are included to allow you to connect the device to your PC, iPhone, iPad, Mac, or even your iPod / iTouch. Additionally, the company also included a soft carrying pouch made of suede if you need to bring the Raspberry with you to another location; they also provided a ¼-inch thread-mount adapter to connect your video tripod or camera.
If you check the back portion of the microphone, you will find a headphone and a micro-USB port, with the previous allowing you to have direct monitoring; dials can also be found on the other side of the device which gives you gain as well as headphone volume control. Additionally, the Raspberry from Blue is also a cardioid-pattern microphone which means that is can basically pick up audio right in front of the microphone. Blue also integrated the microphone with their new technology called the IAD or Internal Acoustic Diffuser which is primarily crafted to focus on your voice or instrument while also decreasing the background noise in the room you are recording in. This new technology is rather similar to the idea of the Focus Control feature which can be seen in Blue’s Spark Digital, but somehow, this current one is slightly more refined.
When it comes to the integrated stand of Raspberry, it is mainly designed to also lessen the background surface noise, plus it also features an insulator located between the stand and the microphone itself; Blue also ensured to utilize rubber shock-absorbing skates to prevent unnecessary movements from the mic. You will also find a multicoloured LED light right at the front part of the microphone that allows you to quickly determine the audio levels; the light will shift from green to amber and will turn red once the levels of the audio source increase too much or start causing distortions.
The Blue Raspberry Microphone features the IAD or Internal Acoustic Diffuser which makes the device focus primarily on your voice. It has a 24 bit / 48 kHz resolution to record flawless sounds without any of the unnecessary noise coming from your surroundings. The microphone also has a 3.5-millimetre headphone jack for you to be able to monitor sounds without latency. To make things much easier for you, the Blue Raspberry microphone also features mic level and mute control; aside from these features, you also have a removable and collapsible stand that lets you easily position the device based on your preferences.
The Blue Raspberry Microphone also makes use of a USB or a Lightning connector; its polar pattern is Cardioid or uni-directional and its bit has a depth of 16/24-bit. The device also has a frequency response that ranges from 20 Hz to 20 kHz and its gain is adjustable from 0 to +40 dB. The impedance of the headphone amp is 32 ohm.
For the dimensions of the Raspberry mic, it weighs a total of 167.1 grams, is 39.5 millimetres long, 50.5 millimetres wide, with a height that measures 123 millimetres. When the stand is collapsed, it weighs a total of 272.3 grams, has a length of 46.75 millimetres, a width of 58.5 millimetres, and a height that measures around 147.5 millimetres.
When it comes to the Blue Raspberry’s compatibility with Apple devices, it is made for iPhone 5, 5C, 5S,6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, SE; for iPads, the microphone can work with the iPad Pro (12.9 and 9.7-inch units), Air, Air 2, mini, mini 2, mini 3, mini 4, as well as iPad 4th, 5th, and 6th generations.
As mentioned, the Raspberry microphone also comes with a cable to make the device work with your PC or Mac, and another cable is also available to make the Raspberry work for iPhones and iPads. To use this with Android devices, you will need the OTG accessory cable which is not included when you purchase the microphone.
For the system requirements, you will need the Mac OSX 10.7.5 or something newer when using a Mac with USB 2.0 or newer. If you are using Windows, you will need Windows 7, 8, or 10 and just like the Mac , you will need USB 2.0 or newer.
The Raspberry microphone from Blue is mainly designed to make you sound the best no matter where you’re recording. Its built-in stand and the plug and play function lets you start recording instantly, easily, and smoothly which is something really convenient when you do a lot of recording tasks or activities. We really like its 24-bit audio since it lets you stream and record projects that produce professional and excellent quality results; just link your headphones right into the mic to get real-time and zero latency monitoring of your recordings. It’s also really nice that the company included a compact form factor and suede carrying pouch which is really useful for people who tend to move to different places when recording.
We also saw that Raspberry also features a great dynamic condenser capsule which we think is a really great element of the microphone. Blue states that it was crafted from their tradition of top-notch studio microphones which we know are quality products from the company. With this feature, you’ll be able to get optimal sounds no matter where you position the Raspberry; plus, it also helps prevent any form of distortion, delivering clear and crisp sounds similar to that produced by professional studio microphones. The only difference is that the Raspberry is presented in a small and portable style that is generally convenient.
We also liked that recordings on the go can still be protected with the Raspberry microphone; and to lessen the handling noise, the microphone’s built-in stand features special rubber shock-absorbent skates and a connection insulator for this. These specific elements decrease the contact with your desktop, as well as isolate the mic from any form of noise or vibration that often ruins or disrupts your recordings.
There are also many ways to actually play with the Raspberry and the mic can definitely function excellently even if you connect this to a different device. You can link this to your PC, iPad, iPhone, and Mac using the Lightning and USB cables that are included in the package. We also liked that they included a ¼-inch thread-mount that lets you link the mic to numerous video and camera tripods – this is extremely useful if you’re someone who regularly records audio for YouTube.
- Power Requirement: Powered via USB or Lightning connector
- Transducer Type: Electret Condenser, 14mm
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
- Bit Depth: 16-bit/24-bit
- Sampling Rate: 44.1/48 kHz
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Adjustable Gain: 0 to +40dB
- Maximum SPL: 120 dB SPL (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)
- Mount Thread: 1/4″ diameter, 20 threads per inch (standard camera mount)
- Microphone Stand Adapter: 5/8-27 thread (standard microphone stand mount)
- Headphone Jack: 3.5mm (1/8 inch)
- Headphone amp impedance: 32 ohm
- Dimensions and Weight (Microphone): Weight: 167.1 g; l: 39.5 mm; w: 50.5 mm; h: 123 mm
- Dimensions and Weight (Microphone with Stand collapsed): Weight: 272.3 g; l: 46.75 mm; w: 58.5 mm; h: 147.5 mm
- iOS Compatibility: Made for iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPod touch (6th generation), iPod touch (5th generation).
How it Performs
Easy Plug and Play Mic
Sometime in the past, linking microphones to a mic pre-amp on audio interfaces were necessary if you wanted to record things on your PC. These were quite expensive especially those that sounded really good and had high-quality sounds; yet today, the USB microphones are equipped with these and are all built-in to the product which makes things more convenient. The best thing about this is that these microphones are a lot cheaper and that also goes for Blue’s Raspberry mic. You also don’t need to be tech-savvy to be able to use this: just plug the device into any free USB slot on your computer, start your digital audio work area, then you’re all set.
The selling points and most notable feature of the Raspberry is its convenient size and portability; it perfectly fits into your palm yet it also has a rugged and durable build that is made perfectly for any type of activity. This is something that we actually want to highlight since the condenser microphones in the past were very sensitive and expensive studio devices that were usually kept in flight cases every time these were required to be transported. It was really tedious then but the Raspberry microphone is obviously the opposite since you can easily and readily take this mic with you wherever you go. Of course, we were also surprised that this little device could actually make an acoustic guitar (with really old strings) sound really good. So yes, we have to give the Raspberry two thumbs-up for its size, portability, and of course, the quality.
Great Sound Quality
Speaking of the Raspberry’s sound quality, it is highly notable and definitely outstanding; but since it is a condenser mic, it can still get a little sensitive so it is able to pick up sounds in your room such as slight noises and also the nuances in your voice. With that, the company ensured to make use of their Internal Acoustic Diffuser feature to lessen these unwanted sounds and to just focus on your voice. This feature does contribute to the microphone’s overall quality of recorded sounds but still, you should use the mic in a quiet place if you want to have clean and clear recordings – this also goes for even the most expensive microphone out in the market.
Audio Recording Sample
Microphones created by Blue have continued to impress us for the past years and the design, as well as the quality of their products, are simply excellent, and their Raspberry microphone is definitely no exception. After we’ve tested the microphone, we can say that it provided us with impressive and highly notable recording quality despite trying this out in a couple of different environments – both indoors and outdoors. All of the voice recordings we did came out clear, crisp, and seamless with little to no background noise, not even echoes could be heard. This is definitely a great indication that Blue’s Internal Acoustic Diffuser is highly efficient when it comes to quality and excellent recording.
Not only that, but we can also say that Raspberry really does a great job when it comes to decreasing wind noise which is quite common in other similar products in the market. We also didn’t encounter any problems or issues hearing what the speaker was saying when using the Raspberry in outdoor environments so we really liked how the mic performed outdoors. With that, the Raspberry from Blue is also a very good option if you plan to use this as a tabletop microphone since it features the special shock-absorbing rubber skates to keep the device fixed and in place.
If you’re a DJ or producer searching for a quality mic for your studio, the Raspberry is also a great option. It is something that we’d highly recommend since it’s excellent for recording acoustic instruments such as guitars, as well as for recording vocals; additionally, Raspberry is also suitable for doing voice-overs and podcasts. It is slightly more expensive compared to your standard microphone, but you’re paying for its classic look, compact and durable build, as well as its great recording quality. So if you’re a serious on the go audio or video producer, the Raspberry microphone is one of the best options for you and we definitely recommend this.
Where to Buy
Go grab yourself the awesome Blue Raspberry microphone today! Head on over to the official product page for more info and to purchase… go on, you know you want to!