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Wednesday
Sep182013

The Blue Mic Nessie USB Microphone

I recently switched to the Blue Mic Nessie to record my video voiceovers. I chose this particuar model because it had all the features I needed in a neat design at a sensible price.

If I were choosing a microphone based purely upon its style and build quality my old Samson Meteor microphone would win hands-down, but as you can witness in the video, the Blu Mic Nessie is the clear winner in the only category that really matters...sound quality.

I bought my Nessie for £100, which is also the current price in the UK Apple high street stores, however Amazon have a deal on (at the time of writing) at the even more reasonable price of £79.99 (or $99 in the US).

Buying links direct to the product page are below.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

You can read more info about the Nessie as well as the rest of the Blue Microphone range on the BlueMic website.

 

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Reader Comments (3)

Hi Matt - another interesting and well thought through review.

Is it me, but is your new new mic subject to more popping? Possibly due to you needing to be closer because of the lower level gain?

I rather liked to the sound from your Samson Go, but these things tend to be subjective.

Anyway, thanks again.

Chris

PS Thanks for saving me a lot of money over the years!

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

The blue does seem a bit bassy on the middle setting and trebly on the other 2.
For my speaker system at least, the Samson Go sounds the best of the ones I have heard on this video.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvilution

I have always like Blue microphones. They are great for the budding musician, pod caster etc. This microphone will improve the quality of any home recording.

September 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwireless Microphone hire

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