CES 2019: Blue Ember $100 XLR microphone announced

The Blue Ember looks to offer studio-quality recording for an entry-level price point.

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Blue has long been regarded as an excellent source of high-quality microphones for an affordable price, and they look to further this with their new Ember XLR microphone. Announced at CES 2019, the Blue Ember is an XLR studio condenser microphone perfect for amateur video content producers looking to improve their sound.

Clocking in at an extremely affordable $100, the Ember offers an XLR connection, an input usually reserved for high end studio equipment such as speakers, instruments, and studio mics. As reported in the official product page, the Ember utilizes a “tight cardioid pickup pattern” in order to reduce background noise while maintaining rich vocals. Cardioid patterns can make or break a microphone, as nothing can ruin a great recording session like outside noise bleeding into an excellent take.

For those looking to improve the quality of their streams, video productions, or recording sessions, the Ember looks to be a viable option. The slim design lends itself to appear more like a typical microphone, allowing people to hold it naturally. Alternatively, the Ember also comes with a microphone stand mount, which can be used with an existing microphone stand for a hands-free approach.

A big concern for streamers is what’s in front of the camera, and having a bulky microphone take up space is a definite no. The team at Blue have kept this in mind with the Ember’s design which, as mentioned above, is incredibly sleek. This design ensures it takes up minimal space not only on your desk or workstation, but on-screen.

A report at The Verge states that the Blue Ember is currently only available for pre-order and will go on sale sometime in February. Blue microphones have always been highly regarded for their quality, so if Blue has managed to pack the Ember with a tight cardioid pattern and an XLR cable, there’s a good chance these will be snapped up quickly.

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