New Gear Review: Blue Hummingbird Condenser Microphone

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Blue’s Hummingbird small-diaphragm condenser microphone uses a capsule based of Blue's B1 enclosed in a head assembly that rotates 180-degrees.

The precisely tuned diaphragm with its extended frequency response and adjustable pivoting head allows for super precise positioning for drum overheads, acoustic guitars or for orchestral instruments.

A pressure gradient cardioid capsule is paired with a proprietary, Class-A discrete circuit head amp (no chips) to enable Hummingbird to have a low noise floor and the ability to handle high sound pressure levels. Using two Hummingbirds as stereo drum overheads, the unique 180-degree pivoting head and free range of motion make for fast and precise positioning. “Dialing in” a phase coherent stereo field takes just seconds.

The Blue Hummingbird comes with a rugged, road-ready protective carrying case along with a mic clip and foam windscreen. Hummingbird sells for $299 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com