New Gear Review: Blue Microphones Bottle Rocket Mic Locker


An idea well overdue! The Bottle Rocket Mic Locker has a Bottle Rocket Stage One mic body along with four interchangeable capsules or Bottle Caps all housed in a road-ready SKB® hard-shell case.

The Bottle Rocket Stage One is a solid-state Class-A condenser microphone body and, by quickly hot-swapping the Caps, you can audition and pick just the right sound for your voice. Mute the channel, change the Cap, and you’ve got another totally different mic sound instantly. This works great for layering vocals—especially when you overdub and “track” the same singer over and over.

The Bottle Rocket Mic Locker includes four Bottle Caps: the B0 Bottle Cap for silky, extended presence, the B6 Bottle Cap for classic warmth and larger than life sound, the B7 Bottle Cap with vintage detailed midrange with airy presence and the B8 Bottle Cap said to have crystal-clear sound with incredible detail.

Complete with microphone, four capsules, shock mount and SKB case, the Bottle Rocket Mic Locker sells for $1,699.99 MSRP and is like having four different studio condensers.


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