New Gear Review: Blue Microphones' Nessie

blueMicrophonesnessieBlue Microphones' Nessie--affectionately named for its look, seeming to rise up from below your desktop's surface--will instantly deliver studio-enhanced sound for vocals, instruments and voiceovers. All is well with Nessie adapting to whatever you're recording automatically by applying studio processing and relying on built-in pop filter and internal shock mount to produce a finished sound. Nessie is a USB, "point and record" system with built-in EQ, de-esser, and level controller and three recording modes optimized for vocals, instruments or basic raw audio capture applications.

Nessie has a single, condenser capsule with a cardioid polar pattern and features zero-latency headphone output monitoring with volume control for direct monitoring plus an audio mute switch right on the microphone's base.

For optimal positioning, Nessie's head nods up and down with serpentine flexibility and is plug-and-play compatible via USB for both PC and Mac computers without installing a driver.

Nessie sells for $99. Fore more, check out http://bluemic.com/nessie.

By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com