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Blue preps professional-level Ember XLR condenser mic

At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics show, Blue Microphones has unveiled the Ember, a cardioid XLR condenser microphone aimed at musicians, podcasters, YouTube producers, and other people needing high-quality audio.

Blue Ember

The mic sports a custom condenser capsule, and does directional recording to minimize ambient noise. The tall form-factor is intended to cope with small spaces or tight video shots.

"Its precise cardioid pattern and ability to handle loud sound sources delivers clear and focused sound, while the sleek design ensures optimal placement or low profile for on-camera productions," said Blue's director of product management Tommy Edwards. "Ember is perfect for home studio creators who want their productions to stand out with rich, professional-quality audio.

The frequency response is between 38Hz to 20kHz, with a sensitivity of 12 mV/PA. Output impedance is 40 ohms, with a rate load impedance of 1k ohm. The maximum sound pressure level is 123 dB. The microphone requires 48V of DC phantom power.

Blue further claims that the Ember can handle loud sound sources, and provide "clean," high-output gain "for even the most dynamic speech and instruments." It will come with a mount for standard microphone stands, but buyers will need to provide stands and/or booms on their own.

Blue's other offerings include the USB Yeti, and Yeti Nano microphones. Apple's iPhone can connect to the Blue Raspberry as well.

The Ember will ship in February for $99.99. Some online retailers may already be offering preorders.

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