Blue Microphones RobbieItem ID: Robbie
Single-Channel Class A Discrete Tube Microphone and Instrument Preamplifier
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A Blue Class-A Preamp For YouBecause of its retro-futuristic look, Robbie The Mic Pre was named for Robbie The Robot from the old science fiction movie, Forbidden Planet. But that's where the similarity ends. Robbie is BLUE's new Class A discrete tube microphone and instrument preamp, incorporating all of the technical quality and design innovation that goes into BLUE's award-winning microphones.
BLUE Robbie the Mic Pre at a Glance:
One of the quietest tube preamps ever!
With no ICs and only the highest quality discrete components, Robbie is one of the quietest (-131 dB EIN @ 50 ohms) and most detailed (THD 0.006%) tube preamps we've heard. It features audiophile-grade ultra low-noise metal film resistors and polystyrene capacitors, and provides you with the best of solid-state and tube technology: an electronically balanced, fully discrete input stage, a tube gain stage (ECC88 twin triode), and an electronically balanced solid-state output stage. There is no switching crossover distortion anywhere in the completely balanced audio signal path. And if that's not enough, Robbie achieves an amazing 34dB headroom before clipping!
Super-simple controls with pad and phantom power
Robbie's front panel features only a large backlit potentiometer (gain) and 1/4" hi-Z instrument input. On the back of Robbie, you'll find the power cable input, power switch, balanced XLR mic input, balanced XLR line output, polarity switch, -20dB pad, input selector switch (mic/instrument), and phantom power on/off.
Unique design and shape but still rackable
Shortly after Robbie's arrival (on this planet), BLUE created a special optional shelf for those who wish to rackmount the uniquely-shaped Robbie. Racked or not, Robbie is receiving rave reviews!
BLUE Robbie the Mic Pre Features:
Robbie is an astonishingly great tube preamp!
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Reviewsbased on 12 reviews
Robbie Hits a Home Run
by Louis Febre from Southern CaliforniaI needed a single channel mic pre for an assortment of "everyday" applications in my studio, and Blue Microphones Robbie, although unusual in the looks department, fit the bill. Of course I expected a... read more [+] clean, capable pre, but Robbie actually blew me away. Sure, there's an absence of knobs that may deter some, but if what you need is a mic pre that will do justice to a quality microphone like the Manley Gold Reference, then look no further. close [-]
October 7, 2011
Music Background: Composer
by Malki Means King from Berkeley, CAPerfect preamp, it adds a warm tone to the microphone signal and keeps the recording crystal clear. Worth more than the price tag IMO. Built well and it looks like a famous robot (hence the name), rea... read more [+]lly catches peoples attention in my studio! I recommend using it with a high quality condenser mic such as the "Blue Kiwi" but it will work well on any mic. Try it yourself. For the price, this is the best preamp around. close [-]
May 5, 2011
Music Background: Artist, Engineer, Producer, CEO
What a pair!
by Luke from MichiganI have to say, I was pretty excited to finally get this preamp after purchasing the Kiwi about 10 weeks prior and mailing in the rebate. It really gave me a chance to see what the Kiwi had to offer o... read more [+]n other preamps before I could pair the two.
December 29, 2010
Music Background: Lead Vocalist/Guitarist
Little to my surprise, the combination was nothing short of beautiful. The sound quality is fantastic. I really love how something so simple control-wise crushes competing preamps.
Now because I really only wanted this preamp to use for vocals I definitely give it 5 stars in that category. As far as running instruments in the studio setting through the Robbie I didn't find that it really had as much to offer as other preamps that I have used. So for now i'm bypassing this when we record instrumentals.
But hey! This thing is well worth the purchase!! close [-]
It's like a radio DJ, looks funny but sounds great!
by Gilbert Jorgenson from TexasInstead of buying a $3000 pre amp, buy 3 of these instead. You'll even have enough cash left over to buy dinner and drinks for the crew!
November 11, 2010
Music Background: Studio Owner
This is a no brainer, it sounds just as good as an Aval... read more [+]on 737 or better and its a fraction of the price! What else do you need it to do? Pay your rent and tuck you in at night? close [-]
by: Geoff Allen
The Blue Robbie was always an item that intrigued me. I consistently heard amazing results when... read more »
Christopher , Savannah, GA
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