Blue Microphones Kiwi Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone with Hand-Built Capsule
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Delivers a Distinctive Sound All Its Own

With its discrete Class A architecture and versatile multi-pattern design, the Blue Microphones Kiwi is one of the rare workhorse mics that the discerning professional engineer clientele at Sweetwater has sworn by for over a decade. This solid-state microphone features one of Blue's amazing B6 capsules and one of the purest possible signal paths, providing you with a delightfully broad frequency response that's untarnished by audible noise or distortion. Add to that nine distinct polar patterns, and you'll find yourself reaching for your Blue Kiwi condenser microphone all the time.

Blue Microphones Kiwi Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • An excellent condenser microphone for any sound source
  • Multi-pattern design lets you record in any kind of environment
  • Bundled with the essential accessories you need
An excellent condenser microphone for any sound source

No really, we mean it. Like many Blue microphones, the Kiwi has found a home in the Sweetwater Studios mic vault and made its appearance on countless recordings. Its lush yet mostly transparent sound has made it a hit for vocals, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar cabinets, whereas its open sound and extended frequency response makes a pair of Kiwis a natural choice for piano or drum overheads. Its low distortion and nearly nonexistent proximity effect have come in handy for close miking brass and wind instruments as well, and when you set it to omni in front of a precision rig, you get both detailed direct sound and full-sounding room sound all at the same time. You just can't beat that kind of flexibility!

Multi-pattern design lets you record in any kind of environment

Unlike many multi-pattern condenser mics, which feature three or maybe five polar patterns, the Blue Kiwi offers a whopping nine total pattern options, including several in-between settings. The immediate appeal of being able to tighten up your cardioid pattern enough to totally isolate a single instrument in a loud environment is an obvious enough way in which this particular feature can come in handy, but one trick we've found that you may not have considered is the ability to widen the cardioid shape to deliberately capture some, but not all, of the room ambience when you're tracking a single instrument. Omni, cardioid, figure-8, and everything in between - whatever your needs may be, the Blue Kiwi delivers.

Bundled with the essential accessories you need

Don't you just hate it when you buy a piece of gear and immediately need to order some essential accessory? Blue gets that, which is why they make it a habit to include the essential accessories you need with their mics. In the case of the Blue Kiwi, you get both a lovely wood storage case and a shockmount. The box is made of lovely cherry and comes lined in rich velvet that protects your Kiwi in transit. The shockmount is Blue's The Shock, which does an excellent job of decoupling your mic from your mic stand to ward off low-frequency rumble that can ruin your recordings.

Blue Microphones Kiwi Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone Features:
  • A true studio workhorse studio microphone you can use on any source in any setup
  • Discrete Class A signal path delivers clear sound with an extremely broad frequency response
  • Blue's B6 large-diaphragm condenser capsule provides 9 distinct polar patterns for maximum flexibility
  • Modern solid-state architecture gives you rich lows, balanced mid-range, and an airy presence in the highs
  • Ships complete with a velvet-lined cherry wood box and Blue's The Shock shockmount
  • Requires +48 phantom power
Discover just how amazing a single mic can be with a Blue Kiwi multi-pattern condenser microphone!

Additional Media

Kiwi User Manual
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 0.94" (24mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 138dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 85.5dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 8.5dB (A weighted)
Color Green
Connector XLR
Weight 1.94 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Wood Box
Manufacturer Part Number KIWI

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

An Amazing Mic

I bought this mic while I was still able to get the Robbie as a package deal and I must say, I am blown away. I can't believe how true to the sound source this is. I've used it on my voice and a couple of other singers and I feel it does a great job representing the true sound coming out. Paired with a Robbie or Focusrite ISA, you get an amazingly quite mic with lots of headroom. I have no regrets, this being my first high high end microphone that I've purchased.
Music background: Singer, Songwriting, Composer, Arranger, Audio Tech
5/5

Great Microphone!!

I was looking for a microphone that would compliment two emcees with dramatically different voices. This microphone HANDS DOWN beat every mic in it's price range - I can mic just about anything with my Kiwi and it comes out sounding great. A good quality tube pre with this mic really brings out the smiles (I use a UA 2610).
Music background: Recording Engineer, Producer, Composer, Emcee, DJ
5/5

Blue Kiwi Rocks.....

Simply the best mic for the money... I took advantage of the Free Robbie Rebate ... and the two together are amazing... Great on Vocals and Amazing on Sax..... Pretty much can use this as the only mic for multi tracked recording... thing stack up very well....
Music background: Emmy Award Winning Audio Engineer.... (and I'm modest too...)
5/5

Amazing... High end sound.

I record vocals, mainly hip hop/rap in my home studio. I have been recording for 4+ years now and have had the opportunity to use some great mics.. Manley reference mic... u87... TLM series... Many rodes... Just to name a few.. None were as flattering and versatile as the Kiwi. I also took advantage of the free robbie rebate deal, and I couldn'e believe my ears when the pre finally arrived (took nearly 3 months). Seems to be the perfect combo... The high end tube with the high end solid state is the way to go, you can get pure sound when you want it, or a nice colorful tube sound, and have the ability to adjust the polar pattern on the mic as an added bonus. Don't listen to all the hipe about neumanns and other high end mics, and the avalon or UA pre's, that are supposedly industry standards... Go BLUE and you'll never look back!!
Music background: Recording for years...
5/5

BEST MIC EVER!

I had the opportunity to record on this mic late last year during a trip to a studio in Cleveland, and i was blown away! The way the microphone made my voice punch through the mix totally impressed me. A few months ago I bought it for myself, and haven't regretted it since. It is the envy of every rapper that comes into my basement studio, I would recommend this mic to anyone looking to step their game up. I have it running into my MacBook Pro through my MBox2, and I am amazed how good the quality is. I could only imagine what this mic is gonna sound like when I have enough cash to get the Robbie.....Stop shopping around, and BUY THIS MIC!!!
Music background: Student, Rapper

Sweetwater Advice

Jeremy Clifford

As a vocalist, I'm extremely picky about what mic I use to record myself. The Blue Kiwi gives me the pristine sound I am looking for. And with nine polar patterns, it also brings a versatility that no studio should go without. This is my go-to recommendation for for customers wanting to kick it up a notch.

Aaron Rom

My first experience with the Blue Kiwi was with a female vocalist who had a really powerful and dynamic voice. The mic handled everything she gave it, and captured a performance that almost made me and everyone else in the room forget that we were there to do a job, because this mic - coupled with the vocalist - did most of the work for us! Needless to say, it's now one of my favorites!

Matt Emick

The Kiwi is perhaps my favorite multi-pattern condenser microphone. It has an amazing top end that seems to extend into the stratosphere, as well as a very detailed clear midrange that makes it a perfect vocal mic.

Carson McClain

A lot of customers ask me what mic will give them a better sound on their vocals, yet also work well to record their instrument. Look no further than the Blue Kiwi, because this mic is amazing. If you want to take your recordings up 5 notches, this is your mic. I'm very impressed with the way it handles my vocals and how it sounds on the acoustic guitars that I record.
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