The Blue Mouse is quickly becoming one of my favorite microphones! It puts the vocals where they need to be (up front and present) with almost no effort. I almost feel like I am cheating when I use this mic. Be sure to add a Blue Quad cable to get the most out of any mic!
This is a swiss army knife in the studio. Of coarse it works great on Vocals and Guitars, but it has a great effect on Kicks, Bass, and Snares. I no longer need to use a SM57 as the only go to mic for snares. Throw this on top of the snare, and pair it with a 441 or 421 and enjoy drum heaven.
This is a super cool mic. It's great on acoustics for a very rich sound. It can worl well on vocals with the right vocalist. My favorite use for this mic is to place a pair about 2 feet off the ground out in front of a kit and use them for close room mics when I have a brighter pair of distant room mics. Unless you're going for a darker sound on the kit. Awesome mic
I go through a lot of mics for my voice. I have a deep tenorish side to my vocals with a resonant when I hit the high notes that desn't translate well into most mics or preamps for that matter. Harsh! My last 3 mics were a Pearlman TM1. The stock capsule was too bright so I put in a real K67 and it was better but still too bright. Then a real M7 and that did the trick! I won't even go into what the mic cost me in the long run. I bought a blue mouse (transformer version) at the time I still owned the TM1 and compared the two mics and found that they had a very similar sound. In fact with a tad less eq in the mids, the mouse sounded better to me. I wound up selling both mics during a $$ woes and bought a Advanced audio CM47 with stock capsule. I know the reviews this mic gets but this mic was the worst I have heard for my voice. Very forward to the point of hurting my ears. I spoke with Dave the builder of this mic about it (nice guy by the way) and he said that's how it was designed to sound. Well, that may work for some folks but it's not my cup of tea. I finally bought another Mouse and it's nice to have it back. I sounds beautiful on my voice with even a cheap meek VC1Q channel strip. nough said! It has tuns of it's own color but that color is pure vintage. You just can't go wrong with this mic. Build quality is as solid as they come. I reccomend the shock with this mic.
Transformer version sounds different
I've gone through a lot of mics trying to sound acceptable since I'm not a great vocalist. I had a royal bluee transformer version, which I sold for some reason, then rediscovered the track and needed to get that mic again. Alas, they only make the transformer-less (black-colored) version now. I bought one of those, then later scored a transformer version, and bought that, so now I have both versions. On vocals, there's a deadness to the black one that the royal blue one does not have, although on drum and bass, the black one is much better. Shannon Rhoades (MicRehab) tuned the royal blue one's capsule to my voice and now it's even better! I love this mic! It has a center-terminated capsule, even though I usually sound better on edge-terminated mics like the Blueberry. Odd, but I'll go with the sound!
great sounding mic
great mic with a 'different' flavor and very smooth sound. great mic for male vocals of any kind- rap, pop, rock, etc. also works great on acoustic guitar, low toms, bass and kick. very up front, great proximity effect that lends itself to the sound, and needs very little e.q. to sound great. female vocals are not its strong point, though certainly usable. clean guitar sounds good, distorted guitar also not its strong point. overall, a great mic with many uses that will compliment most anyones mic cabinet.
This is my gloss mic. Whenever I want to get the sheen on a pop or R&B vocal, I reach for the Mouse. It's great on male vocalists, and really shines for "on the radio" type voiceover sounds. Its got a ton of bottom and a slightly hyped hi end. Not neutral by any means. But it is nowhere nearly as stabby or spitty as a 414TLII. Just use a big pop filter for this guy. It can blow out easy. Compared to the U87s I've recorded with, I'd say this is a good "substitute". The Mouse is a little warmer to my ears, but that's just me. Great company, too. They really care about talking to customers personally.
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