condenser mic Stories November 29, 2015

expiredBlue Condenser Mics: Spark Digital Lightning from $128 (Reg. $200), more

Amazon is offering the Blue Microphones Spark Digital Lightning/USB Condenser mic for $129.95 shipped (matched at B&H, or $2 less Amazon third party). That’s $70 below the original listing and the best price we can find.

In our full review, we found the Spark to be one of the best USB/Lightning mics for your money. You’ll find a control switch for two different capture patterns, volume control, signal gain, a mute, and a headphone jack on the mic for direct “zero-latency” monitoring. It has received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 26 Amazon customers, but just about all of Blue’s mics get great reviews across the board.

If the Lightning Spark doesn’t interest you, we also still have a fantastic price on Blue’s best selling and very highly rated condenser mic right now at Amazon. You can grab the Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone in Silver for $74.99 shipped. That’s nearly $50 below the original listing and the best we can find.

More Music Production/Home Recording Deals:

Along with its musical instruments/production Black Friday deals, Amazon is offering an extra 20% off a long list of gear including guitars, acoustic guitars, accessories, keyboards and more using code MUSIC20OFF at checkout.

condenser mic Stories December 10, 2014

MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone $60 shipped (orig. $170)

Amazon is offering the MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone for $59.99 shipped (“Arrives before Christmas”). Thats $110 under the original listing, $5 under Guitar Center’s used price and the best we can find.

An affordable option for podcasting and home music recording, the 770 has a “high quality” FET preamp and comes with a shock mount and carrying case. It requires phantom power so you’ll need an audio interface to use it (unlike say a USB mic from Blue). But it is also more affordable than most USB options of a similar quality right now.


  • Gold-sputtered, 6-micron, low distortion diaphragm
  • FET preamp with balanced output
  • Switchable bass cut and -10dB pad
  • Legendary MXL sonic characteristics
  • Comes with shock mount and rugged carrying case

It has received a 4.7/5 star rating from over 140 Amazon customers. Keep an eye on Amazon’s Green Monday week sales for deals all week long on production gear and be sure to check out our 2014 gift guide: Making music with your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

More from MXL:

Product Description

The MXL 770 condenser microphone continues to amaze recording artists all over the world with its incredible price/performance ratio. Singers, especially rappers, love the 770 for its solid bass, as well as its upfront high-end. The MXL 770 even uses a high quality FET preamp with balanced output for a wide dynamic range. This is a perfect piece for seasoned pros or newbie musicians who want a quality condenser mic that won’t break the bank.

From the Manufacturer

The MXL 770 rocks! The MXL 770 is a big-bodied condenser microphone with a silky up-front high end and a solid low frequency sound – great for recording hard-hitting rap and rock. The MXL 770 has a FET preamp with balanced output for a wide dynamic range. Use the 770 for vocals, instruments and broadcast. It gives musicians and vocalists amazing versatility and performance in a budget-friendly, impressive looking piece. The patented MXL 770 Condenser Mic is wired with Mogami for exceptional sound quality.

condenser mic Stories July 21, 2014

expiredBlue Condenser Mics: Nessie $59 shipped (Reg. $100), Yeti Pro $168 shipped (Reg. $200+)

Amazon is offering some nice price on Blue microphones today starting off with the Blue Microphones NESSIE Adaptive USB Condenser Microphone for $59.13 shipped. That’s more than $50 or 46% under the original price, more than $41 under some trusted retailers (Apple/Best Buy/Mac Mall), $10 under the next best price and the lowest we’ve seen this mic go for from a trusted retailer.

It can be a great and affordable option for quality vocals and voiceover work, as well basic instrument recording and high quality video conference calls. It also boasts a built-in shock-mount and pop screen to improve recordings (and negating the need to purchase these accessories separately) as well as a cardioid pattern capsule and headphone monitoring system with no latency. The Nessie has received a 4.2/5 star rating on Amazon.

The Blue Microphones Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone is $167.35 shipped on Amazon today. That’s more than $81 off the original price, $25 better than the next best price from trusted retailers, and the lowest we’ve seen the Yeti Pro model go for.

It features four different polar pattern settings: Cardioid, Stereo, Bi Directional and Omnidirectional to ensure the best quality recording in different situations, as well as a “cutting-edge A-D converter chip and separate analog circuit path, built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and supports recordings at up to 24 bit/192 kHz.

It comes with a USB cable and a stereo XLR breakout cable in the box and has received a 3.8/5 star rating among over 110 Amazon customers.

condenser mic Stories June 23, 2014

expirediRig PRO Mac/iOS recording bundle w/ interface, mic, headphones, cables: $189 shipped (Reg. $300)

As part of its Flash Deal of the Day, Guitar Center is offering the IK Multimedia iRig PRO Recording Studio bundle for $189 shipped. That’s $110 or 36% off the regular asking price and the lowest we’ve ever seen this starter recording bundle offered for. Buying each of these pieces of gear individually, without the headphones and the mic, will run you over $210. The interface on its own is regular $150 (currently $135 on Amazon) and has received a 4.4/5 star rating among Amazon customers.

Inside the package you get the iRig Pro audio interface with mic, guitar and midi inputs, a “studio-quality” phantom-powered condenser mic, the iKlip Pro Studio iPad stand and a pair of noise isolation headphones. You’ll also find an XLR mic cable, a 1/4-inch guitar cable, as well as IK’s iLine Mono Output Adapter and Stereo Aux adapter. ***This bundle does not include the midi extension cable for using midi controllers.

There’s some software in the deal as well: AmpliTube MultiTrack Recorder and Studio for iOS, as well as AmpliTube 3, T-Racks Classic, SampleTank XT, and AmpliTube Metal for Mac.

The iRig line of mobile and Mac friendly recording gear has generally received great reviews and can be both an excellent starter recording option and a simple/inexpensive way for more experienced musicians and producers to record on the-go. This kit can also be quite useful for those looking to get a decent sound for business voice chatting and things of that nature.

condenser mic Stories December 7, 2013

Blue Microphones Snowball USB-sale-05

Update: The Blue Microphones Snowball iCE Condenser Mic has now gone up to $50.

Amazon is offering some great prices on Blue Snowball USB condenser mic options right now. You can grab the dual capsule Blue Microphones Snowball USB mic for just $49 shipped, that’s $50 off the regular $100 price tag, the best current price we can find, and the lowest Amazon has offered it for since this time last year.

Today’s deal is available in textured white, brushed aluminum, and glossy black, the other colors are currently set at $70. It features a dual capsule design offering both omnidirectional and cardioid options allowing the mic to better suit your particular room and set-up. It also comes with the USB cable and a desktop stand. This mic works great for both Mac and PC and has received a 4.3/5 star rating on Amazon.

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