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Review: Blue’s Raspberry USB/Lighting Mobile Microphone

Amazing sound does come in small packages and it works on your laptop or iOS device.
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Blue's Mobile USB/Lightening Cable Mic - The Raspberry

Blue's Mobile USB/Lightening Cable Mic - The Raspberry

I’ve been a big fan of Blue’s USB mic lineup for a while now, and the Yeti is still one of the go to mics for many mobile journalists, podcasters, and amateur musicians. The only problem with the Yeti is that it's a little big to lug around if you are constantly on the go.

Enter the Raspberry, a truly mobile professional quality USB/Lighting mic that folds up into a compact unit that’s a little longer and fatter than a deck of cards, and easily slips into your bag for safe porting. The mic comes with both a USB and lighting cable that allows you to use it with a laptop/desktop or your iOS device if you are traveling light.

The Raspberry comes with a soft carrying case with plenty of room for both cables, and the mic stand is built in as part of the unit, you just fold out the mic and set it on a table or unscrew it from the base and put it on a proper mic stand (it comes with a mount).

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The Raspberry is equipped with both a gain control and a headphone monitoring out, so it’s quite easy to dial in your sound quickly and make sure the levels are just right.

I’ve been road testing the mic for about a month and have used it for podcasts and recording ambient sounds, below are some recordings using both my iPhone for ambient noise and a simple recording test using the mic in Garage Band.

Ambient Noise Test

The mic was set up on a table outside my family cottage (interior shot above) in rural Michigan in hopes of capturing all the beautiful sounds. I was quite impressed with the outcome, everything from the wind to sounds of various birds and insects are caught quite clearly. This type of recording is by no means this microphones primary function, and there are better more expensive mics for field recording, but the Raspberry holds its own.

Onboard Mic vs. Raspberry

This test is simply to show you the dramatic difference the Raspberry sounds when compared to the onboard mic on my MacBook Pro. Yes, this is obvious, but I wanted to demonstrate the dramatic difference in quality. Whether it’s the Raspberry or the Yeti, if you are serious about your sound you need one of these mics.

Pro’s - Amazing sound for a small portable mic, two cables for use with different devices, built in stand that absorbs surface noise, and monitoring headphone out.

Con’s - If you are looking to record vocals or instruments for your music, the Raspberry might not cut it if you are looking for professional studio quality.

Summary

If you are looking for a highly portable mic that will give you professional sounding audio for voiceovers, podcasting, and interviews then look no further. The Raspberry is one of the best mics on the market. The only other mic that might be appealing is the iMic from Apogee which I’ve also used, but the lack of monitoring outs and the clunky stand put the Raspberry in pole position in my opinion. If you are an amateur musician or producer this mic will also work in a pinch to record vocals and instruments, although most will want to use a bigger studio mic for this type of thing.

More about The Raspberry on Blue's Website.

Note: there has been a recent firm where update, check Blue's site to update.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Power Requirement: Powered via USB or Lightning connector
  • Transducer Type: Electret Condenser, 14mm
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
  • Bit Depth: 16-bit/24-bit
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1/48 kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Adjustable Gain: 0 to +40dB
  • Maximum SPL: 120 dB SPL (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)
  • Mount Thread: 1/4" diameter, 20 threads per inch (standard camera mount)
  • Microphone Stand Adapter: 5/8-27 thread (standard microphone stand mount)
  • Headphone Jack: 3.5mm (1/8 inch)
  • Headphone amp impedance: 32 ohm
  • Dimensions and Weight (Microphone): Weight: 167.1 g; l: 39.5 mm; w: 50.5 mm; h: 123 mm
  • Dimensions and Weight (Microphone with Stand collapsed): Weight: 272.3 g; l: 46.75 mm; w: 58.5 mm; h: 147.5 mm
  • iOS Compatibility: Made for iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPod touch (6th generation), iPod touch (5th generation).

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