In-Depth Blue Spark SL Condenser Microphone Review

Blue Spark SL is the second most popular choice of the podcasters, gamers and vocal singers after the Blue Yeti Microphone. The hype made for this microphone was surreal.

I have used them both of this microphones in my office and have good experience of it. I would love to share the detailed core review of this microphone with you.

Stick with me till the end you will know everything you should know about Blue Spark SL microphone.

There are a few good things which I loved it yet there are a few problems which I personally faced with this mic. HOLD ON!

Blue Microphone company is the standard for making the best microphones out there for gamers, streamers or podcasters.

They have always been producing the microphones that go with the trend. From streaming on YouTube to Twitch to recording the podcasts, Blue Mics will get you covered in everything.

Blue is one of the trusted and reputable brands in the microphone industry. High satisfactory customer service it is what they are most known for.

Blue Spark SL

Based on the original Spark, Blue Spark SL is the world’s best-selling studio condenser microphone. The versatility of this microphone is what made it so famous amongst creators.

Let’s have a detailed look at everything in this microphone.

What’s in the BOX?

If you are curious to know what all the things are included in the box then this section is for you.

Wooden Storage Box

The very first impressions you get when you unbox this microphone are kind of classical. The way they have made it feels special with the wooden box. The wooden storage box for the microphone feels royal and professional as well.

The classy idea of the wooden storage box is something that I loved the most.

Microphone

Obviously, that’s what you have bought. You get this amazing Blue Spark SL Microphone wrapped inside the wooden storage box.

Shock Mount

That is nice. You get the shock mount with 5 – 8 inches adapter. Having a shock mount makes a lot of our work easy. It does help to reduce the vibrations and the noise on the desk as well. Everyone must get the shock mount for their microphones. Blue is giving it to you, that’s a good deal.

Documentations

Yep! I know most of you don’t read this. But you got this. You can read it if you have to understand how it works and all. Although you are getting everything, you need to know over here, so that’s not the need anymore.

You will get some Blue stickers with that which you can use if you want.

Blue Spark SL

Build Quality

Here we will talk about the looks, body and durability of the Blue Spark SL.

Design

The design of this microphone is pretty nice. This design is specific for the Blue microphones. You might get confused with the Blue Spark SL and Bluebird microphone.

The first impressions on this microphone are pretty amazing and you will love it.

There is also the black version called “blackout” is available of this microphone. I will prefer black over red, always!

Metal body

Spark SL has an all-metal body. It has also got the metal grill in the microphone which makes it more durable and reliable as well.

That makes this microphone a bit heavier as well. Although it weighs 336 g and it has 220.5mm x 45mm of dimensions.

Front Impressions

You get the switchable – 100 Hz of high pass filter (which is the core feature of this microphone) and -20dB pad as well. You can control them based on the audio output you want.

Hope you have got an idea about the build quality and the durability of this microphone.

Also check: 5 Best Condenser Microphones Under $300: Reviews

Specifications of Blue Spark SL

There are so many inbuilt specifications available in this microphone to make it versatile. All the technical specifications help make this microphone much better in a different way. All the specs are far better with the ideal benchmarks.

Blue Spark SL microphone is the large-diaphragm studio condenser microphone. It brings much more options while recording.

Spark SL has the cardioid pickup polar pattern which captures the sound perfectly without losing any details and without having any noise. Cardioid polar pattern records all the audio from the front side only to avoid the noise and produces ambient output.

Frequency Response of this microphone is 20Hz to 20KHz, which is ideal for every studio condenser microphone. You can capture almost all types of sounds being the right high and low range pitches as well.

The sensitivity of this microphone is -29 dB which is quite decent and makes it more natural to some sounds.

It has got the output impedance of – 50 Ohms, and the maximum sound pressure level (Max SPL) is 136dB. Which mean you use it for some high-end instruments, but you can’t use it for the acoustic guitars or drums. It will work very fine on the electric guitars.

The noise level of this microphone is 16.4dB-A which is perfect for noise cancellation. Signal to Noise ratio is 73dB-A of this microphone which is also very decent.

Spark SL is the studio condenser microphone, and that is why you will need the external power requirement of about 48 ohms. You can use the phantom power supply to use this microphone.

You can check all the other critical technical specifications of this microphone in the below table.

Blue Spark SL Technical Specifications

Audio Samples of Blue Spark SL

All the audio samples are official and from blue spark SL itself.

This is the vocal audio sample from Spark SL by Sara Niemietz.

Vocal 2 by Julian Coryell

Acoustic Guitar Samples by Julian Coryell

1 Mic Piano Sample by Will Herrington

1 Mic Upright Bass by Jonathan Richards

Vocal + Acoustic Guitar sample by Julian Coryell

I hoe you have got enough idea about the samples as well.

Experience with the microphone

Blue Spark SL is fantastic at the look even better at the sound. You are going to love this microphone if you are going to use it for your studio. I have made the list of 5 Best Studio Microphones Under $100 in 2021. Spark SL can’t be on that list because of the pricing. I would have picked spark SL over all of them for the studio recordings.

Spark SL feels like an entry-level condenser microphone if you compare it with the Blue Yeti. In terms of the usage, it is a much more versatile microphone.

I will suggest you use the pop filter while using this microphone to filter out the best input. I will recommend using the pop filter in almost all the mics you will get.

Spark SL is the condenser microphone, and it captures some of the ambient noises in your studio. Thus, this mic will also do the same. If you do have a quiet environment (studiolike), then there is nothing to worry about at all.

For the electric guitars, it sounds charming. The sound has the aggressions which boosts the sound wherever needed. The low end does not overpower, or it does not become muddy like other microphones.

For acoustic guitars, this microphone does not fit at all. I won’t recommend this microphone for acoustics. The sounds seem to bit distracted in acoustics.

For the singing and vocals, this microphone does the best job. You must have checked the vocal samples of this microphone above. They sound very nice. Air boost and the body of the sound is pretty accurate

-100Hz of high pass filter helps make sound smooth and natural. This gives the best feel for the audio output in the microphone.

For spoken words and recording, this microphone will do decent work. For multiple users, this is not recommended. If you are using it for the podcasts or gaming, then this will do the charms.

For the professional uses, I will tell you to go for the Blue Yeti over Spark SL. But for the stuff like podcasting, gaming or streaming, Spark SL can be your best pick.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Build Quality
  • -29 dB output signal (noise cancellation)
  • smooth and natural sound on vocals
  • the black coloured version
  • sounds cool on electric instrumentals
  • Durable
  • switchable – 100 Hz of high pass filter
Cons
  • Sometimes capture ambient noise
  • NO MORE CONS

FAQ

Is the Blue Spark SL good for vocals?

Yes, it is very good! It sounds smooth and natural for vocals. Due to 100Hz of high pass filter, it gives it more boost and realistic feel. You can also check the audio sample of the vocals.

Which Blue Microphone is good?

There are many Blue Microphones are available in the market. All of them are best at their things. Blue Yeti, Blue Spark SL and Blue Snowball are the some of the popular microphone by Blue.

Does Blue Spark SL need phantom power?

Yes! Blue Spark SL is the condenser microphone. You will need the phantom power supply of 48v for the connectivity.

Is it easy to use?

Yes. Blue Spark SL is very easy and comfortable to use.

Does it sound good?

Yes. Is sounds great! Check the audio samples given on our blog.

Does Blue Spark SL have a comfortable design?

Yes. The design of Blue Spark SL is very eye catchy and all metal body. It is durable as well.

Conclusion

Spark SL has caught attention of many eyeballs and it has performed very well in all the areas.

It can become your good choices if you are into gaming, streaming or something like that. Even for vocals, this microphone does sound the best.

You must have checked the audio samples of this microphone.

I hope that you have got a clear idea about this microphone. If you still feel any doubt, you can always connect with me and I will love to help you out.

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