Some details have emerged about a new mic blue is working on. Judging by the description, it sounds like a new smaller adaptation of the Reactor mic that came out some time ago with the swiveling head, only this one is smaller and suited for both studio and stage. The only photo obtained is very grainy but like everything Blue makes, has a very unique style. I can’t wait to see more information about this mic.
Blue, a leading innovator in microphone technology and design, confirms reports of the development of a small-diaphragm condenser microphone, code name: Hampton. Designed for both live and studio applications, Hampton is rumored to be exceptional for instrument miking including guitars, percussion, toms, strings and more. Measuring less than eight inches tall with a rotating head, Hampton is designed for optimal placement and convenient adjustment. Featuring Blue’s B1 small-diaphragm, cardioid condenser capsule, Hampton provides warmth and detail that goes beyond the capabilities of a dynamic microphone.
“When we come out with a new microphone, we always look to bring something new to the category and Hampton is no different. We are introducing the rotating head for easy adjustment, without having to reconfigure your mic stands,” said a Blue Microphones insider. “We built Hampton around the renowned B1 small diaphragm capsule then introduced something new for today’s touring and studio musicians.”
It is confirmed that Hampton’s B1 capsule captures exceptional sonic accuracy and extended frequency response. Taking it to the next level, Hampton’s capsule is paired with custom-matched analog circuitry and Class-A discrete components found in Blue’s extensive line of professional microphones for delivering rich detail with high-SPL handling. Hampton’s rugged, compact form factor makes it ideal for both studio and stage use. The rotating head is designed and engineered for convenient adjustment without disrupting the sonic characteristics captured by the mic. Hampton’s cast and machined metal construction is designed specifically for in-studio elegance and on-stage durability.
Inherently well-suited for miking in pairs, Hampton is optimized for multi-mic setups, drum miking, stereo XY and more. Sources inside the company suggest that Hampton will be offered as a single microphone and as a matched pair. The matched pair is said to include a mounting tree in addition to standard mic clips.
Stay tuned for more information coming Spring 2014. To get exclusive updates, visit www.bluemic.com.