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Blue Announces Hummingbird, Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone With Rotating Head

Adjustable head allows for 180 degrees of rotation so users can set the mic at any angle without adjusting the stand

Blue Microphones has announced Hummingbird, a versatile and precision-engineered Class A small-diaphragm microphone with an adjustable pivoting head that allows for 180 degrees of rotation so users can set the mic at any angle without adjusting the stand.

With a precisely tuned diaphragm based on Blue’s B1 capsule, Hummingbird is very responsive and delivers extended frequency response, making it a studio and stage solution for drum overheads, acoustic guitar, strings, harp, or any other instrument with fast transients and rich overtones.

“With fast transient response, high SPL handling and extended high frequency, Hummingbird is an exceptional small diaphragm microphone. To take it further, we designed the capsule to rotate 180 degrees for easy placement and now you have an undeniable weapon for drum overheads, acoustic guitar, piano and more,” says Tommy Edwards, director of product management at Blue. “Like its avian counterpart, the Hummingbird is compact, able to fit precisely into tight spaces, and can nimbly change positions where others can’t.”

Equipped with a premium pressure gradient cardioid capsule based on Blue’s “B1” capsule—from the flagship “interchangeable” Bottle Caps —and a proprietary Class A, fully discrete circuit, Hummingbird offers balanced character with plenty of high end. With no ICs in the signal path, the mic exhibits great detail and a low noise floor.

Inspired by the Dragonfly and Mouse microphones, the unique 180-degree pivoting head enables free range of motion for fast and precise positioning. When using two Hummingbirds as stereo overheads, the 180-degree rotating head allows an engineer to dial in the stereo field in seconds.

Hummingbird comes with a road-ready protective carrying case, along with a mic clip and foam wind screen. At a U.S. MSRP of $299, it will be available in spring 2015 at authorized Blue retailers.

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