Blue Microphones Raspberry USB mic aims to deliver studio quality sound anywhere

Blue Microphones has announced a new member to its USB mirophone family, the Raspberry.

The diminutive microphone is designed to bring studio quality audio to podcasts, on-location interviews, live streams, voice-overs, audio for YouTube and music in general.

According to CEO of Blue John Maier: "Raspberry is the ultimate microphone for modern creators looking to extend their recording capabilities beyond the desktop studio,"

The mic features Blue's patent-pending Internal Acoustic Diffuser (IAD), which reduces unwanted environmental noise and focusses on the voice.

"With our patented circuitry and internal acoustic design, Raspberry delivers the performance of a professional studio microphone - anywhere. People today are creating outside the box and outside the studio, and with Raspberry, they have a professional USB and Lightning mic that provides performance to match their ambitions." adds Maier.

Compatible with with any recording app, Raspberry comes with both USB and Lightning cables for plug-and-play operation for iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC.

First impressions

We have had the Raspberry in our possession for a few days now and our initial impressions are that this little mic is certainly built for a life out and about. The construction feels solid and sturdy, pretty much what we've come to expect from Blue products. We've had no dramas with the recordings made so far and look forward to putting it through its paces as we bring you a full review very soon.

The Raspberry is available from 1 November 2016 for £169.99 and more information can be found on the Blue Mics website.

Blue Raspberry 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
Simon Arblaster
Video Producer & Reviews Editor

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.