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Review: Blue enCORE 300 Microphone

Can Blue’s stage condenser microphone help take your vocal sound to the next level? -asks Chris Kennedy

Item: Blue enCORE 300, Handheld Condenser Microphone

Price: US $199, UK £179

Mic Scale: 4/5

At A Glance: The enCORE 300 is Blue’s flagship condenser performance microphone. It has an open and detailed sound that is designed not just for use with vocals on stage but also for use in the studio.  The mic requires phantom power and comes with a stand adaptor and soft carrying case.

High Notes: The enCORE 300 has a reinforced chassis that not only looks great, but is designed to withstand the rigours of touring and minimise handling noise. Its frequency response is tailored to enhance and add clarity to vocals and, with a maximum SPL figure of 146db, is a good match for powerful singers. The enCORE 300 has a cardioid pattern which offers good off-axis rejection to minimise feedback on stage although, as is typical with condenser microphones, this is not quite as good as some dynamic mics.

Off Pitch: With a price tag around double that of the ‘industry standard’ SM58 dynamic mic, some singers may find it hard to justify the extra expense for purely live use at small venues.  Also, although it provides reasonable resistance to plosives (those annoying ‘p’ and ‘b’ sounds), singers who like to get very close to the mic may experience slightly more unwanted popping artefacts than when compared to some other live microphones.

A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The Blue enCORE 300 is an excellent sounding microphone that is designed to bring out the best in your voice. When compared with a typical dynamic microphone, the enCORE 300 has a much fuller sound with a wide frequency response for rich lows that add warmth and enhanced highs that increase vocal clarity. Overall the enCORE 300 is an impressive microphone, however if you are in the market for a live condenser mic make sure to also check out Shure’s SM86, Sennheiser’s E865 and the AKG C5.

Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.bluemic.com

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