Published on January 15th, 2014 | by Greg0
Nessie: Blue Microphone’s Cute USB Microphone
We don’t produce a regular podcast here at TrulyNet, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting (and using) a good microphone for everything from Skype calls to video voiceovers. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose microphone, you have plenty of options- but the best types of mics are condenser mics, with shockmounts to reduce the effect of vibrations.
The Blue Microphones Nessie takes professional features and brings them to a more affordable, sub-$100 price point, without too many compromises. The finish is still sleek, even if it’s plastic instead of metal, and the base is nicely weighted. Simply plug in via USB- no drivers required- and you’ll believe the myths: a good mic doesn’t need to cost a fortune.
There are a lot of automatic enhancements going on- adaptive processing “including EQ, de-esser and level control” that “automatically smoothes and refines your audio in real time”. Audio purists will likely frown at this, but those who simply want an easy, noise-free, well-balanced audio track primarily of them speaking will find the Nessie ideal. And even the purists will find an option for raw audio, via a switch on the back. You can connect your headphones via a rear port for zero latency direct monitoring, perfect for trying to match levels and keep them even while recording. And the head of the unit is adjustable for flexibility, though you might want to have a wrench handy to tighten it as it can come loose pretty easily.
It’s not as versatile as the Yeti, one of our favorite Blue Microphones products, or as sensitive as the beautiful Spark Digital and in our tests it didn’t remove all of the echo from a room, so you might need to do some post-processing still. But the Nessie was clever, functional, and a great entry-level microphone that offers much more than the basics. Add a professional touch to your podcasts or other audio with the Nessie, available now for around $90.