If you’re a bit into the microphone world or watch Youtube-videos, you probably already heard about Blue Microphones. They are very popular and for a reason: amazing design, good price and fantastic sound quality!
Today we’re comparing the Blue Yeti, Blue Snowball and Blackout Spark SL. These are probably the three most popular microphones known by content creators.
The Blue Yeti is the most famous microphone for Youtube videos. It delivers AMAZING sound and is very easy to use, but has a lot of functionalities up it’s sleeve. The different patterns (Cardioid, Stereo, Omnidirectional or Bidirectional) give you a lot of options when using this device. There’s a dedicated gain and volume knob and the device comes on a pretty heavy foot. The Yeti has a pretty thick and bassy sound and is perfect for voice-overs.
Blue Snowball iCE
This is the cheaper alternative to the Blue Snowball – which is a cheaper alternative on the Yeti. But that doesn’t make the Blue Snowball iCE a bad microphone. It’s very practical: lightweight, easy to carry and plug and play. No buttons, no nonsense, just a light that indicates it has power. It also comes with a pretty sturdy foot. The iCE produces clear and crisp sound, but lacks a bit of bass. It’s perfect for a very quick voice-over, but it’s more meant as a microphone you’d use for Skype or when going live on Youtube for example.
Blue Blackout Spark SL
The final microphone we’re comparing is the Blackout Spark SL. This is an amazing piece of hardware. It comes in a wooden box: big ups for this! It’s also made out of full metal and looks gorgeous in my opinion. One thing to note is that this is an XLR-microphone, but you can convert the XLR to USB with the Blue Icicle. It has a large diagram cardioid condensor and has some settings. You have a -20dB and a high pass filter to tune out bad noises. Overall the Blackout Spark SL sounds amazing. The sound is clear and crisp and has a good bass to it. I prefer this microphone over the Yeti, since it’s very easy to use stationary and looks professional. However, the difference between the Yeti and Spark SL is not that big that I can recommend one of them over the other.
Conclusion: three very good microphones, but it all comes down to personal taste when listening to sound samples. I’ve put these in the video below. Do let us know which one you prefer!