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Nessie takes the fear out of great recording by instantly delivering studio-enhanced sound for desktop recording of vocals, instruments, voiceovers and more.


Designed to combat the most common pitfalls of recording, Nessie automatically adapts to whatever you’re recording, applying professional studio processing combined with a built-in pop filter and internal shockmount, to produce expertly finished sound, without the need for additional mixing or editing. Just as the latest point-and-shoot cameras will reduce redeye and automatically adjust focus and exposure for improved photos, Nessie professionally enhances audio so that you get polished music demos, podcasts, interviews, YouTube broadcasts and more, instantly!

The built-in, studio-grade pop filter and shockmount reduce harsh plosives and disruptive rumbling and vibrations, while the adaptive processing, including EQ, de-esser and level control, automatically smoothes and refines your audio in real time.

No matter what you want to record, Nessie takes the guesswork out of great recording!

Nessie’s three flexible recording modes are optimized for richer vocals, more detailed instruments or an option for raw audio for manual post-production editing. Nessie employs a single custom-tuned condenser capsule with a cardioid pattern.

Nessie also features a zero-latency headphone output for direct monitoring, which is critical for eliminating distracting delay, while headphone volume and instant mute are located directly on the microphone. For optimal positioning, Nessie’s head adjusts with serpentine flexibility. Nessie is plug-and-play compatible via USB with both PC and Mac with driverless installation. For mobile recording, you can connect Nessie to iPad using Apple’s camera adapters (30-pin to USB or Lighting to USB) and a powered USB hub, both sold separately.


Nessie’s key features and internal processing are specifically designed to combat the most common pitfalls of recording. The built-in, studio-grade pop filter and shockmount reduce harsh plosives and disruptive rumbling and vibrations, while the adaptive processing, including EQ, de-esser and level control, automatically smoothes and refines your audio in real time. Nessie employs a single custom-tuned condenser capsule with a cardioid pattern. Nessie’s three flexible recording modes are optimized for richer vocals, more detailed instruments or an option for raw audio for manual post-production editing. Nessie features a zero-latency headphone output for direct monitoring, while headphone volume and instant mute are located directly on the microphone. For optimal positioning, Nessie’s head adjusts with serpentine flexibility. Nessie is plug-and-play compatible via USB with both PC and Mac.


Power Required/Consumption: 5V 150mA
Sample Rate: 48 kHz
Bit Rate: 16bit
Capsules: 1 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsule
Polar Patterns: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
Max SPL: 110dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)
 

Impedance:16 ohms
Power Output (RMS): 100 mW
THD: 0.009%
Frequency Response: 15 Hz - 22 kHz
Signal to Noise: 100dB
 

Dimensions (in stand, home position): 3.75”x 3.75” x 10”
Dimensions (max extension): 3.75”x 3.75” x 11.25”
Weight (microphone in stand): 1.4 lbs (.64 kg)
 

PC: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional
USB 1.1/2.0; 64 MB RAM (minimum)
Macintosh: Mac OSX ( 10.4.11 or higher )
USB 1.1/2.0
64 MB RAM (minimum)
 


Read what people have been saying about the nessie.

“You know how you can set a point-and-shoot camera to Auto Mode and it'll do a lot of the tweaking for you to get the best shot possible? Wouldn't it be cool if you could do that for audio? Well, the new Nessie is Blue's first shot at a mic with Auto Mode... It's for people who want their fast recordings to sound better and they want it idiot-proofed. Blue's mics typically sound terrific for the money, so we've got high-hopes for this adorable little guy.” Go
 
“If you have experience issues with audio editing from time to time (as most of us almost certainly do), then you might want to give this new product from Blue Microphones a look. Dubbed Nessie, this new microphone aims to take the hassle out of audio editing and recording, offering a number of features that clean up your recording in real time. That sounds great as far as we’re concerned, especially considering how much of a headache audio editing can be.” Go
 
“Getting sound into a computer is tricky and making things sound good is really hard. Neither of those things used to matter much if you weren’t a professional musician or broadcaster, but these days you can’t spit without hitting someone with their own podcast …The $100 Nessie is designed for people who want good sound without a lot of effort.” Go
 
“This latest offering looks to get cozy on your desktop and lend a hand with vocal, instrument and voiceover recording all while adapting in real time to keep those captures free from extra editing or mixing.” Go
 
“This USB mic adapts in real time, applying professional studio processing, combined with a built-in pop filter and internal shock mount to produce great sound, without the need for additional mixing or editing.” Go
 
“Blue Mic's Nessie will make you a better singer by refining your recordings with built in studio elements.” Go
 
“The Nessie, Blue Microphones’ newest product is an easy-to-use out of the box microphone that delivers studio-enhanced sound for desktop recordings.” Go
 
“Consumers searching for the entry-level usability and pricing with professional audio results will want to check out the Nessie.” Go
 
“A Videomaker Spotlight Award goes to Nessie from Blue Microphones!” Go
 
“Most of us here at TUAW are in love with the products designed and sold by Blue Microphones… Nessie is designed to make all of your recordings sound a lot better than what you'd hear from a standard USB microphone.” Go
 
“Nessie has a lot of tricks up her slender neck from a built-in pop filter, shockmount, automatic equalizer, level controls and more. It seems to be the complete package for anyone who wants to do home recording. And, surprisingly, it will only have a suggested retail price of $99.99” Go
 
“All of this works together to makes sure you don’t have unwanted vibrations, harsh plosives or unwanted volume jumps.” Go
 
“Blue announced on Tuesday Nessie, an adaptive USB microphone that is intended to allow customers with less recording experience to get professional-sounding results…Professional audio engineers spend years learning the intricacies and properties of specific mics, but Nessie is intended address these common issues for those of us who aren't pro engineers.” Go
 

 

 


Nessie adaptive USB microphone compared to generic USB microphone tracked in Apple’s GarageBand on MacBook Pro

 

Sample recorded using Apple's GarageBand on a MacBook Pro with a custom-built Santa Cruz Model H acoustic guitar


 

  


 

Published: 01.07.2013

"Blue Microphones is known for its top notch USB microphones. Heck, the Yeti is a staple around the Engadget compound for recording podcasts and voiceovers. The company's latest, Nessie, continues the audio maven's fascination with cryptozoology while delivering some interesting new features along with another fantastic retro design."

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Published: 01.08.2013

"Blue's at it again this year with another amazingly affordable USB microphone! Take a look at Nessie, the mic that automatically adapts to whatever you're recording with a built-in pop filter and internal shockmount."

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Published: 01.08.2013

"Announced at CES, the USB microphone offers some built-in audio processing. Users can take advantage of a basic limiter, compressor and exciter for their voice work."

 

Published: 01.15.2013

"Blue just has that magic formula of form and function. Nessie is their newest addition to the USB line up. Boasting a host of old and new tricks to improve your home recording, it’s also one of the most artfully designed mics to ever grace a workstation desk."

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Published: 01.10.2013

"The Nessie, Blue Microphones’ newest product, is an easy-to-use out of the box microphone that delivers studio-enhanced sound for desktop recordings."


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