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Best Professional Streaming/Recording Mic: Blackout Spark SL

Blue, a 20-year leading innovator in audio technology and creators of the world’s #1 USB microphones announced the Blackout Spark SL in 2017, an XLR condenser mic designed for professional recording and game streaming. I even started using this one myself with my little soundboard! For gamers, podcasters or YouTubers who are ready to upgrade their home recording or streaming setup to a full broadcast studio level, Blackout Spark SL brings Blue’s legendary studio sound to any space. Featuring a professional XLR connection that integrates perfectly with USB interfaces and mixers, Blackout Spark SL delivers superb detail and rich harmonic audio that will bring pristine broadcast sound to any home studio or desktop setup.

Designed for versatility, the Blackout Spark SL’s custom-designed JFET condenser capsule delivers consistent, detailed and transparent sound for a wide range of recording scenarios. The cardioid only polar pattern greatly reduces pickup of background noise, and excels at recording a single gamer, speaker, or vocalist. A 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad bring professional versatility to any project with the flip of a switch. The -20dB pad keeps voice clear and crisp when things get intense on a stream, while the 100Hz high-pass filter eliminates rumble or other low noises from desktops or noisy environments. The Blackout Spark SL comes with a shockmount for easy connection to a boom arm or mic stand.

The Blackout Spark SL retails for $199.99.

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