Blue Microphones' Nessie now available, promises enhanced sound in real time

Blue Microphones' Nessie is now out on the market, months after we took it for a spin at this year's CES. Named after a cryptid like its older sibling the Yeti, Nessie comes with three modes -- one for raw audio, another optimized for richer vocals and one that enhances instrumental music. The company claims the USB microphone delivers studio-enhanced sound in real-time, and you don't need to go through manual post-production unless you chose to record in raw audio. Made to work directly with both PCs and Macs, you can also use Nessie with iPads using a 30-pin to USB or a Lightning to USB adapter. Available now for $99 at Apple's retail and online stores, Nessie will also surface on Best Buy, Guitar Center, and other Blue retailers at a later date. Before you whip out those credit cards, though, check out the sound samples and comparisons recorded using the device after the break.

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Blue Microphones Now Shipping Nessie, Adaptive USB Microphone for Fearless Recording

The first adaptive USB microphone, Nessie takes the guesswork out of great recording by applying fundamental recording techniques in real time for instantly polished results

(Westlake Village, CA – June 13, 2013) - Blue Microphones, a leading innovator in microphone technology and design, announces the availability of Nessie (, the solution for fearless recording that instantly delivers studio-enhanced sound for desktop recording of vocals, instruments, voiceovers and more. Nessie adapts in real time, 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. Nessie, MSRP $99.99, is available immediately in-store at Apple Retail and online at and will be coming soon to Best Buy, Guitar Center and other authorized Blue retailers worldwide.

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 takes the audio guesswork out of great recording.

"We are excited to release Nessie and introduce people to fearless recording with this brand new category of adaptive USB microphones. Nessie not only captures the professional-quality recording you've come to know from Blue, but adds the next step of adaptive studio processing to automatically give you improved recordings," said John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones. "We understand that not everyone has the tools, time, or engineering know-how to get the best recording results. So we designed Nessie to expertly apply the most common, professional techniques instantly, allowing you to concentrate on creating, not recording."

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, 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, connect to iPad using Apple's camera adapters (30-pin to USB or Lighting to USB), sold separately.

Nessie, MSRP $99.99, is available immediately in-store at Apple and online at and will be coming soon to Best Buy, Guitar Center and other authorized Blue retailers worldwide. For more information, visit

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