Blue Blackout Spark SL pro podcasting, recording condenser mic

Blue Blackout Spark SLBlue has just let me know about their newest, and possibly coolest professional condenser microphone, the Blackout Spark SL.

Yes, it’s a black mic from Blue, but its spec sheet looks just as good as the mic does.

Blackout Spark SL microphone

The Blackout Spark SL is an XLR condenser mic designed for professional recording and game streaming.

This should be of particular interest to any gamers, podcasters or YouTubers who are ready to upgrade their home recording or streaming setup to a full broadcast studio level.


Blue Blackout Spark SL ShockmountFor a start, this new mic is packing an XLR connection, rather than USB. This is perfect to plug in to mixing desks, professional recording interfaces, and the like.

[amazon_link asins=’B074379C7Q’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’gadgnews-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=”]You can, of course, hook up on of Blue’s lovely Icicle interfaces too.

The Blackout Spark SL promises superb detail and rich harmonic audio that will bring pristine broadcast sound to any home studio or desktop setup.

You also get a custom designed JFET condenser capsule. This will deliver consistent, detailed and transparent sound for a wide range of recording scenarios.

The cardioid-only polar pattern greatly reduces pickup of background noise. This is ideally employed for recording a single gamer, speaker, or vocalist.

Blue Blackout Spark SL stationA 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. Furthermore, the 100Hz high-pass filter eliminates rumble or other low noises from desktops or noisy environments.

Additionally, the Blackout Spark SL comes with a shockmount for easy connection to a boom arm or mic stand.


Hrishikesh Hirway, host and creator of popular podcasts The West Wing Weekly and Song Exploder, states:

Spark really captures the detail in your voice and gives a great listening experience to your audience.”

Tommy Edwards, director of product management at Blue Microphones, adds:

For those who are looking to upgrade from their Yeti or USB mic to a more professional grade at home setup, the Blackout Spark is ideally suited to take your recording to the next level. Blackout Spark SL makes it easy to elevate gaming and streaming to the competitive level, create podcasts that stand out from the rest, and enhance YouTube videos with pristine broadcast studio sound.”

Price and availability

Blackout Spark SL, MSRP £169.99, is now available at

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