There is a stigma associated with hearing your own voice. I don’t know that I know anyone that actually loves hearing their own voice. However, for a lot of people, it is the one thing that makes them money. And that number has only increased since YouTube, and podcasting have come about. Over the holidays, I received a Blue Nessie, as a few people knew I was getting into YouTube and the like. I never understood anything but boom mics hanging off headphones, that is, until now. The Nessie has opened my mind to other methods.
Specifications And Technical Information
First a few notes about the Blue Nessie. If you are looking for something you can mount on a tripod or swivel, this isn’t your bag. This is essentially a “starter” microphone on steroids. It’s meant for a desktop location close to what you are recording. That said, it works for my situation quite well. Have a look at some of the specs here.
The serpentine head moves in a range that totals about 160 degrees of rotation and one inch lower/higher than the standard position. The headphone input is a standard 3.5mm connector, for almost any headphones to be used. The recording mode slider is located between the USB port and the headphone jack. The modes available are vocal, music, or raw; the latter meant for post-processing. The status indicator is a ring below the headphone volume control. When muted, it will blink continuously, and will maintain a solid white light when active. The mic supports Mac and PC machines.
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)
Power Output (RMS): 100 mW
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 )
64 MB RAM (minimum)
The Nessie Experience
Without question, this is the best microphone I’ve used thus far in my audio career. While I said before, a boom mic off a pair of headphones like the Plantronics Gamecom 788’s was as far as I went, the Nessie has challenged what I thought was good reproduction of my voice. Although the documentation states that this is usable on PC or Mac, I can confirm it works on a PS4 plugged into one of its USB ports, with the headphone jack also working perfectly. Since my monitor doesn’t have speakers, the only way I can experience games is with headphones.
While using the Nessie on a live stream, it was great to hear all of the sounds of what I was doing, and my voice sounding more like me and less like “is that me?” Since I have a wheel and pedals, its totally fun to hear the clickity-clack while shifting and accelerating through the mic. While I play Destiny (often), I used the Nessie in the Vault of Glass and Crota’s End to communicate with my teammates. One of the team members told me my voice was “velvety smooth.” That sold me right there.
Here’s my reasoning. PS4 isn’t even “supported,” yet because of the on-board processing and headphone jack, the microphone works, and well. The mute button is similar to some of the newer TVs where you don’t really press the button, it just senses your finger is there. This is super important because hearing a loud clunk when you have to hit the mute button isn’t desirable, especially with the popularity of live streaming now, like on Twitch.
While I can’t verify it’s usability on Mac, as I don’t own one, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it, based on its performance on PC and PS4. This is certainly an audio device I won’t soon give up.