Blue handheld mic
Encore 100(vocal) and instrument 100i(instruments)
They are almost identical, the vocal handles mid really well. The instrument is more highs and lows.
Encore 200 pretty much best dynamic mic I use. It’s just as bombproof as Shute SM. It can handle just about anything on stage.
Encore 300 definitely best handheld mic. It’s a condenser mic that requires phantom power but this mic just kick ass. I think it’s the mic they use on “The Voice”.
On to the condenser mic
I’m going to skip the Spark and Yeti they have now become a minimum standard for entry level digital recording. Great bang for the buck but not a whole lot of sparkles anymore.
very task specific mic, great for podcast stuff. Though many are using for vocal(singing) and instruments mic with great result.
another great vocal mic that can excel with instrument recording. It’s been my favorite mic for years. I got my first one since it came out when it was still made in USA. Great for modern type vocal recording. You’d need a decent preamp to bring out its full potential.
great classic/Vintage tone super cool mic for vocal. Great for female voice. Great mid.
Unique look, multiple pattern very versatile. I believe this is the heaviest mic Blue ever made. Not boom mic stand friendly unless you have a very high end one. Best package under $500(retail)
It was the best Blue mic I own. It handles sound pressure level very well very easy to mic and dialing the sweet spot. Great for just about anything but definitely love anything with lowend, bass drum, bass cab. It seems to bring richness out of your voice. My friend borrow this for a commercial voice over project and it was awesome.
Best mic I own. It seems to love everything male, female@r. X , acoustic guitar, amp. I don’t have another $2000 mic to compare to, though I have done many projects with the 3 most popular Neumann’s models the TLM 102&103 and the U87, my bias towards Blue would not allow me to favor Neumann over Blue, lol.
Robbie mic Pre
Well it’s the only mic preamp I’ve use so I have nothing to compare with. It, being tube amp the operative word has to be warmth, lol. It has plenty of power, very clean and quiet and most importantly, it looks very cool.
My personal thoughts, most of us mere mortals can’t tell much of a difference between any 2 mic unless it’s side by side and unprocessed. It makes even less difference when running them through interface and $200 monitor. The biggest difference is during the recording process. Unique and/or attractive looking mics like Blue seems to bring out the extra effort from the performers.
A Shure KSMxxx sounds great but doesn’t look very good and who can tell the difference between Neumann M49 to the TLM 102 or U67 to U87, only 3 people cares, the producer, the engineer and the bloke who paid for it, lol.
My best advice for any one who’s interested is to get the BlueBird or BlueBird SL with a decent mic pre best bang for the buck, and for $250-$300 used Reactor is just excellent.
Sorry I hope it’s informative.