Blue Microphones enCORE 300 Condenser Handheld Cardioid Microphone

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$200
Blue Microphones enCORE 300

Blue Microphones bill the enCORE 300 as their leading live vocal mic.

It has a floating capsule design which reduces handling noise and its cardiod pickup pattern is very good at rejecting sounds that aren't coming from directly in front of it.

Specifications:

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz to 20kHz
  • Proximity Effect:
  • Impedance: 25 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 146 dB
  • Applications: Live vocal and recorded vocals & acoustic guitar
  • Power Requirements: 48v phantom power

Pros

Many reviewers have pointed out that this mic is excellent for recording vocals as well as for live use - some go so far as to say that it's even better used as a recording mic. They generally report that the sound is crisp and clear and sensitive to the nuances of good singers.

Cons

Some users say the proximity effect is too strong and that the low frequencies are emphasized too much when you put your lips right on the mic. There were also a few who were put off by the mic's flat response, which is meant to make the mic work with as many singing styles as possible.

Overall

This is versatile mic that will serve you well for both live performance and recording - some say they've even mic'd clean amps with it. So if you want a relatively transparent microphone that you can use in multiple settings then this is a great option for you.

At the time of publication the enCORE 300 was on our recommended list of Condenser Microphones Under $200.

Blue Microphones enCORE 300 Frequency Response Chart:

Blue Microphones enCORE 300 frequency response chart

Blue Microphones enCORE 300 Polar Pattern Chart:

Blue Microphones enCORE 300 polar pattern chart