Lightning version now available
Spark Digital is the world's first studio condenser microphone to offer both USB and iPad connectivity. Expanding on the professional and sound of Blue's Spark XLR studio microphone, Spark Digital features the same studio-grade condenser capsule and hand-tuned components for high-fidelity recording and consistence performance in any situation– vocals, drums, piano, speech, location recording and more.
Spark Digital also includes the Focus Control, providing two different sonic options in one mic at the push of a button. Complete with an adjustable desk stand and built-in shockmount, Spark Digital also includes y-cables for each platform with a headphone jack for zero-latency real-time monitoring. With a full range of recording capabilities, Spark Digital turns your iPad into a true mobile studio.
- Blue's legendary studio condenser capsule and electronic components
- Plug 'n play for iPad, Mac and PC – no drivers needed
- Works with GarageBand™ and other recording applications
- Focus Control switch offers two sonic signatures in one mic
- Headphone jack for zero-latency real-time monitoring
- Onboard control for volume, gain and instant mute
- LED meter provides visual feedback
Spark Digital is currently shipping in both 30-pin and Lightning versions.
Please check with your retailer for availability.
The Focus Control provides two different usage modes: the Normal mode (off position) providing increased low frequency sensitivity for recordings with great impact and definition, along with the Focus mode (on position) for even greater clarity and detail.
The Focus Control functions differently than a standard high-pass or low-pass filter– it changes the input driver of the capsule rather than the signal output of the microphone circuit. This avoids coloring or degrading the signal quality coming out of the Spark microphone like low or high pass filters can. Specifically, the Focus Control alters the voltage loading of the capsule, which alters the capsule's dynamic frequency response, changing the capsule's behavior in a way that's more nuanced than a standard filter acting on a microphone's output. The result is a change to Spark's frequency response curve as well as the dynamic properties of the capsule (response to transients), providing two different mic characteristics.
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Taking mobile recording to the professional level, Spark Digital features the same studio-grade condenser capsule and hand-selected components as the original, analog Spark, for high-fidelity recording and consistent performance in any situation. Spark Digital delivers the same detailed audio found in the original Spark, making it ideal for a wide range of sources. See what the pros have said about Spark...
Spark Digital works with most all popular iOS Recording Apps
Spark Digital is instantly recognized for use with any audio or video application. To fully benefit from the quality Spark Digital offers, we recommend using a high-quality recording app like one of those listed below, since Apple's built-in Voice Memos app records at a lower bit rate.
Here's a list of some of the most popular recording apps in the app store. If you have a favorite recording app for iPhone or iPad, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter.
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Acoustic Guitar and Male Vocal
spark digital FAQ
What's the difference between Spark Digital and Yeti or Yeti Pro?
Spark Digital is the only mic that directly connects via a 30-pin/Lightning or USB-- an advantage if you want to switch between working on an iPad or a computer. Spark Digital also has a larger diaphragm capsule and only one pattern-- less versatility than Yeti or Yeti Pro, but more fidelity and sensitivity. It is more focused on typical recording uses like vocals, podcasting, near-field instruments, etc.
Does Spark Digital work with iPhone or iPod?
Yes! Spark Digital ships in 30-pin and Lightning versions. Please see your retailer for availability. Details of iOS device compatibility can be found here.
Does Spark Digital sound the same as Spark?
Yes. Spark Digital uses the same capsule and analog preamplifier stage design as the original analog Spark. Because the mic also performs the A-D conversion, it provides complete control over the sound quality before it goes into the iPad as digital data, making the sound quality consistent.
Why does Spark Digital have a headphone jack when iPad already has one?
The headphone jack provides zero-latency monitoring of the mic signal, which isn't possible with the iPad. This makes it usable for serious studio work. Moreover, the headphone D-A and amplification is higher quality than what is already built in the iPad or any computer.
How long are the included cables?
Spark Digital includes y-cables for USB, 30-pin or Lightning and headphones. The headphone jack is three feet long, while the signal cables are nine feet long.
How adjustable is the gain and headphone volume?
Both are adjusted with the large knob on the front of Spark Digital. Headphone volume can be adjusted by 24 steps and can drive most professional headphones. There are ten gain control steps allowing the mic to handle ~60- ~120dB.
Does it work with other shockmounts? Does it take a pop filter?
Yes, Spark Digital uses the threaded mount common to most of Blue's professional mics, so it is compatible with most other Blue studio shockmounts. The custom pop filter and studio shockmount for Spark are available as optional accessories for Spark Digital by contacting Blue's Service Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Limited Offer for Lightning Cable
If you purchased Spark Digital with the 30‐pin connector cable on or after August 1, 2013, you’re eligible for a free Lightning cable. To redeem this offer, please have a scan or photograph of your dated receipt (proof of purchase) ready to upload.
If you purchased Spark Digital with the 30‐pin connector cable before August 1, 2013 you can purchase a Lightning cable for $28 by emailing email@example.com.
If you purchased Spark Digital with a Lightning cable but need a 30‐pin connector cable for an older iOS device, you can purchase this cable for $28 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Spark Digital Studio Accessory Bundle includes a custom pop filter and traditional shockmount. The custom designed pop filter will cut down on plosive sounds in your recordings, while the traditional shockmount uses the microphones threaded mount and connects to a standard threaded microphone mount. Please email email@example.com.
"Overall: works as advertised, was easy to use, great sound. Very happy with my purchase."
Devon D via Apple
"If best sound quality is important (which it is for me) then the Spark wins easily."
Alexander P via Apple
"I recorded acoustic guitar and vocals, sounds amazing! Big reason I bought this over other iPad mics was the headphone output – can’t really use headphones on a multi-track session on Garage Band without it."
Chris-P via Apple
"I bought the Blue Spark Digital as a way to quickly lay down rough tracks & demo quality recordings for an upcoming record I wanted to have professionally done. The Blue Spark met and exceeded my expectations so much, that I'm considering making my album using this microphone and my iPad!"
L. Jaster via Amazon
"Since I have my iPad with me at all times now, it is great that I can get a great microphone that will work with it so I can record on the go."
User via AudioFanzine.com
"Blue microphone does it again. A great new addition to my home voice over studio."
BellaVoxProductions via B&H Photo Video
"It has proven to be everything I had hoped it would be and more. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a quality USB mic for not a ton of money! "
Sue Nason via Sweetwater
"It works wonderfully for everything I have tried with a well-rounded sound capture that I suspect will recover any good acoustic sound well especially with the focus switch."
Peter Seiler via Sweetwater
"Sounds fantastic on acoustic guitars, and even my voice, which generally prefers a good old SM57, comes through nicely, especially with the focus control turned on."
Pax via Sweetwater