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OmnidirectionalCardioidBidirectionalRed Microphones Type B

Detachable-Capsule Condenser Microphone

The Red’s Type B was an inexpensive Class A discrete solid state (FET) mic designed for Red by Blue Microphones as a foundation for interchangeable capsules.

The mic was packaged with a neutrally-voiced capsule initially known as the Red Lollipop Capsule, later renamed the R8, still later relaunched as the Blue B8 Bottlecap. Its non-colored sound was recommended for “applications ranging from vocals to electric and acoustic guitars, close-miking of drums, drum overheads, percussion, piano, horns, strings and any other applications where crystal-clear sound quality and detail is of the upmost concern.”

The Type B kit also included the Type B Accessory Pak, with Blue’s 20-AWG Cranberry mic cable and Type B Shockmount.

The Type B head amp has a bayonet mount that can accommodate a variety of capsules, from BLUE (branded either BLUE or RED), from Violet Design, and vintage Neumann/Gefell capsules.

Compared to similar microphones, The Type B has a very low self noise specification (<7.5dB) and high output level (+12dBV). The Type B employs a transformerless Class A discrete amplifier circuit; the output employs three transistors in lieu of a transformer.

Note: the Red Type B does not need an external power supply — just phantom power.

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In 2008, the Red Type B was relaunched as the Blue Bottle Rocket Stage One; the nine Red R0-R8 capsules, including the Red Lollipop Capsule (which became the R8), have been rebranded as the Blue Bottle Caps, B0-B8.

To add to the rainbow, some of Violet Designs’ VIN series of “Vintage” capsules are likely identical to some of the Blue capsules. The B2 appears to be a VIN44; the B3 appears to be a VIN89; the B5 appears to be a VIN55, although in all cases, construction and sound may well differ.

EQ Magazine

The mic amplifier body is based loosely on the original Neumann CMV condenser microphone…

Using a cardioid capsule, there is a certain immediacy to the midrange that makes instruments sound pleasant and present. The highs are exceptionally clear without being annoyingly detailed. The low end is amazing — very round and extended.

The Type B … really surpassed all expectations.

As of late 2007, pricing on the Type B was as follows:

  • $999 MSRP, $699 street for the Type B body and a single capsule (e.g. the R8)
  • ~$600 for each additional capsule

The Red Microphones Type B is also known as: typeb.

Specifications

Compatible Capsules
Blue Microphones B0 Large Diaphragm BottlecapCardioid Blue Microphones B0 Large Diaphragm Bottlecap
24mm large diaphragm Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20-20,000 Hz
MSRP: $649 | Still In Production
Blue Microphones B1 Small Diaphragm BottlecapCardioid Blue Microphones B1 Small Diaphragm Bottlecap
18mm Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 35 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $649 | Still In Production
Blue Microphones B2 Figure-of-8 Lg Diaphragm BottlecapBidirectional Blue Microphones B2 Figure-of-8 Lg Diaphragm Bottlecap
24mm large diaphragm Bidirectional capsule
Sensitivity: mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 35 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $649.95 | Still In Production
Blue Microphones B3 Cardioid Mid-Size Diaphragm BottlecapCardioid Blue Microphones B3 Cardioid Mid-Size Diaphragm Bottlecap
22mm Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $649 | Still In Production
Blue Microphones B4 Perspex Sphere Pressure Omni Small Diaphragm BottlecapOmnidirectional Blue Microphones B4 Perspex Sphere Pressure Omni Small Diaphragm Bottlecap
18mm Omnidirectional capsule
Sensitivity: mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $849 | Still In Production
Blue Microphones B5 Pressure Omni Large Diaphragm BottlecapOmnidirectional Blue Microphones B5 Pressure Omni Large Diaphragm Bottlecap
25mm large diaphragm Omnidirectional capsule
Sensitivity: mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 35 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $649 | Still In Production
Blue Microphones B6 Cardioid Large Diaphragm Dual Backplate BottlecapCardioid Blue Microphones B6 Cardioid Large Diaphragm Dual Backplate Bottlecap
24mm large diaphragm Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20 - 18,000 Hz
MSRP: $649.95 | Still In Production
Blue Microphones B7 Cardioid Large Diaphragm Single Backplate BottlecapCardioid Blue Microphones B7 Cardioid Large Diaphragm Single Backplate Bottlecap
24mm large diaphragm Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $649.95 | Still In Production
Blue Microphones B8Cardioid Blue Microphones B8
25mm large diaphragm Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $595 | Still In Production
Violet Design Ltd. VIN12Cardioid Violet Design Ltd. VIN12
26mm large diaphragm Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: n/a mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $1027 | Still In Production
Violet Design Ltd. VIN26Cardioid Violet Design Ltd. VIN26
26mm large diaphragm Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: n/a mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $1027 | Still In Production
Violet Design Ltd. VIN27Cardioid Violet Design Ltd. VIN27
27mm large diaphragm Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: n/a mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 22 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $1027 | Still In Production
Violet Design Ltd. VIN44Bidirectional Violet Design Ltd. VIN44
26mm large diaphragm Bidirectional capsule
Sensitivity: n/a mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 28 - 10,000 Hz
MSRP: $1027 | Still In Production
Violet Design Ltd. VIN47Cardioid Violet Design Ltd. VIN47
26mm large diaphragm Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: n/a mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $1068 | Still In Production
Violet Design Ltd. VIN55Omnidirectional Violet Design Ltd. VIN55
26mm large diaphragm Omnidirectional capsule
Sensitivity: n/a mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 24 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $1027 | Still In Production
Violet Design Ltd. VIN67Cardioid Violet Design Ltd. VIN67
26mm large diaphragm Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: n/a mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $1068 | Still In Production
Violet Design Ltd. VIN89Cardioid Violet Design Ltd. VIN89
22mm Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: n/a mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $1068 | Still In Production
Pads & Filters Impedance SPL/Noise
n/a 50 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 138 dB
Self-noise: 7.5 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
472g (16.65oz) 200mm (7.87'') 45mm (1.77'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 35-48v

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