Over five years in development, the Woodpecker is the only choice when searching for the smoky, warm, classic sound of a ribbon, but without sacrificing the bright presence of top-end. The Woodpecker is designed to deliver the wide frequency response needed in today’s modern recording environment. With its focused mid-range, ultra-smooth top end and outstanding bass response, the Woodpecker captures the essence of any recorded sound. It also excels at ambient recording, capturing room tone with the most intimate detail.
The Woodpecker was designed to provide the smooth, intimate sound associated with the most sought-after (and expensive) vintage ribbon microphones. With its focused mid-range and outstanding bass response, the Woodpecker captures the essence of any recorded sound. The Woodpecker also excels at ambient recording, capturing room tone with the most intimate detail — whether for rock drums, guitars or vocals — any application where some natural space in the recording is desired.
To get the most out of this, or any quality microphone, it is essential to pair it with a good microphone pream- plifier. Most professional recordists prefer to have outboard preamps on hand, and will choose solid-state or vacuum tube models based on their unique characteristics. To maintain the integrity of your signal, try using Blue’s Cranberry, Blueberry or Kiwi high-definition mic cable along with Blue’s outstanding Class-A vacuum tube mic preamp, Robbie. And, whenever possible, connect your pre’s output directly to your recorder or A/D converter, bypassing the mixing board and any unnecessary compo- nents. The Woodpecker also includes a custom-designed gold-accented shockmount to isolate the transducer from the recording environment and reduce unwanted low-frequency resonance or rumble.
The Woodpecker requires 48 volt phantom power, which is standard with most mic preamps, mixing consoles, or separate phantom power supplies. It is important to note that some units, though rated at 48 volts, may supply insufficient or unstable phantom power, which can result in distortion and/or degraded performance when used with the Woodpecker.
To avoid damage to audio components when connecting phantom power, follow this simple procedure: 1) Turn down the mic preamp gain, head- phones, and your studio monitors; 2) Connect microphone cable to the Woodpecker and microphone input jack; 3) Turn on phantom power; 4) Turn up the mic preamp gain, etc. To disconnect or re-route the Woodpecker: 1) Turn down the mic preamp gain, headphones, and your studio monitors; 2) Turn off phantom power and wait ten seconds before disconnecting the mic.
As a pressure-gradient ribbon microphone, the Woodpecker exhibits a bidirectional, or “figure-8” polar pattern. This means that the Woodpecker will respond equally to on-axis sounds arriving at either the front or rear of the mic with nearly 100% rejection of sounds arriving at either “null point” (90° off-axis). As with any microphone, we recommend experimenting with placement in front of the various sound sources you wish to record. Chances are, if the mic sounds good to your ears, it’ll sound good to everyone else’s, but we certainly encourage trying out different placement scenarios in order to achieve that “perfect” sound. Below are some of the recording tips that we’ve found useful over our many years of studio experience.
Because the Woodpecker’s exterior is genuine wood, no two will be alike! A high degree of variability in woodgrain patterns means that Woodpeckers may differ greatly from one another, and may not look exactly like the ones shown in the man- ual. So enjoy your particular Woodpecker — there’s not another one exactly like it in the world!