One tech company, above many others, has managed to carve its way through the pandemic. If anything, the pandemic has proven to be a driving force for Logitech as it propelled the company serving a whole new market of competent working innovators who need enterprise-quality hardware that is easy to use and easy on the eye.
The latest products from Logitech for Creators are the great new Logitech Blue Sona Dynamic XLR Microphone and Litra Beam, an innovative light source designed with live broadcasters and home workers in mind who want to look their best when broadcasting or participating in meetings.
The new Logitech Blue Sona is a separate product for Logitech’s blue microphone division. In my opinion, this premium active dynamic microphone with a professional XLR connector is a potential competitor to the popular Shure SM7B microphone, which seems to be the preferred choice of almost every podcaster, especially those who shoot their own podcasts.
The Blue Sona is a reinvention of the traditional broadcast microphone. Its sleek, modern design with beautifully rounded corner radius is an eye-catching device, particularly its side-hanging yoke, which gives the Blue Sona a modern feel. The Blue Sona is unusual in that, despite being a dynamic microphone, it requires 24 or 48 volts phantom power from an audio interface to function properly, just like a condenser microphone.
Phantom power is used to drive Blue Sona’s ClearAmp technology. This technology means that the microphone does not require a Cloud Lifter or other gain booster and provides 25 dB of boost. It’s refreshing to be able to use a microphone without having to dial the gain to the max. The added gain results in a wonderfully low-noise floor and a wonderfully rich tone, ideal for broadcasting.
In addition to being an easy-to-drive mic, Logitech has introduced Bass Cut and Presence Boost switches into the mic body behind an innovative magnetic lid bearing the Logi logo. As a result, there can be no doubt that Logitech is gently transitioning from Blue to the Logi brand.
Other advanced features with the Logitech Blue Sona include a dual diaphragm capsule and an ultra-cardioid pickup pattern for precise front-end performance. This polar pickup pattern puts sounds in close focus while eliminating unwanted vibrations, keyboard clicks and general background noise. In addition, the capsule is so well insulated that there is no need to mount shocks.
Logitech has included a black windshield and a Logitech for Creators orange version, which makes the microphone look great on the camera. Blue Sona is available in either off-white or graphite finishes. The contemporary and modern design looks stunning and is different from almost any other microphone on the market.
Placing the Blue Sona is a breeze as it comes with a side-mounted 290-degree swivel that offers plenty of placement opportunities. The Blue Sona attaches nicely to the Logitech Compass boom arm and an XLR jack mounts to the microphone body, creating a much neater on-screen effect than the Shure SM7B. If I had any criticism, I’d like to see the XLR jack positioned so that the right angle XLR cable is aligned vertically rather than 90 degrees.
According to Soren Pedersen, Senior Product Manager at Logitech For Creators: “The Blue Sona is built for creators. From its compact speakerphone to its sleek camera-ready design, the Blue Sona differs from other XLR microphones on the market.”
Verdict: The Logitech for Creators Blue Sona dynamic microphone is probably the best blue microphone to date. Rich, deep sound, easy gain levels, and low ground noise make it an ideal microphone for voiceovers, live broadcasts and broadcasts. I think it’s a worthy competitor to the SM7B from Shure and worth considering if you want a different look but the same great sound quality and dynamic microphone characteristics. It is highly recommended.
Litra Beam Premium Desktop Light Flux
The new Litra Beam desktop key light was launched along with the Blue Sona microphone. This innovative lamp follows from Logitech’s Litra Glow which was released as early as 2022. The Litra Beam is a 3-way adjustable desktop stand with height, tilt and swivel functions, providing endless positioning flexibility so the user can shape the light and direct it carefully.
Because it’s a virtually long light source – rather than the usual ring design – the Logitech Litra Beam covers a large area and can create mood and tone by positioning and adjusting one or more Litra Beams in a studio setting for a range of professional lighting techniques.
Creators can adjust their lighting using the buttons on the back of the Litra Beam. The buttons provide quick access to five brightness levels, five color temperature levels (warm candlelight to cool blue) and continuous stepless adjustment across the entire range, from 2700K-6500K. It’s also possible to get more light control with the Logitech G HUB desktop app, which allows for even more adjustments.
“Digital content has become more like cinematography,” says Arnaud Perret-Gentil, Senior Global Head of Product for Logitech For Creators. “We designed the Litra Beam to do more than provide balanced LED lighting but enable desktop broadcasters and creators to shape and direct that light to control the mood and expression of their content.”
Broadcasters and creators can adjust the lighting using the buttons on the back of the Litra Beam. This allows quick access to five brightness settings, five color temperature settings (warm candlelight to cool blue) and continuous stepless adjustment across the entire range, from 2700K-6500K.
For even more control and convenience, Logitech also offers the Logitech G HUB desktop app, allowing for more brightness flexibility using Kelvins’ percentage and color temperature values. The software can control one or more Litra bundles by storing and recalling lighting presets.
The Litra Beam uses Logitech’s TrueSoft technology, which delivers full-spectrum LED light without any flicker and with cinematic color accuracy. TrueSoft delivers great natural color balance across all skin tones. I noticed, for once, that my face didn’t look like a tomato on the screen, so I’ll get one.
The Litra Beam frameless diffuser emits light widely, eliminating harsh shadows and is certified safe for all-day broadcasting, after passing stringent UL testing guidelines. The LEDs on the Litra Beam can be powered by almost any computer that has a USB-A port or by connecting it to a USB charger.
There is some clever cable management built into the Litra Beam and despite the length of the light source, the integrated footplate keeps the lamp perfectly stable. However, since there are three tripod leads on the light, it is possible to mount the Litra Beam to almost any stand.
Verdict: The Litra Beam is a versatile lighting solution for live broadcasts and podcasts or for participating in video meetings. The control buttons on the back of the light source are easy to find and use. The quality of the light is outstanding in terms of being flicker-free and color fidelity. This high quality light source is an excellent alternative to harsh ring light. The fact that it can be used and controlled using Logitech’s G HUB software means that live stream creators can set up a variety of lighting effects with multiple Litra units, all of which can be controlled with the click of a mouse using presets stored in the G HUB.
Pricing and Availability: Logitech Blue Sona active dynamic microphone is now available And the It costs $349.99 / £349.99 / €349, while the Litra Beam costs It will retail for $99.99 / £119 / €119 and is also available from September 21.
More information: www.logitech.com
Logitech Blue Sauna
- Transducer type: dynamic.
- Polar pattern: over my heart.
- Frequency response: 40Hz-18kHz.
- Sensitivity: 20.97mV/Pa at 1 kHz.
- THD+N: 0.06% at 1 kHz, 94 dB
- Signal to Noise: 69.9dB A-wt.
- Maximum sound pressure level: 129 dB SPL at 1% THD, 138 dB SPL at 5% THD.
- Power requirements: +48V or +24V phantom power.
- Dimensions: 185 x 165 x 67 mm.
- Weight: 615 grams.
Logitech Litera Beam
- Color temperature range: 2700K – 6500K (K).
- Output: 320 lumens max.
- Color Rendering Index: 93 CRI with a high R9 value for skin tones.
- Lens: Precision optics lens.
- Publisher: Frameless.
- Compatible with Logitech G HUB software.
- Desktop stand: Three 1/4-20 mounting points.
- Extendable arm: 37 to 61.5 cm.
- Dimensions: 400 x 30 x 30 mm.