The Stage One is Blue Microphones' most accessible Class A discrete solid state mic with a foundation for interchangeable capsules. Compared to similar microphones, the Stage One has a very low self noise specificaiton (<7.5 dB) and a very high output level (+12 dBV), making it the perfect choice for today's high sample rate/deep word length digital platforms. Instead of integrated circuits (chips), the Stage One employs a transformless Class A discrete amplifier circuit to ensure the most accurate and noise-free signal possible, with minimal distortion and coloration. The Stage One is an ideal microphone for recording virtually any sound source.Designed for the most discerning recordists, the Interchangeable Capsule series contains microphones capable of providing a wide palette of tonal characteristics and pickup patterns to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes. The series integrates the best of Blue's discrete Class A circuitry with a unique and revolutionary system of interchangeable capsules that provide the engineer a wide range of potential tonal characteristics. This series is employed in the world's most respected studios, and is recognized by industry insiders as the world's premiere microphone system.