Blue Microphones has expanded their en·CORE live stage microphone series with the addition of the en·CORE 100i, a versatile and rugged instrument microphone. "With the en·CORE 100i, we have taken our stage vocal mic technology and tailored it to instrument applications," said John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones. "Now, the entire band and background vocalists can enjoy the quality and capabilities of the en·CORE series, whether it's in a club, church, or stadium." The en·CORE 100i gets its technology and rugged good looks from the en·CORE 100 dynamic vocal microphone, but is designed with a wider and flatter frequency response to capture a variety of instruments and tighter polar pattern to reduce off-axis noise. The mic is built around Blue's proprietary dynamic capsule with a custom- designed diaphragm and coil windings that are matched to a tuned acoustic circuit, custom-built transformer for low noise, and high-pass filter to reduce stage rumble. These matched components provide an accurate and consistent sound even at high volume levels on stage. While sporting a smaller grille for easy placement in tight spaces, the 100i shares the same road-worthy build as the en·CORE 100 and 200, with a reinforced guard ring to protect the capsule, heavy cast zinc barrel for incredible strength, and electroplated and hardened paint finishes for scratch resistance. Small side vents add to the unique look of the en·CORE 100i while reducing resonances inside the capsule chamber and aiding in low frequency response. The en·CORE 100i will be available in February 2010 for $89 MSRP at authorized Blue Microphone retailers.