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Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone (Brushed Aluminum)

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  • USB Output: The USB output enables direct integration with a desktop or laptop computer, allowing CD-quality recording
  • Dual Capsule Design: The dual capsule design incorporates omnidirectional and cardioid elements to give you a choice
  • -10dB Pad: A -10dB pad switch eliminates noise and distortion when capturing signals at extreme volume levels
  • Accessories Included: A desktop stand and USB cable are included so you can begin recording right away
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Product Details

Color: Brushed Aluminum
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 7.9 x 10 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B002OO333Q
  • Item model number: SNOWBALL-BA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,339 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 19, 2005

Product Description


Specifications
  • Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
  • Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional or Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 40 - 18,000 Hz
  • Sample/Bit Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 Bit
  • Weight: 460g
  • Dimensions: 325mm circumference

Blue Microphones Snowball

USB Condenser Microphone

Finally, a USB mic that's not only easy to use, but sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. Meet the Snowball; the world's first professional USB mic.

The Snowball is a direct plug'n'play mic that connects to either a Mac or PC – no additional software is needed. With its dual capsule design and unique three-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad and omni), the Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band — and it’s ideal for podcasting.

Whether you're recording a guitar at your kitchen table or a complete band in the studio, the Snowball can capture it with detail unheard of before in a USB mic.

  • Plug and play design
  • Professional studio quality performance
  • Mac & PC compatible
  • Blue's renowned circuit and unique two-capsule design
  • Switchable mic patterns
  • Great for podcasting
  • Includes custom mic stand and USB cable


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Customer Reviews

The tripod stand that comes with it is very sturdy.
C. J. Bockay
Blue Snowballs are one of the best entry-level mics for serious podcasters who want to upgrade from using a headset or low quality microphone to record.
Cold's Gold Factory (Cold)
Blue's support offered no help except to suggest that return the product for a refund.
Jeremiah

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

462 of 469 people found the following review helpful By Bob Tobias #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 18, 2010
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I've been using this Mic a little over a month and am very impressed with it. What I want to do is add some value to the many reviews that have already been posted. But first, let's get past the obvious good points:

This thing looks way cool. It's a nice techno-retro mix that I really like. It sounds great (with one caveat mentioned below. The price is very reasonable. The build quality is solid. They evey provide a heavy duty USB cable. If you need a mic and are looking for tremendous value this will fit the bill.

The audio issue I had, and I'm not alone, is that while the quality is outstanding the output level is a tad low. I contacted Blue support and learned that a fix will be released soon. Until then it's a matter of speaking up a bit or turning up the gain on whatever audio processing software you're using.

Now, to address some issues raised by other reviewers... My mic was new stock, serial number 092xxx. I plugged it into my Windows 7 (64 bit) system and it "played" right away. The stand is fine. (If you want to replace it then the On Stage DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand, Black seems like a nice option. However, I like being able to keep a pad of post-its on my desk below the stand :)

Finally, some suggestions. I've been using audacity, a free, feature rich audio editor. Windows recorder is fine and I can't see any reason not to use audacity instead. Also, while a replacement stand is a possible add-on to consider, you should first look into a pop filter. I use the
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911 of 944 people found the following review helpful By Robert Taylor on April 21, 2009
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Always hold it close to your mouth to eliminate echo and get that deep, rich satin voice you're looking for!
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467 of 496 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Normington on April 17, 2009
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Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone Bundle

This video demonstrates how the Blue Snowball microphone sounds and its different modes.

I have read some reviews that stated that the microphone had problems working with Vista. I did this review on a Vista PC. There is a product FAQ for this mic on [...] that states that after a certain serial number (starting in 2007) the mic was updated and now supports Vista. I can attest to that as I had no problems setting it up. I just plugged it in and it worked.
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272 of 292 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Rygelski on May 24, 2006
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Okay, I own a lot of microphones. I am very picky when it comes to sound and I would gladly waste $40 in gas to return a microphone that just didn't have the sound I expect. I was delighted to hear the quality of this USB mic! It has a great clarity to it, without being "tinny" or "crispy", and without sacrificing on the lows either. No "boomy" or "hollow" sound, just a nice clean and full-range quality that I expect from my $500-range microphones (but thankfully, without having to fool with an audio interface or goofy proprietary driver software!) What a great find... plug it in and it is ready to record!!

If you are looking for an intelligent, clean, affordable microphone for voice-over projects, podcasts, quick-and-easy live recording (with your laptop, of course), or open-mic music composition before dragging all the gear out to record a full-blown multitrack, this is the best money can buy in this category. Not to mention, it looks great sitting on your desk! BLUE has definitely convinced me to buy again, solid construction and solid sound (and no stupid drivers like Samson's USB garbage). Maybe next I'll get a Bluebird or Baby Bottle, this company is worth a closer look now that I've heard the very smooth sound of their entry level -- BLUE has got my attention!!
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Martin on January 3, 2007
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I started a podcast series based on Shakespeare's works and on major works of English literature (SHAKESPodosphEARE) for my students in Cincinnati earlier this year, and I started with a cheap mic/headset. It did the trick for the early episodes; I was just exploring whether or not my students would find full-text readings and recorded lectures useful, and they did. As a result, I wanted to find a higher quality way to record both readings of his plays and my lectures, and the Snowball was the perfect solution. It's easy to use (plugs in to your USB port), can be transported from one locale to another easily, and is an economical way to get high quality audio recordings. I've used it mainly for voice, but I've since incorporated some music into the podcast, and it's done a nice job of picking up my acoustic guitar and students' vocals.

NB: I use Audacity (which is a free download), and an HP Tablet PC, and for some reason I needed to do a firmware upgrade because at first the Snowball wasn't picking up sound at a high enough volume. It is a pretty simple process if you're tech savvy. Go to Blue's website for details.

If you're interested in listening to the differences between a cheap headset and the Snowball, check out my podcast at [...] . Listen to one of the early episodes (early Sept. of 2006) on which I used the basic mic (what comes with most Desktops), and then listen to a later episode (in which I use the Snowball). I'd recommend listening to an early Othello episode (1.1) and then a later Julius Caesar episode. My shows on The Tempest (also recorded with the Snowball) include sound effects, which may make it hard to hear the difference.
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