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Blue Microphones Snowflake USB Microphone

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  • Professional quality portable USB for recording on the go
  • Unique design fits on your desktop or laptop
  • Perfect for podcasting, internet telophony, voice recognition software, movie narration, music
  • Compatible with Mac and PC; plug-and-play, requires no additional drivers
  • Includes USB cable
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.4 x 2.5 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (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: B0012AUHXW
  • Item model number: SNOWFLAKE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

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Featuring Blue Microphones' renowned circuitry, the Snowflake is a professional quality portable mic that combines a USB bus powered capsule with a class compliant design to make the Snowflake truly plug and play on both Mac and PC. Not just an eye-catching design, the Snowflake is highly functional. The mic folds into a single compact case which also houses a USB cable for easy transport in a laptop bag or even a pocket. Unfolded, the case serves as a desktop stand or a laptop clip, making the Snowflake a natural for everything from podcasting, calling over the web, narrating a home video, or sketching out a song idea on the go.

Where Do You Put It?
The Snowflake's unique design allows you to place it on a desk or flat surface near your computer, or mounted to the screen of most laptops. Gently grasp the top and bottom halves of the Snowflake mounting box and slide them away from each other (figure 1, on the right). You'll find the USB cable snugly fit inside. The top half of the mount can then be positioned on any flat surface (figure 2), or hung over the back of most laptops (figure 3). The Snowflake capsule also pivots back and forth and rotates side-to-side for optimal positioning.

When not in use, just disconnect the USB cable and store it in the mounting box, sliding both haves together to close. When traveling with the Snowflake, gently swivel the active side of the round capsule head (with the metal grille) so that it faces down and into the box (figure 4). This will help protect the precision capsule from damage.

Technical Specs

  • Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Sample/Word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz - 20kHz

System Requirements

  • Macintosh: Mac OSX; USB 1.0 or 2.0; 64MB RAM (minimum)
  • Windows: Vista or XP; USB 1.0 or 2.0; 64MB RAM (minimum)

Product Description

What good is that super-portable laptop if you have to lug around a bulky mic and desktop stand with it? You need Blue's Snowflake! This mic actually folds up —and includes its own built-in clip and stand! Plug in the Snowflake and get started podcasting, talking to your friends, recording, or working with voice-recognition software. It works with both Macs and PCs, and it sounds awesome. Really, you wouldn't expect such a compact and affordable little mic to work this well, but Blue doesn't build clunkers. This thing rocks. Get one!


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The sound is very clear.
Tamsin R. Gregory
This time both computers acknowledged that it was plugged in but got the error that the device was not compatible with Windows.
normanmystic
The Snowflake is solid and seems very well made.
Michael McKee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

179 of 191 people found the following review helpful By James Francis on September 19, 2008
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If you are looking for an inexpensive but high quality, small & portable, USB microphone, the Blue Snowflake is a great choice. Blue Microphones Snowflake USB Microphone
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By bwc on April 17, 2008
I have been testing USB mics for the past week for use with a web-based seminar ("webinar") program we run at my company. I needed a mic small enough that I could ship it to remote presenters, with excellent audio quality and super simple setup (our speakers are not audio pros). Today, I found that mic, the Blue Snowflake. It folds into its own case for protection, and the USB cable fits inside too. The package is about the size of two decks of cards, stacked. The case opens to allow you to stand it on a desk, or hang it from an upright laptop display. Both sounded great, the display mount a little better, because of the better positioning.

We've been doing our seminars through higher-end, XLR and this is not as good as them, but costs much less and works over USB. I have the Blue Snowball as well (I also recommend), which I use for podcast recording and in my tests this sounded as good (if not better) for the narration style recording we will be doing.

On our Macs (10.5 and below) it's plug and play - plug in and select the mic as the Input mic in the System Preferences, and you're done. Whatever app can accept audio on your machine, can use this. These seminars use a Flash-based audio system, and it picked up the mic instantly. You may have to adjust the Input level in the system prefs, depending on your app, and it's controls.

Downside: the mic pivot on my unit is a little loose, so I have to be careful placing it. The USB cable is stiff enough to stabilize it though. Once it's set, I don't fear it will move, unless hit.

I bought mine at an AppleStore (on a whim, I had been thinking about buying one to test) for $79. I have no regrets at that price, so considering that at the time of this writing, the price here is $20 cheaper, I think this mic is a phenomenal value. Especially if you've used common USB headset mics with their miserable sound.
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186 of 210 people found the following review helpful By zemes on August 13, 2008
It is a good design, but I find myself not liking it as much as others seem. It works well mostly, and looks cute, but is also quite obviously flawed.

Pros:

(1) Convenience and mobility. No need to wear a headset or handhold a mic.
(2) Sound quality much better than built-in microphones.
(3) Built-in soundcard (A/D converter) with quite good quality. No need to worry about the humming noises of laptop internal sound cards, and no need to mess with external sound cards.
(4) USB compatibility. Truly plug-and-play.
(5) Pretty good build quality, better than most consumer products.
(6) Good-looking.

Cons:

(1) Picks up too much ambient sound. Even a slight wind generates unacceptably high level of background noise. Completely unusable outdoors. Consider to use it only in a quiet room. This is partly because of the far placement required of this mic (much further from the mouth than a handheld mic and therefore the gain level has to be set high to pick up the sound), and partly because of the mic's design itself. This microphone is supposed to be unidirectional, but its ability to reject ambient sound is not even remotely close to that of handhold microphones I've used, not to even mention microphones that have noise cancellation mechanisms.

I believe this microphone was designed with conflicting goals which forced compromises. When it comes to microphones, there are two very different types of uses. The first type is the recording of a single source from a single direction (such as an individual speaker's voice), the second type is the recording of multiple sources from multiple directions (such as a conference room).
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2008
I've had this a couple of days and am totally impressed. The sound quality is very good. You might not want to make that important demo CD of your band with it but for voice it is excellent. I've tried it to record my guitar but I just hear how bad I am so can't give an objective report on its music capabilities beyond saying they seem reasonable. I've recorded a couple of podcasts with it. The results are good. It's nice that it allows me to not wear a headset, when out of the office, which I just don't like to do. I have Blue Microphone's Snowball mic in my office for recording but that is not at all something I'd want to carry around and set up for portable audio.

The Snowflake is solid and seems very well made. It's just fits in my laptop bag, which is the reason I bought it. I'm doing more and more of my work on my MacBook, so a good quality mic is welcome. It opens up to stand on its own on a desk or clips to my computer lid. I put it right beside the built in video camera. It seems semi-directional. It seems to pick up everything in front of is and not too much from behind. And I don't have to lean in close or speak loudly to be heard. Three feet away works just fine.

This morning I used the Snowflake USB microphone to allow an absent member of my writer's group to participate via Skype. We've done this before, using the built in mic in my MacBook. Prior results doing this were marginal. Each time we've done so the person on the other end often had to ask for things to be repeated. Not today. Our absent member asked what was so different because everybody sounded so clear.
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