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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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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.
- Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Sample/Word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
- Frequency Response: 35Hz - 20kHz
- 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)
Top Customer Reviews
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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(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.
(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).Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good sound quality. Used for interactive Webinar (50+ people) and instructor at the other end had no trouble hearing every question at our end.Published 19 days ago by John
All Blue mics are great! I have bought this one and also a snow ball from Blue.. Great professional mics!! I love them!! I give them five stars plus!!!Published 1 month ago by The Man
Got it, plugged in, and it works! Only gave it 4 stars because the packaging was the hardest part. I finally had to get my jackknife out and cut the sucker loose. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Geezer
Worked just great with my Apple "mini" computer. With some help from the folks at Apple, I was able to find this. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PD
Blue makes some great quality mics at fair price point. This little guy is no exception and it comes with built in cable management. Great buy if you need a quality portable mic!Published 2 months ago by Mchua1291
Frequency range pick up is pretty good. However, does not have an attenuation button to prevent feedback.Published 2 months ago by Heinz
Works pretty well. Would recommend it for a desktop microphone.Published 2 months ago by Pat Johnson