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Blue Snowball iCE USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC and Mac, Cardioid Condenser Capsule, Adjustable Stand, Plug and Play – Black
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About this item
- Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio for Skype, Messages and FaceTime
- Record vocals, create podcasts, and add narration to your home movies
- Add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube. Frequency Response: 40 –18 kHz
- Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC-no drivers to install
- Snowball ice is a USB 2.0 device (USB 3.0 compatible as per USB 3.0 backward compatibility specification).Sample/word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
- Note: Refer the User Manual before use.
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Blue’s Snowball ice are the fastest, easiest way to get high-quality sound for recording and streaming. Its custom cardioid condenser capsule delivers crystal-clear audio quality that’s light-years ahead of your built-in computer microphone
Blue’s Snowball ice is the fastest, easiest way to get high-quality sound for recording and streaming. Its custom cardioid condenser capsule delivers crystal-clear audio quality that’s light-years ahead of your built-in computer microphone. Snowball ice is even Skype and Discord certified, ensuring great results No matter how you use it.
Windows: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10; USB 1.1/2.0/3.0
Macintosh: MacOS 10.10 or higher; USB 1.1/2.0/3.0.
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This is honestly the best PC microphone you can buy on a budget. I haven't found any better condenser microphones for a cheaper price that actually work well with a PC.
- Crystal clear sound
- You plug it into your PC and it works out of the box, no setup needed
- Only $40 - best mic in the price range
- Picks up some background noise, but you literally just adjust the microphone sensitivity on your computer and you're fine.
I would definitely look into this mic if you are trying to get into doing YouTube or streaming. There are obviously better options out there, but if you are on a budget, this is definitely what you want to be getting. This microphone also works well with all PC games that I play (CSGO, PUBG, Overwatch), so if you would rather not have a headset mic when playing games, this works well.
I would definitely recommend this microphone!
I have chosen to completely ignore all the other reviews explaining safety and secure desk holds, and I just stick the dang thing anywhere. On a table, on my keyboard, shoved it in amongst a pile of pillows. Look, I'm not that professional when people aren't looking and my desk is literally my bed. He doesn't fall over, and he picks up my noises no matter where I put him. (Oh no I've gendered it. Next comes naming it, and that's when you know you love things too much.) I've been singing karaoke like crazy, and my poor long-range boyfriend who has hearing issues can finally hear my real voice, clearly and properly.
I bought a pop filter, it hasn't arrived yet, but I'll probably need it, but for now, the pop pop pop isn't unreasonable.The red light on the front is obnoxiously bright, I just put a little tape over it. Simple. You need a quiet room for using this, but not too much of one. My heater going off doesn't register for instance, neither does my computer. I'm gonna crunch some fresh snow from outside so you can hear how crisp it is though, with a metric you can actually copy, probably. [I end up getting snow everywhere, on my keyboard, and my mouse, so I'm moving and dropping them here.]
I love it, it was well worth the money (I paid $30 or so thanks to repackaging and used, but worth the $50 or so.) and I can already tell this little cutie (and it is cute, my aging mother saw it and started giggling and wanted to hold it) is going to be a fine part of my vocal life.
Edit: I have no idea why the review is an hour long. It's only a 2 minute clip on my computer. I must've rolled a 1 on uploading.
The stand is very nice. I've seen some reviews giving the stand a bad rep, but that's kind of..dumb. It's a stand, it works, it has rubberized feet so it doesn't scratch up your table. What else do you want it to do, preform back flips or manipulate time and space? The legs are made of steel and the body is made out of a very nice and thick plastic. It's not made of solid gold and you're only paying $50.
The snowball can be easily disassembled. You can very easily screw the snowball onto a boom stick if you so choose. I like the fact that I can just unplug it very easily after I'm done using it. I'm a little paranoid and feel safer when I don't have the mic on and someone potentially listening to me.So being able to easily remove the power cable and again, easily, put it back in when I need to use it, is wonderful.
The device itself is gorgeous. Opting to pay $10 more for the black version (I do feel like I was scalped, though) was a great choice since it easily fits in with everything else on my desk.
The audio quality itself is pretty gosh darn great. I've very glad I opted for this instead of getting one of those XxxM0nTaInD3wxxX pro elite mlg gaming headsets, like what Razer makes, where you get poor headphones and a rather poor mic for $100. I'd recommend my route and get great headphones and this microphone. I plan on doing voice overs eventually for mods so this is going to be good for many things. But for the time being I use it for communicating with friends when playing games.
The red LED. It looks terrible and is very intrusive. Yes, it lets me know that it's on. Know what else would've let me have this information? Any program that I'm using it for. Or, even, the microphone section under Recording Devices when you right click on the speaker icon if you're using Windows. I guess putting electrical tape over the light would work, or just not putting the light there in the first place would be even better.
The power cord. The cable you get in the box to power the snowball doesn't even match the device. In my case, I got a brown cable. Brown. Cable. Doesn't match a single thing, it would match my desk itself but it's such an odd and ugly tone that it doesn't even match that.
Overall, I really do like this product. If it ever dies, I will be using it to play catch with my friends.
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The Yeti has a reputation as the go-to USB mic for non-broadcast or budget broadcast com records and the reason for that is it's a high quality mic.
As I bought this Snowball for personal use, couldn't quite warrant the over doubled price tag of the Yeti but I have to say, in terms of quality, there's very little difference in it. This is a superb microphone for spoken word and unless you specialise in sound, I'd be surprised if you could really tell the difference between the two.
I also got it in Black and it looks fantastic. The one thing I would say is it is a lot larger than I had expected when ordering (A little smaller than a hand wrapped around a fist) but you soon get used to it, and as it looks so good anyway, this isn't such a problem.
The tripod it comes with is great and doesn't seem to pick up much vibrations from the table.
I personally have only used this for spoken word but have seen videos of people using it for music and it seems to stand up well.
If you're after a microphone for YouTube channels, voice overs or anything spoken word, but can't warrant the >£100 price tag, this is the one to go for!
So to the mic. It's the Ice version so doesn't have the selectable polar patterns, and only has the cardioid pattern which is fine for my needs. Just remember to double check which version your are ordering as it's easy to make the mistake.
The mic sounds with a really nice crisp tone and is great for my purpose of streaming on twitch and making youtubbe videos. It's very easy to connect to your pc or mac and it's really easy to fit on a mic stand like I have in my pic. Doesn't pic up much background noise either, you may see YouTube vids where people say you need to be close to the mic it's self to get a good level, in my set up I'm about 1 and half feet away and it picks up my voice with ease and I can be sat very comfitabley in my chair and game and not worry about it.
I streamed for about 90 mins last night and played back the stream and I'm very impressed with the audio quality it just makes the stream sound more professional.
My wife (who is a sound engineer) was sceptical at me using a USB mic as she says I should use an interface and an XLR mic. But I did a quick sound test as soon as I got home and called her in to listen. And she was pleasantly surprised and thought the quality of the audio is very good.
So if you are looking for a good USB mic, for streaming YouTube or just to improve your Skype audio, then go and order this mic, it's great and most defiantly worth it.
I started to test immediately, and well the volume it picks up is ridiculously quiet. To get any normal level of sound you have to practically be eating the microphone, this of course means your audio quality is terrible and you have to have it pressed into your face. I desperately tried to find any fixes assuming it was my fault at first, the more research I did the more it became clear that this was a known technical fault with this model. Amazon offered a full refund or replacement so that was alright but it seems a bit of pot luck whether you'll get a microphone that works or not. I took the refund and I'm still looking for a better microphone.
The Blue Snowball is an excellent device. Its unbelievably simple to use (literally plug and play) and the sound quality has been described as better than the headset I was using prior to purchasing (which was a £350 Sennheiser headset mic). It also has the option to use on something like a suspension boom arm which is very handy.
The main selling point for me about the Snowball is that it seems to pick up sound perfectly even when placed quite far away. I often have it a foot or so away from me (to the left or right) and have never been told I am hard to hear. Additionally, it seems to be excellent at filtering out background noise (people I was speaking to were unable to hear keyboard typing or mouse clicks, or louder sounds like doors opening and closing).
The only down side to the Snowball is that it does not come with a hard mute button. You can obviously mute it with software, or just unplug it, but a mute button would warrant a 5 star review for me.