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Blue Snowball USB Microphone (Brushed Aluminum)
- 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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From the manufacturer
Sleek, modern design and adjustable tripod lets you record in style.
At a Glance:
- Ideal for recording music, podcasts, live chat, and more
- Award winning dual capsule and circuit design
- Includes adjustable mic stand and USB cable
- Mac and PC compatible
Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone
Create studio-quality recordings with Blue Microphone's Snowball, a USB microphone with exceptional sound-capture capabilities. Using Blue Microphone's award-winning dual-capsule and circuit design, the Snowball produces crisp, clean recordings that are free of feedback and distortion.
A unique pattern switch allows you to toggle between three different settings, giving you the flexibility to record vocals, instrumental music, podcasts, interviews, and more. With a plug-and-play design that is both Mac and PC compatible, the Snowball requires no additional drivers and is ready to record straight out of the box.
Three Different Pattern Modes for Versatile Recording
Well-suited to podcasts, sung vocals, and other voice work, cardioid mode records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone. It delivers a rich, full-bodied sound.
Cardioid Mode with -10 dB PAD
The same as cardioid mode, except with a -10 dB attenuation that helps you capture louder sounds with higher fidelity.
Omnidirectional mode picks up sound equally from all directions. It is best used in situations when you want to capture the ambience of 'being there'--like a live recording of a band's performance.
What's in the Box
- Snowball USB Microphone
- Adjustable stand
- USB cable
- Users guide
Innovative Design Makes Recording Easy
With a visual design inspired by classic recording equipment, the Snowball's stylish, retro aesthetic will complement any computer system. Its metal grille and brushed-aluminum frame recall the look of old-timey microphones.
The Snowball comes with an adjustable tripod that lets you position the microphone in relation to the sound source, improving sound quality. It also features an LED indicator, which glows red when the microphone is powered.
The Snowball requires no complicated drivers to operate; simply plug it into your computer's USB port with the included USB cable, calibrate the microphone with your operating system, and you're ready to record. The microphone is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Home and Professional), and Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher), and requires a minimum of 64 MB of RAM.
Choose from different colors and start recording music, podcasts, live chat, and more.
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What did Blue put inside that wild-looking Snowball USB mic, anyway? How about two completely distinct capsules? Yep. You can sing into it, put it on you guitar amp, or just put the Snowball on its included stand and pretend you're sending signals back to your home planet. Podcast with it, record entire albums with it, and appreciate the fact that it plugs straight into your computer, via USB. That's convenience! You even get a handy 10dB pad, so your crazy-loud guitar player won't cause the mic to distort. It's round, it's white, it sounds like a million bucks, and it's right here, ready to ship. Get yours today or get left out in the cold!
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It comes with a stand and is ready to use straight out of the box. Simply plug in to your computer's USB port and start recording.
As for my set-up, I currently have it on a boom arm (NEEWER Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand) with a vibration reducing shockmount (Blue Microphones Ringer Universal Shockmount for Ball Microphones) and pop filter (Dragonpad pop filter Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter Swivel Mount 360 Flexible Gooseneck Holder). This might be more than needed for a beginner but for the total cost of it all, I am very satisfied with the quality it produces.
**If you are looking for a cheaper alternative for a decent quality producing set-up, I use to place this microphone in a storage box (LOHAS Home Closet Fabric Drawer,Foldable Fabric Baskets,Storage Bins (Natural)) lined with acoustic foam (Mybecca 12 Pack Acoustic Wedge Studio Soundproofing Foam Wall Tiles 12" X 12" X 1" (12 Square Feet) Made in USA). See my attached image for a better idea. This created a simple "recording booth" that produced fairly good audio. I just recently changed my set-up because I needed more room on my desk.
Overall, I would recommend this microphone to anyone interested in getting started with quality audio recording. If you are looking for more of an expert recording quality level, you might want to look into Blue's other microphones. I hope this review and set-up suggestions helped you out! Happy Recordings!
We have soooo much background noise around us - cars, people, sirens, dogs, schoolyard kids, more dogs and people - airplanes and more people - so a Cardioid is a must to record any vocal work. The Snowball is indeed a True Cardioid - for this particular mic - the sweet-spot is directly head on - within 3-4 inches of the mic - for effective pick up of voice patterns - for what I'm up too - it's not a deal breaker - you end up feeling like Mike Ness from Social Distortion...
The 3 different settings are nice to have - (the other version - Snowball iCE - lacks this feature) #1 is boss though - again for killing off massive pesky amounts of white noise and background interference. I'm now getting nice healthy - quiet signal into Audacity and Sony Acid - compared to my old mic set up - Make sure to add a Pop Filter - it becomes mandatory at this point.
Build Quality is pretty good - the mounting options depend on having the adapter from inside a regular mic holder - The Snowball tends to be Steady once placed - however I'm thinking the Blue Ringer Shockmount might be a future upgrade - it just needs to be in your face in order to be effective - Probably because it also has native options for use with guitars and other musical instruments/amps - (setting #2) Last Is a 3rd setting - for a more omnidirectional feel...
Overall - I'd have to say it's a nice mic for the price - with noticeable quality in signal - especially if you are stepping up from a cheap mic.
I am using the Snowball on my iMac and MacBook. There is no setup or driver installs. It just works. I plugged the USB cord into the computer, the red light on the mic turned on, the mac even changed the input setting automatically to the snowball mic, and I was immediately getting very clear audio. Immediately the people on the other end of the lecture commented on how much better the audio was once I started using the Snowball compared to either a headset or the built-in mic on the computer.
There are only three different "settings" which are selected via a switch on the back of the spherical microphone housing.
Position 1. Activates cardioid capsule: Speech, vocals, podcasting.
Position 2. Activates cardioid capsule with -10dB PAD: Live music, loud sound sources
Position 3. Activates omni capsule: COnferences, interviews, environmental recordings
So now I have a plug-and-play mic for my computer that works to record voiceovers, lectures, and podcasts (cardioid), but I can also take it to meetings and use it as the omnidirectional microphone for conference calls and meeting recordings.
It should be noted that this mic is USB powered and must be connected to a computer, thus is only suitable for recording directly to a computer via USB.
The form factor is attractive and easily portable. I also purchased the pop filter and shockmount. The popfilter helps eliminate the pop from air movement when speaking into a microphone especially with sounds like p, b, t, and th. The shockmount allows the mic to "float" in the air suspended by elastic bands, thus shielding the mic from bumps and rumbles from the table. Since my mic is on the same table as my keyboard, computer, and meeting participants, this was a necessity to get a relative noise-free recording. Setup for the popfilter and the shockmount couldn't have been easier. No instructions were needed as it was intuitive and simple.