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Blue Snowball USB Microphone (Textured White)
- Plug and play design — no software required!
- Professional studio quality performance — record both vocals and instruments
- Mac and PC compatible
- Blue’s renowned circuit and unique two-capsule design
- Switchable mic patterns for a variety of recording applications
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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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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.
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This microphone is spectacular.
When I bought this microphone, I had dreams of putting up commentaries of Xbox gameplay for games like COD and Halo and I needed a cheaper option with superior quality. I was a kid in high school and sacrificing quality for price was the roughest reality to face and so efficiency for price became the name of the game and boy, did this microphone deliver!
I am in my (hopefully) last year of college now and this microphone has been a desk staple in many different rooms now, it is EASILY adjustable and any space it requires is COMPLETELY warranted by the microphone's importance in your setup (but if you were wondering, it's about the same space on the desk as a router but of course takes more space because of vertical height).
As for quality, I am still in awe of it for the price I paid. It's crystal clear and my mouth doesn't need to be near it at all. It's now primarily used for Skype calls with friends (old dreams, they do die hard don't they?) and I easily have the clearest voice of everyone EACH AND EVERY call. Granted, I imagine there are without a doubt better microphones out there with better audio pick up that will easily beat out this microphone, this device is on par and does more than just "get the job done".
You can leave this microphone on your desk away from your face and not even talk into it and be actively heard in a Skype chat etc.
As for the physical quality, this microphone is still near the condition I received it in! The cable is thick and extremely sturdy, the plastic on the "Snowball" could have gotten marked if I was reckless, but it's hard and I don't see it ever getting more than marked (I don't see it cracking or puncturing). The weakest part of the microphone is the bottom stand it sits on and I only say that in order to fully inform you before you purchase the product, what the weakest part of it is (the bottom stand is in no way deficient or flimsy, it's just simply the least strong part by a small margin).
I highly recommend getting a Pop Filter with this product though to maintain crystal clear audio clarity. This is only if you plan on talking INTO the microphone (which as I stated above, isn't even necessary) to maintain voice clarity and reduce any possible damage done by fugitive saliva.
When you buy the Blue Snowball Microphone, it is a lifetime purchase. You will not be needing a replacement for the rest of your life. That is quality and that gets my seal of approval.
Note: If you buy 2 Blue Mics. In order to get your computer to recognize two separate mics since they are USB connection. You have to send one back to Blue and they will reconfigure it for you for free and ship it back for free. You just have to pay the$10 shipping to them. When I got my second one back my computer (I use Mac) recognized it with no problem. And you can aggregate the 2 mins onto one audio track easily.
I am using this microphone for voice acting and recording audiobooks.
Ease of use- It is super simple to use. Literally plug and play, no configuration necessary. I have recorded with it using Linux and Windows.
Sound quality- Great, I don't know of any other microphone in this price range that sounds this good. I record myself talking and shouting so I can't comment on the sound when recording music, whale songs, or anything else.
Looks- It does look good doesn't it? Kinda reminds me of an Enclave Eyebot. I wish my pop filter didn't partially block me from looking at it while recording.
Build quality- Great, it feels as good as it looks. It screws on to any stand with a standard mic screw. The switch and plug in the back feel solid
But the microphone is great and if you are willing to take on the burden of jumping through a few hoops if it doesn't work for you, it's a worthy investment.
The only thing is: it is BIG. By the picture you cannot tell. But it is bigger than I expected. (see picture comparing to an iPhone 6).
It is plug an play. On Mac you open the Quick Time Player ad record from there. It comes with three modes. The button is on the back. I could hear the difference only in one of the modes. The other two are very similar. I used it to record my musics I play.
The cable that connects is high quality and difficult to band and break. It has around 5 feet so interesting distance. But you do have to stay around the computer. To make videos is excellent
I was so used to the mics attached to gaming headsets that I didn't realize that I had to keep this mic fairly close to my face, and also facing me, as the Blue's default is cardioid if I'm not mistaken, which essentially means that the mic will only pick up audio directly in front of it.
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