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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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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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.
I bought the white version of this, only because at the time it was the cheapest option available. 65$, the same price it is now. The ball itself is a thick plastic with a rough finish. The finish means that it basically doesn't reflect any light as a mirror would, so its not very shiny. The grill covering the internals is made of metal and is probably the exact same as you would find on any other studio/stage microphone. The base is also made out of some kind of metal, possibly hollow but it has some weight to it, so I doubt it. There is a sticker banded around the vertical axis of the ball that says 'THE SNOWBALL' repeatedly. If you wanted to, you could probably peel it off. The base also has the blue 'Blue' logo. There is a indicator light above the grill that turns red when it is plugged in. There is another Blue logo cover that goes over the grill, which you could remove if you really wanted to. The back has sections of it taken out for surround pickup, as well as the switch for different microphone setups. The cable is a near transparent plastic cable, which is neat since it lets you see the internal wires.
The setup should only take you about 3 minutes after you open the box. You screw the microphone onto the stand (or attach it to another mount if you have one), plug one end of the cable into the microphone, and the other end into your PC. The light will turn on, meaning it is working. There is no manual downloads for it, which is great if you are the kind of person who switches between multiple computers.
From the bottom up, the legs have small rubber balls at the end. If you pull at them very hard they will come off, but unless it was intentional it should never come off. The rubber on them is very good at keeping the microphone in place, and the width of the stand when you fully open it means that it should be difficult to tip it over accidentally. The rest of the stand is made out of metal with a reflective finish. The microphone is made out of a rough, white painted plastic. I found it impossible to scratch the paint off with anything less than a knife edge, so I would assume its dyed, not painted. The grill is made out of metal, and bends slightly if you put a lot of pressure on it. The cable is a very strong plastic coating, that has taken no damage from being coiled repeatedly and bent over the years.
Lets face it, its a 65$ microphone. Is it a lot better than your phone or your computer/webcams internal microphone? Absolutely. Is it better than a studio quality microphone that can go for a thousand dollars? No. If you're looking for a step up from your computers internal microphone, or the one built into your headphones/earbuds, then this is absolutely worth it. If you want to record music for YouTube, then maybe look into something with more range. I have talked into this thing For almost 3 years, and I have never once had someone complain about the quality. I have recorded YouTube videos, audio for class projects, Skype calls, Discord, in game voice chat and everything in between with not a single issue.
The Blue Snowball is a perfect microphone for its price. If you are looking for something for daily use, this is it. It will last you forever and is on my list of top Buy It For Life technology out there.
I purchased with mic to sing, and I prefer singing while playing piano at the same time. However, I will need to record my vocals and piano separate most of the time because the mic can't really pick up both that well. It is also really awkward to sing into because I am playing piano as well. It would have been better if I purchased a microphone stand, or a microphone specific for vocals, because then it could sort of float above my piano rather than rest on it.
If you're looking for a microphone for recording audio (such as gaming, DIY videos, tutorials, voice-overs, ASMR, etc) this is an excellent mic, especially for the price!