Blue Snowball USB Microphone (Textured White)
About this item
- 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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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.
The ICE version is $20 dollars cheaper. The only thing it is missing is the conference call mode and -10db mode for instrument recording.
Neither of these things is necessary for my usage, which is mainly VoIP communications for gaming.
The $20 you save, you can put towards picking up a Microphone boom arm ($13-15~) a USB A to B adapter ($3-5) and a USB ON/OFF switch with extension cable ($13.90)
With these 3 purchases, the microphone can be adjusted anywhere you please, and will have an ON/OFF switch, which even the $70 non ICE version is lacking.
In conclusion, I spent $20 that I probably didn't need to. Not a big deal. With the Arm + Adapter + Switch this is a great microphone setup, and my friends all say it sounds really great on their end.
Here are the links to the accessories I purchased with my Blue Snowball.
Optional 3-Inch Cable for in between Adapter and Switch.
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I have the 3 mode version and it's great... but I only use one mode.
Anteriormente usaba un micrófono de $300 pesos de esos que venden en tiendas de electrónica, de la calidad más baja que se puedan imaginar, sin embargo, a ése micrófono le puse un stand y un pop filter que me costó 99$ y en las condiciones adecuadas tenía un buen sonido, obviamente no sonaba como un condensador o un microfono de 4.000$.
Posteriormente decidí comprarme un Blue Yeti, pero justo ése día que lo iba a ordenar, todos los modelos de Blue Yeti que vende Amazon estaban mucho más caros que usualmente, el más barato 3k, así que decidi mirar el precio de los Snowball.
Al momento de ver la oferta, rebajado de $1600 a $1100 este modelo, lo compré inmediatamente, ni siquiera vi el precio de los otros colores, por miedo a que me fueran a ganar la promoción o se fueran a acabar.
Al momento que llego, a primera vista luce muy bonito, llamativo, aunque es un color horrible el verde (era el de la promo) y los materiales se sienten de buena calidad, el microfono deja mucho que desear.
Al conectarlo y hacer experimentos con él, grabar voz, ruido, musica, etc etc etc, basicamente suena a la distancia igual que mi microfono gama baja de 300$.
No se nota ni se siente una mejora sustancial en lo absoluto, de hecho, el otro microfono no captura tanto ruido de fondo como éste.
Ese es un grave problema, si lo quieres para videos, stream, podcast, o cualquier actividad que vayas a tener un ruido de fondo, el microfono va a captar TODOS LOS RUIDOS CERCANOS Y/O MUY FUERTES AUNQUE SEAN A LA DISTANCIA, ejemplo.
Si lo pones en la misma mesa de trabajo donde vas a hacer las cosas, y estás tecleando algo, el microfono va a captar el ruido de las teclas y ademas va a captar los golpes de los dedos, lo mismo pasa si hay algo en la mesa que provoque movimiento o ruidos, o el mismo ruido de las ruedas de tu silla o patas de la silla.
El microfono va a captar ruidos de exteriores muy fuertes como:
- El camnion de la basura
- La sirena de una patrulla
- Gritos de niños
- Ruidos de mascotas
- Sonidos del celular
etc etc etc
Definitivamente este microfono no está hecho para la mayoría de los trabajos que la gente requiere.
NO LO COMPRES SI LO QUIERES PARA:
- VIDEOS CON VOZ
- MICROFONO EXTRA PARA WEBCA
- TRABAJO DE OFICINA
- EDITOR DE VIDEOS
COMPRALO SI LO QUE QUIERES ES:
- GRABAR UNA CANCIÓN ACUSTICA
- UN MICROFONO QUE CAPTE TODOS LOS RUIDOS, HASTA EL MAS IMPERCEPTIBLE
- UN ADORNO MUY BONITO
- UN PISA PAPELES QUE ADEMAS SIRVA DE MICROFONO.
- SI ESTA DE OFERTA
As I am also recording a video (headshot), it's practical to not have a huge mike in front of your face, so that renders it useless for that purpose. I figured I could use it for audio whilst doing screen capture (not talking head)...also not ideal as if you are using your mouse or keyboard, you still have to have your head down by the mike to get good audio, which is also not ideal. I have ordered a couple of cheap lapel mikes now, and I will be upset if they are great, as they are £5 and this is, well, quite a lot more.
If you are using it purely for narration, the sound quality is awesome, but sadly not much use for anything else.
Okay, looked at all the youtube reviews of this, and folks were getting great sound out of it, so I splashed out £10 on a boom arm...much much better. I can now position it quite close to my mouth, but still keep it out of shot. I still have to up the gain in Camtasia studio, but the results are good. I just need to learn how to polish the audio with audacity now.
First impressions -
Colour - Silver
Design: Sleek, shiny, compact - The microphone itself has a some what balanced weight to it, not too heavy, but also not light enough to feel cheap (given the price!)
The somewhat vintage like design looks very nice, once on the tripod provided, in most technology surroundings (computer, laptop, office).
Setting up/ ease of use -
Process: Attached the microphone to the tripod provided is as simple as screwing on a bottle cap on a bottle on drink - twist until tight, simple.
The USB cable provided is lengthy enough for most desk or other swing arm attachments.
Settings on the microphone are a simple switch on the back depicted by what is desired in terms of sound.
Quality - Very good, would even say great at times, clear audio through and through! Some slight clipping with audio (perhaps due to shouting a little too loud on my end to test the peaks) but this is to be expected with almost all microphones so that’s a relatively invalid comment in aspects.
In terms of peaking I found it quite rare, if it was to peak at all during general vocalising or any kind. It picks up the lows, and it picks up the highs, and it does it well! That’s the main focus, if it does it well, and it sure does!
- The compact and light weight design is perfect for smaller desk setups and tripod/ swing arm attachments.
- The ease of setup is wonderful, just plug in and start recording!
- The simple switch on the back for desired sound recording is perfect for beginners and can be changed in a pinch
- Choice in settings on the back of the microphone is limited. The minus decibel setting is very quiet, unfortunately this cannot be adjusted unless in post production (raise the sound up) this can cause distortion in quilting though!
- The microphone is perfect for beginners/ intermediates looking for a cheap and affordable way of starting off their sound recording projects! Clear and precise audio.
I would have liked more versatility with the settings but, for the price, even having the option to change sound input is a great feature.
If you’re looking for a place to start your YouTube, voice over, music project, and are a little strapped for money then this is the microphone for you! I have not seen nor been able to compare to other microphones within this price bracket during the time of this review.
You won’t find better for this price range...
If for instance you are able to spend a little bit extra then I would suggest the Blue Yeti
If not, this microphone will do just the job that’s needed, and perhaps a little bit more!
The microphone has not undergone any particularly strenuous usage. Because I have a laptop I have to unplug and plug it back in quite often, but surely this should be a considered situation for a microphone on this end of the market?
I am very disappointed with this outcome as a 3 month lifespan on a £70 product is not what I expected from Blue, who I have come to hear are a solid reputable company. I will look to fix this myself with a potential cable fix out of my own pocket. But otherwise I am very disappointed.