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Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone, Cardioid - Black
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- 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
- Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC-no drivers to install
- Ships with desktop stand and USB cable
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PC: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional, USB 1.0 or 2.0, 64MB RAM (minimum)
Macintosh: Mac OSX 10.4.6 or higher, USB 1.0 or 2.0, 64MB RAM (minimum)
Blue Microphones Snowball iCE
Plug 'n Play USB Microphone
It’s never been easier to get high-quality sound for your voice and computer-based audio recordings. At home, the office—or anywhere for that matter—the Snowball iCE USB microphone delivers audio quality that’s light years ahead of your computer’s built-in microphone.
- Improve audio quality on Skype, Twitch and FaceTime
- Add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube
- Create podcasts and add narration to your home movies
- Record instruments or vocals
- Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC—no drivers to install
Get Started Easily and Quickly
With Snowball iCE, quick and easy recording is finally a reality. Simply mount Snowball iCE on the included adjustable stand, plug the USB cable into your Mac or PC and that’s it. You’re ready to sit back and start recording crystal-clear audio for any project.
|Professional Quality USB Audio (16bit, 4.1kHz)||✓||✓|
|Color Options||White and Black iCE||Brushed Aluminum, Gloss Black, Textured White|
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|Extended Volume Range (-10dB Pad)||✓|
|6-Foot USB Cable Included||✓||✓|
|Desktop Stand Included||✓||Metal, Fully Adjustable|
|Optional Ringer Shockmount Available||✓||✓|
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|Item Dimensions||5.5 x 10.6 x 9.1 in||7.88 x 4.88 x 10 in||5.5 x 5 x 10 in||3 x 6 x 5 in||1 x 6 x 5 in||2.59 x 1.97 x 1.97 in|
It’s never been easier to get high-quality sound for your voice and computer-based audio recordings. At home, the office-or anywhere for that matter-the Snowball ice USB microphone delivers audio quality that’s light years ahead of your computer’s built-in microphone. The custom cardioid condenser capsule offers crystal-clear audio for communicating, creating and recording. Snowball ice is Skype certified so you’re guaranteed to get great-sounding results, and comes ready to go with an adjustable desktop mic stand and USB cable. It even works automatically with your Mac or PC-no drivers required.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
So, it's easy to set up. Good ol' plug-n-play technology. Works great for recording into Audacity or whatever your software of choice is. The design's cute, the sound is great, and I love the handy tripod - perfect for balancing on a desk. For a hobbyist, this is just all around fantastic.
My one complaint is so minor as to not lose any stars - the red light on the front of the mic to indicate it's on is a bit bright, and since I tend to get all up in my mic's business while recording it can be a lil annoying. I wish the light were on the side or back instead of right there on the top. I'm planning on getting some electrical tape to deal with this issue, though, so whatever. Just something to take note of.
Also note this iCE one doesn't have the little switch thing advertised on the regular Snowball. I decided to cheap out and get this version, which I'm happy with, but that one looks like it lends a little more flexibility. Which you choose depends on your budget and whim.
Just a great mic. I'm really happy with this purchase, and it's made my show sound loads better.