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From what I've heard, the snowball does actually sound quite reasonably better. I suppose it'll have to be because of a number of reasons, 1 being that there's a $10-20 diffrence, and that this is marketed as a "Skype mic." I also believe that the blue snowball has wider diversity in colour. The blue snowball also feat… see more From what I've heard, the snowball does actually sound quite reasonably better. I suppose it'll have to be because of a number of reasons, 1 being that there's a $10-20 diffrence, and that this is marketed as a "Skype mic." I also believe that the blue snowball has wider diversity in colour. The blue snowball also features 3 different "modes" or polar patterns.First being a cardiod setting, a standard pickup pattern in most condenser mics, very handy. Mainly picks out sound in a heart shaped radius in front of the mic. Second setting is a cardiod, 10db pad. Good for loud sources, getting up close to the talent. The third and final setting is the omnidirectional setting. "Omni" meaning more than one, in this instance more than one direction. In this setting, the mic will pic up sound from all directions.doing so will loose some sound quality but maybe useful for recording a board meeting. Overall the blue snowball iCE is a great, compact usb microphone, for the tight budget market, or in other words a blue snowball, minus a few features and cheaper sound quality. see less From what I've heard, the snowball does actually sound quite reasonably better. I suppose it'll have to be because of a number of reasons, 1 being that there's a $10-20 diffrence, and that this is marketed as a "Skype mic." I also believe that the blue snowball has wider diversity in colour. The blue snowball also features 3 different "modes" or polar patterns.First being a cardiod setting, a standard pickup pattern in most condenser mics, very handy. Mainly picks out sound in a heart shaped radius in front of the mic. Second setting is a cardiod, 10db pad. Good for loud sources, getting up close to the talent. The third and final setting is the omnidirectional setting. "Omni" meaning more than one, in this instance more than one direction. In this setting, the mic will pic up sound from all directions.doing so will loose some sound quality but maybe useful for recording a board meeting. Overall the blue snowball iCE is a great, compact usb microphone, for the tight budget market, or in other words a blue snowball, minus a few features and cheaper sound quality.
Brian
· May 1, 2015
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I'll be frank. You do not want to use a mic that plugs into your PC or soundcard. Put your other USB devices on a a powered external hum and plug your mic into a free PC USB port. Even if you were to get a standard XLR mic you would still need a preamp that provided Phantom Power and a USB interface to connect it to yo… see more I'll be frank. You do not want to use a mic that plugs into your PC or soundcard. Put your other USB devices on a a powered external hum and plug your mic into a free PC USB port. Even if you were to get a standard XLR mic you would still need a preamp that provided Phantom Power and a USB interface to connect it to your PC. some Preamps have interfaces built in. see less I'll be frank. You do not want to use a mic that plugs into your PC or soundcard. Put your other USB devices on a a powered external hum and plug your mic into a free PC USB port. Even if you were to get a standard XLR mic you would still need a preamp that provided Phantom Power and a USB interface to connect it to your PC. some Preamps have interfaces built in.
E. Waldorph
· December 8, 2014
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go to your sound settings, then recording devices and on your snowball mic right click and go to properties. you want to find the settings where it says "hear this mic"
Keone B.
· August 1, 2019
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would not work for ps4 slim, not recognized. Until I rebooted the ps4 with the mic plugged in. evidently some kind of driver or config is adjusted, as it is now recognized and works.
JMS
· September 1, 2018
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Unfortunately yes. I stopped using it b/c my Rainbow Six Siege crew couldn't hear enemy footsteps over my Logitech keyboard. I tried tweaking Discord but couldn't find a setting where they could hear me clearly and not the keyboard.
Ralph
· February 21, 2020
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I've used this Mic to record me and a buddy a few feet away and the audio came our fine. Obviously the closer the better but it's definitely doable
Boilermaker29
· September 5, 2019
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It's about 3 feet but you can buy a bigger one. The end that goes into the microphone looks like a printer cable end.
Jonathon A. Reid
· July 16, 2014
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No - this isn't the type of mic you want. You should look into microphones built for conference calls etc. I have a logitech hd webcam with a built in mic that works fine. Mics built for recording expect you to be fairly close to the mic - they use a design which tries to block audio (noise) outside of its recording bu… see more No - this isn't the type of mic you want. You should look into microphones built for conference calls etc. I have a logitech hd webcam with a built in mic that works fine. Mics built for recording expect you to be fairly close to the mic - they use a design which tries to block audio (noise) outside of its recording bubble (cardioid patterns).
And for the other responder - HTPC = home theater PC. see less
No - this isn't the type of mic you want. You should look into microphones built for conference calls etc. I have a logitech hd webcam with a built in mic that works fine. Mics built for recording expect you to be fairly close to the mic - they use a design which tries to block audio (noise) outside of its recording bubble (cardioid patterns).
And for the other responder - HTPC = home theater PC.

Mike
· December 21, 2015
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This microphone doesn't have a dedicated power supply. It can only be powered through plugging it into a USB port.
Dustin
· November 18, 2016
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Yep. I use it for everything on my pc. Discord, Ventrilo, Skype, etc. Just make sure it is set to use the mic in the app.
Loitering
· October 19, 2016