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Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone (White)
- Uniquely designed plug-and-play USB mic connects to either a Mac or PC
- Dual capsule design and unique three-pattern switch can handle everything from soft vocals to loud garage band
- Switchable mic patterns for a variety of recording applications, including podcasts
- Swivel mount located on the bottom center of the mic body
- No additional software required
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With amazing audio clarity, the Snowball sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. As a direct Plug 'n' Play microphone for either PC or Mac computers, the Snowball
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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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The audio is much cleaner than my cellphones Microphone that I was using to record Youtube audio with. It has saved me quite a bit of editing time thanks to the superb audio quality.
The one fault I can see is that the USB cord is a bit shorter than I would like. It is also fairly easy to accidentally loosen the stand from the microphone when moving it around and trying to position it, I imagine a boom arm would solve that easily though.
I give this 4 stars, instead of 5 for three reasons:
- the fit and finish on the microphone I got isn't perfect - the front grille and the bank around the body of it came a bit misaligned, but it's just a cosmetic problem
- the stand that comes with it is a cheap plastic thing. Mine eventually snapped from having a pop filter clipped to it too tightly. While that's my fault, it wouldn't happen with a more rugged metal stand.
- I really miss having a proper gain setting. The -10db pad setting is handy, but having more control over levels would make the microphone more versatile.
Also, a tip: for whatever reason, there seems to be a huge variation in prices across the different colours for this mic. If you're not picky, you can sometimes save a lot of money by just going for whichever one is cheaper at the moment.
Occasionally it can randomly stop working but simply unplug it and plug it back in, and it returns to perfect working condition. No fiddly drivers or applications to install. Literally plug-and-play.
I reccommend this for casual voice chat users, gamers, as well as beginner podcasters who want to see if a higher quality mic is worth the price before dropping the dosh on a professional system.
Delivery: Arrived on time in excellent condition in retail box and everything as described
Placement: Connected to Windows 10 TV Media Centre via 3 metre USB cable through a powered 3.0 USB hub
Purpose: Skyping family from the family room TV.
Installation: Super Easy
Plug and Play at it's finest. Windows found it no problem and installed the correct drivers. Selected it via Skype and it works like a charm!
Ease of Use:So easy!
Plugged it in and let Windows install the drivers... and it JUST WORKED. The metal tripod is at least 50% heavier than the microphone itself; the threading inside the mic is metal so there's no fear of stripping them. It's pretty stable on a flat surface.
Sound Quality: Super Good!
I just set it to omni directional (setting#3) and set it in the middle of the family room floor when we're Skyping and everyone can be heard. It can pick up audio if you sit beside it and speak softly.
Comments: It's definitely more expensive than some, but the sound quality for the price and for the purpose I got it for is excellent.
but, I have one already, and would love to talk about it.
the difference between my gaming headset and the snowball is unparalleled,I have been told multiple times I have the voice of a god now while I'm communicating with my teams.
it was also a great investment because I wanted to get something I could use for PS4, and better audio quality for my video editing, which makes a lot of a ton easier.
listen, you wont regret this purchase.
Especially great for the casual person recording themselves for a vlog or a singing video.
Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone (White)