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Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp

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The Icicle XLR to USB Converter/Mic Preamp lets you easily connect your favorite microphone directly to your Mac or PC. The Blue Icicle performs dual functions as an XLR to USB adapter and a studio-qu... Read More

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Overview

The Icicle XLR to USB Converter/Mic Preamp lets you easily connect your favorite microphone directly to your Mac or PC. The Blue Icicle performs dual functions as an XLR to USB adapter and a studio-quality microphone preamp. It features an analog gain control and also provides 48V phantom power for condenser microphones. The Icicle converter and preamp is the quick-and-easy way to perform digital recording, podcasting, and voice messaging. Includes 6ft. USB cable

Features
  • Works with Mac or PC computers
  • No Special Drivers Required
  • Studio Quality USB microphone preamp
  • Supplies 48V phantom power for . condenser microphones
  • Phantom power active light
  • Fully balanced low noise analog front end
  • Analog gain control
Specifications
  • Sample/Word: 44.1K/16 bit
  • Power Consumption: 200mA (from USB bus)
  • System Requirements:
  • Macintosh: Mac OSX with USB 1.0 or 2.0 and 64 MB RAM (minimum)
  • Windows: XP Home Edition, Professional or Vista with USB 1.0 or 2.0 and 64 MB RAM (minimum) (Not compatible with Windows 7)
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One year parts and labor warranty.


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4.0

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Awsome usb/preamp

This works really well as a preamp/connection for usb from your mic to your computer.I have made a few songs already and i have had no probs just had to set everything up and...Read complete review

This works really well as a preamp/connection for usb from your mic to your computer.I have made a few songs already and i have had no probs just had to set everything up and now i have basically a plug in play mic when ever i need it i just plug it in to my usb port and im good 2 go.

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Windows 7 Users Beware

I received the Blue Icicle as a gift and found myself frustrated as I attempted to use it. After a little research online I found that, despite the Bluemic.com website claiming that the icicle...Read complete review

I received the Blue Icicle as a gift and found myself frustrated as I attempted to use it. After a little research online I found that, despite the Bluemic.com website claiming that the icicle works with Windows 7, there are countless reviews and forums where people cannot get the icicle to work on it. The device claims to require a driver that does not exist and thus, it will not work. I've had no personal use of the device except through a Mac user I know and can only say that he seems to be satisfied with it. I'm posting this because I see 5 stars for a product review and no one has said anything about the fact that the device does not work on Windows 7.

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2.0

A simple, easy-to-use device with one major flaw

By David

from North Haven, CT

The Blue Icicle is a great-looking and great-performing device and despite what other reviews have mentioned, it works fine with Win 7. Simply plug it into your USB, and your computer will recognize it. Then open your recording software of choice, and you'll be all set. This device has one very major flaw though. Because you'll have to monitor dubs through your computer, you CANNOT multitrack / dub with this unit. Due to the latency, your overdubs will always come with a half-second or so delay. This unit is great if you plan to make simple one-track recordings, such as podcasts, but if you plan on using it to multitrack music, forget about it. Impossible.

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3.0

Serves its purpose

By Bunnara Mok

from Charlotte, NC

I am not going to lie about this product. Yes, it does produce crisp and clear recordings BUT, it does not allow you to hear yourself while recording. I do not like how I have to boost up the gain nearly 100% just to hear myself when I play it back. Plus it does not push the mic you are using to its full potentials. I went to do a comparison with my AT2020 hooked up to this then hooked up to a Behringer Xenyx 802 mixer. I must say that the mixer made the AT2020 come to life plus I was able to hear myself while recording. It even made the mic more crispy and clear than before. If you are on a tight budget, then I guess this will do. If you are looking for quality and do not mind spending a load of money then look towards a mixer.

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4.0

Just to have around

By Bunnara Mok

from Charlotte, NC

Yes, this product is easy to use, but it has its flaw which is the sound quality. I've used it on the AT2020 and the sound was not as rich or crispy like I thought it would be. Since my ears are sensitive to a certain sound. I could tell that it lacked the power to actually let the mic be at its full potential. I put the AT2020 on the Behringer Xenyx 802 and the sound quality was superb! If you are picky about sound quality, DO NOT get this. If you need a preamp at the very moment, get this. Overall, I would only recommend this to anyone who just needs a temporary way to hook up their mic in a cheap way.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Converter!

By David Bouton

from Easton, Connecticut

I needed something cheap and simple that I could use to connect my mic to my macbook pro via usb; this was the answer. The Blue Icicle gives you true plug and play power. Though, like everyone else said, it does feel a little flimsy, as long as you take care of it you should be fine. I hooked it up to my Shure SM57 and recorded some guitar tracks, and they all came out great. If you look around online, you can find the Blue converters offered for much less than they go for at GC, but you can email GC's customer service, and they will do a price match. That's how I bought mine and I was very pleased with GC's service. All-in-all, this does the job, and though it feels a bit cheap, you absolutely cannot beat it for the price!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Windows 7 Users Beware

By WILLAIM MANN

from Houston, Texas

I received the Blue Icicle as a gift and found myself frustrated as I attempted to use it. After a little research online I found that, despite the Bluemic.com website claiming that the icicle works with Windows 7, there are countless reviews and forums where people cannot get the icicle to work on it. The device claims to require a driver that does not exist and thus, it will not work. I've had no personal use of the device except through a Mac user I know and can only say that he seems to be satisfied with it. I'm posting this because I see 5 stars for a product review and no one has said anything about the fact that the device does not work on Windows 7.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great tool

By Graham Williams

from Factoryville, Pa

this converter/preamp is really a great piece of equipment. combined with my behringer mic, the recording quality was great, and the gain control was very useful, as to avoid confusion with digital recording so you can adjust the gain instead of the recording levels. only complaint is that it feels a little cheaply made, so just be careful with it and dont beat it. i have only had mine for a month and its holding up, but just be careful still.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Quality.

By T.R.I.G.

from Cincinnati, OH

My experiences with Blue microphones have been rough, but i decided to give this a chance after a suggestion from a GC employee. It came in, and it immediately hooked right up. I was able to lay down test vocals clearly. The added preamp bonus was also a really good quality of this interface. I would not suggest using it for every project, but for someone like me, who needs USB power, this was perfect. I would suggest getting an MXL microphone with it, as they are usually pretty cheap, and record great. This interface was a definite win for me.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THIS LIL THING IS GREAT

By Marcus

from Maryland

When i saw it online i didn't think it was much until i saw that it had phantom power. After i saw that ordered it plug it up start recording nice an easy the hard part was setting all the volumes for the preamp but after that your good to go

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I can record anywhere with my best microphones

By Phil Seymour

from Redding, CA

I like using my Macbook to record in natural settings, but to use my good microphones, I had to have power for my mixer. Not anymore. The "Icicle", lets me use a quality condenser mic to add a vocal track in an canyon or cave with the natural echo I like for a particular song. I tried the USB microphones that are designed to plug into a computer, but the sound quality is very poor. They also have a pesky headphone feature that affects monitoring in a bad way. With the Icicle, I can plug in the appropriate mic for the recording circumstance, with phantom power if needed, anywhere I go. Perfect!

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome usb/preamp

By Vince

from Mesa,AZ

This works really well as a preamp/connection for usb from your mic to your computer.I have made a few songs already and i have had no probs just had to set everything up and now i have basically a plug in play mic when ever i need it i just plug it in to my usb port and im good 2 go.

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