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Blue Snowball USB Microphone  

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The Blue Snowball is an easy-to-use USB condenser microphone that captures unheard-of detail whether you're recording a band in a professional studio or an acoustic guitar in your living room. The Sno... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Blue Snowball is an easy-to-use USB condenser microphone that captures unheard-of detail whether you're recording a band in a professional studio or an acoustic guitar in your living room. The Snowball mic is ideal for podcasting as well. Plug-and-play your Snowball microphone with your PC or Mac with no added software. The Snowball mic's 3-pattern switch allows you to choose from cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad, and omnidirectional. The dual-capsule design allows the Blue Snowball to handle anything you can throw at it, from soft vocals to loud garage bands. (No refrigeration necessary!)

Features
  • Condenser mic with USB connectivity
  • Unique 3-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad, and omni)
  • Dual-capsule design
Specifications
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X; USB 1.0 or 2.0; 64MB RAM (minimum)
    Windows: XP Home Edition or XP Professional; USB 1.0 or 2.0;
    64MB RAM (minimum)
    Acoustical Operating Principal: Position 1-3: Pressure gradient
    Polar Pattern: Position 1-2: Cardioid; Position 3: Omnidirectional
    Frequency Response: Position 1-3: 40Hz-18kHz
    Does NOT require phantom power
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One year parts and labor warranty.


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BlueSnowball USB Microphone
 
4.3

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

EXCELLENT!!

This thing is great! I can't believe how good it sounds. I won't be going to those $80 an hour studios anymore! The ease of use is amazing, the quality is crazy....Read complete review

This thing is great! I can't believe how good it sounds. I won't be going to those $80 an hour studios anymore! The ease of use is amazing, the quality is crazy. I highly recommend you get the stedman pop filter with this! It works great with the mic. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to get studio sound without a studio budget.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Interesting, but not too difficult

I bought this mic so that I could basically have a quick fix to record a couple demos and it's just that. The quality is fantastic until you reach a certain point. On the...Read complete review

I bought this mic so that I could basically have a quick fix to record a couple demos and it's just that. The quality is fantastic until you reach a certain point. On the first setting (for vocals) you have to stay VERY quiet or it begins to crack really bad. On the second setting (For loud sources) you have to sing VERY loud and turn the volume on the software way up. I haven't found much use for the third (podcasting) setting. The sound, when within the limits, is absolutely wonderful. It's great for now but I'm definitely looking for another mic.

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4.0

Perfect for home use/studio, good sound

By S!AH

from America

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

    I am a small electronic producer and just am recording a variety of instruments and vocals through the snow ball. It has great sound quality, I dont have an interface so i do not have phantom power for condeser mics, but the snowball is AMAZING for a USB mic. Its very easy to use, and its nice it has 3 settings.

     
    5.0

    Plug and Play!

    By Drumr-dude

    from Fremont,CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

      Use for voice overs mostly. Just plugged it in win7 found immediately...same with xp!

       
      4.0

      Good Multi-Purpose Mic

      By glitch777

      from Treasure Island FL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

        Bought this to use for making YouTube vids to get a clearer sound than that of my webcam mic. Very pleased with the ease of use and sound quality. You can get a really nice sound when talking into it. Much more crisp and clear than the webcam by far. I also use it to mic guitar and bass amps at home with my recording software, works very well. Only issue i can see is that when talking into it, you have to be pretty close to it to get the well defined sound, doesn't pickup voice well from farther away (within 12 inches seems best). Not a huge issue though. Would recommend highly for the price. Good stuff here

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Home and studio recording.

        By Albert

        from Boise, Idaho

        Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

        Plug it in and go. It does everything it claims to do. Records voice or instruments equally well. Isolates forward when you want it to for background noise reduction. Excellent piece of equipment. Especially for the price! You really cant go wrong with this mic. I use it everyday and love it.

         
        5.0

        Excellent

        By Luneki

        from Mexico City

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • High-quality Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

          It's an excellent microphone for the price, i'd say the best, the audio is super clear, excellent for podcasting, is very compact and you can carry it everywhere without being a hassle.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Microphone

          By Radial Core

          from Omaha, NE

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

            This is a very good microphone. Easy to use. Plug in the USB and go. I was unsure at first because of the price. I thought that it couldn't be as good as it is. I have used it to record my songs and they turned out better than I could have ever hoped.

            If you would like to hear how they sound, you can visit www.reverbnation.com/radialcore.

            All of the vocals were recorded using this microphone. I highly recommend it.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            got it a week ago

            By Indigo 90s

            from no

            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

            Well i just got the blue snowball mic for Christmas as a suprise i was expecting a different one, at first i was gonna return it but ive fallen in love with great sound great design and easy to use,one con is that you should but a pop filter which is 15 dollars with this mic and it will sound very professional great mic great price cant beat it.

             
            3.0

            picks up to much background noise

            By Teresa Randall

            from chaparral, nm

            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

            noise that is not even remotely close to the mic. even on its lowest setting. i have to be absolutely quite so that it doesnt pick up the noise of me swallowing. it records the voice very well sounds clear but i could do without all the noise

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just what I needed

            By Wordman8078

            from Arizona

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

              My previous career was 25+ years as an audio technical engineer. I feel more than qualified to review this mic.

              I got the mic for recording podcasts, audiobooks, and for working on transcriptions with a writing client. I made a faulty assumption that ALL USB mics have headphone outputs, but I was very wrong. With that said, this mic for the price is a incredibly buy. While it has a bit of a funky retro appearance, it functions very well indeed. With the option of an omni polar pattern you can work around proximity affect if you need to work the mic closely and avoid low end build up in your voice.

              For anyone who is using any number of the free or low cost recording software available (Audacity, GarageBand, etc.) this mic will be a very solid performer over time. It's worth the investment. If you can, get the funky shock mount too because it makes it that much more "environmentally friendly."

               
              5.0

              A Great Deal!

              By Plays2

              from Mokena, IL

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

                I recorded a song in my living room...no background noise was picked up, but my voice and instrument came through loud and crystal clear. I then recorded a harmony accompaniment, and a second instrument. It sounds like it was done in a studio! Great, clear sound in a compact, attractive package!

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