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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... Read More

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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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BlueSnowball USB Microphone
 
4.1

(based on 23 reviews)

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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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BUYER BEWARE! DON'T BUY IT!

My Advice. Don't buy it. It's a piece of junk. And once you find out, you're stuck with it. Here's the reason. Guitar Center has a policy of no returns on...Read complete review

My Advice. Don't buy it. It's a piece of junk. And once you find out, you're stuck with it. Here's the reason. Guitar Center has a policy of no returns on "voice" mics. So if something is wrong, you can't turn there. Ok, I'm thinking, I'll go to Blue. In my situation, the mic had extremely low audio output, EVEN AFTER DOWNLOADING THE FIRMWARE FROM BLUE"S WEBSITE. And the LED light never turned on (it should be on when the mic is working). So I emailed Blue directly. Listen to this. They informed me that it was my system at fault (I have a brand new high end Mac Intel tower). Sure, it's my fault that the LED doesn't light up at all! Then in another email, they said I "probably" didn't download the firmware properly (I'm am IT guy, and did it 3 times!). Bottom line: Blue said my mic was ok, can't get a replacement and they won't refund a cent. So I'm suck with this piece of junk. As they say in business law 101: "Let the buyer beware." My advice. Forget the USB hype and purchase a mic with a preamp (means you buy the mic and a separate $100 preamp). It might cost a little more but it's worth not having all the hassles. Don K., New York City

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5.0

Plug and Play!

By Drumr-dude

from Fremont,CA

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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!

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    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.

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    (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.

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    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

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW!

    By John Nance

    from Country Club Hills, Illinois

    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

    When I started my Internet Radio Station WSNR.US the first thing that I needed was a good microphone so I went to Guitar Center to shop and as soon as I walked in the door my Blue Snowball called to me! It was sitting in the glass case on the bottom shelf and I was drawn to it! Sitting there in brushed aluminum round as could be it was love at first sight. It was also the last one of it's kind in inventory so I wanted that one! The rest is history. My Blue Snowball stands as one of the best purchases I've ever made in is the cornerstone of what is now one of the most popular Internet Radio Stations today. The USB compatibility is made for PC broadcasting. It has far exceeded all expectations and now that we are moving into our own studios we're going Blue! The mic is also an attention grabber and my Facebook page contains several photos of my Blue Snowball. Combined with my HP Pavilion DV6 featuring beatsaudio we are a force to be reckoned with! I can broadcast from anywhere the Internet is present ANYWHERE! I just recently went live from Cabo San Lucus while on my annual FunCruise just as if I was in Chicago. Not only do I use it several of my other personalities followed suit and are equally ecstatic. My suggestion...BUY IT!

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    4.0

    Complete Amateur says "Love It"

    By JOHN HAYNES

    from Santa Clarita, CA

    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

    When I say "complete amateur" I mean it. I wanted to try some home recording, didn't want to spend a zillion dollars and needed something pretty easy. The folks at my local GC recommended the Blue Snowball. To me, the mic looked weird, but I went with it. I'm glad I did. I started reading the set-up instructions, then got to the end of them and wondered where the rest were. Nope..that was it. Plugged it into my USB, did the few required clicks and it was up and running. My recording software recognized it right away and I tried laying some tracks down. I'm sure I'll get better with the whole recording thing (the GC guys said I'll get hooked) but all I can say is that this mic worked great and it seems to record very accurately. If I had any complaint, the stand construction seems a little cheesy, specifically the part where you can raise and lower the mic height and tighten it down. The mic itself is really well built. Why only four stars? Besides the fact that I don't really know what I'm talking about, I'm sure there are better 5-star mics, based on price alone. I love my Snowball so far!

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    5.0

    Great for a Starting Musician

    By Spencer Lovell

    from Denver, CO

    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

    It works great for recording drums on a budget, takes voice wonderfully, as well as guitar and bass. I'm most pleased, great for making demos on garage band or another program.

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    4.0

    Blue Snowball

    By CMC

    from Wichita, KS

    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

    For the price, this microphone is awesome. It is a USB condenser mic, so there is no need for an interface; Just plug in and rock out! This microphone does really well with vocals, but, like all other condensers, it's pretty touchy and does need a pop filter. With amps and cabs, this microphone also rocks. As long as you know how to position a mic on an amp cab, then you'll get some great tones out of it. However, with acoustic guitar, I've found that this mic doesn't pick up all the fine detail that it needs to in order to get a rich, full tone. Still an awesome microphone, especially for the price. I say get one, just to have one.

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    4.0

    Almost as awesome as all the other reviews say

    By Jesstipher

    from BP, CA

    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

    I bought this mic after reading all the reviews on it. To be honest I was a little iffy about it since some reviews said that the mic is quiet. The sound, in my opinion, is pretty awesome for its price. But the only thing I do not like about this mic is that you have to be pretty close to it for it to hear you. My friends 15 dollar mic can pick up your sound from about a meter stick away pretty well, and I was hoping for that with this mic. I guess it's a good thing for some parts since it won't hear all the extra noise though. Overall, I'm satisfied with this mic. If you're podcasting, this mic is great. If you're getting this mic for the conference recording setting it has, don't get it; as I said you have to be quite close. Recording music is also good with this mic as well. Definitely great for the price.

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    (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Extrememly limmited product

    By Virusmind

    from Granite City, IL

    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

    My friend bought one of these "mics" without consulting anybody in the business. Good luck getting it to work with any software you or your friends may use to record with. After purchasing Cubase (a widely used program by many, many people) my friend discovered this mic to be virtually useless. Also, remember this - The mic can only go as far from the computer as the length of your USB cable. Extremely Limmited Product

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