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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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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
White finish
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
 
4.1

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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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

 

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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(51 of 56 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EXCELLENT!!

By J-Hill

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

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.

(15 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent for Podcasting

By StormingTheCastle

from Marysville, CA

Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

I purchased the Snowball specifically for Podcasting - it's terrific. I have it set up on a boom stand next to my desk in my office. When I'm ready to podcast, I simply swing the Snowball over, launch my software, and get to work. It sounds great, and makes the entire production more professional. I'm a geek, so setting it up would have been easy anyway. But this thing is so easy to set up - just plug it in and go - anyone could do it. I'm very satisfied. I only wish there was a tool or option to increase input volume. My only nit. Great product overall, and the price was right.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Both a unique and excellent mic for podcasting!

By Iczer2

from Orlando, FL

Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

I just starting out in podcasting, I've been reading all I can get my hands on when I wanted to get a mic. I selected the Blue snowball since I liked the way it looked and because of it's omni-directional capabilities. Initially mic output was not where I wanted it to be. I use Garageband 3 and I had to boost my input levels to max as well sit very close in order to get proper pickup. After checking Blue's website I found that they had a firmware upgrade to raise the gain. Once I applied it, there were no problems with the input levels and I even had to dial it down a bit. My voice comes in with a great tonal range and a degree of warmth I didn't get from other USB and system-mounted mics I've used before. It is also really simple to setup and I had it working in minutes. The only negative for me would be that this is after all a USB mic, so it'll be difficult to do interviews, but since most of my interviews are being performed over Skype and the phone, I have other ways to get that audio into the system. I would recommend this to someone who wants to get into podcasting and do it the right way to make your voice shine through. This is not the cheapest USB mic you can get, but it is one of the best around.

(11 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not What I Expected

By l2aven

from Minersville, PA

Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

I would like to agree with all the good reviews but when i got my snowball and plugged it in 10 mins after i got it there was a really bad static sound on the recording no matter what i did it overpowered what i was trying to record (guitar). I was very dissapointed with this product.

(10 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

BUYER BEWARE! DON'T BUY IT!

By Don K.

from New York City

Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

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

(8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Save your money

By ar1977

from Georgia

Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

Yes, save your money for a better microphone. I didn't want to go the route of purchasing a recording interface so I just bought this mic. The output levels are terribly low. There is a constant hiss during any sort of recording whether vocal or acoustic. Its great if all you want to do is lay down an idea before you forget it but as far as recording is concerned, save you money and buy the right thing. Don't take the short cut like I did.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Blue Snowball USB mic

By Phil

from Ohio

Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

I just purchased this mic. I hooked it up and was immediately impressed. I'm running it into my MacBook Pro and using Logic 8. It sounds incredible! You will not get a better mic for this price, it is well worth it. I would have paid more for this mic. I've used it for micing my guitar amp, my acoustic guitar and my voice. It sounds great for vocals wether you are singing or doing spoken word. If you're a musician or voice-over artist looking for a cheap yet reliable microphone, I would highly recommend this.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ITS YOUR COMPUTERS

By ANGEL APONTE

from LANCASTER, PA

Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

LISTEN THIS MIC IS GREAT NO DOUBT THE PEOPLE SAYING ITS STATIC THATS YOUR COMPUTERS THIS MIC IS GREAT I USE IT AND COME OUT WITH PROFESSIONAL GRADE SONGS SO I THINK THIS MIC IS THE BEST FOR A LOW BUDGET I LOVE IT IM JUST SAYING SO PEOPLE CAN BUY THIS MIC ALL IM SAYING IS DONT KNOCK IT TILL YOU TRY IT

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

(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.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works For Me

By kray

from New Mexico

Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

I wanted a good mic to do mobile/quick recordings without having to setup my whole studio. I chose the Snowball over other USB mics because of the Blue reputation for sound quality and for the look of the Snowball. Next to my white MacBook the Snowball fits nicely. The mic comes with a sturdy stand and a 6ft USB cable. The ball itself seems very sturdy. Out of the box the Snowball is likely to record at low levels, but the Blue website has firmware updates that will fix that. I don’t like that you can’t control the output except through the firmware updates. No software to control the mic settings. It has three record patterns that allow you to successfully record a single voice/instrument or multiple voices/instruments. I use it occasionally for singing and mostly for podcasting. I called support about the scratchy noise that another reviewer mentioned and you just have to make sure you are recording at 16-bit. I am pleased with the sound quality, the price, and Blue support.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TRULY AMAZING!

By MuSikWrOcKs

from PA

Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

ok, grantite, i havent had experience with any other microphone, but this one has absoultly amazing quality for voice, guitar, bass, piano, even drums!! for guitar and bass, all you have to do is place the mic in front of the amp and turn the setting on the back of the mic to "2". and i did the same for drums when i placed my mic and computer on a table near my drumset and still had amazing quality! TOTALLY WORTH IT!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(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!

(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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic...

By Gabe

from Hammond, IN

Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

I've been recording over the past 8 years and I've gone through a few mics. I got this mic as a back up, but will surely be using it as my primary mic. Although I've invested PLENTY of money into interfaces and mixers...theres no need for that with this mic. This mic is very clear and easy to setup. The 3 switches on the back are nice. I use the 3rd one because im used to my old condenser picking up everything. No matter the setting, it delivers clarity in my recordings, no matter what the situation. I would truely recommend this piece of gear.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING MIC!

By Kayvon Malek

from San Clemente, CA

Comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

This mic is EXCELLENT. It's easy to use and because it's a USB mic, it doesn't require an audio interface. I've had this mic for about two days now, and I can't stop recording it's so great. You can even use this mic for instruments. It can handle my metal high gain electric guitar stuff with ease. First time I've ever walked out of guitar center and had a product go beyond my expectations.

(1 of 13 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

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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