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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

The world's first professional USB mic offers plug and play, accurate, versatile input for your computer.

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

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SPECIFICATIONS

Snowball USB Microphone

  • 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
 
4.4

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Compact (5)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Home studio (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Blue Snowball USB Mic.

I purchased the Snowball back in february and i can tell you, this microphone is a steal for the price.It's so clear and crisp, loud and just the right amount of bass for vocals...Read complete review

I purchased the Snowball back in february and i can tell you, this microphone is a steal for the price.It's so clear and crisp, loud and just the right amount of bass for vocals and instruments. I use this mic for singing and guitar(s) and it performs as it should, very pro-quality.i do have one concern i must express, when singing/playing loudly, it will peak if on setting 1 (Cardiod) or Setting 3 (omni) set it to setting 2 (Cardiod 10- db pad) and it's flawless. I highly recomend this mic as both a musician and a producer.

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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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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blue Snowball USB Mic.

By Benjadock

from North Georgia

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Comments about BLUE Snowball USB Microphone:

I purchased the Snowball back in february and i can tell you, this microphone is a steal for the price.It's so clear and crisp, loud and just the right amount of bass for vocals and instruments. I use this mic for singing and guitar(s) and it performs as it should, very pro-quality.i do have one concern i must express, when singing/playing loudly, it will peak if on setting 1 (Cardiod) or Setting 3 (omni) set it to setting 2 (Cardiod 10- db pad) and it's flawless. I highly recomend this mic as both a musician and a producer.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Couldn't be happier

By MS863047665

from Cleveland, OH

Comments about BLUE Snowball USB Microphone:

I love the recording settings, the spheroid shape make it great to hold in your hand while singing.
This snowball has better functioning options even though it has 3 instead of 4.
I first tried the Blue Yeti but this one is far better. On the Yeti the tightening screw loosens every time you use it, and the micro USB connector on the back is very fragile and breaks very easily.
I could not be happier. Looks great, strong connection, perfect for recording guitar and vocals.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Darn Good All Around Mic

By Astroglass87

from North Carolina

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Comments about BLUE Snowball USB Microphone:

I've had the snowball for over a year now. It's been used from everything from Skype to recording loud electric amps. 95% of the time all you'll need is setting #3. I advised a friend to get one but he said he couldn't get enough volume. Once I walked him through computer basics and he increased the mic volume (gain)on the correct end of his computer, he loves it. I'm a bit concerned about the usb connector on back as there is a bit more wiggle than I would like, but it seems to be holding up pretty well so far.

(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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Snowball USB mic

    By South of Normal

    from Oakland, CA

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    Comments about BLUE Snowball USB Microphone:

    My band's guitar player got this for his birthday last year. He brought it to one of our practices and set it up in the corner of my tiny room hooked up to his macbook. I'm a drummer, so I know nothing about recording and therefore was skeptical of how good the quality of our recordings could turn out with this one funky little mic in the corner. I was pleasantly surprised with the results. The instruments were mixed surprisingly well. My drums were set up on the other side of the room, and you could hear each cymbal crash, hi hat chk, tom, snare, and bass hit in amazing fidelity. The guitars and bass turned out fantastic too. I really recommend this mic for any band on a budget.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great customer service

    By Christina

    from Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about BLUE Snowball USB Microphone:

    When I ordered this product, it was back-ordered. Musician's Friend was very good about keeping me updated on the status of my order and once it shipped, it arrived very quickly. I have only used this microphone once, but am happy with it so far. It matches well with my singing voice (alto-soprano). I can see how the cardioid and omni pick-up patterns could be useful, but I have yet to test the difference. The volume seemed quite low too when recording (I had to turn the volume on my computer way up) however, I have a soft singing voice. This doesn't seem like a "work horse" do-it-all type of mic, but it's fun to play around with and a good value.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Interesting, but not too difficult

    By MattyTaylor93

    from Charleston, SC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile
    • Warm sound

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Tricky

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Quiet Vocals

    Comments about BLUE Snowball USB Microphone:

    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.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Quality Mic For The Price

    By Daniel Engler

    from Ohio

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about BLUE Snowball USB Microphone:

      I'm still trying to get the hang of the microphone world right now, but I ordered this mic and I'm pleased with it. It has 3 settings on the back, and I'm not entirely sure what they do, but it seems to have a different sound on each one. This mic is great for vocal, guitar, and drums. It's nice if you need something to hold you over till you can get the expensive mics. But if you have the money, I'd get professional mics.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      OUTSTANDING!!!!!

      By meat creature

      from west virginia

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      Comments about BLUE Snowball USB Microphone:

      OK so I was skeptical because I have purchased a lot of garbage over the last 25 years of playing/recording/mixing/gigging. This is an outstanding microphone straight out of the box. I plugged it in to my pc. I tried the free Audacity recording software and in 1 take with an acoustic/vocal made one of the better recordings I have ever created. The balance of voice and instrument has always been too much of one and not enough of the other. I just want to easily record voice/guitar with the least amount of gear possible. There was absolutely no background noise or buzz. The clarity is exceptional and I would recommend this to anybody who records live acoustic music. The depth and presence of live sound was truthfully recorded and with absolutely nothing to install; just change your audio input...that's all.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Didn't work for what I needed

      By Patrick G.

      from Maryland

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      Comments about BLUE Snowball USB Microphone:

      One evening I got the idea to fiddle with some recording on my iMac when I spied the USB Logitech microphone that shipped with my kids' Guitar Hero - World Tour. I popped it in, grabbed my trumpet and got some pretty cool results with it. I have read that there were some pretty good USB mics on the market, and the Blue Snowball reviews pretty well, so I decided to give it a shot.Using my iMac with Garage Band, I could not find a setting where I could use that mic with my trumpet and not get distortion on the highs and louds, and I really tried. I didn't really try it with voice, but since voice wasn't what I needed, I ended up taking it back because frankly, the $30 Logitech mic worked better for me.Had I used it for vocals, it probably would have been fine though. For those folks who complain that this mic doesn't give enough signal, either this is a manufacturer/quality control issue, or they don't know how to use it because I got more than enough signal, and that was never a problem for me.For those on the fence, as long as you aren't trying to record loud sound sources, go for it - it might be ideal for you, but it didn't work for my purposes.

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