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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...Read More

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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)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (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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5.0

Great product!

By Country Beiber

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about BLUE Snowball USB Microphone:

    Performed well for recording on my laptop and webcasting live performance!

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    4.0

    Good Multi-Purpose Mic

    By glitch777

    from Treasure Island FL

    About Me Experienced

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    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

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      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.

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        (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.

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          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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Yes! Way!

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            By kemander

            from Bluffton, Oh.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            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:

              Plug and play straight into Windows 7, only requiring one to manually make the Snowball the computer's default microphone. Recording quality is very flat and accurate, with a wide volume decible and frequency range. It was packaged well and arrived three days after I ordered it, and it came with a quality stand and USB cable. I am highly pleased with the functional quality, the solid constuction and with Musician's Friend Tech Support, Sales Associates and efficiency.

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              (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.

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              (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.

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Quality Mic For The Price

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              By Daniel Engler

              from Ohio

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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.

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                (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.

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