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Blue Microphones - Snowball

  • USB digital output
  • Ideal for podcasting
  • Dual capsule design
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Finally, a USB microphone that's not only easy to use, but sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. Meet the Snowball; the world's first professional USB microphone.

Whether you're recording a guitar at your kitchen table or a complete band in the studio, the Snowball can capture it with detail unheard of before in a USB microphone.

 

  • newegg Plug and play installation With absolutely zero need for an audio input device, the Blue Microphones Snowball can be plugged directly into your Mac or pc via its standard USB port!
  • newegg Versatile Recording The Blue Microphones Snowball features three pattern modes (Cardioid Mode, Cardioid Mode-10 dB PAD and Omnidirectional Mode) capability makes it an ideal choice for recording music, podcasts, Skype conversations, and live chat.

Learn more about the Blue Microphones Snowball

Model

Brand
Blue Microphones
Model
Snowball

SPEC

Color
White
Connector
USB
Microphone Frequency Response
40Hz-18KHz
Specification
PC: Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional
USB 1.0 or 2.0; 64MB RAM (minimum)

Macintosh: Mac OSX
USB 1.0 or 2.0; 64MB RAM (minimum)

Features

Features
The Snowball is a direct plug n' play mic that connects to either a Mac or PC - no additional software is needed. With its dual capsule design and unique three-pattern switch (cardioids, cardioids with -10dB pad and Omni), the Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band - and it's ideal for podcasting.

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  • Thristan M.
  • 12/18/2014 9:38:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAweeeeesome

Pros: I think this microphone is perfect, as soon as I joined my normal skype group, everybody said that I should of add more microphone to my order and give them as christmas gift. Love it

Cons: Size, I can't find the good place to position it, the quality is unbelievable, but you ear my mouse click too well and my computer fans too, even my mother speaking to me. Shouldn't be a con for everyone though

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  • Shawna W.
  • 12/13/2014 3:11:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsOK for some things.

Pros: - Inexpensive
- Good for use as a speaking mic
- Decent for pop vocals

Cons: - Stand is iffy and will not lock, very hard to get the mic to screw on to it properly as well
- Incredibly large
- Included USB cable is much too short to get away from computer noise
- Absolutely cannot handle soprano vocals

Other Thoughts: So, the first thing is, I have a less than ideal recording area. I have a fan in my computer that refuses to run less than 1200rpms and no controller to tell it to shut up, so there is constant fan noise.

This would be less of an issue if my room layout and the length of the cable allowed me to move it to a position where my computer were behind it and it could be picked up less. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. It's too big, and the cable is too short, and there just simply isn't anywhere to put it.

So, to cut down on this, because it is very noticeable, I have it on the middle setting that does a -10dB reduction so the remaining noise pickup can be(mostly) dealt with in Audacity. This works OK, but causes a further issue - There isn't enough gain left afterwards, and I have to boost it and risk quality loss.

So, OK, this is already awkward, but there's ways around it, like borrowing a laptop that isn't as noisy as a computer I built for gaming from a family member and going in the bathroom for slightly less terrible acoustics than my room. Pain in the rear but hey.

However, there is one thing that simply cannot be worked around. To be fair, I didn't really expect this to handle what it doesn't, but I was hoping it wouldn't handle it so badly.

Are you a soprano? A real one, because sure, I can belt into this mostly OK and if I do that thin floaty pop fluffiness it's OK.

But the INSTANT you put any support behind it, hit any forte passage, never mind fortissimo, you will blow this thing out from ten feet away facing the other direction and your recording will be useless. I'm not even trying to do proper opera, it was just a recording of a Sarah Brightman song(Her version of Il Cuore Mio Va, if you want to know), and I was blowing this thing out during the early quieter passages before you hit full force on the last chorus.

The recording of operatic sopranos is, of course, a well-known pain in the rear that generally requires professional gear to do well, but I was hoping to be able to get at least 'slapping this on youtube for fun as a karaoke cover' quality, but there is no fixing mic blowout. If it's in your track, delete that track, it is dead.

I think, perhaps, if I went into another room I might be able to hit my high notes without blowing it out, but at that point...

These are, of course, mostly #SopranoWorldProblems, and if you aren't singing in a classical style you should be fine. Sadly I am, and I do have some vocal training, and I can in fact sing over an orchestra without a mic, so when I hit those passages, oof.

Don't let any of this scare you away for spoken word work, or softer styles. (I've also had some success with higher belting; but I would not use me as a yardstick for it, I am not trained for belting, dislike it and probably do not do it correctly.) For those it's great.

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  • Jt H.
  • 12/4/2014 3:59:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic quality, high volume, great price

Pros: I got this mic based on a number of streamers' recommendations. First thing I did was pop into my buddies' vent server, and ask, "Can everyone hear me okay? Just got a new mic." A few different people keyed up with "whoa" and "wow" and then my guild leader said, "Yeah, we can hear you really good. Makes me want to buy a new mic."

It's a very good mic. Extremely good quality. I like the style too. Highly recommended for a mic in this range. Great for podcasting or streaming, or if you just want to have a particularly nice mic to skype with.

Cons: None that I have found yet. Will update if anything goes amiss.

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  • jeremy b.
  • 5/17/2014 3:47:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI like it

Pros: Great quality for the price, not the best, but in its price range, its pretty good. It picks up my voice pretty well from 2-3 feet away.

Cons: Its a little bit big, but if that is what it takes to get the nice quality out of it, then so be it. Mic itself is about the size of a softball, stand is about 6 inches tall. Its not wireless, and the massived sized (diameter) cord is a little bulky but still plenty flexible.

Other Thoughts: I should have made the next step up, but I am very happy with this purchase, recorded hours and hours with this mic and I see no problems with it yet.

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  • Lennard B.
  • 7/8/2012 1:43:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsVolume Issue, No response from BLUE customer support... :(

Pros: Looks great. Heavy and sturdy. Blue Brand name (First Blue Mic)

Cons: Unfortunately this is a big issue if you search the internet, not all of the microphones have proper gain. Some require a firmware update and some just have low volume. It's hit or miss. Just do a search and you will see. I didn't realize there was an issue until I googled to see if I could fix the volume. This is not opinion, this Snowball really cannot be used and no adjustment can fix the volume issue.

The worst part is that BLUE never replied to my issue. I wrote them 3 days ago and this is just unsatisfactory customer support. I don't mind the issue here and there if they will fix it however what I do mind is a company that doesn't reply to their customers concerns. (I contacted them on their website and gave my phone number, email address and checked spam folders.)

After looking at other reviews you will notice other people have the same issues. 1.) low volume on many microphones, and worst of all 2.) Blue customer support doesn't reply to their customers... Unsat.

Other Thoughts: I like the look of the mic and the feel. The volume cannot be used I do podcasts and live streams professionally. I'm much more disappointed that a big name like BLUE doesn't reply to customer issues. This is not the first review like this. Please look at others, maybe it will give BLUE incentive to start paying attention to support instead of only sales.

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  • James M.
  • 6/14/2012 1:15:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsDriver conflict causing headaches - any ideas?

Pros: Beautiful, clear-sounding, somewhat-adjustable microphone.

Cons: Does NOT work on my computer (Win7 SP1 64-bit). It does work on my laptop, also Win7 SP1 64-bit. I think it has to do with my motherboard. The motherboard (which I purchased in June 2011) and related drivers seem to only want audio input from the mini audio jack. My laptop has no such jack and this USB mic works great for it, in fact I plugged it in and it recognized it immediately (but I bought this to use with my desktop tower, so I'm not happy since I can't get it to work). The Blue Company seems to have no support mechanism. So I resorted to old standby geek tasks. I've deleted old drivers, downloaded a full, fresh set from Gigabyte's website, rebooted the system and still nothing. Very, very frustrating. This is also happening to my Logitech webcam. The camera part works, but the microphone is not recognized by the system. And Logitech tried to help, but once they learned that the camera worked on the laptop, they politely told me work it out with other vendors.

Other Thoughts: I'm posting here because the NewEgg community often has great insight into tech problems like this. I'm open to suggestions and I really don't want to return this because I already know the mic works, just not on the intended machine.

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  • Gavin S.
  • 11/26/2011 3:25:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWatch out.....

Pros: When it worked, the sound quality was stunning. I was able to use it for short documentary movies as well as several video game reviews. Paired with a filter the sound required almost no editing beyond cutting and pasting in final cut. More than surprised at how good this USB microphone is.

Cons: after 13 months, I plugged it in one day. and nothing. Absolutely nothing. 1 year warranty support expired, I'm now stuck with something less functional than an actual snowball.
The stand was always bad, the telescoping rod was warped right out of the box, and the mic always got loose on the stand.

Other Thoughts: The sound of this mic is great, but I just hate it when electronics die just after the 1 year mark. Now I'm left without a good portable microphone, and on a budget it's going to be a while before I replace....

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  • Mackenzie F.
  • 11/10/2011 10:35:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -Decent Audio Quality
-Easy Setup
-Good entry level mic

Cons: - Big, if you don't have a big desk you'll find yourself disconnecting it all the time to get it out of the way.
-Picks up quite a bit of ambient noise, if you have a loud environment then this mic will not be for you, while its much better then your run of the mill microphone, its not what you'd expect
-Quiet compared to some other USB Stuido quality microphones at a distance

Other Thoughts: For the price, its a great microphone, but if you bought it with the intention of having a microphone thats able to pick up your voice clearly from more then 2-3 inches away and not pick up a lot of background noise, then this microphone is not for you. I'd suggest picking up an MXL for a few bucks more.

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  • Diane R.
  • 10/4/2011 2:17:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very High quality for voice recordings

Cons: When im recording and hit playback it sounds very quiet for some reason, even though im only sitting about 7 inches away

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/14/2011 8:57:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks just as intended

Pros: - high quality sound recordings
- it does what it needs to do
- easy setup

Cons: - HUGE, its FREAKING huge haha
other than that, none so far

Other Thoughts: get it if its within your price range

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