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Blue Microphones - Snowball (Gloss Black)

  • 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 conversaions, and live chat.


Learn more about the Blue Microphones Snowball

Model

Brand
Blue Microphones
Model
Snowball

SPEC

Color
Black
Connector
USB
Microphone Frequency Response
40Hz - 18kHz

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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  • Tommy N.
  • 5/1/2014 4:39:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStellar

Pros: It's everything that it says it is. No more, no less.

I believe it is the cheapest option there is in terms of "professional" quality.

Cons: Maybe the way it looks, but that's subjective. Personally it doesn't please or bother me.

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  • Eric C.
  • 3/13/2014 4:52:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat mic for the money

Pros: Crystal clear sound, no set up, multiple settings to optimize sound capture.

Cons: Doesn't shoot lasers

Other Thoughts: The stand is a little silly looking and picks up all lower frequencies (good luck typing while recording), but with the Blue Ringer Shockmount and a stand it makes for a great addition. keep in mind, its the size of a large orange, so if size is an issue, might want to go with something smaller.

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  • Gona P.
  • 6/8/2013 3:35:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It looks very cool and very professional. I like it very much. Records sound very clearly.

Cons: You may have to yell a bit if you are going to do commentary. I strongly suggest reading the users guide before having any ideas of sending it back.

Other Thoughts: Pretty good.

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  • Lukas M.
  • 6/20/2011 1:06:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsworks great

Pros: Works great and requires no setup. Looks very solidly built.

Cons: It is a bit bigger than expected. That's not really a problem.

Other Thoughts: Made our Skype meetings much more bearable and efficient. Now the on-line people can actually hear everyone in the room!

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  • Greg L.
  • 5/10/2011 1:51:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReally great for the price

Pros: Works as well as most professional mikes three times the price. Very well-built.

Cons: Huge ball in your face exactly unobtrusive in video blogging (hurr hurr). I'd recommend a boom mike stand that comes from the floor and has a shock mount. Will pick up EVERYTHING, and the included mount does nothing for removing vibration, so if you're podcasting while typing, you'll hear it perfectly in the feed as soft thumps.

Other Thoughts: Really sturdy and well made, worked great with Linux/Audacity. This was recommended by several podcast friends, and this thing is one of those bargains

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  • Jeremy K.
  • 4/18/2011 11:23:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks with Ubuntu Linux

Pros: If anyone with Linux was wondering, I have Ubuntu 9.1 and it works just fine, as a USB mic with no drivers should, with no adjustments needed in terminal. You might have to open your sound preferences (in gnome-sound-recorder it's under File>Open Volume Control, or right click your volume icon on your desktop panel), click the Input tab and select the microphone from a list. Don't turn the input volume up too high, because this thing seems capable of picking up background radiation in the universe from the moment of the big bang.

I've only done a few test recordings so far, and it's definitely much nicer than my generic computer mic and my headphone-mic combo. I'm only planning to do video narration and podcasting with it, so I'm too technically informed on how well it'll handle singing, instruments, conferences, or whatever else people might be inclined to use it for.

Cons: It's uber-sensitivity might require a more sound-proofed environment for some users in noisy settings or with loud computer fans. Though turning the input volume down while recording and then boosting the levels later might help. Thankfully my pc is pretty quiet, so I'm not hearing it in the recordings with it only a couple of feet away.

Other Thoughts: I got it here on newegg while it was $20 discounted, plus free 3-Day shipping and no tax. I can't imagine a better deal for what I bought!

The mic has got a funky retro look, so you got that going for you, which is nice.

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  • Matthew A.
  • 4/17/2011 8:36:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood quality, terrible volume

Pros: Excellent quality. Does not distort when sounds are loud. Picks up music well.

Cons: Using Windows 7 x64, the volume is so low (levels cranked to max, all options investigated, believe me) that it renders the microphone almost worthless for vocals. I have a cheap Logitech mic and the mic on the Logitech Quickcam 9000 and both of them have no problems with volume, but this microphone has trouble picking up vocals even when the mic is a foot in front of my mouth. And because it uses the native Microsoft microphone driver and comes with no software, there's no recourse for this problem and it leaves one with no option but to increase the gain in postprocessing.

All of the three microphone settings exhibit this problem. Ironically, this microphone has no boosted setting but actually has a setting that DECREASES gain.

I have tested this with two different computers and both exhibited identical results. Similar complains can be found by others online.

Other Thoughts: The quality is superb and this would be a great microphone if it didn't have a glaring and well-documented volume problem.

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  • Anne B.
  • 1/23/2011 8:12:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAnnoying static

Pros: Installation was easy. Seems to capture sound of different frequencies and volumes well.

Cons: On one of my computers it seemed to work ok, but when I moved it to a second computer, I got backgroun static and static pops, particularly when I was singing high notes. Very annoying.

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  • Steven B.
  • 12/19/2010 8:39:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well

Pros: Quality directional microphone with good ratio of front to back sensitivity which can be used to avoid feedback when used, for example, with Webex or GotoMeeting in a setting with a video projector with speaker.

Cons: The maximum gain which I can get into Webex is a little low, i.e., with the microphone gain turned all the way up in Windows and Webex, it is still lower than I would like

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  • Ryan P.
  • 7/26/2010 4:25:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Choice for Mic

Pros: No background noise
Very clear and crisp
Baffles breath wonderfully

Cons: Stand takes up a lot of desk space
Thick USB cable tends to get in the way of other desk items

Other Thoughts: I love this mic. I was using a Razr headset for recording voice overs for gamebreaker.tv but this mic was 1000 times better.

Only draw back is you need the mic close to your mouth for the best audio and with it's clumsy size that can be tricky with mouse, keyboard, etc. This drawback has a plus side though as it doesn't pick up background noise from fans, tv, etc.

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