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Blue Microphones - Snowball (Brushed Aluminum)

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  • USB digital output
  • Ideal for podcasting
  • Dual capsule design

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Overview
Snowball

rebirth of the cool

Finally, a USB mic 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 mic.

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 mic.

 
Snowball

Works with iPad

Snowball and Snowflake can be used to record on iPad via Apple's camera connection kit (USB-to-30-pin) or the Lightning to USB camera adapter! Using these adapters, you can get Blue’s studio-quality audio on your iPad with any recording app, including GarageBand.

Technology
Snowball


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 (cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad and omni), the Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band - and it's ideal for podcasting.

 
Specs
Transducer Type Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
Polar Patterns Omnidirectional or Cardioid
Frequency Response Position 1-3: 40-18kHz
Sample/Word Rate 44.1 kHz/16 bit
Weight 460g
Dimensions 325mm (circumference)
Snowball

System Requirements

PC: Windows 8, 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)

For more information on Windows 8, Windows 7 or Vista compatibility, visit the Snowball FAQ.

FAQ

What exactly is this Snowball all about?

The Snowball is a revolutionary microphone. Leave it to Blue to reinvent the wheel... err, microphone once again! With USB connectivity, it has never been easier to get live audio into your Macintosh or Windows desktop or laptop. Just plug it in, adjust your input level and you're up and running.

Is The Snowball a dynamic microphone like the Blue Ball, or a condenser like the Blue 8Ball or Kiwi?

The Snowball is a condenser, which, according to the audio wonks we know, has a smooth open sound with a nice, natural high-end.

I've heard that condenser microphones require something called phantom power. Do I need to concern myself with this? Does The Snowball need batteries?

No. The Snowball derives its operating voltage from something called bus voltage, which is always present on your USB port. As long as the red LED is glowing, you know you've got power. The Snowball does not require batteries.

Is the Snowball compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, and Vista?

Yes, Snowball is currently Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista compatible. Older Snowballs manufactured from July 2007 to January 2009 with serial numbers lower than 76-065000 are not Windows 8, Windows 7 or Vista compatible. (Snowballs manufactured after January 2009 do not have serial numbers.) Snowball is plug-and-play and does not require drivers.

Do I need any special software to use The Snowball? Do I need any drivers?

Technically, no. Depending on your application, your OS may have sufficient features to utilize the capabilities of The Snowball. But, to get the most out of your Snowball, you'll want to have some kind of software that allows for digital signal processing and non-linear editing that will accept audio from the USB port. Some examples of these programs are listed below.

Can I use The Snowball with a traditional analog audio mixer?

No. The Snowball features digital output only. It must be connected to a USB port in order to function. What sample rate and word length does The Snowball use? The Snowball's digital output is set to 44.1 kHz / 16-bit, just like an audio CD. But this is something that only audio geeks really need to worry about.

How can I select a different sample rate?

Because The Snowball is designed for the greatest ease of operation and setup, sample rate / word length are not user-definable. Sorry, geeks.

What does cardioid and omnidirectional mean? Why should I care?

These are the two polar patterns The Snowball is capable of producing. If you think of polar patterns as the shape of the area that a microphone "hears" omnidirectional hears everything at equal volume from all angles (in a 360 degree sphere surrounding the mic), while cardioid only hears what's right in front of it at full volume and other sounds at increasingly diminished volume as the sound source moves further away from the center of the mic (audio techs call this off-axis). You should care because one of the most useful features of a microphone is the ability to control its pickup. We like polar patterns so much, that some of our professional studio microphones have as many as nine different patterns! With The Snowball, we've given you the two most likely to be useful to you.

What is The Snowball used for?

Is it a vocal mic, an instrument mic or both? The Snowball was designed to provide a wide range of applications where a high-quality transducer (a fancy way to say microphone) is needed, but so is ease of use and setup. Though most professional engineers prefer certain microphones for certain applications, we designed The Snowball for use with a wide variety of sources. Here are some suggested applications we came up with when we were locked in Blue's patented anechoic think tank: instrument and voice for music production / pre-production / demos, DV-looping / dialog, podcasting, sound effects, audio sampling, interactive programming, video sweetening / post, internet telephony, internet conferencing, recording lectures, poetry slams, spoken word performances and speeches by your favorite politician-- generally anywhere where you need an easy-to-use microphone and you have access to a computer with a USB port. Happy recording!

Do I need to keep The Snowball in the freezer when I'm not using it?

No. This is one snowball that won't melt!

 
  • 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.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Scott F.
  • 3/3/2014 8:14:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsawsome

Pros: Great sound quality and background noise cancelation

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: great mic for gaming and professionals

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  • Jacob
  • 2/21/2013 7:12:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsballin

Pros: i dont think their is an easy way to explain so i will give a typical benchmark, i play music from my speakers and have the mic pick it up, i play it back and it sounds the same. perfect

Cons: auto adjust volume for skype can never make up its mind, my friends were complaining that i was to quiet or loud when i did not have this issue with other mic's so i set it to permanent level

Other Thoughts: waiting for a beautiful fast high quality usb camera

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  • William K.
  • 12/28/2012 7:10:09 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSomewhat disappointed, but definitely worth it!

Pros: It's no more simple than plugging it in and using it! Very simple set-up. The tripod it comes with is real nice. The aluminum finish looks splendid as well along with it's overall appearance. The sound (accompanied by a few effects) is great.

Cons: It captures my keystrokes and mouse-clicks, but I will take the fault for having it so close. I have to add a "noise-removal" effect on it, for the background noise (slight hiss) is annoying. But the same should apply for most microphones.

Other Thoughts: As with most of the things I order, it'll take some time to get used to. And I feel that it's definitely worth what it costed. I do like the fact that I can record more easily now that I have a set of headphones and mic separately. (Was originally using a headset, which I've encountered many difficulties with.) Would definitely recommend to anyone who records music, videos, etc.

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  • Trey G.
  • 6/24/2012 9:10:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: very sensitive, excellent sound quality, easy to add and run
I'm very impressed with the snowball. We're using it with Dragon for a Doctor's dictation. She loves it and it can pick her up from any point in her dictation room.

Cons: size.
It is quite large and difficult to orient on a cluttered desktop

Other Thoughts: worth every penny

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  • Miguel C.
  • 6/5/2012 5:55:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSnowball Mic

Pros: Sound quality is good for chatting and gaming. Plug and Play.

Cons: None, just the price.

Other Thoughts: Not for someone looking for super high quality. But it does its job and it does it great.

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  • Cherie E.
  • 4/10/2011 9:30:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsSnowball USB

Pros: Sounds great, works as advertised and is def plug n play.. Looks pretty cool as well :)

Cons: None so far

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5 out of 5 eggsWon't be disappointed!!!

Pros: -Great sound quality when recording
-Plug and Play works with XP, Vista and 7

Cons: -Had to buy it.....

Other Thoughts: The reviews by others speak for themselves. This is a quality microphone that easily integrates with most apps you'll record with and the sound quality is top-notch. I would recommend this mic to anyone interested in recording high quality audio.

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  • Timothy C.
  • 2/23/2010 10:30:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsWorks like a Charm

Pros: #1 no strings attached, works right out of the box, and as soon as you hook it up to Mac or PC it installs itself, no searching for drivers or anything.
#2 the quality of sound is amazing, probably the best mic I've ever heard out of a studio
#3 Looks AWESOME. something you can brag about

Cons: none. its built tough, looks awesome, and works its magic every time in quality

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