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Snowball USB Mic - Aluminum

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  • Weight: 2.30 Lbs
  • UPC: 836213001936
  • Vendor Part #: SNOWBALLALUMINUMSNOWBALLALUMINUM
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Description

Finally, a USB mic thats not only easy to use, but sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. Meet the Snowball, the worlds first professional USB mic. Whether youre 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.

ManufacturerBlue Microphones
Manufacturer Part NumberSNOWBALL Aluminum
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.bluemic.com
Brand NameBlue Microphones
Product ModelSnowball
Product NameSnowball USB Microphone
Product TypeMicrophone
Product UPC836213001936
Technical Information:
Connectivity TechnologyCable
Frequency Response40 Hz to 18 kHz
Microphone:
Microphone TypeDesktop
Interfaces/Ports:
InterfacesUSB
Physical Characteristics:
ColorAluminum
Weight1.01 lb
Miscellaneous:
Additional Information
  • Direct plug n play mic that connects to either a Mac or PC
  • No additional software is needed
  • Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band
  • Ideal for podcasting
  • Green ComplianceYes
    Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
    WEEE

    Reviews

    Submited By: KR Silkenvoice on 06/28/2010
    For years I ve been working with traditional XLR cardioid condenser mics (love my Neumann TLM) but I ve had to travel a lot lately, and humping the XLR cables, pre-amp, and heavy mics through airports and hotels has gotten to be a real bother, so I started The Hunt for a Great USB Mic.

    Now, there are good USB mics out there for under $100, and Blue s Snowball is adequate. At ~$70 you get what you pay for. It is ok for podcasting, if you aren t too picky about sound quality. I had one shipped to me, didn t like that background hum, sent it back thinking it was a problem with the mic, and got another one that sounded exactly the same. (And yes, I read all the instructions and advice and made all the adjustments. I even tried it on Mac, Laptop, and PC--so spare me the "oh did you try this, and you re an idiot because you didn t try that" Snowball fanboy snarkiness ;).

    So, when I returned the Snowball, I considered getting Blue s Yeti, but it s sheer size disqualified it -- the mic is way too big and heavy to be considered remotely portable, and since I like to record standing-up instead of sitting down, I worried that it would be too heavy for my boom.

    Having eliminated Blue s mics, I tried the Samson G Track at ~$120 and the AudioTechnica AT2020 at ~$110. I like that the Samson has the headphone output and the gain controls (which the AT does not) and better recording quality versus the AT2020 at 48kHz versus 44.1kHz. However, the Sampson weighs a half-pound more. For both mics the sound quality is great for podcasting, and while vastly superior to the Blue Snowball, and certainly adequate for most vocals that will be supported with background music, neither mic produces recordings clean enough and of high enough quality (limited to 16bit) for pure narration (IMHO).

    So I upped my price-point again. And found THE perfect USB mic for voice-overs at ~$275. The MXL USB.009. It records at 24Bit/96kHz -- a huge improvement over the 16Bit/44.1kHz of all the other mics. It has the benefits of a mic jack and knobs for gain control like the Samson G Track, and is Plug and Play. I don t have to tweak anything on my Mac or my PC. It is lightweight, so I m not worried about my boom tipping, and there is no background hum. I like the steel carrying case -- it weighs about 6 pounds with the mic and USB cable -- and makes it easy to carry through airport security.

    Yes, the MXL USB.009 is 4x the cost of the Blue Snowball and 2.5x the cost of the Samson G Track and the AT2020, but for me, it is worth it. I not only do podcasting, but I do professional voice-over work, and I need something that will give me the convenience of direct USB recording with near-studio quality.

    3 of 5 Stars!
    Submited By: Xoandre on 07/06/2010
    Warning to those who do not know:

    If you do not have a sound card that supports USB sound connectivity, do NOT purchase any microphones or headsets that run on USB! These will not work unless you plan on purchasing and installing an all-new sound card in your computer that will support playing & recording audio via USB port.

    For those with older computers, it is a simple task to look at your sound card port (where you plug in your speakers/microphone - usually in the back of your PC)... If you see the green, red, and black standard audio ports, but NO USB on the same metal plate, then you should not get a USB driven audio device unless you are ready to upgrade your sound card in order to fully support these devices.

    There may be updates to the software or drivers on your sound card manufacturer s website, so check there as well before you decide not to get a USB sound device. However, 99% of the time, these USB speakers, microphones, headsets, etc. will not work without the proper physical USB plug on the sound card itself.

    Just a little FYI for those about to buy without checking.

    --Xo

    2 of 5 Stars!
    Submited By: Ed(tech)ucation on 07/16/2010
    I already had a Samson microphone that I was amazed by but needed a microphone I could take around, put in my backpack and record various meetings. I bought the Gloss Black Snowball and love the design (it s always a topic of conversation when I set it up for recordings) and the fact that I can easily pack it up and take it where I need it. I know I shouldn t compare this microphone with my Samson, but...the sound quality isn t what I was hoping for when I produced my first screencast using the Snowball to record the audio. Again, I believe it is a quality microphone for a decent price, but if you are wanting almost crystal clear recordings, you may have to spend a little more money.

    3 of 5 Stars!
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