2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good, Clear, Sensitive, Minor Gripe,
This review is from: Blue Microphones Snowflake USB Microphone (Electronics)There is no dearth of USB microphones on the market but a surprising variation between the best and the worst. I've only got W7 PC's now so I cannot comment about any other OS but the microphone drivers installed in moments on both 32 and 64 bit machines. The audio is very clear, as expected from any condenser microphone. The W7 recording devices panel allows for access to levels and sampling rate (8k - 48k). There is no microphone boost checkbox but I can assure you it's not needed! I have found that recording levels are ample with the level set on 10/100. 100/100 will pick up a mouse farting. (Sorry).
The derived audio is pristine, crisp and clean but needless to say as with any condenser, sensitivity comes with a cost - ambient noise levels need to be kept in check. Apart from that I am very pleased with it - it offers good value for money. Why then 4*? Unfortunately I had to factor in the female mini-USB connector on the back which I sometimes find doesn't always make. On an analogue microphone this is obvious since there will often be an accompaniment of crackle or pop (apart from not working) but with USB the device has on occasion disappeared when the last connection made is on the rear of the mic. The solution is to open it, plug in the mic-end first then plug the USB connector into the computer. If it appears it will stay, moving the mic or playing with it has on occasion resulted in the device disappearing.
I should point out that I could have a slightly defective connector on mine so I wouldn't let this have altered my decision to buy had I known about it before purchase.