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Blue Microphones Snowball iCE USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC and Mac, Cardioid Condenser Capsule, Adjustable Stand, Plug and Play - White
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- Custom condenser capsule: Delivers crystal-clear audio quality that’s light-years ahead of your built-in computer microphone
- Cardioid pickup pattern: Captures your voice with clear, focused sound for streaming, podcasting and Skype calls
- Stylish, retro design: Record or stream in style with a classic that looks great on your desktop and on camera
- Adjustable desktop stand: Allows you to position the microphone in relation to the sound source, improving sound quality
- Skype and Discord Certified: Be heard loud and clear with guaranteed performance on leading VOIP platforms
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Blue’s Snowball iCE is the fastest, easiest way to get high-quality sound for recording and streaming. Its custom cardioid condenser capsule delivers crystal-clear audio quality that’s light-years ahead of your built-in computer microphone. Snowball iCE is even Skype and Discord certified, ensuring great results no matter how you use it.
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So to the mic. It's the Ice version so doesn't have the selectable polar patterns, and only has the cardioid pattern which is fine for my needs. Just remember to double check which version your are ordering as it's easy to make the mistake.
The mic sounds with a really nice crisp tone and is great for my purpose of streaming on twitch and making youtubbe videos. It's very easy to connect to your pc or mac and it's really easy to fit on a mic stand like I have in my pic. Doesn't pic up much background noise either, you may see YouTube vids where people say you need to be close to the mic it's self to get a good level, in my set up I'm about 1 and half feet away and it picks up my voice with ease and I can be sat very comfitabley in my chair and game and not worry about it.
I streamed for about 90 mins last night and played back the stream and I'm very impressed with the audio quality it just makes the stream sound more professional.
My wife (who is a sound engineer) was sceptical at me using a USB mic as she says I should use an interface and an XLR mic. But I did a quick sound test as soon as I got home and called her in to listen. And she was pleasantly surprised and thought the quality of the audio is very good.
So if you are looking for a good USB mic, for streaming YouTube or just to improve your Skype audio, then go and order this mic, it's great and most defiantly worth it.
I started to test immediately, and well the volume it picks up is ridiculously quiet. To get any normal level of sound you have to practically be eating the microphone, this of course means your audio quality is terrible and you have to have it pressed into your face. I desperately tried to find any fixes assuming it was my fault at first, the more research I did the more it became clear that this was a known technical fault with this model. Amazon offered a full refund or replacement so that was alright but it seems a bit of pot luck whether you'll get a microphone that works or not. I took the refund and I'm still looking for a better microphone.
The Blue Snowball is an excellent device. Its unbelievably simple to use (literally plug and play) and the sound quality has been described as better than the headset I was using prior to purchasing (which was a £350 Sennheiser headset mic). It also has the option to use on something like a suspension boom arm which is very handy.
The main selling point for me about the Snowball is that it seems to pick up sound perfectly even when placed quite far away. I often have it a foot or so away from me (to the left or right) and have never been told I am hard to hear. Additionally, it seems to be excellent at filtering out background noise (people I was speaking to were unable to hear keyboard typing or mouse clicks, or louder sounds like doors opening and closing).
The only down side to the Snowball is that it does not come with a hard mute button. You can obviously mute it with software, or just unplug it, but a mute button would warrant a 5 star review for me.
that I can type on the keyboard behind it and it's not picked up. That was the main reason that I got this
since I had another excellent mic, the samson G-Track, though it picks up sound from all directions.
Have a look on youtube since there are many reviews there.
I really like having my pop filter attached to the little stand it comes with so I can hold it easily in my hand.
I am getting familiar with it still though and so getting the distance that I want it to be for it to sound like I
want so perhaps in another month it would have been 5 star since I've had the Samson for many years
and so perhaps used to it and how it sounds (which is great).
I use it for my youtube channel and creating video lessons and it is fantastic value!
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Molti miei colleghi possiedono il "fratello maggiore", Blue Yeti, ma visto il mio budget ho deciso di provare lo Snowball viste le numerose recensioni positive.
La differenza tra il microfono della webcam e lo Snowball è ABISSALE. Nel montaggio si nota che nei momenti di silenzio la track audio non presenta alcuna "onda", ciò significa che i rumori di sottofondo sono ridotti al MINIMO !
L'audio risulta pulito e chiaro, sono davvero soddisfatta del mio acquisto per questo il mio voto è 5 stelle su 5!
Lo Snowball è arrivato nella sua confezione originale, ben imballato e protetto.
All'interno della confezione ho trovato:
- Il microfono (sfera bianca)
- Piccolo treppiede
- Cavo usb
- Manuale d'uso
Il montaggio è semplice e veloce, lo Snowball è subito pronto all'uso!
- Si collega al PC tramite cavo usb (in dotazione) e non necessita di alcun driver, il PC lo riconosce e fa tutto automaticamente!
- Compatibile sia con Windows 8.1 che 10 (sono quelli con cui l'ho testato).
- Grazie al piccolo treppiede è facile spostarlo e posizionarlo.
- Avrei voluto ci fosse stato un programma della Blue per la registrazione audio, ma non è una grossa mancanza, ci sono tanti programmi validi.
Il Blue Snowball è un microfono di fascia media con un ottimo rapporto qualità/prezzo.
Lo consiglio sia a coloro che necessitano di un microfono per creare musica o contenuti audio/video, ma anche a chi vuole godersi una videochiamata su Skype con una voce NON gracchiante o metallica, ma pulita e chiara !
Se la mia recensione ti è stata utile, non dimenticare di lasciare il tuo voto, grazie!
Very good product..
Recording clarity is awsm...( if we set gain in pc at low. )
And yeah.. RECORDING BY MOBILE VIA OTG
PORT IS AVAILABLE...
USE WAVEPAD. ANDORID APP FOR RECORDING.. AND SET RECORDING LEVEL AT LOW. IN SETTINGS.
AND YOU WILL GET CRYSTAL CLEAR SOUND IN MOBILE TOO...
ND FOR VIDEO RECORDING..
USE. OPEN CAMERA.
SET AUDIO SOURCE .. external mic. If available.. u will get awsm sound quality in recording :)
packaging is too bad. :(
There are annoying things though...
The red light on the top of the alien is ALWAYS ON! IT never goes out... What's the point of it being on? I know it's plugged in, it's not like I unplug things.
Why isn't there a switch to turn it (the light and the mic!) off? In these days of security concerns and flaps that go over cameras, here I have a mic that is taunting me with a red light saying "I am always listening! Now Putin knows what you are watching on TV!"
Anyway yes... It lost half a star for not having a switch (which would switch the light off, so I can't knock half off for each, in fairness).
If you are looking for a mic you should probably still get this one, just be aware that the aliens and the Russians are always watching with this one.
If you found this little rant helpful, please mark it so :)
As for the mic itself, it had a few scratches on it, not a big deal. And worked just fine after plugging in. Quality is great. By far the best USB microphone at this price, no question.
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Download 'virtual audio cable' & 'voice meter' to enhance and get studio quality of mic.
Lastly , the mic will work excellent if the user is awesome. Don't expect a Nightingale's voice output if you are a crow.
This is by the way 'best in budget' for YouTube voice cover. Simple plug and play.
If anyone wants to hear quality sample of this , let me know. I will put a link of ' shape of you ' song cover .
Fabulously clear. I can't believe how much better a USB mic can be. I monkeyed around with the levels in Jack to and it is super crisp and picks up well on the low end.
I honestly don't have much experience with other mics, but I can't imagine that it gets any better for this price
Use Audacity to record and enhance audio.
WARNING - This Microphone meant to be Record from "Closer Near Distance", if you are recording from far or having 3-4 person around to record everyone voice, this is not it, go with omni direction microphones for that, this is for 1 or 2 person recording from very near to the microphone and quality is mindblowing.
Le design est super sympa, surtout pour une utilisation fixe, en mode nomade, je pense qu'il est un peu encombrant.
Le son est parfait vu le prix, et j'ai choisi le monocardioide pour pouvoir l'orienter et limiter le bruit de fond, car il prend très bien les sons.
Cable USB suffisamment long (intéressant en Gaming) et cable épais résistant.
Le trépied est finalement assez peu réglable en hauteur car sinon on perd en stabilité, mais pour mon usage, pas de souci. De toute façon il prend tellement bien le son que la bouche n'a pas besoin d'être collée dessus. En gaming je suis à plus d'un mètre du micro et cela fonctionne parfaitement bien.
Plug in immédiat sur le Mac, installation super rapide.
Un excellent achat pour démarrer pour de l'enregistrement de vidéos Youtube, à ce prix pas d'hésitation, je recommande.
Tra i pro trovo
-rapporto qualità-prezzo imbattibile
-facilità di utilizzo
Tra i contro trovo
-treppiede non regolabile
Passate dal mio canale youtube duck industries hardware™ se volete vedere una prova audio o recensioni di prodotti simili.
Experience your sound capture by putting mic in different positions the closer you are the clearer you sound ...
You may face problems like low sound recording in windows 10
To fix this
- Type Sound in start
- Check microphone recording levels to full
- Change the quality to CD/DVD i.e; 44K or 48k
- Click on Apply
if you got any sound problems like not at all your mic is working but light is blinking Troubleshoot your sounds.
Tenendo il microfono a distanza di sicurezza (60cm) per evitare difetti di pronuncia e soprattutto ottimizzare la cattura delle diverse frequenze, ho una qualità ottimale di suono con il 100% di gain.
L'ho comprato a 44€, per questa cifra posso dire che è ottimo.