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Blue Microphones Snowball Omnidirectional/Cardioid USB Microphone - Black
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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.
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.
Bit rate: 16 bit
Colour of product: Black
Compatible operating systems: Windows 7/Vista/XP\nMac OSX
Connectivity technology: Wired
Depth: 32.5 cm
Height: 32.5 cm
Mac compatibility: Yes
Microphone direction type: Omni
Microphone frequency: 40 - 18000 Hz
Minimum system requirements: USB 1.0/2.0\n64MB RAM
Sample rate: 44.1 kHz
USB port: Yes
USB powered: Yes
Width: 32.5 cm
Create studio-quality recordings with Blue Microphone's Snowball, a USB microphone with exceptional sound-capture capabilities. Using Blue Microphone's award-winning dual-capsule and circuit design, the Snowball produces crisp, clean recordings that are free of feedback and distortion. A unique pattern switch allows you to toggle between three different settings, giving you the flexibility to record vocals, instrumental music, podcasts, interviews, and more. With a plug-and-play design that is both Mac and PC compatible, the Snowball requires no additional drivers and is ready to record straight out of the box.
Three Different Recording Pattern Modes for Versatile Recording
Using Blue Microphone's proprietary dual-capsule technology, the Snowball can record a wide range of situations. Its multiple pattern capability makes it an ideal choice for recording music, podcasts, Skype conversations, and live chat. Depending on what kind of sound you are recording, you can choose from three distinct pattern modes:
- Cardioid mode: Well-suited to podcasts, sung vocals, and other voice work, cardioid mode records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone. It delivers a rich, full-bodied sound.
- Cardioid mode with -10 dB PAD: The same as cardioid mode, except with a -10 dB attenuation that helps you capture louder sounds with higher fidelity.
- Omnidirectional mode: Omnidirectional mode picks up sound equally from all directions. It is best used in situations when you want to capture the ambience of "being there"--like a live recording of a band's performance.
Innovative Design Makes Recording Easy
With a visual design inspired by classic recording equipment, the Snowball's stylish, retro aesthetic will complement any computer system. Its metal grille and frame recall the look of old-timey microphones.
The Snowball comes with an adjustable tripod that lets you position the microphone in relation to the sound source, improving sound quality. It also features an LED indicator, which glows red when the microphone is powered.
The Snowball requires no complicated drivers to operate; simply plug it into your computer's USB port with the included USB cable, calibrate the microphone with your operating system, and you're ready to record.
The microphone is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Home and Professional), and Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher), and requires a minimum of 64 MB of RAM.
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Sorry for the long review but I hope you find it helpful and that it helps you with your choice of mic for what you want. Feel free to comment with questions and I will try to give you the most accurate answer I can. :D
But no there is no static and my recordings are great quality.
Quick Tip: always look at the black snowball mic, the white one, and the aluminium one as sometimes they have sales on one, but not the others, they all sound the same and you get to save some money :)
Setup is quite literally put the mic on the stand , and plug in the included USB cable. Drivers install quickly and then you're set. Took me all of one minute. Compatible with Windows 8.1, even though this isn't mentioned in the item desc.
Sound quality is fantastic. I use Audacity to record and remove background noise, which is picked up especially on the first setting (cardioid, for commentary etc) but after that it is crystal clear and sounds a lot better in my videos than my old headset mic! It does take a bit of positioning to find a height, distance from you and place in the room that it sounds good from, but once you have that set up it sounds fantastic.
The colour is great, and the mic looks pretty darn sophisticated sitting on my desk.
My only complaint would be that the included stand MAY cause issues. It is stable, but there seems like some kind of locking bolt to hold the neck extension in place which doesn't seem connected to anything. The neck extension can be gently pushed back in with the bolt locked, and the mic can swivel on the stand if the USB is at an angle. Fortunately, neither of these issues affect me just because of where I need the mic to be, but it might be worth checking if stuff like that might affect you.
Other than that small complaint, which isn't really an issue for me personally, I can thoroughly recommend this!
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the fact that it is also USB Connected makes it even better. At the back it also has 3 settings for different sound control.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far, the sound quality has been good, however I have a problem with the overall finish. What is wrapped around the ball seems to be bumpy and messily placed with strings of old... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Hayley L
its a great mic, it sounds wonderful! the only down fall is that some times its a bit quietPublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I use this microphone because the one on my headset is far too quiet. I love this microphone though, it's sound quality is extremely good. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Lee Hayward
I have now had this mic for three years, worked fantastically for me and is now doing my girlfriend fantastically too.Published 15 days ago by DRAGEX 323
Great product, just what I need. It’s easy to transport, simple to plug in and use. Would recommend.Published 25 days ago by Cody
Good solid quality microphone. I found looking on YouTube for a direct comparison is the best way to decide weather this is the microphone for you or not. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Project Gamers.