Blue Microphones Snowball iCE USB Microphone - White
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- Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio
- Easy plug 'n play directly to Mac or PC - no drivers to install
- Desktop mic stand and USB cable
- Improves audio quality on Skype, Windows Live, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger
- Records instruments, vocals or bands
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The Snowball USB microphone family from Blue Microphones is the number one selling line of USB wired condenser microphones on the planet. Their unique design and proprietary condenser capsules deliver legendary sound for everything from podcasting to recording instruments. The Snowball iCE benefits from Blue’s legendary professional audio heritage to record at a level unmatched anywhere.
It's never been easier to get high quality audio with your computer! Home, office, anywhere — the Snowball iCE USB microphone delivers audio quality that's light years ahead of your computer's built-in microphone. Its custom condenser capsule with cardioid pattern offers crystal clear audio for communicating, creating,and recording. Also plug n' play for PC and Mac, Snowball iCE requires no drivers.
The Snowball iCE features a unique swivel mount located on the bottom center of the mic body. Be sure to mount the Snowball iCE on its included desktop stand or on a standard-thread counter-weighted tripod mic stand. For reduction of low-frequency rumble and additional positioning options, mount the Snowball iCE in the Blue Ringer, available separately. Be sure to position the Snowball iCE over the center leg of the stand to further prevent tipping. Once mounted, you can gently pivot the Snowball iCE back and forth for optimum positioning in front of the sound source. Once safely mounted, connect the Snowball iCE to the USB port on your Macintosh or Windows computer (the Snowball iCE is USB 1.0 and 2.0 compatible). If you’re using an iPad, you’ll need Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit for USB connectivity. Make sure that the active, on-axis side of the diaphragm (the side with the Blue logo) is facing the desired source.When connected, the LED just above the Blue logo will glow red, indicating power has reached the Snowball iCE and it is ready to record. Now you’re ready to set up your Snowball iCE on either your Mac or PC.
After extensive testing by engineers, Snowball iCE has been certified by Skype for providing both exceptional clarity and a guaranteed optimal Skype experience.
•Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio
•Easy plug 'n play directly to Mac or PC – no drivers to install
•From desktop to laptop to iPad (with Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit)
•Adds HD audio to recordings for YouTube, SoundCloud or Myspace
•Improves audio quality on Skype, Windows Live, Google Talk, Yahoo!Messenger
•Records instruments, vocals or bands
•Creates podcasts and adds narration to your home movies
Snowball iCE Microphone
From the manufacturer
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 10.4.6 or higher, USB 1.0 or 2.0, 64MB RAM (minimum)
Blue Microphones Snowball iCE
Plug 'n Play USB Microphone
It’s never been easier to get high-quality sound for your voice and computer-based audio recordings. At home, the office—or anywhere for that matter—the Snowball iCE USB microphone delivers audio quality that’s light years ahead of your computer’s built-in microphone.
- Improve audio quality on Skype, Twitch and FaceTime
- Add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube
- Create podcasts and add narration to your home movies
- Record instruments or vocals
- Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC—no drivers to install
Get Started Easily and Quickly
With Snowball iCE, quick and easy recording is finally a reality. Simply mount Snowball iCE on the included adjustable stand, plug the USB cable into your Mac or PC and that’s it. You’re ready to sit back and start recording crystal-clear audio for any project.
|Professional Quality USB Audio (16bit, 4.1kHz)||✓||✓|
|Color Options||White and Black iCE||Brushed Aluminum, Gloss Black, Textured White|
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|6-Foot USB Cable Included||✓||✓|
|Desktop Stand Included||✓||Metal, Fully Adjustable|
|Optional Ringer Shockmount Available||✓||✓|
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However if you have thick walls and a good Window (or a studio set up) the sound capture is actually excellent.
The one that came with the software was incredibly uncomfortable, and you're limited to movement as it's a wired headset. The more expensive one felt more comfortable on my ears, but pressed on the arms of my glasses. Again, my movement was limited as it was wired.
I read a book about Dragon software and it recommended the Blue Snowball Ice.
It was expensive at £50 but I felt it was worth the layout as I use the software daily.
I wasn't disappointed. It works perfectly.
My main gripe with the microphone is that it's bulky, granted I have a small workspace though so I can't really complain. Would recommend.
The tripod stand is a bit of a pain, and isn't so adjustable, but the mic is the most important thing, and so I just put up with it. After all, I would rather have a great mic with a crap stand than a crap mic with a great stand.
I have used its older brother, the Blue Yeti, which is twice the price, but a noticabllly better quality. If your budget can stretch to £80, then I would consider that one, if not though, this does a great job.
It is perfect for starting out with auido recording for game commentaries or similar.
Important note for some: this is a cardoid mic, so is only good at comentaries. It focuses its recording one one spot, so doesn't record bands or interviews well. For this, you probably will need the Yeti.
If you're looking for a nice sized mic that is affordable and looks great and has amazing quality (both build and audio) I would recommend this over any other.
It's worth noting - as I discovered hunting around on Google for ways to fix the low volume - that the "iCE" version is a slightly cheaper version of the standard Blue Snowball, without the 3-way switch on the back. That said, the "iCE" is supposedly equivalent to the standard microphone on setting 1, which is its most sensitive, so I can't really blame my difficulties on that.
I don't know if there are any other microphones out there that would have been easier to configure satisfactorily, of course.
It was easy to set up and ran perfectly on my windows 10 despite what I initially read in the manual. I suggest plugging this in via the back ports of your PC or laptop, this seems to help a fair few people and its what I did when I first connected it.
I highly recommend this mic as a high quality entry level microphone for professionals and hobbyists.
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