Blue Microphones Snowball Ice USB Microphone - White
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- Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio, desktop mic stand and USB cable
- Easy plug 'n play directly to Mac or PC - no drivers to install
- Improves audio quality on Skype, Windows Live, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger
- Records instruments, vocals or bands. Frequency response - 40 -18 kHz
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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
Delivery within 3-5 working days with Royal Mail delivery which includes a tracking number.See all Product description
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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.
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|Color Options||White and Black iCE||Brushed Aluminum, Gloss Black, Textured White|
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|Desktop Stand Included||✓||Metal, Fully Adjustable|
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The Yeti has a reputation as the go-to USB mic for non-broadcast or budget broadcast com records and the reason for that is it's a high quality mic.
As I bought this Snowball for personal use, couldn't quite warrant the over doubled price tag of the Yeti but I have to say, in terms of quality, there's very little difference in it. This is a superb microphone for spoken word and unless you specialise in sound, I'd be surprised if you could really tell the difference between the two.
I also got it in Black and it looks fantastic. The one thing I would say is it is a lot larger than I had expected when ordering (A little smaller than a hand wrapped around a fist) but you soon get used to it, and as it looks so good anyway, this isn't such a problem.
The tripod it comes with is great and doesn't seem to pick up much vibrations from the table.
I personally have only used this for spoken word but have seen videos of people using it for music and it seems to stand up well.
If you're after a microphone for YouTube channels, voice overs or anything spoken word, but can't warrant the >£100 price tag, this is the one to go for!
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.
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.
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.