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Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle

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Product Highlights

  • Cardioid and Omni Pickup
  • USB Connectivity
  • Switchable -10dB Pad
  • Includes Stand and USB Cable

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The Blue Snowball incorporates Blue's revolutionary Ball microphone design with the added convenience of a USB output. The USB output enables audio signal to be fed directly to software based recording applications without unnecessary preamplifier's or hardware. The Snowball incorporates two separate capsules for true cardioid and omni-directional pick up.

The cardioid polar pattern has a more focused pick up and generally "hears" what the capsule is pointed at. The omni-directional pattern features a generous pick up area at the front and sides of the microphone capsule. The sensitivity and signal character of the Snowball results in outstanding clarity and detail while capturing vocals, guitar, drums, percussion and more. A -10dB Pad switch provides added headroom and minimizes distortion when capturing audio at excessive levels.

A definite balance between convenience, design and function, the Blue Snowball is ideal for project studio recording, web casting, voice-over recording and more.

USB Output
The USB output enables direct integration with a desktop or laptop computer, allowing direct recording to software based applications without a preamplifier.
Dual Capsule Design
The dual capsule design incorporates omni-directional and cardioid elements. The cardioid pattern provides a focused pick up pattern while a more generous are is achieved with the omni-directional.
-10 dB Pad
A -10dB pad switch eliminates noise and distortion when capturing signal at extreme levels.
Transducer Dual Capsule Condenser
Polar Pattern Unidirectional (Cardioid)
Omnidirectional
Frequency Response 40Hz to 18kHz all 3 positions
Sample Rate 44.1 Hz / 16-bit
Power Requirements USB bus-powered
Output Connectors USB Output
Pad -10dB Pad
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions (Diam. x Depth) 5.33 x 5.33" (135.3 x 135.3 mm) spherical microphone
Weight 1 lb (460 g)
Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle
  • Tripod Stand
  • USB Cable
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    BlueSnowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle
     
    4.7

    (based on 129 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (93)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (107)
    • Good audio (93)
    • Versatile (48)
    • Compact (41)
    • Lightweight (39)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (19)
    • Limited functions (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (75)
    • Home studio (67)
    • Professional recording (24)
    • Performances (20)
    • Outdoor events / games (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (59), Novice (32), Professional musician (11), Tech savvy (10), Technically challenged (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (8), Personal (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Simply the best!

    The BLUE Snowball is simply amazing. As a video professional, it is an invaluable asset. Not only does the minimal, compact design allow me to bring it virtually anywhere, but the variable...Read complete review

    The BLUE Snowball is simply amazing. As a video professional, it is an invaluable asset. Not only does the minimal, compact design allow me to bring it virtually anywhere, but the variable settings ensure that I record crystal clear, full-toned sound every time. Not to mention the fact that with it's plug & play software, it can easily move from computer to computer with no problems, recording musical performances to voice-overs with no sweat. And all at a laughably low price that makes it accessible by professionals and consumers alike. The only negative thing about it is the stand, which is a bit flimsy, but due to the Snowball's design, it can be attached to virtually any microphone stand or mount. Simply put, if you value good sound, this is a must.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Do not buy if you use Windows Vista

    The microphone itself is fine, at least for the limited use I'm putting it to (podcasting). It does not work with Windows Vista, so if that's your OS, buy something...Read complete review

    The microphone itself is fine, at least for the limited use I'm putting it to (podcasting). It does not work with Windows Vista, so if that's your OS, buy something else.

    Blue used to have a Vista firmware alternative available for download, but they've recently removed it.

    Too bad - it worked just fine. Go figure.

    Reviewed by 129 customers

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    5.0

    Functional Mic

    By Adam from Jadekind Gaming

    from St Louis, MO

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

      Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

      I use this Mic to record videos for YouTube, and selected this version because the Omnidirectional pattern works well for the times when I have to record more than just myself. It works pretty well, obviously requiring some tuning of the final audio for use, but it records a nice enough sound that I can adjust the audio that I record with it without the sound messing up. It is a bit bulky, but it does at least look nice if the bulkiness causes it to show up on screen when doing my videos.

      Also, people have reviewed this saying that it does not require drivers- that is obviously false, but it does install the drivers on its own, so you don't have to mess with that part of setting up the Mic.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Fantastic Audio Quality!

      By Today Show Guest

      from Elizabeth, CO

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Presentations
        • Productivity

        Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

        I use this with my school film club, and the voiceovers created by my students using this microphone are top notch in quality

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Great Product

        By kah9481

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

            Great Product and easy to install

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            So far so good!

            By Yessica

            from NYC

            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

            I recently purchased this microphone for the sole purpose of doing voice over for a project and it has worked splendidly! Installation was just plugging in the USB and presto. The sound quality is impressive and it's ridiculously easy to use. The only thing I didn't like was the cheap feel of the little stand it comes with, but other than that so far so good.

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            4.0

            excellent mic

            By phinds

            from Central NY

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Long Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                Impressively solid construction, both the mic and the base, with a heavily shielded USB cable. The different reception modes seem to work well, and it reduces the heavily sibilants I unfortunately have in my speech. I had hoped it would eliminate them but neither did the other good mic that I have used.The cardioid pattern in particular seems very effective and it greatly reduces extraneous noise. Also, it just LOOKS neat.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                4.0

                Great Sound at Affordable Price

                By Carl S

                from Lake Michigan shoreline

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Sound Quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Den
                  • Productivity

                  Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                  As a writer with a limited budget and creative bent, I wanted to add another dimension to my tells - that of sound and voice. The Snowball USB Exceeded my Expectations. The sound quality is great and my worries about sound insulation proved false. When you up great sound recording with simplicity of use and low cost - you have 3 way winner.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  Snowball USB Condenser Microphone

                  By Ski Cat

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great Sound Quality
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Presentations
                    • Professional

                    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                    Not a lot of stuff to have to put together. Works well w/ GoPro (which is why I purchased it)

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                    5.0

                    like it!

                    By kairat

                    from manhattan.ny

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Presentations

                      Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                      nice design. good value.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Blue snowball mic

                      By Bono

                      from West coast

                      Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                      Lives up to their claim.. Easy to use. Works great. Went to them for quick support. Response was on the money great company!

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                      5.0

                      Great sounds quality

                      By Designerd_71

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Productivity
                        • Professional

                        Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                        I use the microphone to record voice overs for interactive media - the Snowball microphone was a great price for a great product. I get quality production every time I use it.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        3.0

                        Snowball good enough not to throw.

                        By T-dog

                        from Wichita, KS

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Den
                          • Productivity
                          • Professional

                          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                          We use the product for a podcast. Has 3 good settings. One for quiet, one for a little noise and one for a lot of ambient noise. Voices sound good in all 3 situations. The only thing I don't like is that when you buy more than one, your computer will only recognize 1. To get it fixed you have to mail them back into the manufacturer for them to reset the microphones to a different setting, so your computer will recognize both of them. Bummer. Other than that, they are great for a podcast.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Great value

                          By HorseMarine

                          from Bristol, CT

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                              Nice sound for the price. I use it for YouTube and doc projects and is a great affordable upgrade from the computer mic.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Excellent No Problems

                              By daveryder

                              from ontario, Canada

                              About Me Gamer, Good With Most Tech

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Sound Quality
                              • Pick Up Sound Realy Well

                              Cons

                              • And Computer Fans
                              • Will Record Ceilling Fans

                              Best Uses

                              • Commentaries
                              • Music Recording
                              • Yelling On Skype

                              Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                              Excellent product had absolutely no problems at all, literally plugged it in choose it through recording devices and away I went.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Perfect for our needs

                              By AMC

                              from NYC

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                                    Used for VO.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    Amazing! Great Price!

                                    By runnamucks

                                    from orlando, FL

                                    About Me Technically Challenged

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Great Sound Quality
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Long Lasting

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Den
                                      • Productivity

                                      Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                                      I bought this as a gift for my friend who doesn't have an audio interface for his laptop. He was having all sorts of phasing issues recording with his internal microphone- and of course poor input-volume. He pulled this right out of the box and was able to hook in up and start recording instantly! We're both very satisfied. Thanks a lot, B & H! -Josh Dobbs

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      5.0

                                      Snowballs a keeper

                                      By BAVTS Instructor

                                      from Bethlehem, PA

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Changeable Pickup Pattern
                                      • Setup Easily

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Nice For Voiceovers

                                        Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                                        I needed a mic to do voiceovers at home. Saw some great reviews on this mic so I ordered it. It did the job nicely. It's bigger than I expected it to be but the fact that you can change pickup patterns is awesome. The tripod is nice. Very sturdy.
                                        I recorded with it and it sounded great. I would recommend this to friends.

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                                        • No

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                                        2.0

                                        bad case

                                        By arose

                                        from Harrisburg, PA

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                          • Breaks Easily

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home Studio

                                          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                                          The white plastic case around the microphone is thin and cracked within 2 weeks.

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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Incredible mic and great price!

                                          By IAmBeautifulBlog Shannon

                                          from CO

                                          About Me Novice

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Sound
                                          • Compact
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Amateur Recording
                                            • Home Studio

                                            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                                            I make personal video reflections on my blog. The microphone is so clear. So much better than my laptop's mic. The only thing that I didn't like about it is the inability for my computer to integrate with it. No fault of the microphone. It worked great on my other computer! I had to send it back and get something that my computer could use. Great mic for the price!!!

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                                            5.0

                                            fantastic mic

                                            By happy_torch

                                            from Boise, ID

                                            About Me Novice

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Clear Sound
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                            • Bulky/Heavy

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Amateur Recording
                                            • Home Studio

                                            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                                            i use this mic for let's play and commentary. it has wonderful sound quality so it will pick up faint noises and make them more clear even if the is a person talking in another room

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                                            5.0

                                            Awesomeee! :)

                                            By happycatsierra

                                            from Springfield Ohio

                                            About Me Professional Musician

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Clear Sound
                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use

                                            Cons

                                            • Bulky/Heavy

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Amateur Recording
                                            • Home Studio
                                            • Performances
                                            • Professional Recording

                                            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle:

                                            I love it!! It's clear, and its just perfect!!! :) I'm glad I ran into this product!! :)
                                            I don't regret buying it at all! I recommend buying this to everyone!! :)

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