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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

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
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    BlueSnowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack Bundle
     
    4.6

    (based on 125 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (89)

    • 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 (104)
    • Good audio (93)
    • Versatile (48)
    • Compact (41)
    • Lightweight (37)

    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 (7), Technically challenged (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (7), Business (6)

    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.

    VS

    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.

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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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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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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                                    5.0

                                    Amazing

                                    By KatWibb

                                    from Richmond, VA

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        This far exceeded my expectations. Truly plug and play. Sound quality is terrific. The other day I had a meeting in a U-Shaped classroom with about 15 people. Brought in one person via videoconference through my laptop. We had the audio out from the laptop connected to the sound system in the room and was solely relying on the Blue Snowball as the mic. Using setting 3, the person videoconferencing in had no problem picking up all the conversation going on in the room. In fact, the next day we had a teleconference using the standard Polycom audioconferencing unit, and the Blue far surpassed that!

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                                        5.0

                                        Works great... used to conduct webinars

                                        By DanL

                                        from Van Nuys, CA

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

                                            Easy to use... plug it in to the USB port and it works. Great sound quality. Great value.

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                                            5.0

                                            Very pleasantly surprised

                                            By dj Fiddler

                                            from Farmingting, MN

                                            About Me Experienced

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Clear Sound
                                            • Compact
                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Amateur Recording

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

                                              I bought this Mic. to record music to practice playing along with. I recorded guitar and fiddle music in my living room and was amazed at the quality of sound that I got using this relatively inexpensive mic and free software (I used audacity) on my laptop. I would have no reservations at all about recommending the Blue Snow Ball to a friend and look forward to many fun hours of recording with it!

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                                              5.0

                                              excellent mic

                                              By SURGEn

                                              from Holland, MI

                                              About Me Experienced

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Clear Sound
                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy To Use

                                              Cons

                                              • none

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home Studio

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

                                              For the cost, this Mic is absolutely amazing. I run Windows 7 and as soon as I plugged it in it was ready to go. The playback was great..clear. I would recommend this product.

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