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Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Cardioid and Omni Pickup Patterns
  • USB Connectivity
  • CD-Quality Audio
  • Switchable -10dB Pad
  • Includes Stand and USB Cable

The gloss black Blue Snowball incorporates Blue's revolutionary Ball microphone design with the added convenience of a USB output. The USB output allows an audio signal to be fed directly to software-based recording applications without unnecessary preamplifiers or hardware. The Snowball incorporates 2 separate capsules to give you a choice between cardioid and omnidirectional pickup patterns.

The cardioid polar pattern has a more focused pickup and generally "hears" whatever the mic is pointed at, while the omnidirectional pattern picks up sounds in all directions. The sensitivity and signal character of the Snowball result in outstanding clarity and detail while capturing vocals, guitars, drums, and more at CD-quality rates of 16-bit/44.1kHz. A -10dB pad switch provides added headroom and minimizes distortion when capturing audio at excessive levels. The mic comes complete with a desktop stand and a USB cable so you can begin recording right away.

USB Output
The USB output enables direct integration with a desktop or laptop computer, allowing CD-quality recording to software-based applications without a preamplifier
Dual Capsule Design
The dual capsule design incorporates omnidirectional and cardioid elements to give you a choice of what the mic "hears"
-10dB Pad
A -10dB pad switch eliminates noise and distortion when capturing signals at extreme volume levels
Accessories Included
A desktop stand and USB cable are included so you can begin recording right away
Transducer Pressure-Gradient Condenser with USB Digital Output
Polar Pattern Cardioid and Omnidirectional, Selectable
Frequency Response 40Hz to 18kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
Maximum Input Sound Level Not Specified by Manufacturer
Power Requirements USB Bus-Powered
Output Impedance Not Specified by Manufacturer
Output Connectors USB Output
Pad -10dB Pad
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions 12.8" (325mm) (Circumference)
Weight 16.2 oz (460g)
Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black)
  • Tripod Stand
  • USB Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    BlueSnowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (25)
    • Easy to use (24)
    • Versatile (17)
    • Compact (14)
    • Lightweight (10)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (4)
    • Limited functions (4)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (19)
    • Home studio (19)
    • Professional recording (8)
    • Performances (3)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (18), Novice (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    8/10 - Canadian Review

    Shipped pretty fast to North Toronto in the same week, B&H was excellent on that part.

    As for the Snowball, i heard there was pickup of background noise so...Read complete review

    Shipped pretty fast to North Toronto in the same week, B&H was excellent on that part.

    As for the Snowball, i heard there was pickup of background noise so i expected to be some but you need to note that it has 3 settings on the back - 1) High Sensitivity Pickup 2)-10db of the first setting and 3) Omni directional pickup.

    It is a good microphone to start off with, i recommend getting a pop-filter with it. You will pickup noise with the 1st setting but it is very subtle.

    Great for a quiet environment, but you have to be careful because it picks up stuff like your laptop fan and other things you may not know about.

    I would recommend it for starting off; get a professional microphone for anything that is more "corporate" and not just fun and games like pod-casting, and YouTube videos.

    I expect i will use it for a year or so since i am a beginner. Experts in audio production should get a higher end product than this.

    Overall, great for beginners, do not trust the hype - but rather the truthful reviews of this product.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Cool look... Not the best for conference

    I love the microphone and would probably use this at home on my personal computer. As for a conference room microphone, the recipients that are using Skype can't get enough volume to hear people...Read complete review

    I love the microphone and would probably use this at home on my personal computer. As for a conference room microphone, the recipients that are using Skype can't get enough volume to hear people at the other end of the room really clear. The adjustment doesn't allow for the levels to really pump the volume on the system software. One on One, no problem. We are still going to try to use it this way anyway because it is the most clear audio that we have had and there is no feedback for the people on Skype.

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    3.0

    Cool look... Not the best for conference

    By Greg the IT Guy

    from Riverside, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Looks Great

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Record Levels Limited

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • One On One Skype

    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

    I love the microphone and would probably use this at home on my personal computer. As for a conference room microphone, the recipients that are using Skype can't get enough volume to hear people at the other end of the room really clear. The adjustment doesn't allow for the levels to really pump the volume on the system software. One on One, no problem. We are still going to try to use it this way anyway because it is the most clear audio that we have had and there is no feedback for the people on Skype.

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    4.0

    Blue snowball microphone

    By Jay

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

        Hey everybody,Just bought the Blue Snowball microphone for podcasting, youtube tutorials, and voiceovers. Pros- Speech and vocals are very clear. Easy to set up and get going, plug it in and go. Cons- must be within 6-8" from source. popping will occur at higher input levels . This is a great product for the price! Works perfect for what we use it for.

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        4.0

        Beautifully recorded narration

        By Joyful James

        from California

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

          This mic allows spotless recording of voice and sounds. Easy use and easy storage.

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          5.0

          Great!

          By HawaiianBoyStormy

          from Kernersville, NC

          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

          This product worked very well and came in only three days the best thing is it was easy to use and alls I had to do was plug it into my computer and it setup itself!

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          5.0

          Best Microphone Ever!

          By James Vista

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Red Led Light

          Best Uses

          • Gaming

          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

          Wow, the sound quality is amazing. My voice sounds really clear. I use it on Teamspeak to talk to my buddies also Skype. Just, wow.. Much amaze. Also, the picture shows the stand is silver/chrome but it's actually black. The only downside to this thing is the bright red led light. Ugh.

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          4.0

          8/10 - Canadian Review

          By Asaad

          from Toronto, ON, Canada

          About Me Novice

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound On Setting 2
          • Long Usb Cord
          • Pivot Updown And 360 H
          • Solid Tripod
          • Windows 7 Compatible

          Cons

          • Bulky/Heavy
          • Flimsy Tripod Connection
          • No case
          • Outdated Manual
          • Some Background Noise

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Pod-casting
          • Youtube Videos

          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

          Shipped pretty fast to North Toronto in the same week, B&H was excellent on that part.

          As for the Snowball, i heard there was pickup of background noise so i expected to be some but you need to note that it has 3 settings on the back - 1) High Sensitivity Pickup 2)-10db of the first setting and 3) Omni directional pickup.

          It is a good microphone to start off with, i recommend getting a pop-filter with it. You will pickup noise with the 1st setting but it is very subtle.

          Great for a quiet environment, but you have to be careful because it picks up stuff like your laptop fan and other things you may not know about.

          I would recommend it for starting off; get a professional microphone for anything that is more "corporate" and not just fun and games like pod-casting, and YouTube videos.

          I expect i will use it for a year or so since i am a beginner. Experts in audio production should get a higher end product than this.

          Overall, great for beginners, do not trust the hype - but rather the truthful reviews of this product.

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          4.0

          Good product

          By Killamuk

          from Philadelphia , pa

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

            I used da product to record my own music .
            I love how makes my music more clear.
            It would be nice if the USB cord was longer.

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            4.0

            Tremendous and simple

            By This! the Podcast

            from Washington, DC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy
            • No Headphone Jack

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Podcasting

            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

            For the price, this is one microphone that works exactly as advertised, and maybe even better than expected. It picks up great in omni-directional settings like roundtable discussions. I use it for podcasting, and it's been perfectly capable in every situation I've tried.

            The only complaints I have about the microphone, other than its bulky size which isn't that much of a problem as it lends a distinctive look, is that it's not perfectly omni-directional; anyone sitting to the right or left of the microphone has to speak up quite a bit to match the volume from the front or rear of the pickups. Also, there's no headphone jack that I can see, which is baffling because whenever I'm recording with it I can't listen to it to see how it's functioning. I just have to trust that it's picking up okay. So far I've been lucky, but I don't know what the future will hold.

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            5.0

            Awesome microphone!

            By Akiva the rocker

            from Montreal, QC

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

              This product is amazing. I bought for the purpose of pod casting and it works unbelievably well. I haven't tried it out for music yet, but i'm sure it will work with music maybe not the highest quality, but an amazing quality. The only part of the microphone that I do not like is that its a little heavy and bulky. With that con aside I would say this is the best microphone for its price range. If your budget is a little higher then i would suggest the At2020 or the yeti. All in all this microphone works amazingly well with music and pod casting. If you are having trouble with it, don't be smart and say you can do it without the Instructions, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!

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              5.0

              Very nice for the money

              By Nick

              from CT

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

                The mic came very fast (1 business day) and was better then expected. The quality is crystal clear. The Ball seems very durable and seems that it would last for awhile.

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                5.0

                Great microphone for podcats and webinar

                By vailmd

                from Denver, Colorado

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

                  I use this microphone to do podcats and webinars. The previous micrphone I used was not that great and I had a lot of feedback that my audio quality caused some poeple to drop off my webinars. Feedback since I started using the Snowball is audio quailty is far above previous quality.

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                  5.0

                  Absolutely incredible service!!!

                  By ten

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

                  Simply put: I am very satisfied with my overall experience with BHP. Fast delivery and item arrived packaged very well. The snowball looks awesome with the black mic on the black stand. I'm setting it up now but I'm sure I will be very pleased when I try the mic.

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                  5.0

                  great usb mic

                  By strawbfan

                  from Utica Ny

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

                    this mic is real easy to use plug it in and it is ready to use.I use it with audacity,it records really clean and clearly.
                    Comes with a USB cable and tripod stand,records vocals and guitar really well.

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                    5.0

                    Great Product - Great Price

                    By Toweytowey

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

                      Exactly as described - quality, quality, quality - love this thing.

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                      5.0

                      Record like a pro

                      By xSelecLTz v3

                      from Ottawa, Canada

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Sound
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice look solid
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • none

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording

                      Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

                      I'm an avid MW3 player and like to make youtube video. Great mic and easy to use. Looks nice..

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                      5.0

                      Couldn't be more satisfied!

                      By Adam

                      from Miami, Florida

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances

                        Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

                        I recomend the product. It's even better than I expected.

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                        5.0

                        Best mic I've ever owned

                        By Keith

                        from San Marcos, CA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

                          I use this for everything one would use a mic for. Skype calls, gaming, podcasting, music recording, etc. It works phenomenally for all of these activities.

                          The Blue Yeti, which is the upgraded version of this product, is a little better and has a few more features. But the Snowball is absolutely the best microphone you can get in this price range. It's not just good for its price range, it's good in general. Solidly built, great stand, great sound quality.

                          The only possible complaint I can think of is that the USB cable is ugly. This doesn't matter, since it can easily be replaced with any miniUSB cable, but it would've been nice to get a black cable with the black model.

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                          4.0

                          It's exactly what you get.

                          By Panther

                          from San Francisco, CA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Limited Functions
                          • Poor Sound Quality

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

                          - Useful to record voice over.
                          - Practic USB connection.
                          - Easy to carry it.
                          - Professional
                          - it looks good near at my IMac!!

                          I wish this have a volumen bottom.
                          Will be perfect to control the audio in level.

                          Thanks!

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                          5.0

                          Pretty good Mic

                          By Mr.S

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording

                            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

                            Good mic for podcasting, voiceovers,etc. Great mic overall.

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                            5.0

                            Love It

                            By Hustle Fiend

                            from Oakland, CA

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Gloss Black):

                              Very easy to use and great quailty.

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