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Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum)

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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 brushed aluminum 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 (Brushed Aluminum)
  • Tripod Stand
  • USB Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    BlueSnowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum)
     
    4.4

    (based on 69 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (40)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (56)
    • Good audio (52)
    • Versatile (27)
    • Compact (25)
    • Durable (15)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (11)
    • Limited functions (5)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (43)
    • Home studio (34)
    • Professional recording (17)
    • Performances (8)
    • Outdoor events / games (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (32), Novice (20), Professional musician (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great mic for band practice and WoW

    This mic has worked out great for streaming audio from our band practice. The mic is heavy and durable with three switchable patterns on the back. I use #3 setting which is Omni for...Read complete review

    This mic has worked out great for streaming audio from our band practice. The mic is heavy and durable with three switchable patterns on the back. I use #3 setting which is Omni for band practice. We place the mic a few feet from the PA with it's back to the room. It picks up the drums and sound great without distorting.

    I also use this mic when I play World of Warcraft with Ventrilo or Vent as we call it for chatting online with friends during gameplay. It sounds great compared to my webcams mic.

    You might not want to use this mic with Cubase or other DAWS though. It requires it's own ASIO driver to work, and so I can't seem to get it working along side with my normal Firepod rig.

    Anyhow, it's a fantastic USB mic for louder environments as well as for podcasting. You will have to get close to the mic for podcasting, though. If you want a more sensative mic for quiet talkers, I think Samson also makes a nice Condenser USB mic.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A little flashy, but works ok

    I bought this mic for a friend so that he could do some narration work for me on his laptop computer. For this it works fine and sounds almost as good as much more...Read complete review

    I bought this mic for a friend so that he could do some narration work for me on his laptop computer. For this it works fine and sounds almost as good as much more expensive "pro" mics. You can work it fairly close with the usual pops and blasts, too. It seems to work fine on a Mac with the free Audacity recording software, though I wasn't able to get it to work using Quicktime Pro's recording option. The mic's output level is pretty low, so it's probably not well-suited for recording multiple people in a "roundtable" setup.

    I was surprised by how big the thing is--about the size of a softball. I expected maybe tennis-ball size. It's also fairly heavy, so the little stand that comes with it is not very secure or stable.

    The USB cord that comes with it is pretty short. It's long enough for a laptop but if your desktop tower is on the floor, you'll need a USB extension cord.

    There's very little documentation with this mic, but I did find it's pretty much plug-and-play with Mac OS 10.6.

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    5.0

    Great Microphone for the money

    By Jarleyhorse

    from Ashland OH

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

          The microphone works well for our usage in a conference call atmosphere. Although, I'm kind of worried that the usb connection will become outdated with newer technology.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great beginner's condenser mic!

          By Sayyo2pat

          from Astoria, NY

          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

          This is my first condenser microphone. The product was very easy to use and provided very good results. The mic is very affordable and looks amazing.

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          5.0

          Great value decent quality mic

          By Wrighty the voiceover guy

          from Towson, MD

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Decent sound quality
          • Good design
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Needs a protective case

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

            I use this for adding voice overs to educational videos. Set up is super-easy. I've been really impressed with the sound quality, especially for this price.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Works better than expected

            By Gary

            from Colorado

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                  I do some voice overs and my own radio ads and needed a decent usb microphone. Decided to buy the Snowball USB because of the price and good reviews. It works great, plug & play and the quality of the recordings is better than ever. If you're on the fence, get one. It is a little bigger than I expected, bat that is no problem.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Meets expectation

                  By Jerry

                  from St Cloud MN

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy Plug and Play
                  • Great sound

                  Cons

                  • Large in size
                  • No Case For Storage

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                    We purchased this Mic to use with SKYPE calls in a group setting. The initial reaction was what we were warned about. It is much larger than expected. The quality of the sound is very good. We have only used it for one conference but anticipate that it will meet our needs for the future growth of our meetings and the increasing size of our group.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great Mic!

                    By Young Professional on a budget

                    from Wisconsin

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Picks Up Loud Room Noise

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                        Great Sound, nice and clear. I use this for Voice Over work when working on Radio commercials and V.O. for Video projects either TV Commercials of informational videos.

                        Small draw back, if your in a noisy room, air ventilation is loud or fans or computers are noisy you might pick them up on the mic this is the only reason I can't give it a 5 star, but simply turning those off will eliminate that.

                        I really love this mic for the sound I great from it and the price compared to others with the same quality.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great Mic

                        By Cash strapped Professional Videographer

                        from Wisconsin

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Picks Up Noisy Rooms

                          Best Uses

                          • Vo Voice Overs

                          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                          Professional Voice Over for work with Radio ads and all Video projects like TV commercials and informational videos. Picks up your voice really well, nice clear sound. This is a great mic at a great price.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Works Great

                          By Video/Audio Production

                          from Wisconsin

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                            I use this for recording voice over for video and radio. If you are in a noise room it will pick up some of the room noise. A controlled room or one with less noise or normal noise It does a great job. Clearly picks up my voice and on playback it's a very nice sound.

                            size of a softball, and for me to feel comfortable transporting it safely I bought a Pelican 1400 case to hold it in, and it fits nicely inside.

                            The only down grade is if the air vents in your room are noisy or you have external drives running near by you will pick them up on this mic. If you can control that, this is a great USB mic.

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                            4.0

                            Looking forward to buying the other two

                            By Tamisha

                            from Wyandanch, NY

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Bulky/Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                            I use the blue snowball for video game commentating and home recording I love everything thing a out the mic although it is a little heavy

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                            5.0

                            Payed for itself!

                            By Jehshua

                            from Norwich, VT

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                              I bought the Blue Snowball for online V.O. work, and in 3 weeks I've made $1000. 'Nuf said!

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                              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Very Good!

                              By Shadowknight805

                              from Lafayette, IN

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Gentlemanly
                              • Great pick up

                              Cons

                              • Bulky/Heavy
                              • No Monocle
                              • No Top Hat

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Lets Plays
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                              I use the Snowball for audio recording and general gaming. Even if I'm away from my desk, leaning back in nmy rolling chair on the back two legs, because I, too, like to live dangerously, the Snowball still picks up my voice rather well.

                              The product is also quite pretty. Yeah, I said pretty. So what, big whoop, you want to fight about it?

                              I'm unsure how much damage it can take, but if you are worried about that, then you may just want to stock up on some Rock Band or Guitar Hero mixs and get a stand for them. That'll be a lot cheaper than breaking one of these babies.

                              I guess the only downside, and this may just be because my desk is small and I have items everywhere for my professional worky time, that the Snowball is a rather large gentleman, and will take up much desk space.

                              Also, it does not include a top hat or monocle, which makes it hard to believe that it is a gentleman.

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                              4.0

                              Great sound, bigger than I imagined it

                              By Tim

                              from Detroit

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Podcasts Online Teaching

                                Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                                I use the Snowball mostly for teaching online, but occasionally also to record live music. The sound is great. The ability to change the pattern from cardioid to omni is very useful.

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                                4.0

                                So far, so good

                                By mcsky

                                from Sacramento, CA

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                                    Have had it for about a week now, total of 3 hours usage thus far. Good quality, met my expectations, especially coming up from using in-PC mic or a cheap set of earbuds w/ mic.

                                    Conversations are clear, free of background noise. Definitely a good purchase, will do a follow up review once I spend more time with it.

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                                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    2.0

                                    Can't use in pairs poor customer service

                                    By Guitardon

                                    from Chicago, IL

                                    About Me Professional Musician

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound

                                    Cons

                                    • Can't use in pairs
                                    • Poor customer support
                                    • Unreliable

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                                    I bought two Snowballs to use for live recording of my band on my Macbook Air. The mike sounded real good but when I plugged in the second one it wasn't recognized by my Mac OS. So when I went to create an aggregate it wasn't available to select.

                                    It took 7 days of unanswered phone calls and 5 email messages to support before they finally got it and understood the second mike wasn't recognized by the Macbook and had nothing to do with the recording software. When they finally got it they said I would have to send one to them to change the serial number imbedded in the mike software.

                                    After over a week of frustration dealing with the lack of support and no one answering their phone nor replying to my messages I sent them back for credit. I will never understand why they make a mike that can't be used in pairs (at least with the mac os). That is the beauty of USB mikes - no interface and they are easy to setup for live recording. I bought a pair of mikes from another company to replace these that worked immediately when I plugged them into my Mac.

                                    I like the Blue mikes but their support is non existent or to slow to respond. I would purchase another model like the Yeti if I only needed one because it received great reviews but they have to get their customer support act together

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                                    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    2.0

                                    Can Only Use 1 Mic on a Mac Bad Support

                                    By guitardon

                                    from Chicago, IL

                                    About Me Professional Musician

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound

                                    Cons

                                    • Can't use two at a time
                                    • Limited Functions
                                    • Poor customer support
                                    • Unreliable

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                                    I bought two Snowballs to use for live recording of my band on my Macbook Air. The mike sounded real good but when I plugged in the second one it wasn't recognized by my Mac OS. So when I went to create an aggregate it wasn't available to select.

                                    It took 7 days of unanswered phone calls and 5 email messages to support before they finally got it and understood the second mike wasn't recognized by the Macbook and had nothing to do with the recording software. When they finally got it they said I would have to send one to them to change the serial number imbedded in the mike software.

                                    After over a week of frustration dealing with the lack of support and no one answering their phone nor replying to my messages I sent them back for credit. I will never understand why they make a mike that can't be used in pairs (at least with the mac os). That is the beauty of USB mikes - no interface and they are easy to setup for live recording. I bought a pair of Samson mikes to replace these that worked immediately when I plugged them into my Mac.

                                    I like the Blue mikes but their support is non existent or to slow to respond. I would purchase another model like the Yeti if I only needed one because it received great reviews but they have to get their customer support act together

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                                    3.0

                                    Good mic for the price.

                                    By Vman

                                    from Bothell, Wa

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Home Studio

                                      Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                                      I use this mostly for software training videos. It works well. Its built well and feels very solid. It's a little quiet compared to a typical ribbon mic through a pre-amp, but overall it's well worth the money if you're looking for a nice mic with simple setup.

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                                      5.0

                                      Quality Made Easy

                                      By ILKRM

                                      from Silverhill, AL

                                      About Me Novice

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording

                                        Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                                        Easy plug and play in my stepson's computer. Sound quality is as good as can be. Price to quality ratio is very good.

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                                        (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        1.0

                                        Good for What??.

                                        By MichaelG

                                        from Melbourne. Australia

                                        About Me Novice

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                          • Big as a softball
                                          • Bulky/Heavy
                                          • Limited Functions

                                          Best Uses

                                          • A shiny softball

                                          Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                                          I have a very small use for a usb microphone as i wish to record client consults. Two people talking in a quiet room, with a mic on the desk but not in anyone's face. I thought the snowball would be great, we don't need much as long as we can hear what is being said, quality was not a big issue. Well the snowball can not hear the conversation.It is very hard to forget the mic in the room if you have to yell at it. Unless you are six inches away and talking forcefully at it it will barely function, who cares about quality.......The mic on my logitech web cam knocks it cold. Very disappointed.

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                                          5.0

                                          Amazing Sound

                                          By darrenfaulk79

                                          from Cleburne, Tx

                                          About Me Experienced

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Sound
                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Amateur Recording
                                            • Home Studio
                                            • Professional Recording

                                            Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                                            The snowball was amazing; I hooked it up to my iMac & Mac Book Pro. I ran controlled tests on the built in mic on both computers then did the same with the snowball. The clarity of the snowball was extremely clear, I found that for voice it was best at one to two feet away. It's a lot bigger than I expected, about the size of softball. I would definitely recommend this mic to anyone needing to record singing or voice.

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                                            5.0

                                            Best for the Price

                                            By Eddie in the BK

                                            from Brooklyn NY

                                            About Me Experienced

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Amateur Recording
                                              • Home Studio

                                              Comments about Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum):

                                              I don't use this product much. I normally use it for voice overs for my film production. The best thing about this product besides being compact as that you don't need to buy anything else. You save money and time by not having to do any complicated connections.

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