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Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Ice)

You Pay: $44.99
Product Highlights
  • Cardioid Pattern
  • USB Connectivity
  • CD-Quality Audio
  • 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 allows an audio signal to be fed directly to software-based recording applications without unnecessary preamplifiers or hardware. The Snowball features a cardioid pickup pattern for a more focused pickup and generally "hears" whatever the mic is pointed at. 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. The mic comes complete with a desktop stand and a USB cable so you can begin recording right away.

Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio
Easy plug 'n play directly to Mac or PC - no drivers to install
Adjustable desktop mic stand and USB cable
From desktop to laptop to iPad (with Apple's iPad camera connection kit)
Adds HD audio to recordings for uploads to social media networks
Improves audio quality on Skype, Windows Live, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger
Records instruments, vocals or bands
Creates podcasts and adds narration to your home movies
Transducer Pressure-Gradient Condenser with USB Digital Output
Polar Pattern Cardioid Pattern
Frequency Response 40Hz to 18kHz
Sample Rate 44.1kHz / 16-Bit
Power Requirements USB Bus-Powered
Output Connectors USB Output
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
System Requirements Mac
Mac OSX USB 1.0 or 2.0 64 MB RAM (minimum)

Windows
Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional USB 1.0 or 2.0 64MB RAM (minimum)
Dimensions 12.8" (325mm) (Circumference)
Weight 16.2 oz (460g)
Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Ice)
  • Tripod Stand
  • USB Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    BlueSnowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Ice)
     
    4.9

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (38)
    • Good audio (37)
    • Compact (18)
    • Durable (18)
    • Versatile (18)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (7)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (29)
    • Home studio (28)
    • Professional recording (11)
    • Performances (4)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Novice (20), Experienced (16)

    Reviewed by 41 customers

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    5.0

    AWESOME!!

    By BALDVICTORY

    from NW New Jersey

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Mic Stand Is Plastic

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Internet Radio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    The BLUE SNOWBALL usb Mic was everything it was advertised to be and more. For the price I was very very impressed with the quality of this product. The BLUE SNOWBALL FAR EXCEEDS my original expectations and I will order more if the need arises.

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By Diego

    from Cuenca, Ecuador

    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 (Ice):

      I use these to voice record and its perfect

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      4.0

      Great Mic

      By Earl

      from OC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Packaging

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Voip Calls

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

      Tried using standard audio port Mic and also builtin laptop Mic and people had problems hearing me on conference calls through Lync and Skype. Was told that I sounded like I was under water.Then I purchased one of these Snowball Mics and wow what a difference. Unboxed it and plugged it into a USB port and the driver installed with no intervention needed from me. Now everyone claims that they can hear me clearly. And this is with the Mic around 2-3 feet away from my mouth. No need to get right in front of it.If I have one complaint, it is that the packaging is really horrible. It is that plastic packaging that is hard to open and when you cut it the edges are sharp and almost always lead to cuts and scrapes.

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      4.0

      Perfect Fit

      By Bos

      from Knoxville, TN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accessory Packed Full
      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Home Studio Quality
      • Portable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        After a somewhat long search for the perfect interview mic for my MacBook Pro -- this is it! Great sound quality. Sturdy/heavy design for desk top/table top interviews. Accessory pack contains high quality and lengthy USB cable as well as tripod. Works very well with all vocal settings on Garage Band. For the price - couldn't be happier!

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        5.0

        So far, so good

        By David

        from Princeton, NJ

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            No problems so far. The price was excellent - best I could find anywhere.

            I don't use the tripod; it's easier to use a kleenex box.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works like a a charm!

            By Randomman

            from Ohio

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

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

            At first I was skeptical whether about this microphone and the mixed reviews it had on multiple websites. First let me say this, I make YouTube game commentary videos but do not have a dedicated video card. This makes for most cheaper microphones ie 3.5mm ones, to leave much static and hiss to my videos. Since I had no knowledge of condenser, dynamic, or for that matter any type of microphone it was kind of scary to make the choice of what type of microphone I needed. So let me tell you, this microphone blew me away! For the price I got it for I was astounded by the quality of the sound. Though the size is rather large, and even worse the stand makes it big AND tall, you can move it to the side and talk with no significant problems in audio sound/quality. For those looking to buy their first microphone or just looking to upgrade I recommend the Blue Snowball. The ones under $ are not worth the hassle, just spend the extra few bucks and get this! You will not regret it!

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            4.0

            Fantastic Sounds quality, but not look

            By Conference Caller

            from Minnesota

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy
            • Ugly

            Best Uses

            • Conference calling

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

            Picks up multiple voices from multiple angles and has clear sound. The not so good thing is that it is kind of big and looks like a little alien head on the conference table, so its not super professional.

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            5.0

            great microphone

            By amber

            from the city

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I think the blue snowball is amazing it really makes a big clear in your voice when you speak in it. The only thing i don't like was that it is very hard to find but that is not a problem to some people and not even to me I just wish it is easier to find but I found it and bought it right away and it really really works amazingly . I REALLY AM SO HAPPY THAT I BOUGHT IT AND I DONT REGRET BUYING IT ETHER !

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Decision I Ever Made for YouTube

                By Chris the Bacon Expert

                from Indianapolis, IN

                About Me Novice

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

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

                  The Microphone I was using for my CookingWithBacon YouTube Channel was ok, but it limited the interest in my videos. I got this microphone and immediately, people started telling me the videos sound much more professional.

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                  5.0

                  Easy to Use and Great Sound Quality!

                  By DavidJArt

                  from Nashville, TN

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

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

                    I got the Blue Snowball for my photography tips video that I record for a blog on my website. It works great! It's extremely easy to set up and use once you are recording and chatting away. The sound quality that it provides is very good. The only thing that I would change is I'd like it to be able to move closer to my mouth. I have to lean over to talk into it, but that's not really a big deal to me. The pros really outweigh the cons.

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                    5.0

                    A Great Investment!

                    By The Resilience Coach

                    from North Carolina

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Bulky/Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Recording

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

                    Recently purchased the Snowball Mic to record audio for an upcoming product release. It's so much better than the the built in mic on my laptop. I can't believe the price is so low. After it arrived, I opened it and plugged it in. Instantly, I was recording with great audio sound!

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Sound & Price. Love my Death Star!

                    By Ludo the Red Furry Beast

                    from Philadelphia, PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Haven't found one yet

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Professional Recording
                    • Virtual Education
                    • Web-based Training

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

                    I am a training specialist who is transitioning from on-site education to virtual, including on-line, real-time interactive classes and Web Based Training. After enduring my company-supplied "high-end" headset, which presents you on video as a headset-wearing geek with a scratchy voice, I decided to invest in a big-boy microphone.

                    My Scott heritage argued for economy, so I took a chance on the Snowball. Talk about Bang for your Buck! Instead of sounding like a robot from a bad 50's sci-fi, my customers can now enjoy my rich baritone. I am re-recording earlier WBTs to bring up the production value several notches. And I have started using speech recognition software for dictation, something the headset mic just couldn't handle.

                    My Snowball saved the day at a recent class. It was a live class, but one student needed to attend remotely. The instructor couldn't use a headset as she needed mobility across the front of the room. I plugged in the Snowball, and she could be heard loud and crystal clear from any point in the presentation area.

                    The only negative comments I've read complain that the tripod is too small and the 6' USB cord is to short. Hogwash! These included accessories are perfect for 95% of users. The Snowball mounts to a standard tripod screw. Need a sturdier base? Go get one! Need a longer cord? It's standard! Go get one!

                    Bottom Line, if you are looking for solid audio performance at an unbeatable price, this is your mic.

                    Rob Walsh

                    P.S.: When I received my Snowball, my first thought was "OMG! I bought the Death Star!". And if you screw in the tripod and turn it sideways, it kinda looks like Sputnik. So, a Must Have for space geeks!

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                    5.0

                    Blue Snowball USB Microphone

                    By rafael1966

                    from New Jersey

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

                    Great product! My son is able to record his voice for his game tutorials on youtube in a clean, crisp static free recording.

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                    5.0

                    Great sound. Doesn't hurt the wallet.

                    By CQ

                    from Liberty, UT

                    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 (Ice):

                      I use the Blue Snowball ICE for recording vocals and the sound it picks up is great. It's clear without background interference and can be used for cd quality recording.

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                      4.0

                      Mic great, Tripod not so great

                      By Bridgetfalcon

                      from Belmont, CA

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Professional Recording

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

                        The mic is great, but a little heavy for the plastic tripod. When attached to the shock mount, the tripod does not screw in securely.

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                        5.0

                        Great device

                        By Mark

                        from SC

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ

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

                          Was just as advertised. great microphone for our use

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                          5.0

                          Works like a charm!

                          By Always creating Ann

                          from Oshkosh, Wisconsin

                          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 (Ice):

                              I'm an educator and originally purchased the Snowball to record "how to" screencasts for students and staff. Audio quality is exceptional. I also found myself using the Snowball to record my SMART Notebook "additional help" lessons for students. My voice was clear and picked up well. Outside "noise" was kept to a minimum. The "plug in and use" feature is great as is the price! I do wish it came with a longer USB cord as my SMARTboard is not very close to my computer. I will be purchasing a longer cord. The almost 6' cord is great, but sadly I need a longer one.

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                              5.0

                              Bigger than I thought

                              By reovalis

                              from Potsdam

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    Works great, bigger than I would have thought.

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                                    5.0

                                    great microphone

                                    By Jennifer

                                    from Kansas

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

                                    Got this for our teenager at his request. Says his gamer opponents can hear him much better. He speaks quietly so this is great. It is like a big snowball...pretty fun and stylish design!

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                                    5.0

                                    Awesome Mic!

                                    By JR

                                    from Las Vegas, NV

                                    About Me Novice

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording

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

                                      Blue Snowball is the best Mic for recording PC Games. Audio is clear with minimal pop. Highly Recommended.

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