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Blue Snowball iCE USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack

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Product Highlights

  • Cardioid Pattern
  • USB Connectivity
  • CD-Quality Audio
  • Includes Stand and USB Cable

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The Snowball iCE from Blue 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 iCE 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 iCE 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
UPC: 836213001974
Bit Depth 16-bit
Sample Rate 44.1 kHz
Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Range 40 Hz to 18 kHz
Output Connectors USB
Windows System Requirements
Windows OS XP, Vista 32-bit, Vista 64-bit, 7 32-bit, 7 64-bit, 8, 8.1
Windows RAM 64 MB Minimum
Available Port USB
Mac System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.4 and Above
Mac RAM 64 MB Minimum
Available Port USB
General
Weight 1.01 lb (460 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.8 x 8.2 x 2.9"
Blue Snowball iCE USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack
  • Tripod Stand
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    BlueSnowball iCE USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack
     
    4.7

    (based on 77 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (58)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (64)
    • Easy to use (62)
    • Durable (32)
    • Versatile (32)
    • Compact (30)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (10)
    • Limited functions (9)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (50)
    • Home studio (45)
    • Professional recording (19)
    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Performances (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (34), Novice (28)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent Budget Microphone for Anything

    Plug and Play! Amazing. For Windows 8.1, the device was automatically loaded and ready to use.

    Noise cancellation works phenomenal. The Clarity of the the voice is Top Notch! I...Read complete review

    Plug and Play! Amazing. For Windows 8.1, the device was automatically loaded and ready to use.

    Noise cancellation works phenomenal. The Clarity of the the voice is Top Notch! I would recommend this microphone for anyone on a tight budget!

    Our business is just around the corner from being able to start recording high quality, professional sound quality in our videos, thanks to Blue Microphones!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Cheapened Quality

    The audio quality of this microphone is great, but the plastic stand is very low quality. I purchased this microphone in 2008, the first time, and it had a great quality metal...Read complete review

    The audio quality of this microphone is great, but the plastic stand is very low quality. I purchased this microphone in 2008, the first time, and it had a great quality metal stand. My mic was stolen and when I replaced it I was disappointed with the cheaper quality. Recording is still great and easy.

    Reviewed by 77 customers

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    5.0

    Beginners Paradise

    By SilentDrifter7

    from Georgia

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

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

    Easy to use and high customization with software.

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    4.0

    Quality on a budget

    By iDale

    from United States

    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 iCE USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack:

      I've used it many times, sounds are clear, and crisp. The Snowball Ice itself is quite sensitive to noise in my opinion which is not a bad thing but at other times can be as it picks up noises easily (i.e. A thump from the neighbors in an apartment complex) to avoid such I used a stocking cap as a filter lol. It is a great inexpensive tool and sounds 10x better than any other mic the first thing you'll probably notice is that your voice sounds different when using the mic apart from what I stated in the first sentence. Best of all it easily adapts to the iPad without the installation of software a huge plus!

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      3.0

      Good, but only at very close range

      By envi

      from san francisco

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy
      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

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

        The recording quality was very good, but it could only record well when it was right up to my face. That was a big problem, especially because it is really large and heavy.

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        4.0

        Snowgball iCE USB Condenser Mic review

        By jtlounge

        from Bakersfield, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        The microphone appears to be working very well. I was looking for a voice-over recording for video. I have Windows 7 and it was just plug and play. No additional drivers needed. The mic appears to be pretty sturdy and built well.

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        5.0

        Best Mic Ever

        By Sarge Pepper

        from Philadelphia, PA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Honestly one of the clearest and best Mics i have ever bought. Instantly took my audio quality up to a 10. Crisp, clear, it filters well and it rediculously simple to use. Might have a problem with audacity, but there is a QUICK fix to it (Literally 30 seconds for me).

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          1.0

          Mic Recognized by Adobe Premier

          By TexTrib

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

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

            Adobe Premiere does not recognize this mic.

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            5.0

            9/10 would buy again

            By Wyatt

            from MN

            Verified Buyer

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

            Enjoyable good mic best mic for the price

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            5.0

            Absolutely fantastic

            By Scribe, the Expositor

            from Orlando, FL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

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

              With the addition of the Snowball, I am now able to podcast, something I should have been doing all along. It's clear. It's crisp. A microphone controller's dream. Comes highly recommended. Love it. Very easy to use with my recording software.

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              4.0

              Nice Microphone Unit

              By McDonoughh

              from Wenatchee, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

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

                Works well; the stand is a little small compared to the microphone itself, but overall we are happy with it.

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                5.0

                Nice

                By Prince Dorian

                from Springfield, MO

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    Easy to use, great sound quality, way better than just a laptop mic and at a pretty good price too.

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                    5.0

                    Nice Microphone

                    By stonehome

                    from IL

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording

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

                      Crisp sound with this microphone. Some think the stand doesn't work well, I thought it was fine.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing Product!

                      By Colleich0221

                      from South Beloit, IL

                      About Me Child

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Price
                      • Great Prics
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

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

                        This microphone is probably the best microphone that I have purchased for around this price. It is very compact and lightweight. This microphone has AMAZING sound quality. I mainly use it for plugging into my computer for screen recordings. It makes it so much easier not to have to do a voice over. The only bad part of the microphone is that the stand isn't the best quality. The plastic for the stand is kind of flimsy, but I haven't had any problems. Overall, this microphone is AMAZING!

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                        5.0

                        Love my Blue Snowball iCE microphone!

                        By JW

                        from Green Ohio

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

                        Looks cool and all of my friends say it sounds great.

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                        5.0

                        So worth the investment!

                        By Suz the Rock/Star Advocate

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

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

                          I wanted to take my company's YouTube videos to a more professional level. Having just bartered away my [$] bluenote microphone from 2002 for other services (thinking, when/why would I ever need such an expensive mic?), I realized my videos sounded too amateur and were hurting my chances at more views.I invested a mere [$] in snowball, after reading friend's review of it, and I was NOT LET DOWN! The sound was crustal clear, and immediately made my videos sound more professional and pleasing to listen to. Highly recommend for anyone with mild recording needs and anyone looking to increase views & credibility on YouTube!

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                          5.0

                          Great mic!

                          By sougon

                          from Arizona

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Limited Functions

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

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

                          I used this mic with my cyberlink power director 13 software and it works amazingly. I recommend buying this product if you are low on cash and need a good quality mic.

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                          5.0

                          Really cool microphone!

                          By leeleestein

                          from Loveland, CO

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

                          Bought for my son a couple weeks ago for his birthday. He is happy with it. It has HD sound, and that was a plus!

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                          5.0

                          Great mic.

                          By kt

                          from Wisconsin

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

                          Does what it says on the box. Great quality, fantastic price.

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                          5.0

                          Best desktop mic w/o breaking the budget

                          By JerryDes

                          from Provo, UT

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

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

                            I purchased this for our employees to add dialog to their web based power point type training. It's way better than a webcam mic (which is what we were using before). Sound is clear and not hollow like with the webcam mic.

                            The mini tripod that it came with is perfect for what we're using it for. And it's very compact for when we're done.

                            The install was crazy easy. Plugged it in and Windows obtained the drivers and it was ready to go. The Windows default recording device switched to it as well, but you might want to double check if you have multiple microphones attached.

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                            3.0

                            Cheapened Quality

                            By janls

                            from Saline, MI

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Breaks Easily
                            • Cheaply Made Stand

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording

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

                            The audio quality of this microphone is great, but the plastic stand is very low quality. I purchased this microphone in 2008, the first time, and it had a great quality metal stand. My mic was stolen and when I replaced it I was disappointed with the cheaper quality. Recording is still great and easy.

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                            5.0

                            Perfect for Me

                            By Minister Tim

                            from Indiana

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio

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

                              I needed a new microphone for recording messages for our congregations radio show. The quality of the recordings is amazing. I couldn't be happier.

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