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/44.1 kHz. The mic comes complete with a desktop stand and a USB cable so you can begin recording right away.