Reviews and Problems with Blue Microphones Snowball Plug & Play USB Microphone
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Not the Thing You Throw at Your Neighbor's Dog
25 February 2011
Excerpt: Blue Microphones has a short, but strong history of designing and engineering microphones for every sort of recording function. While some of their models are in the $1,000+ price range and cater to the needs of professional studios, the Snowball serves the casual recording and podcasting crowd. For under $100, the Snowball is the best all-around condenser microphone on the market for the casual podcaster or bedroom musician.
Conclusion: Blueis Snowball is a great choice for recording spoken word and music, and makes a great addition to any recording studio - professional or home. Although it offers accurate audio reproduction, be sure to install the high gain firmware update if you plan to use it primarily for voice recording.
Excerpt: The microphone market is vast, with pretty much every make and model protesting that theirs is a ‘professional’ piece of kit, even the ones you can find for £9.99 in Argos. For those without specialist knowledge it can be a daunting arena to enter for the first time, things get even more confusing when products are aimed at the computer market rather than the musical.
Excerpt: The Snowball is a USB mic that’s not only easy to use, but sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. The Snowball is the world’s first professional USB mic and is a direct plug n&...
Blue Microphones Snowball Professional USB Microphone
31 August 2009
Summary: At this price, you'll have a hard time finding a better-sounding, better-looking, or more easy-to-use microphone for your computer. Just don't expect the Blue Microphones Snowball to replace a studio's worth of recording gear.
Pros: The Snowball is an extremely sturdy and stylish multipattern microphone that plugs directly into your computer's USB port with a minimum of fuss.
Cons: Beyond USB, the Snowball offers no other audio outputs or inputs, the recording mode switch isn't intuitively labeled, and no recording software is included.