Reviews and Problems with Blue Microphones Snowball Plug & Play USB Microphone
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nhi l., Newegg
4 December 2013
Summary: Don't get this unless it's on sale for half off or something o.o
Pros: nothing to install, system detected it perfectly. cord has good length, and can be removed from both the ball and is connected via USB
Cons: Maxed out the recording settings and when I fraps the sound ends up to be not high enough. There's also a really annoying red light on the top of it, I tried to angle it a different way, but it's so annoying lol. The best way to use this I guess, is to literally lay it infront of my keyboard (to not block monitor)
Excerpt: We purchased this product a few years ago and loved it so much that when we needed a second one we went picked the same one. This one however, would not install the drivers. Support told us that it could be a bad device and to return it to get another. The second one still would not install. I asked for the actual driver file and was told that was not possible.
Summary: I'm posting here because the NewEgg community often has great insight into tech problems like this. I'm open to suggestions and I really don't want to return this because I already know the mic works, just not on the intended machine.
Cons: Does NOT work on my computer (Win7 SP1 64-bit). It does work on my laptop, also Win7 SP1 64-bit. I think it has to do with my motherboard. The motherboard (which I purchased in June 2011) and related drivers seem to only want audio input from the mini audio jack. My laptop has no such jack and this USB mic works great for it, in fact I plugged it in and it recognized it immediately (but I bought this to use with my desktop tower, so I'm not happy since I can't get it ...
Summary: The sound of this mic is great, but I just hate it when electronics die just after the 1 year mark. Now I'm left without a good portable microphone, and on a budget it's going to be a while before I replace....
Pros: When it worked, the sound quality was stunning. I was able to use it for short documentary movies as well as several video game reviews. Paired with a filter the sound required almost no editing beyond cutting and pasting in final cut. More than surprised at how good this USB microphone is.
Cons: after 13 months, I plugged it in one day. and nothing. Absolutely nothing. 1 year warranty support expired, I'm now stuck with something less functional than an actual snowball. The stand was always bad, the telescoping rod was warped right out of the box, and the mic always got loose on the stand.
Summary: The quality is superb and this would be a great microphone if it didn't have a glaring and well-documented volume problem.
Pros: Excellent quality. Does not distort when sounds are loud. Picks up music well.
Cons: Using Windows 7 x64, the volume is so low (levels cranked to max, all options investigated, believe me) that it renders the microphone almost worthless for vocals. I have a cheap Logitech mic and the mic on the Logitech Quickcam 9000 and both of them have no problems with volume, but this microphone has trouble picking up vocals even when the mic is a foot in front of my mouth. And because it uses the native Microsoft microphone driver and comes with no software, ther...
Summary: I bought this with the intent of doing VO work, I had been using an analog XLR condenser mic hooked up to a transformer to a digital recorder/converter and did not like the bulk of the setup or the light hiss I would get if the setup was not totally isolated from the table by a rubber mat. So a year ago I read the reviews on here that were glowing about the mic and thought it would be the perfect setup for what i wanted. As soon I got it I new something was wrong.
Summary: Mikrofonen är bra när den väl hittas av Windows men det gör den inte alltid, kopplar jag den direkt till datorn hittas den aldrig. Kopplar jag den till USB-hubben i monitorn så hittas den ibland. Har ett Asus moderkort i datorn, vet inte om det gör skillnad. Fått den bytt en gång på garantin.