Whether you're recording a guitar at your kitchen table or a complete band in the studio, the Snowball can capture sound with detail unheard of before in a USB mic. Plus, it's a direct plug and play mic that connects to either a Mac or PC - no additional software is needed.
Record anything from vocals to a full band
With its dual capsule design and unique three-pattern switch - cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad, and omni - the Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band - and it's ideal for podcasting.
- Professional condenser microphone
- USB powered
- Plug-and-play functionality
- Unique three-pattern switch
- Dual-capsule design
- Acoustical operating principle: Position 1-3: Pressure gradient
- Polar pattern: Position 102: Cardioid; Position 3: Omnidirectional
Did you notice?The microphone is bus powered from USB, so no batteries are required.
Apple Recommends ForRecording everything from podcasts to your live band, easily and with professional quality.
What's in the Box?
- Snowball microphone
- 6-inch stand
- USB cable
- Frequency Response : 40Hz - 18kHz
- Connections : USB
- Weight : 2.25 lbs.
- OS X v.10.4.9 or later
- 64MB RAM
- USB 2.0
- Windows XP (SP2)/Vista/7
- UPC or EAN No. : 836213001851
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- Warranty : Two year
- Two year
Ratings & Reviews
Get The Firmware Update!
Before reading all the negative reviews written about this microphone, i just wanted to tell everyone who is looking to buy this m Before reading all the negative reviews written about this microphone, i just wanted to tell everyone who is looking to buy this microphone, that a firmware update patch was just released on 8/10/06, about volume level issues. You can download and install the new update at Blue's website.
Now as for me, even without this update, the microphone worked perfectly. Great sound, unique design, and just all around cool...so i have no idea why the heck everyone is complaining so much, seriously, maybe they don't know how to use it correctly.
I use Blue's Snowball for recording voice overs and radio commercials so i am usually close to the microphone. Though, i haven't recorded any instuments while using Blue, but hopefully it'll produce the same good outcome as for speaking up close.
So overall, with Blue's new firmware update, this microphone is great. If your a pro, of course there are way better mics out there, especially expensiver. Though, if you don't wanna pay to much and if ur a hobbisty, or close to a pro, this mic is great for you. Good luck!! …
- Written by Noel G from Fairfield
857 of 1064 people found this useful
Purchased after some humming and haaaing after reading the reviews here on apple. But asked questions and looked at some other mic Purchased after some humming and haaaing after reading the reviews here on apple. But asked questions and looked at some other mics. I decided to come back to this mic and figured I could return it if I faced problems. I have found this to be a fantastic mic. It eliminated the fan noise problems I was having with my other cheapo mic. I use it for voice in podcasting. Easier to use than easy. I use SnapX Pro, Quicktime Pro and works great. In short I could not have asked for more ... …
- Written by David W from Walnut Creek
552 of 731 people found this useful
Great mic - works as advertised
I hesitated big time on buying this mic because of all the negative reviews. Although I don't do "pro" audio work, I needed a mic I hesitated big time on buying this mic because of all the negative reviews. Although I don't do "pro" audio work, I needed a mic that didn't require an amp but also gave me excellent quality. I have only used this mic in Garage Band and I am very impressed with the quality.
I can't discount the other negative reviews because that is their experience. I will however share my positive experience with this mic and I recommend it. The only plug I'll make is, like with most things we buy, how about a lower price? …
- Written by Benjamin S from Bremen
516 of 720 people found this useful
Blue snowball first impressions
it is a very awesome mic it gives same quality as the blue yeti but its half the price its body is also really compact
- Written by Zuhair A from Sharjah
2 of 2 people found this useful
Two things I didn't like about this Mic, the USB connection at the back of the Mic was not secure and the large head looked very u Two things I didn't like about this Mic, the USB connection at the back of the Mic was not secure and the large head looked very unballanced compared to the small tripod base.
Sound quality wise it was just ok, not great but not bad considering it's price. …
- Written by Christine D from Fort Bonifacio
Does not work with any iMac (2013)
We got an iMac in November 2013 and it doesn't work with this excellent microphone. Actually, it doesn't work with any USB microph We got an iMac in November 2013 and it doesn't work with this excellent microphone. Actually, it doesn't work with any USB microphone. Apple have a huge hardware and/or software flaw on their hands and don't seem to be doing anything about it.
Using a USB hub almost entirely aleviates the problem, but every once in a while it still reoccurs and as a result, completely removes all sense of security when using this microphone on the iMac.
The problem? Severe static, audio getting stuck in an infinite loop, skipping and popping.
Be aware when you have a late 2013 iMac, this awesome microphone might not work with it.
Also - it's great for isolating background noise but you really have to be super close for it to work in Mode 2. …
- Written by Dima R from London
4 of 7 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
does this mic interface with garageband
- Asked by Roger S from Palm Harbor
- Jul 20, 2014
- Answered by Jasper W
- Aug 10, 2014
How is it in printing dictated information in "Dictation"?
- Asked by Hermes M from Baldwin
- Apr 4, 2015
I just got one today. It works really well for dictation to print. I'm dictating this email right no I just got one today. It works really well for dictation to print. I'm dictating this email right now. That was the main reason why I bought this. I am very pleased with it. …
- Answered by Thomas L from Paia
- Jun 16, 2015
Is this compatible with the iPad?
- Asked by Morgan S from Phoenix
- Oct 11, 2014
Actually, it is! You need the right kind of cable though, they tell you on the Blue site which one y Actually, it is! You need the right kind of cable though, they tell you on the Blue site which one you need to use it for your iPad! …
- Answered by Tyler M from Tilbury
- Jan 22, 2015
Can you use this as a microphone to walk around with like a rock star? Would my nine year old be able to hear her voice amplified as she sings ?
- Asked by Michelle E from Lakewood
- Jul 21, 2014