Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone

  • Overview

    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.

    Capture every sound

    With three pattern adjustments, the Snowball is ideal for variety of settings. Cardoid is great for vocals, voice over, podcasting, and internet communications. Cardioid with -10dB pad is ideal for instruments. And Omni is best for interviews, live recording and jam sessions.

    Plug and play design

    You don't need any complicated drivers—Snowball works automatically with all Mac models. It can also connect to your iPad using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately).

    Highlights

    Dual capsule CD-quality microphone for superior sound

    Professional quality Blue condenser capsules

    CD-quality audio

    Easy installation and use

    Rugged adjustable mic stand included

    Blue Microphones' renowned circuitry

    USB cable included

    Perfect for podcasting, internet communication, voice recognition software, movie narration, music, live recording, interviews

    Connects to iPad with 30-pin dock connector using Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)

    Did you notice?

    The microphone is bus powered from USB, so no batteries are required.

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    Recording everything from podcasts to your live band, easily and with professional quality.

    What’s in the Box?

    Snowball microphone

    6-inch stand

    USB cable

    Tech Specs

    Frequency Response: 40Hz - 18kHz

    Connections: USB

    Width: 4.06 in./10.3 cm (diameter)

    Weight: 2.25 lbs.

    System Requirements

    Requirements Operating System: Mac OS X v.10.4.9 or later, Windows XP (SP2)/Vista/7

    RAM: 64 MB RAM

    Connection: USB 2.0

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: 4911-SBBN

    UPC or EAN No.: 836213001851

    Warranty

    Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

    Warranty: Two years

    Manufacturer Note

    Two year

  • 4.0 Average
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      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 microphone, that a firmware upd 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

      859 of 1066 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Get The Firmware Update!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Bad Reviews

      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 t 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

      554 of 733 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Bad Reviews

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      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 that didn't require an amp bu 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

      Is this review useful?Great mic - works as advertised

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Worth The Money

      Overall this mic has been very good. Never had problems that serious. Sometimes when I record audio I get a bit of backround noises but it picks up my voice Overall this mic has been very good. Never had problems that serious. Sometimes when I record audio I get a bit of backround noises but it picks up my voice extremely well. This is at a fair price and I've had it for almost a year. I've also had my kids drop it a couple times but it doesn't mess up the audio at all. Not saying go drop it off a 5 story building and see if it's broken, haha.

      • Written by STELLA H from Ellicott City

      6 of 6 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Worth The Money

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Not for the New

      When I first bought it, it did work. It worked well and I used it a lot. But then I traded my MacBook Pro for the latest model with the up-to-date operating s When I first bought it, it did work. It worked well and I used it a lot. But then I traded my MacBook Pro for the latest model with the up-to-date operating system and now it doesn't work. People keep this in mind when you're looking to purchase it.

      • Written by Stephen F from ALBANY

      6 of 8 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Not for the New

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Blue Microphone

      Recently purchased this mic. The sound quality is brilliant. The design is fantastic and you'd find it hard to get such a versatile mic thats as easy to use. Th Recently purchased this mic. The sound quality is brilliant. The design is fantastic and you'd find it hard to get such a versatile mic thats as easy to use. The only reason I haven't given it 5 star is that I haven't used it enough to deem it perfect yet.

      • Written by Joseph M from Kenilworth

      20 of 25 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Blue Microphone

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