Blue Microphones Snowball 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.

    Highlights

    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.

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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

    Weight: 2.25 lbs.

    System Requirements

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

    RAM: 64MB RAM

    Connection: USB 2.0

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    UPC or EAN No.: 836213001851

    Warranty

    Note: Apple's One-Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple-branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer — please see your product box and literature for details. Benefits under the manufacturer's warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law. For details, click here.

    Warranty: Two year

    Manufacturer Note

    Two year

  • 5.0 Average
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Superb Microphone

      If you are looking for a great quality audio input for your computer without the hassle of pre-amps then this is the mic for you. I bought it to use for podcast If you are looking for a great quality audio input for your computer without the hassle of pre-amps then this is the mic for you. I bought it to use for podcasting and I have been very impressed by the sound quality. As regards set up, I'm using it with a MacBook Air, I plugged the Snowball into the USB port and GarageBand recognized it automatically, couldn't have been easier. Buy one today!

      • Written by Simon J from York

      140 of 145 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Superb Microphone

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Excellent for home studio

      I've been looking for a good microphone to use with my mac for a while. The Snowball is excellent. Earlier versions suffered from being very quiet but this issu I've been looking for a good microphone to use with my mac for a while. The Snowball is excellent. Earlier versions suffered from being very quiet but this issue has now been solved. The mic plugs into any USB port and is immediately available to any application that requires voice input. I've used it with Skype, wiretap studio and garageband. It works flawlessly and produces crisp clear audio. It's pretty large and heavy and has very professional feel to it. A great piece of kit for not a lot of money.

      • Written by Graham B from Nottingham

      130 of 136 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Excellent for home studio

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Superb

      If you're looking to record vocals or a guitar then this is well worth the money. It's simple and easy to use. Simply plug in and use. I used it for recordin If you're looking to record vocals or a guitar then this is well worth the money. It's simple and easy to use. Simply plug in and use. I used it for recording guitar and vocals together and it works perfectly. I especially like this as I want to play my guitar through my own amp and record without having to use the built in garageband amps. Quality microphone...

      • Written by Andrew S from Wakefield

      111 of 119 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Superb

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      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 microphone. Apple have a huge hardwar 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

      5 of 8 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Does not work with any iMac (2013)

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Superb

      A superb microphone . Fairly weak and feeble stand.

      • Written by Andrew N from Alfreton

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Superb

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Crystal Clear

      Just brilliant, purchased to record vocals and live concert performances as well as dictations and record interviews, it has managed all requirements superbly. Just brilliant, purchased to record vocals and live concert performances as well as dictations and record interviews, it has managed all requirements superbly. A simple comparison between the built in mac mic, a basic 35mm mic desk mic and this are incomparable. Zero background noise and able to confidently handle my wife's top notes (she is a soprano). Thoroughly recommended! Be warned though, it is quite a bit larger than the pictures show. Think softball size on a stand.

      • Written by Andrew J from DUNSTABLE

      4 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Crystal Clear

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