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Blue Microphones - Snowball iCE USB Microphone

Model: SNOWBALL iCESKU: 3242031

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1108 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice microphone & build quailty.

    Posted
    Heimdali

    I bought this SnowBall Ice microphone at a near by Bestbuy store. For starters this microphone has good weight to it which means it's built well. The included stand with the microphone is built out of metal which is nice. While the microphone does sound nice when playing back recorded voice. It does tend to pickup any background noise that is going around you. When trying out the microphone it picked up the 120mm fans in my desktop computer. If you plan on using this microphone to do stuff like gameplay commentary or video blogs. You might want to use the free software Audacity. To reduce any unwanted noise that been recorded. I was able to use Audacity to remove the noise the 120mm fans was making in the test I did. After the editing was done I sounded nice and clear which is a good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Waste of time and money

    Posted
    TheColtCrazy
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    First, when I opened it, it came with a USB 2.0 cable. When I plugged it into my computer, it said "USB Not Recognized". I thought that maybe it was my motherboard (Gigabyte Z68). So I tried it on two other computers and it still did not work. I used my own USB 2.0 cable on my computer and it did start to work. When it did work, it picked up sound from me sitting at my desk. So it's perfect for getting close sound, not far away background noise. And the sound quality was great. However, after about a month of using a couple of times every weekend, it started the "USB Not Recognized" again. I tried about 5 different USB 2.0 plugs and 6 different USB 2.0 ports. It STILL does not work. I don't know if I can return it because I already ripped up the box. I may get a Samson microphone or another Blue Microphone as a replacement, since Blue Microphone products are of very high quality (except for this certain product). If you're looking for a microphone to use for recording your voice or recording sound, I recommend the Blue Yeti, Blue Snowball, or Samson meteor mic.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blue SNOWBALL Microphone

    Posted
    Blue
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I initially went into Best Buy grabbed this baby and started to head out when I seen another mic, it was the Blue Ice. I read and though that the Snowball would not be worth my money and I could NOT have been more incorrect. I am a youtuber and I also do voice overs, podcasts, streams, etc. If you are considering starting a career or have one and need a great mic (Beginner or not) I would highly recommend this mic hands down and not think twice about it. I went to guitar center and purchased a pop-filter for the digital book readings I do online to reduce "p-p-p-pop or sssstatic" when speaking and it woulds way better than I thought it would be. If your on the fence don't be, Blue as a company happens to be very impressive so far. I am and will upgrade to the Yeti one day but for now this is all I need.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Weird echoing problem detrimental to use

    Posted
    yadec
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Aside from the one problem which I will get to soon, this is very solid microphone. Setup was extremely easy, and it sounds perfectly clear for the most part. It has a stand which is well balanced, though you cannot adjust its height. However, you can tilt the microphone itself to have it face you. The main problem I had with this microphone is that every few minutes or so, seemingly randomly, there will be this weird echo that sounds almost as if the sound is trapped inside the microphone and is bouncing around. I have no idea what's causing it, but be aware of it if you're going to use it for doing anything you want polished. It works fine for Skype, Cortana, and more basic stuff like that. One additional quirk, there is a red light on the microphone that shines if it is connected, but in a dark room, it feels like HAL 9000 staring into your soul. Just disconnect the cable in the back when you're not using it and the light will turn off.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Mic

    Posted
    Mesa
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    This mic is a great cheaper option for those who are looking to do podcasts, music recording, etc. The sound quality is great and it's super easy to set up and use. The only complaint I have is the mic stand. It's made of plastic, where I believe the more expensive model of the Snowball is made of metal. I haven't had any problems with the stand, but it's very cheap feeling, and I would have gladly paid a few more bucks for a metal one. I don't have a big problem with it as I always leave the mic in the same place, but I can see how people who take it around with them or use for other projects could possibly break it easily. All in all, this product is more than worth the price, and I am not disappointed in the least with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    99% Perfect :)

    Posted
    Treulove
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    I'm perfectly fine with it.... I think it is fabulous, but... this is a review so I'm just gonna tell you one tiny thing they could change. It's a little taller than I would like, and obviously from the picture on the box you can already see its kind of bulky, made to look vintage/sort of lol and I love the look :) I personally just like things a certain way and the microphone is something you don't use all the time. It performs so well that you don't have to have it right under you for it to pick up your voice. At its shortest point on the tripod, it's still an inch above the bottom of my monitor. It would just be a little more convenient to tuck it behind the monitor when not in use especially if you're working in a small space. Otherwise it's absolutely amazing...perfect...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Neat looking microphone

    Posted
    BBGUN

    First the good: I bought 2 of these and they both took less then 5 minutes to set up with no problems at all on my 2 windows 10 home PC's and they pickup sound very well, they seem stable enough and both are working as they should. The bad: One of the mic's had a screw loose that had fell completely out of the unit if it was ever in the unit and had to be installed back into it's hole and tightened, The silver sticker band that goes around the center of the mic was placed on the mic very carelessly and had lots of wrinkles in it and had to be pulled off and stuck back on right, from this i can surmise the quality control for these mic's is at best the pit's. The upside is that they were on sale and both came with a 10 dollar gift certificates each, bringing them to a reasonable price for what they are!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not for Windows 10

    Posted
    JDano
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Nowhere could I find anything in the Best Buy description online, nor on the product, that detailed the O/S requirements. It's a relatively new product so I figured it MUST be compatible with Windows 10. Wrong! My Dell pc with W10 would not recognize it. I had to bring it to the store to return it and TRY and find a mic that would be quality and work with Windows 10. It wasn't easy. Best Buy had only a scant few options and only one of them, The Samson Go Mic Connect, stated in their specs that it works with Windows 10. While this might be a great mic, I'll never know. Best Buy online, and the products it sells, should describe the specific specs for electronics and accessories.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Probably a nice product, horrible customer service

    Posted
    Judge

    Ordered this online. After two hours it was not ready for in-store pickup, so clerk suggested buying the product in the store and cancelling the online order. My husband did so only to discover when he got home that the "store" price was higher than the "online" price! First of all, forget placing an order and having it ready in "as little as 45 minutes" as advertised. Second, the associate should have advised him that the price was higher. Third, neither the store or the customer service toll free number will make a price adjustment. Needless to say, this item will be returned and purchased elsewhere. It's not the $ amount, but the principle of the matter. While waiting in the store for the associate to get the item, my husband decided to purchase a TV which I intend to return also.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent OMNI Directional Microphone

    Posted
    Workagamer
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    A good cheap option with a custom condenser. The Microphone is Omni directional with no software or switches so you cant change any settings. It is intended for recording music with friends so that is a bonus and a problem as it picks up EVERYTHING. I am using it for streaming and my only complaint is there is no way to change it so only what is in front of it will be picked up. The sound fidelity is excellent. After I purchased this product I discovered they make one for twice the price that has a switch to change the direction of recording so lesson learned. I have solved the issue by placing the mic on my right chair arm and keeping the other sounds turned down very low. It also picks up sounds from from outside and down two floors and out to the street so keep that in mind.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great value for the price

    Posted
    Ubernooby
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Blue has been getting rave reviews lately, so I opted for this mic for gaming, after replacing my headset with Beyerdynamic headphones. I haven't used the mic for anything other than voice, but from two feet away, I'm heard just as clearly as I was with a headset mic from two inches away. Although I have to say that the Blue picks up literally any and every background noise in the room, down to a ticking clock on the wall. My only real complaint would be that the flimsy stand isn't very versatile. It's just a little four-inch-high tripod with no tilt, so maneuvering it could be tricky. You might want to consider adding a stand with a boom arm if your desk space is at a premium. All in all, this microphone has proven to be a great value for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality in an affordable package

    Posted
    Meta
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    I own two of these mics. I use them for recording a podcast with a co-host. I freaking love both of these little mics. I initially was getting some bleed over from both mics, but once we made some adjustments it sounds absolutely professional. I would recommend a pop-filter just to eliminate the harshness of the airy letters/words. The set up to use the mic is really easy. Literally just plug it in your computer. I have used this mic for Skype and Google Hangouts. This mic works well straight out of the box, and will not require much more than that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for Voice Acting/Singers/Musicians

    Posted
    Lunarneko
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I got the Blue Microphone Snowball iCE mainly as a reference from several of my fellow VA's and singers. The sound quality is by far magnificent and it hardly ever picks up any background noise unless it's right near you or very loud and even then, you hardly notice it. It's bends back too, so that helps for when you are standing to record a song piece or sing. Altogether would highly recommend it for anyone thinking of going for a career in singing, voice acting, or music

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Needed a USB Microphone for Rockband

    Posted
    Hazardous91213
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I originally went to Guitar Center looking for a microphone so that my wife could play our newly purchased rockband game. The prices were very high and they did not have a good selection of microphones that we could purchase for the game. On the way home, my wife checked the best buy website and found that they had this microphone in stock for much less than at Guitar Center. We looked at the reviews and stopped in to purchase it on the way home. I think the Sales Associate thought we were crazy for spending so much on a microphone but it works much better than our old usb microphone and she is happy which is good for everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far, so good

    Posted
    jalocke
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I had the same problem with Windows 7 recognizing the USB device. I called Blue Microphones support. I was quickly connected to a helpful young lady in California (not India) and she solved to problem. All I had to do was rotate the USB plug 180 degrees on the device. So, I guess there is a top and bottom to a USB plug, The first reviewer might find this helpful. Once connected the record quality is excellent. I am using the device to make a series of training videos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Sqeaks randomly thoughout recording

    Posted
    Mandi791

    I just bought this microphone today as a replacement for a samsung condenser mic that I lost. Because I needed something quickly that I could buy in a store. I started using it immediately to records vocals but every 5-7 seconds it makes this squeak in the of my recording. I know how to record and this is not normal. It is a problem with this mic. It is not good for using for recording vocals or music at all. In fact I have had better performance from a $20 mic than this one. So I would not waste my money on this. AND YOU CAN"T RETURN IT! I did not know this but on the back of my receipt, it says that a microphone is a non-returnable item. So yeah - $75 down the drain.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost Makes the Mark

    Posted
    Nocturnal
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    I bought this mic along with a really nice pair of headphones, as the headphones didn't have a mic, to replace my old headset - had heard fairly good things from friends about it, and I don't regret my choice. 99% of the time, it has great audio quality - but, with some VoIP programs, it seems to get a bit of static, and is unpleasant to those on the other end. Have tried numerous different USB ports on my computer, but usually requires a restart of my computer - haven't had this problem with any other headset or mic, which tells me there's some kind of conflict with the mic. For intents and purposes, though, this is a great mic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great mic for streaming.

    Posted
    Unreal223
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I bought this to make lets play videos and record high quality audio. I personally don't like the aesthetics of this mic but it does sound great. I think it would be fine for podcasting, recording voice for game play videos, ect. I would probably get something else for music recording but there are plenty of youtube videos where people used this mic for that too. Well worth the price if you are just getting started with recording audio. My only suggestion is to make sure you have the mic directly in front of your mouth. I have mine right behind my keyboard and it sounds great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for podcast, online radio

    Posted
    Metalmama
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    This mic is very visually appealing to me, i liked the circular shape, and just clean but odd looki it has. The microphone has decent quality sound, but make sure to turn your volume up to max though for input mic settings and make sure you adjust your distance to the mic as needed, i suppose depends on your surroundings as well. I use it to record myself for a radio show. When not in use it looks pretty just sitting there on my desk. (photo provided below is in black and white, so do not reference that for color of the item)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    USB Microphone for Beginners!

    Posted
    MrXSimple
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    If you're looking for a usb microphone for music, games, voiceovers, you name it, it is a fantastic start-up microphone! It's quality is great for it's price! It sounds clear and clean. With a plug and play feature you can start recording right away! However it isn't perfect. It has a poor low end register and high end gets lost. But if you're looking for a cheap professional grade it's a good for starting! I will definitely recommend it for any starting recording artist!

    I would recommend this to a friend