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Blue Microphones - Snowball USB Cardioid and Omnidirectional Electret Condenser Vocal Microphone-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 445 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Believe the Reviews

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    Trobadour
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    I always read reviews before making a tech purchase. So many people were clamoring how easy it was to use this Blue Snowball microphone in conjunction with their gaming needs that I decided to go against what I really wanted, which was the Turtle Beach Microphone that is now available. The Blue Snowball is extremely easy to use. It doesn't even come with software to install. The booklet said that it was plug and play with any PC/MAC. I have a Mac, so I connected it and it automatically appeared in the following software by name: Elgato Video Recorder/Editor, Garage Band, Final Cut Pro X, and iMovie. I haven't plugged it into my PC, but I assume it should work just as well. The microphone has 1 switch on the back with three options. Option 1 is recommended for game-play/podcast recordings. Option 2 is best suited for musical needs. Option three is best suited for outdoor recordings. I had a concert to go to the day after I received the mic. I took my Mac book and recorded the concert (it was a high school choir in an auditorium). The sounds quality was impressive. My wife (choir director) said she had never heard her choir sound like that. For voiceovers on my video gameplays, I can provide you a link to a video I uploaded that showcases how the mic sounds with my voice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEk9LCFiKrM&t=48s Judge for yourself. Using the ELGATO software, as I hit record, it automatically records my voice over the gameplay so that I don't have to sync the video with the audio later. It's seamless, easy, and sounds great. I now look forward to recording with the microphone because it has eliminated a time-consuming task of having to sync the audio with the video. Definitely worth the investment. I'm sure there are better microphones out there, but none will be as easy to use as this Blue Snowball microphone. There aren't many options to highly customize the mic, the booklet itself even says that if you want a mic that you can custom modify, to look elsewhere because this mic was meant for people who just want something that works out of the box. In that sense, the goal is over-accomplished.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy and versatile

    Posted
    Vipre77
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    I needed a mic to record a performance by an accordion player for my wife’s ethnic dance group. This mic has a 3-way switch to change between different settings for basic voice recording, a -10dB setting for instruments or other loud directional sound, and an omni-directional setting good for recording multiple people. For my application, the two voice settings were too hot and I was clipping at the high end on my recordings. Had to use the -10dB setting which seemed to go a bit too far the other way and things were recoding a bit too low and I had to normalize the recordings afterward to bring the levels back up. One thing I noticed is that the recordings didn’t sound very lifelike using this setting. As if the mic was a bit too directional to adequately capture the sound emanating from the accordion which radiates in all directions from both ends of the instrument. I’m not sure I’d call this a fault of the mic. Rather i think it’s just a difficult instrument to record for an amateur with consumer grade equipment. The mic was super easy to setup and configure and it works with all recording software I tried on my wife’s laptop. I tried Soundforge and Cool Edit Pro. I’m sure it works with pretty much anything else you might have too. Final verdict: Great for consumer grade item, but don’t expect pro-quality for every possible situation. It’ll get the job done for most non-recording professionals.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sensitivity meets Style

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    RMNola
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    The snowball microphones look soooo cute and stylish, yet they are so powerful. It can catch a lot of noise in the background, so watch out for that. (Thankfully, a lot of recording techniques and programs can reduce that noise nowadays.) Is it professional quality? Almost. It's professional enough for me and my friends. Again, if not calibrated correctly, it can catch you breathing in between singing notes. Is it portable? Somewhat. It needs to be on a table or flat surface for you to use; i.e. it is not a mic on a tripod or a stand. It's as tall as... I dunno, a large sports drink bottle? A bit more? Is it cold like a snowball? No, next question. Should I buy it? I bought it twice since I liked it so much. I really thought it has a cute design, and again powerful. Easy to learn and handle. But please don't throw it around in winter. It is not friendly to windows or glass doors. It is definitely NOT a snowball.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for YouTube videos

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    Evlwevl
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    I bought this mic for my daughter who is obsessed with making YouTube videos about things she likes. She has a very inexpensive heinebook and my concern was that it would not work due to some software incompatibility. Well, it turns out that it’s just simple plug and play. No software needed, no phantom power or any other preamps were required like my professional Shure mic I use for my music. Simply insert the USB cable into the laptop and it’s instantly recognized and starts working in place of the on board mic. There is a 3 position switch in back for adjusting the mic to the type of recording you might be doing. This mic picks up very clearly and has a small blue LED in front to show it’s on. It’s very easy and my 13 year old daughter loves it without all the room echo she used to get with the onboard mic

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This Mic has the right stuff, for the right price.

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    UncleBuck
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    The Blue Snowball is a very impressive plug and play mic, that offers almost no set-up when connected through USB. It has exceptional sound quality and can capture the faintest of sounds. Having different modes to capture audio is a key component of the device. It is best with any mic, to be directly in front of the device and position yourself so that you are speaking towards and down to the mic. You will get the best results if you place the mic around 4-5 inches from your mouth and around 2-3 inches under your mouth. This is absolutely the best mic for the price if you are a beginner and looking for solid sound quality at an affordable price. I have since upgraded to the Blue Yeti as I was looking for an even higher level of quality and design in my daily mic (just a matter of preference.) Overall, Blue products are some of the best made and certainly some of the best priced.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Inexpensive USB desktop microphone

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    Pooky
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    I use mine with Dragon NaturallySpeaking/Dragon Medical voice dictation program. I started out using a headset, and graduated to a handheld Philip SpeechMike microphone (which is much more expensive than this) but a desktop microphone is very convenient. It leaves my hands free. Logitech makes a USB desktop microphone but it is nothing like this. The microphone itself is slender and I was afraid is going to poke my eye out. Blue Snowball looks like something from a UFO (it reminds me of the show Space 1999). I don't plan to move it around because it is connected to my desktop. The price is reasonable for what I use it for. For voice dictation, make sure the setting is set to 1. With this setting, it only listens to the front (of it) The microphone is positioned about a foot away from me and it can hear me clearly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Mic for YouTube

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    Josh
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    I bought this to assist me in recording YouTube Videos. It's much better than the headset, but you must have headphones if you want to record anything without getting feedback. That's the case with any microphone though. There's three different modes on the back, but I haven't figured out a good use for the modes 2 and 3. I have it sitting roughly three feet away and while I have to speak up, it does still pick me up nicely, plus you can buy an arm for it plus the spring to help balance it if you really need one closer to your face. Perhaps that's what the other modes are for. I'd recommend this product to anyone starting out or potentially one to keep long term since you can buy additional equipment for it. Great buy, and great price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Most Versitile Microphone

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    Heldjohn
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    Before this purchase I’ve never had a studio quality microphone as I didn’t have a need for it. But I have recently found that I could have saved so much money from purchasing this before I did. I found my self using this for gaming as it’s more durable than headsets and it isn’t in the danger zone for those moments of rage from playing Fortnite. The quality of the sound is amazing and it’s no wonder that this mic is used all over the entertainment community and the music community is perfect. With three modes which allows you to capture audio from 360° Or just audio from in front of you or even a -10Db Pad which I don’t know what that means but I found prevents background noises and makes screaming sound clearer. This mic is amazing and I would recommend to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Descent mic but overpriced for it.

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    Steven6282
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    This microphone sounds ok, nothing amazing. It barely sounds better than my cheap $20 dollar 16 year old logitech that I was trying to replace. The only thing it really does better than that mic is pick up a little less background noise. The vocal quality is pretty close. The problem though is that it's pickup range is junk for a desktop microphone. At 2 feet away with the levels maxed out, normal conversation level voice is quite low on this mic. Definitely not suitable for VOIP applications where you actually want the other participants to hear you. And that is my primary purpose for a microphone. I wanted a mic that would pick up my voice but not so much of the background noise. This this is also huge for a microphone and an eye soar on my desk. To top it off, it has a bright red LED on the front that is rather distracting. If this mic was priced at around 30 maybe 40 dollars I'd give it 4 stars, but at 70 dollars no way.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, versatile mic for the non-techie

    Posted
    jekyll1886

    This mic is pretty user-friendly. It's a good, middle-of-the-road device for a decent price, considering what you get, but the price tag might put it out of some people's range of affordability. I hesitated to buy something that cost this much, but it has been well worth it. I do some singing and voice acting, and the mic works very well for those purposes. It has 3 settings for different things you can do with it, and all you have to do to change those settings is slide a knob on the back of the mic. For a newbie like me, that's a godsend. The instruction manual is very straightforward--just follow the directions, and you should be able to get set up and get recording pretty quickly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome microphone

    Posted
    Cousi
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    I went in to purchase a different microphone. I had done research and for what I was expecting to be doing, that other mic seemed like a good fit for price although it wasn't the highest quality. Once I saw the Blue Snowball was the same price, I snagged it without hesitation. Blue makes some high quality products, and the mic I had intended to get was a stop gap measure until I could save up enough for a Blue Yeti. With the Snowball, that Yeti might not get purchased. I have a friend that does a weekly podcast and we had a quick voip call to check the mic levels. Typically he has to adjust the levels on his home mic down to match the call-in's set up. He had to turn them up to match mine. Very awesome quality and at a great price. Could not be happier.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mic for what I needed

    Posted
    Marsdog
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    While this mic isn't as impressive as the Blue Yeti, it is still an impressive mic for the price. I recently began making "Let's Play" and "Walkthrough" videos for my favorite videos. The mic that was on my headphones (Bose Quiet Comfort 2.5) was no where near as good as I needed for decent sound quality. After doing some research on mics, I decided to give this one a try. I love it. I did, however, have to fashion a pop filter out of some panty hose, and a wire coat hanger. The hard B, P, S, Q, and G sounds made my audio pop a little on the ps4. But, with a little bit of pantyhose and a wire coat hanger I can honestly say this mic beyond meets my needs. I work as a sound tech for a local college, and am fairly impressed by the price, and function this mic gives. Overall a great mic, but do look into a pop filter if you pick up this mic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great microphone for streaming and youtube!

    Posted
    satisfied
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    We had been using a head worn usb microphone that served it's purpose. One day I listened to my voice with a good set of headphones and I sounded nazeley and not like myself. I did some on-line research at Bestbuy.com and Amazon and saw the Blue USB Cardioid microphone had positive reviews. My local Best Buy had it in-stock and at the price I found online. I made the purchase and immediately ran home to hook it up. Set up was a breeze and after listening to the first sample recording that I made, this microphone is a steal. Now my son uses it and since he gets more listens to his Minecraft youtube recordings, the feedback has been hugely positive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This is a good mic for the money

    Posted
    scott11573

    I have not tested many mic's, so the data I have to relate to is minimal, but I like the mic. It's easily the best mic I have owned, but I have never spent this much on a mic before. I go this mic to do YouTube videos for the company I work for, and it's doing the job. It's somewhat large, but works fine for me in that I keep it in a bottom drawer, always connected to my computer. I have used it for Skype too, and it works well. I did buy my brother the same mic after trying it out - he likes his too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    O.K. Microphone

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    mandr94
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    I bought this based on the price point and the high marks it received. Out of the box, I got O.K. recordings. I am recording instructional videos for processes I have developed at work. The main issue I have is the "tinny" sound I get when pronouncing "S's". I don't know if "tinny" is the right word for it, but I know it sounds bad. I watched several videos on how to set it up and never got the sound that the videos produced. I had to download a virtual mixer and input cable. While this did help, I still am not satisfied with the sound quality. I have recorded live music for almost twenty years, so maybe I am biased or snobby. It is performing well enough for what I need it for, but it definitely could be better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value! Ideal for many personal uses

    Posted
    eynoj
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    Massive improvement over the basic PC microphone I was using before this. Plug and play on both Windows and macOS. The sound quality is excellent, and when combined with a pop filter, I could see it being used for a wide variety of professional-sounding purposes. I considered the "Snowball iCE" as a cheaper alternative, but decided on this model. The main difference is in the performance of the mic; the iCE model only picks up sound from the front. The Snowball allows you to switch from front-based, surround-based, or front-based gain mode (picking up higher decibel sounds, such as drums, with more finesse.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great choice for the money

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    Mimi
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    Bought this as business manager for a traveling independent musician so he can make audition tapes, record samples for his website, etc. Overall, it's a very good investment: it's fairly easy to set up and use, light weight, looks cool, and has good sound. The three different recording settings are worth experimenting with. Only complaint is that it crackles at very high volumes (musician plays pipe organ, so it gets pretty loud), but at more normal volumes, even the pipe organ sounds great. Suggestion to manufacturer: a carrying case would be nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice upgrade from previous version

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    cjviscito
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    I purchased this mic to record narration for some web-based training modules I was working on. I tried to use another omni-directional mic, but I had to have my face right next to the microphone to eliminate white noise. With this mic however, I could stand comfortably back and read the script. The microphone worked perfectly creating a rich audio file that I used for several courses. It's also a cheaper alternative to the Yeti microphone and performs just as well. It's more expensive than the Dynex microphone Best Buy sells, but you get what you pay for - so pony up for this and you won't be disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can you hear me now? Good!

    Posted
    Dan0Sterling
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    I got this as a present for my daughter who wanted to record some songs she wrote. We've found it to be very easy to set up and use. It has good pick up immediately in front of the mic. It also avoids background noises not close by. Her voice is loud, clear, and distinctive. For recording software, we've just used Audacity, which is free on Windows. Easy to edit multiple tracks (i.e. Piano and voice) with separate volumes as needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good for my needs

    Posted
    ABinPhx
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    I got the Blue-Mic Snowball to use as the primary microphone for my computer. My family utilizes Zoom for Sunday evening Video Chats, my computer mic just was not getting the job done. I also use a mic when I use Dragon Naturally Speaking, The Blue-Mic Snowball works very well for me. I find the 3 settings in the back help tune the mic for a specific need. I found the value for the price to be excellent. It took a little practice to get settings and location right for my needs. The effort was worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend