Blue Microphones Snowball iCE

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  • Great aesthetic appeal; Direct plug-in to computer’s USB port; Very durable
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  • Improper labeling of record-mode switch; Lacks recording software; Steep learning curve required for effective microphone use

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Blue Microphones Snowball ICE Review

Blue Microphones Snowball iCE helps you achieve superb recording and audio capture quality using only your computer. Adapting a professional microphone to utilize with your computer could prove quite challenging, often requiring outboard sound cards, cumbersome microphone mounts and bulky pro-audio cables. Blue microphones bridge gap existing in-between professional microphones and cheap microphones which come with certain webcams or computers.

 

The Snowball is a USB plug-and-play microphone which comes with this set of microphones. Snowball have turned to be ubiquitous staple of home recording enthusiasts and podcasters, recognized for unique retro design plus clean and dependable audio quality. It comes in diverse colors of black, white and silver. It is difficult mistaking Snowball for a different microphone, which is shaped literally like ball, which makes the stand that is included a usage requirement. Diameter of Blue Microphones Snowball iCE measures 4 inches. The microphone bottom includes threaded metal hole which attaches to the tripod base included having adjustable height of 5 inches by 6.5 inches.

The Snowball’s front is quite beautiful. A wire mesh grille lies underneath chromed plastic logo of Blue Microphones Snowball iCE, along with integrated foam wind screen for protecting the two microphone capsules of 0.5 inches. An LED indicating when Snowball gets connected onto computer lies closer to the microphone-top. A single audio connection is present on the Snowball’s back, which is not technically an audio connection, but USB port reinforced with metal.

 

At the back of Snowball as well is convenient three-position switch for the three recording modes of Blue Microphones, namely cardioids, omni and 10dB cardioids). From perspective of design, it could be rather frustrating that modes carry “1 2 3” labels and fail to offer suggestions how any of these modes function. The user might thus need a learning curve to grasp the use of each particular mode.

Snowball features several small and large features. The most crucial asset of Snowball is sonic flexibility, provided by the two microphone capsules it has. Blue employs two similar capsules for achieving stereo recording in such products as Mikey. Snowball nonetheless employs monophonic recording, dedicating use of single capsule to omni-directional cardioids pattern of recording (suited well for instrument or single voice). This allows the other capsule to absorb sound from all diverse directions in omni pattern. Users may switch in-between these two capsules to achieved customized recording, utilizing mode switch found at the microphone-back.

 

Blue Microphones Snowball iCE is competent sonically and deserves attention from amateur musicians and budding podcasters in equal terms. It lacks several extras, like external inputs, recording software and direct monitoring. Users of this electronic gadget can be confident to have a fine-looking and sounding microphone that is user-friendly for their computers. Take note however that this gadget does not necessarily replace recording of studio quality.

Snowball is a both stylish and sturdy, plugging into the computer’s USB port directly with minimal amount of fuss. It offers no other audio inputs or outputs and the recording mode switch is not labeled intuitively, including no recording software.

  • The Good :
    Great aesthetic appeal; Direct plug-in to computer’s USB port; Very durable
  • The Bad :
    Improper labeling of record-mode switch; Lacks recording software; Steep learning curve required for effective microphone use
Our score:
4 / 5

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  • The Blue Microphones Snowball iCE is manufactured by Blue Microphones and was added in December 2014 in the PC Microphones section
  • This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5

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