Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone
Gearank High Notes
- January 2017: Highest Rated USB Condenser Mic Under $100
It may seem like a toy at first glance, but the Blue Microphones Snowball is a true condenser microphone designed for desktop recording.
It has a frequency response of 40Hz to 18kHz making it viable for podcasting and vocal recording.
The -10dB pad allows it to handle louder sources like musical instruments, expanding the use of the mic into music recording territory.
The mic also features two pickup patterns for further flexibility.
- Type: Large Diaphragm Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid or Omnidirectional
- Frequency Response: 40Hz – 18 kHz
- Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz
- Bit Depth: 16 bit
- Applications: Voiceovers, Podcasting, Content Creation, Streaming, Vocal and acoustic instrument recording.
Windows: Windows 7/8.1/10 with USB 1.1/2.0/3.0
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.10 or higher with USB 1.1/2.0/3.0
Most of the many positive reviews that the Blue Snowball received are from podcasters and vocalists, many of which are impressed with the resulting sound quality. There are also some musicians, specifically those who use acoustic instruments, who found the mic to be just right for their needs. Being easy to set up and use are also mentioned as positives. A big number of users have found its oddball form factor to be effective, commending it for its stability and ergonomics.
There are a few users who found the bundled tripod stand to be flimsy but assured that the mic itself can take a beating. Some recommend getting close to the mic for best results; this can prove difficult for desks set lower or for taller than average users.
If you're a total beginner, and you're looking for an all-in-one mic for you to up the quality of your audio recordings and content, then the Blue Snowball is a great pick for your first mic.