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.
- 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.
Apple Recommends ForRecording everything from podcasts to your live band, easily and with professional quality.
What's in the Box?
- Snowball microphone
- 6-inch stand
- USB cable
- Frequency Response: 40Hz - 18kHz
- Connections: USB
- Weight: 2.25 lbs.
- OS X v.10.4.9 or later
- 64MB RAM
- USB 2.0
- Windows XP (SP2)/Vista/7
- UPC or EAN No.: 836213001851
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- Warranty: Two year
- Two year
Ratings & Reviews
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. 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
131 of 136 people found this useful
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 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
123 of 129 people found this useful
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 an 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
106 of 114 people found this useful
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 microph 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
1 of 3 people found this useful
A superb microphone . Fairly weak and feeble stand.
- Written by Andrew N from Alfreton
1 of 1 people found this useful
Just brilliant, purchased to record vocals and live concert performances as well as dictations and record interviews, it has manag 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
3 of 3 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
does this mic interface with garageband
- Asked by Roger S from Palm Harbor
- Answered by Jasper W
Can you use this as a microphone to walk around with like a rock star? Would my nine year old be able to hear her voice amplified as she sings ?
- Asked by Michelle E from Lakewood