OverviewWhether 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.
- Mac OS X v.10.4.9 or later
- 64 MB RAM
- USB 2.0
- Windows XP (SP2)/Vista/7
- Mfr. Part Number : 4911-SBBN
- UPC or EAN No. : 836213001851
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- Warranty : Two year
- Two year
Ratings & Reviews
Get The Firmware Update!
Before reading all the negative reviews written about this microphone, i just wanted to tell everyone who is looking to buy this m icrophone, that a firmware update patch was just released on 8/10/06, about volume level issues. You can download and install the new update at Blue's website.
Now as for me, even without this update, the microphone worked perfectly. Great sound, unique design, and just all around cool...so i have no idea why the heck everyone is complaining so much, seriously, maybe they don't know how to use it correctly.
I use Blue's Snowball for recording voice overs and radio commercials so i am usually close to the microphone. Though, i haven't recorded any instuments while using Blue, but hopefully it'll produce the same good outcome as for speaking up close.
So overall, with Blue's new firmware update, this microphone is great. If your a pro, of course there are way better mics out there, especially expensiver. Though, if you don't wanna pay to much and if ur a hobbisty, or close to a pro, this mic is great for you. Good luck!! …
- Written by Noel G from Fairfield
789 of 991 people found this useful
Purchased after some humming and haaaing after reading the reviews here on apple. But asked questions and looked at some other mic s. I decided to come back to this mic and figured I could return it if I faced problems. I have found this to be a fantastic mic. It eliminated the fan noise problems I was having with my other cheapo mic. I use it for voice in podcasting. Easier to use than easy. I use SnapX Pro, Quicktime Pro and works great. In short I could not have asked for more ... …
- Written by David W from Walnut Creek
508 of 683 people found this useful
Great mic - works as advertised
I hesitated big time on buying this mic because of all the negative reviews. Although I don't do "pro" audio work, I needed a mic that didn't require an amp but also gave me excellent quality. I have only used this mic in Garage Band and I am very impressed with the quality.
I can't discount the other negative reviews because that is their experience. I will however share my positive experience with this mic and I recommend it. The only plug I'll make is, like with most things we buy, how about a lower price? …
- Written by Benjamin S from Bremen
475 of 677 people found this useful
Recently purchased this mic. The sound quality is brilliant. The design is fantastic and you'd find it hard to get such a versatil e mic thats as easy to use. The only reason I haven't given it 5 star is that I haven't used it enough to deem it perfect yet. …
- Written by Joseph M from Kenilworth
16 of 20 people found this useful
I've had this mic for a week, barely that much time, and I'm rockin' away. This mic sounds amazing... That's not just because it 's me, but because it's made by the right people. Get some serious quality out of this baby for a fraction of the cost of the mics that are SUPPOSED to sound like this. NICE WORK! …
- Written by Michael A from Valrico
23 of 27 people found this useful
Compares with high end mics
I have a number of mics, including ones that cost several times what the Snowball costs. I also usually record in a sound treated room.
With the Snowball, I get very high quality sound right at my desk. I don't dampen the reflections behind the mic or do anything to the room, I just plug and play.
This mic sounds nothing short of amazing. If you can't get this mic to sound good, you shouldn't be using a mic at all! I havent' tested it with guitars or (singing) vocals yet, but for podcasting, this is all you need.
Oh and it works perfectly with the Camera Connection Kit and iPad as well. …
- Written by Nicholas B from Calgary
60 of 64 people found this useful