• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Blue Microphone

    • Written by from Kenilworth

    Recently purchased this mic. The sound quality is brilliant. The design is fantastic and you'd find it hard to get such a versatile 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.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    a good stepping stone...

    • Written by from College Station

    if you're a musician like i am, and are looking to make your home recordings sound more professional, this is a good mic to start with. not much noise, no hums or buzzes or anything like that. however, you may not get that studio-perfect sound. for the price it is well worth it. after using it for about a year though, i'm left wanting a little more, and will probably upgrade to one of Blue's better models. the design is sexy, the construction is impressive, and it was even rained on through an open window one night and still serves me faithfully.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mic with some limitations

    • Written by from Portola Valley

    The sound quality and build quality are fine for a mic in this price range. It is not as rugged as the old standby Shure SM57 (which is analog and needs a mic pre and DA box of some sort).

    If you get a new one, it should have the 1.1 firmware installed. If not, search the web for "blue snowball firmware update" and you should find the high gain firmware. You need to get it.

    Downgrade: it is for voice and acoustic instruments. If you put it in front of a guitar amp, it will distort at the mic, probably the diaphragm, even in the -10dB pad position.

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for the beginner!

    • Written by

    I was a little apprehensive at first when I read reviews on the Internet about this microphone. Many people were saying “Fantastic, Brilliant sound”. Now I’m one of those people that has a high expectation when it come to recording vocals or instrument’s. So, I decided to go ahead and purchase one. When it arrived the flowing week I found that the audio wasn’t the best and the microphone can give a lot of hum, buzz and hiss if you were not careful. Overall I wasn’t that impressed with the microphone, ok its good for someone who’s starting out but personally it’s not for me. If you want nice clean sound I would go for something a little more expensive. I use a fire - wire interface with a condenser microphone. This is a nice setup to go for, it does cost over $300 all together but it’s worth spending that little bit extra!

    38 of 45 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Beginners

    • Written by from Gypsum

    I am a sound engineering major, and this mic is GREAT! I have used it for a few different projects and have enjoyed the outcome on each. It picks up a low singing voice very well, we used the omni-directional setting to do gang vocals on a heavy metal band and the results were fantastic. I have used this with Sonar 6 & 7, Pro Tools, and Acid and have not had any problems with any of the software. Friends of mine that have a snowball use them with Mac's Garage Band and have no problems. Great bang for the buck. The only reason I give it a 4 star review is that there are much better microphones out there, but this is deffinately the best usb mic I have ever used.

    33 of 54 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great after the high gain firmware update

    • Written by from Decatur

    I had to apply the high gain firmware update. Blue's /update.php page that everyone/everything refers you to does not work right now. The /update/snowball page gives you the list with the files for windows and mac. I am running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.2 and the update applied just fine.

    UpdateSnowball_high_gainversion.zip
    UpdateSnowball_low_gainversion.zip

    Once I applied the high gain update, my signal levels were much better. I do voice over work.

    19 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Microphone for Recording Presentations

    • Written by from Calgary

    I'm using it as a high quality recorder for lectures, podcasts, and presentations. The sound quality is good (much better than passive mics). It's easy to use, and it does look pretty cool.

    The drawback is that it's bulky (I could theoretically use a handheld digital recorder). But it does give very nice sound for podcasts.

    89 of 116 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great bang for the buck!

    • Written by from Providence

    This is very good, solidly built, easy to use mic. The first one I got was a dud, but the second works like a charm. It has a very hot signal. So, to those saying the signal is weak, they either got a clunker, or something is set wrong in Garage Band preferences or system preferences. This is a fabulous plug and play mic. My only beef is the small amount of latency. Otherwise, its well worth the money.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No regrets

    • Written by from Winter Park

    This is much bigger than I expected. It stand 9-10 inches tall, and the ball is about 4" in diameter. So, when I unpacked this my first thought was that it's ridiculously big. But it's very handy, and built well. I use it with a desktop MacPro, which doesn't have a built-in microphone. I do wish, for the size and price, that it had a built-in video camera.

    11 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    creative fun!

    • Written by from EAST STROUDSBURG

    this is a produt that can boust your childs creativity and i hhighy recomened it.

    28 of 66 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great and versitile!

    • Written by from Dalhart

    this mic is superb for vocals. it also does a great job with acoustic instruments and live recording, but doesn't do amps justice. with enough work, it can produce close to professional sound. using just garageband i have impressed a lot of people (hopefully a lot of them ladies) with my podcasts of my songwriting! i highly recommend it for the amateur looking to share his or her tunes!

    34 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I like it

    • Written by from Tampa

    I have been wating this for a long time and finally got it as a Christmas present. So far it's working great. This mic's recording quality is very good. I use it for voice and acoustical instruments and it seems to pick them up with a very warm sound in the #1 setting. The #2 setting however is useless unless you don't want to pick anything up except what is yelled into the mic. Setting #3 is good for omni directional recordings like having a bunch of people around the mic. My only complaints are the blemishes (corrosion?) on the chrome front label where Blue is. And the flaked off blue paint on the stand label. It was bought new so there is no excuse for that. Otherwise, I recommend this mic for those who want high end sound out of a low cost mic. (would like to give it 3 1/2 stars) Make sure you buy it where you can inspect it.

    26 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Madison

    I had my doubts because of the many negative reviews, but I took a chance and I have no regrets. Yes, the signal isn't as loud as the built-in mic, but you just have to turn the input volume all the way up in the system settings panel. I recorded my cello with the Snowball and compared it to the $20 Radio Shack mic I was using. Wow! Compared to the Snowball, the Radio Shack made my cello sound like a crosscut saw. I added a touch of reverb in Garage Band for very satisfactory professional results, even in my acoustically dead basement office. This is a great product.

    55 of 73 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great mic for the money

    • Written by from Orlando

    This mic is a great tool for the musician or podcaster looking to do good wuality home studio recording. The sound quality is great and has very little noise. When i first set it up the recording sounded aweful but i realized that it is best to plug it in after you have opened your Garage Band project. For some reason plugging it in before makes for a noisy track and low volume recordings.

    50 of 58 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It gets the job done, and does it well.

    • Written by from Dimondale

    Alright, so the snowball is not the perfect studio mic, however it does get the job done quite well. With the level of precision involved with (quality) audio electronics, you will be hard-pressed to find a USB mic compairable to a pro studio mic (at least for now). And though the snowball does bear some very agreable design features, one should not purchase this based on aesthetics alone. Do a little technical (non-opinion oriented) research to find out if this product is cost effective for your specific use.

    I have been using my mic for a little over a month now and have been very pleased with the quality via GarageBand. The recordings are clear and crisp with little alteration to the "true" sound. Only ambient noise seems to be pressent on recorded tracks, meaning; only sounds such as the spin of my external hard drive, powerbook fan, etc. tend to create some white noise, but nothing electronic. I'm sure the shock mount and pop filter would help with some of that.

    I am still messing around with settings 1 and 3 (the mode/capsule selection on the mic). The capsules tend to be relatively sesative and cause some sound distortion at moderate levels. Possition 2 is the unidirectional (cardioid) setting with a -10dB pad, and does an excellent job of preventing distortion with loud playing/singing.

    Overall, the mic handles sound very well. Recordings do not come out quite as rich and full as even some relatively cheap ($600) studio mics I've used, however I am still very pleased. I feel the limitation can be attributed mostly to USB as well as computer system hardware and software. When I have power-hungry apps open along with GarageBand, I start to have issues. If someone were to develope audio drivers compatible with, or specific to the snowball, chances are the mic would have far greater potential.

    39 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Mic

    • Written by from Bellingham

    Used the mic today to record a jam session consisting of several guitars, banjo, and vocals in Garageband. The final CD quality is very good. Obviously not a studio quality cd, but good enough to send to friends. I didn't get a stand with mine, and was told by the manufacturer that a stand is not part of the package. Maybe apple store is including one, but I didn't receive one, (it screws on to a standard mic stand), and you have to buy a GOOD USB cable.

    56 of 63 people found this useful