The Snowball Microphone.

Snowball USB MicrophoneWhile wandering through some of the AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention sites, I found
Blue Microphones, took one look and decided (yep you guessed it… I want one).

To quote from their hype…

“Finally, a USB mic that’s not only easy to use, but sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. Meet the Snowball,â„¢ theworld’s first professional USB mic. Whether you’re recording a guitar at your kitchen table or a complete band in the studio, the Snowball can capture it with detail unheard of before in a USB mic”.

The Snowball is another of the direct plug n’ play mics like the Samson that connects to either a Mac or PC – no additional software is needed. With its dual capsule design and unique three-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad and omni… hmmm omni, could you configure 2 of these for O.R.T.F. ?), the Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band — and it’s ideal for podcasting. Check it out and you’ll see why it’s the coolest mic in town. Well that’s obvious, look at the picture. You know you want one. I am almost tempted to start a podcast just to justify one of these.

UPDATE: If you want to have a listen to one of these puppies, have a look in the comments. Geoff Hankerson is a podcaster who uses one and he has a pod cast up at using the Snowball. Very pretty sound.
Thanks for the headsup Geoff.



  1. Thanks Geoff,

    I downloaded your podcast as I was interested to hear what the Snowball sounded like and it was really impressive. My Opinion? I would probably roll some of the bass off, whack a shelving filter at about 50HZ and see what happened. But an amazing mic. The -10db would be very useful for the live recording of music (I have friends who play their Marshalls at 11) so most educational. I look forward to the next installment.


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