While 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 thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not only easy to use, but sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. Meet the Snowball,Ã¢â€žÂ¢ theworldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first professional USB mic. Whether youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 nÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ play mics like the Samson that connects to either a Mac or PC Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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 Ã¢â‚¬â€ and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ideal for podcasting. Check it out and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see why itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 http://digiaudio.blogspot.com/ using the Snowball. Very pretty sound.
Thanks for the headsup Geoff.