Blue Microphones Snowball
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Blue Microphones Snowball

Snowball, USB microphone from Blue Microphones.

yoTrakkz 10/11/2011

Blue Microphones Snowball : yoTrakkz's user review

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I used this mic when I first got into DAW based recording a a while ago. I was expecting a USB Mic to not stand up to a professional studio's sound, but it turns out this thing is amazing. If you're starting out with recording, or DAW based recording, this mic is a wonderful way to experiment with things before you go out and buy an expensive interface. Props to Blue for coming up with something inexpensive, and comparable to studio mics twice the price. Blue is known for putting out great mics so it was only right they did the same with a usb version.

It's also great when on the road with a laptop. When an melody pops in your head, or you don't want to have to walk out the door and forget a catchy lick you just thought up, you can easily scratch track it without having to mess with interfaces, and powering up equipment.


OVERALL OPINION

I'm amazed at how good it sounds. I've used it to record my band and a friends band as well. For vocals it gives you a clean and crisp signal that naturally brings the vocals to the front of the mix. I often times find myself using the Snowball to record things over more expensive mics I own, because it's so easy and convenient to use. I leave it on my computer desk and when I want record I plug it in and I'm done, there's no fussing around with big mic stands and XLR cables. It's simple, it sounds fantastic and it's inexpensive. What more could you want from a mic? Downside of the mic is it can pick up a lot of other surrounding noises. You will need to be in a really quiet room or have a room that’s sound proof or treated properly so it doesn’t pick up things going on outside of the room. But this mic is very easy, just plug in the usb slot and start recording your music!