Blue Snowball Microphone Review

You’re always going to need a good quality microphone when you’re recording something important for your personal platform or for an organization. YouTubers and other professional content creators are using different kinds of microphones to upgrade their audio quality. 

However, it becomes a pretty difficult task to find the right and most compatible microphone for recording through your laptop or computer. Therefore, in order to solve this problem, Blue Microphones have introduced this amazing plug-and-play USB microphone that goes by the name of Blue Snowball USB microphone. 

This company is known for producing some of the highest quality microphones with studio-level specifications. The device that we’re going to discuss today is the Blue Snowball and it was released decades ago as the first consumer-level microphone. At that time, the starting price of the microphone was around $130 and it is still available at almost $100 according to its revised price. 

Since then, this particular model has been making huge strides in the entertainment industry and it specifically popular for its high-quality audio and unique and compact design. The Blue Snowball USB microphone is currently available in a plethora of colors such as black, white, and silver.

Blue Snowball Microphone Review

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Design:

If we talk about the overall design of this microphone then it comes in a circle shape just like a ball as the name suggests. The ball is attached to a tripod from the bottom side with the help of a threaded metal hole and the tripod is coming with an adjustable height of around 5 to 6.5-inches. 

Snowball is almost 4-inches in diameter whereas the overall design gives you an appealing look as well. It is going to look extremely good in your home-studio set up right in front of your desk. 

There is a huge logo of Blue on the microphone that is inspired by the retro-scripted logo and it plays a vital role in protecting the capsules of the microphone from dust and wind. You’d also find a small LED at the top of the microphone that is going to tell you if the device is ready to use and is properly connected.

For external audio connection, you are going to find a simple USB metal port and you won’t find any other external connection for headphones, etc. It works in three modes such as cardioid, cardioid -10dB, and Omni. You are going to find a separate three-position switch for all of these modes. However, the device defines the modes as 1,2 and 3 rather than naming properly, and therefore, potential users with zero or no experience of Blue’s microphones will find it tough to figure out the purpose of each of these modes. 

Notable Features: 

Besides its high-quality audio and beautiful design, there are more to this device if we look deeply into its internal features. It comes with the amazing Sonic Flexibility feature that is taken care of by the two microphone capsules.

However, the Blue Snowball does the job of keeping monophonic recording by dedicating a single capsule for an omnidirectional cardioid recording pattern that is very much suitable for single-voice recording. 

It also lets the other capsule take care of the sound coming in from the surroundings in the same Omni pattern. Therefore, it lets the user to decide which pattern he wants his audio to be recorded in.

Performance: 

Blue Snowball is an absolute joy to use because not only does it come with outstanding performance but it also has this easy way of usage and user-friendly nature. You can simply install the device on your computer and wait for the drivers to run through your processor and get accustomed in your system. 

Simply plug it in and install the drivers on your computer to start using it. Also, when the drivers are installed, you wouldn’t need to get into the intricate details of sound settings because it sets itself as the primary recording device on your operating system. If you are done with these things, then you simply need to press the record button and start exploring the sound of the highest quality.

This microphone comes with a sample of 44.1 kHz/16-bit and it is not the sample rate for a professional microphone. It gives you great sound quality for most of the operations such as interviews, talk shows, and podcasts, etc. You can also use this microphone for your gaming and streaming live on your platforms. It is way better than the integrated microphones on your computer and in some cases, it also works perfectly fine compared to a headset.

Pros
  • The extremely good thing about this microphone is that it covers all the necessities of a professional content creator and it doesn’t take much of your time while setting up
  • You can simply install it on your computer after plugging it in through the USB port
  • It doesn’t take long before it is ready for use.

Cons
  • You’re not going to get any other external audio inputs or outputs in this device apart from its USB.
  • There is no recording software on this device.
  • Recording mode switch cannot be identified clearly
  • Not suitable for outdoor recordings

  • Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio for Skype, Messages and FaceTime
  • Record vocals, create podcasts, and add narration to your home movies
  • Add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube. Frequency Response: 40 –18 kHz
  • Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC-no drivers to install
  • Snowball iCE is a USB 2.0 device (USB 3.0 compatible as per USB 3.0 backward compatibility specification).Sample/word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
  • Note: Refer the User Manual before use.

Final Verdict: 

At the end, we would say that the Blue Snowball is a pretty good microphone with all the capabilities of producing high-quality sound. At this price range, we believe that the Snowball is pretty well placed in terms of its features and specifications. 

In some countries, this microphone is coming at more than 100 dollars whereas some of the regions throughout the globe also offer this device at less than $75. 

This is a pretty good multi-pattern microphone that is easy to use and gives you professional quality audio. The build quality is also pretty strong and the desktop stand is also included in the overall package. 

We won’t say that this device is going to set you apart from others but still, it is a pretty significant option for all those looking for a budget microphone with high-quality features. We will recommend this device, especially for young and aspiring content creators.

FAQs:

Is the Blue Yeti better than the snowball?

Answer: Blue Yeti is more expensive and therefore, it comes with better features.

Is the Blue snowball Ice worth it?

Answer: Blue Snowball Ice is particularly good for recording tracks and instruments.