When we started the podcast for Tbreak, the first question on everybody’s mind was what to use for recording. We had to have 4 to 5 guests every week, so that’s a lot of people to get individual headphones + mics for, thus we settled on getting one studio quality mic with omnidirectional sound recording. After a lot of research, the Blue Snowball microphone came to our rescue.
The Blue Snowball has a very retro look, and keeping things as simple and elegant as possible is what it’s all about. The white globe on top with a meshed grill and chrome plating makes the Blue Snowball look like something straight from the 50s. The big microphone itself is on a thin stand with tripod legs, also in chrome finish. The mesh grill surrounds the big microphone so sound is recorded from 360°, but the rear of the mic also houses the 3-slide switch and the USB input.
So, one of the biggest features of the Blue Snowball is its recording capability in different patterns. The ‘Cardioid mode’ is suitable for normal vocals as it concentrates on a specific direction for sound, giving a rich and deep audio for whatever is being recorded. The ‘Cardioid mode with -10dB’ is similar to the ‘Cardioid mode’ above, except the -10dB allows the Blue Snowball to pick up loud sound sources; perfect for recording musical instruments. And finally there’s the ‘Omnidirectional mode’ which basically picks up audio from 360°, good for recording environmental sounds or conferences. All three of these modes are activated from the 3 button switch at the back, from 1 to 3 respectively for each of the three modes listed.