Blue Snowball Microphone Review

By on February 28, 2011
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Beauty in simplicity.

Good: Simple to use, Great audio quality, Retro looks amazing
Bad: Mode switch on the back has numbers instead of naming each mode
Price: AED 599
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Blue Snowball records audio at 44.1 kHz/ 16-bit, which is equivalent to CD quality recording. Sadly the input cannot be changed beyond this, but from listening to all that we have recoded on it so far, CD quality is just about fine, depending on your listening equipment of course. Anything high-end and you’ll find the recording a tad bit wanting. Still, given the simplicity of recording, the Blue Snowball sounds wonderful just the way it is.

The Blue Snowball connects to your Mac or PC via USB, and that’s it; no drivers or proprietary software is needed.  Just select the Snowball from whatever recording software you use (Audacity in our case), hit the record button and you’re good to go. Whether you use Audacity or Garage Band or any other software, Blue Snowball should work just fine.

It is because of its various recording modes that the Blue Snowball can be used for just about any situation, whether it’s recording a podcast, calling someone on Skype, recording a musical at school or just a jam session with a couple of friends. All you need is a laptop with any software of your choosing that’s recording everything. The setup is hassle free and the end result is very good. To top it all off, the Snowball looks great as well. Yes, there are other mics that will do a better job, but at this price, the Snowball offers a very comprehensive package in terms of quality provided that no other can match.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • Remote

    “. The Cardioid mode with -10dB is similar to the Cardioid mode above,”
    Fail Editing.

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