Field Report: Blue Microphones Snowball
The omnidirectional mode was a feature I used while conducting an interview. When I heard the playback I was impressed by the ambiance sounds captured without over-emphasizing the hisses and buzzes around the room. Next time I go to record a live band I think I'll bring my laptop and this mic; that will be a great sounding recording.
|Performance at a glance|
Condenser USB mic with two polar patterns
40Hz - 18kHz frequency response
Available in white, brushed metal or gloss black
Suspension shock mount available
Upon connection of the mic, the user will notice that the sample rate and bit rate are 44.1kHz and 16-bit. This is the factory setting and cannot be changed. This is the typical setting for compact discs so really no harm here. Besides, most software allows you to change these setting so you can change your recordings after the fact, if needed.
This microphone is only USB, so it can only be used on computers (PC or Mac). If you are looking for a mic for recording directly to you computer, this mic is the perfect fit. I will be using this for all my Skype broadcasts, podcasts, home recording and anything else I can come up with. So many times I have had to find different adapters to connect a decent-sounding mic to my computer; finally I have the solution thanks to the Snowball USB Mic from Blue Microphones.
Wilson is an announcer, producer, webmaster and promotions guy at WAKO-AM/FM, Lawrenceville, IL.
Editor's note: Field Reports are an exclusive Radio magazine feature for radio broadcasters. Each report is prepared by well-qualified staff at a radio station, production facility or consulting company.
These reports are performed by the industry, for the industry. Manufacturer support is limited to providing loan equipment and to aiding the author if requested.
It is the responsibility of Radio magazine to publish the results of any device tested, positive or negative. No report should be considered an endorsement or disapproval by Radio magazine.
Acceptable Use Policy blog comments powered by Disqus
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Today in Radio History
The history of radio broadcasting extends beyond the work of a few famous inventors.
Read each issue online in our Digital Edition Format in your Web browser.
EAS Information More on EAS
The feed provides feeds for all US states and territories.
Need a calendar for your computer desktop? Use one of ours.
Information from manufacturers and associations about industry news, products, technology and business announcements.
This high-visibility and high-traffic area got the full acoustic treatment.
Browse Back Issues[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Also in the May Issue
- Remote Access and Site Connectivity: Wireless
- Standards of FM Allocation and Interference
- Side by Side: Mic Processors
- Field Report: Deva Broadcast DB4004
- Field Report: APT WorldCast Systems Horizon NextGen
- New Products
- 20 Years of Radio magazine: May 1994