Field Report: Blue Microphones Snowball

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Snowball's polar pattern

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
Weighs 460g
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.

Blue Microphones

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.

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