Podcasting Mics: BLUE Snowball

Barbara Freedmanpodcast, Reviews2 Comments

I just love how easy this mic is to use and how good it sounds. It comes with a desk top stand and you can get the suspension mount separately or some dealers sell all three as a package. I also use a pop filter that attaches to the shock mount. Plug the USB into the computer, make sure the System Preferences and software preferences (that’s in the Sound menu for each) recognizes the mic and you are good to go. Since this mic does not have any external gain control, you’ll have to set the Input level in the System preferences. A little experimenting and you’ll get the right input for your voice or instrument. Yeah, go ahead and try this bad boy out on an acoustic guitar, piano or any other instrument. I’s really meant to be used up close so you won’t get enough sensitivity for making a good recording of your chorus or band but it might work out really nicely for practice recordings. It depends on the volume of your ensemble and the room you are in. Try it!


BLUE Snowball

  • Barbara,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on mustech.net. Interestingly enough, I just purchased the Blue Kickball and Original Ball mic for podcasting. I love the quality. I did not purchase the snowball, although it was tempting due to the USB connections feature The reviews said there was a noticable latecency when you tried to “monitor” it, that is that it recorded in “real time” but when you tried to listen to it back WHILE recording there was latency… Have you noticed this happening?

    Also I wanted to see if we could list you and your site as one of the NEW 100 ME (music education) bloggers. Let me know! 🙂

    Best regards,

    J. Pisano

  • Hi Joe. thanks for the response. Sure! I’d love to join the list of 100!

    I do love the entire line of Blue mics. I think latency is not an issue of the mic. I am pretty sure it’s an issue of RAM, clock speed and disc allocation. It could be a USB thing but I really haven’t had problems unless my movies are large files. Where are you having issues with latency? How are you plugging in the other mics into the computer? If you are having issues, I am sure others are too. I never thought about the USB issue. I’ll try recording a larger file using an AKG C3000B through an MBox and see if I get the same problem with the USB mic.

    Nice “meeting” you!