If you’re a podcaster and you want to have a very affordable and high-quality sounding mic for your next episode, Blue has released a portable mic that specializes in podcasting and computer audio recording. Blue, makers of professional-quality studio microphones, aims to reach the podcasting and gaming community with its Snowball microphone.
The Blue Snowball USB microphone is a USB mic that’s not only easy to use, but sounds really good for a mic of its size. Just like its rivals, Alesis, M-Audio, Samson and Rode, which released a podcasting mic called “the Podcaster,” the Snowball can be connected to PCs or Macs via USB, so you can directly record your voice without having to connect it to a preamp and an interface.
Blue is well-known for its retro-styled or oddly-shaped microphones, which have been designed in California and manufactured in Latvia. However, the Snowball, being an affordable mic, is manufactured in China, like many of its rivals.
The Snowball USB mic is a plug-and-play microphone that works with any audio recording programs, or DAW, like Cakewalk Sonar and Digidesign’s Pro Tools, and if you’re into video podcasting, it can also work with video editing programs like Sony Vegas.
The Snowball has three recording patterns: cardioid, where the mic only recognize the sound coming from its front; cardioid with 10 db pad, which is the same as cardioid that is 10 db more silent; and omni, which gets sound from all directions.