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Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

USB-powered mic with two capsules and three operational modes: omnidirectional, cardioid, and cardioid with -10dB pad. The mic has built-in A-to-D converters, and outputs digital audio via the USB port at 44.1 kHz, 16 bits.

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The omnidirectional pattern behaves more like a wide cardioid at most frequencies and the sound picked up at the rear is much duller than the sound picked up at the front…

The presence peak [of the Omni mode] is much higher than that of the cardioid modes. When the mic is used on-axis, the omni setting produces a nice airy sound which makes the cardioid modes sound slightly dull by comparison — almost like listening to a typical dynamic mic next to a capacitor mic.

Electronic Musician, 2007
Blue intended the Snowball to be simple and easy to use, and it is. Like most of the other USB mics, the Snowball’s A/D converter has a 16-bit, 44.1 kHz resolution. However, the Snowball doesn’t give you the option of selecting a lower bit depth or sampling rate. A company spokesman noted that although there are newer USB chips offering a greater bit depth, it wouldn’t be of interest to the typical Snowball user: anyone wanting a higher resolution would use a regular mic with a dedicated converter.

As of July, 2009, BLUE has sold over 300,000 of the Snowball microphone.

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The mic was released in 2005.

Specifications

Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
Snowball Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Snowball Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (40 - 18,000 Hz)
Cardioid (40 - 18,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10 dB (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 14mm
n/a
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
460g (16.23oz) 95mm (3.74'') 95mm (3.74'')
  • USB (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power

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