Blue Snowball iCE – USB Condenser Microphone
Features & Specs
- Improve audio quality on Skype
- Twitch and FaceTime
- Add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube
- Create podcasts and add narration to your home movies
- Record instruments or vocals
- Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC
- no drivers to install
Best Microphone for YouTube (Podcasting and Gaming on a BUDGET)
Blue Snowball iCE – USB Condenser Microphone – Review
The Blue Snowball iCE provides you with an easy microphone solution for podcasting, gaming and all kinds of voice overs. Although you could record music with the iCE as well, we would recommend using one of our recommended microphones for vocals – music & ambience or studio microphones.
If you are looking to improve your PC recordings and perhaps even in Game Team-Speak this cardioid (what is this?) usb microphone is an easy plug and play solution.
Therefore we can recommend the Blue Snowball iCE for YouTube / Podcasting / Gaming and all kinds of simple voice-overs.
Setup / Installation:
What should I say a simpler construction there is not well. Imagine that microphone towards taking the cable and close the USB end to the PC / laptop and the other into the Snowball ICE. Done!
It is ready to use! Real Plug & Play. As a recording software (if you do not have one yet) we can recommend the free to download “audacity – recorder” which gives you all necessary basic tools.
You get a good voice quality that prevails not only in Teamspeak, but also in-game voice chat. No background noise, no complaints and well understood by all of our fellow team-members!
Find out Yourself how it sounds! Sound Example of a recording with the Blue Snowball iCE Microphone:
The Snowball iCE is an easy to use plug & play microphone with a cardioid pickup-pattern (what is this?). Before paying $50 to $150 for their first microphone, a lot of gamer are using headsets. Compared to the sound quality of at least 95% of all headsets, the boost with the Blue Snowball iCE is enormous. As well you will love the convenience that a dedicated microphone will bring to your recording.
You do not need anything if you want to start with good sound quality on a budget!
If you want to improve quality with a simply and cheap solution our top recommendation is a Pop-Filter. You can take a look at the cheap but good Dragonpad USA Pop filter. (on Amazon for about $8)
If you really want to improve the recording quality you have to attach your Snowball to a microphone
mount, that frees it from the desk you are typing on, or get the Blue Ringer Shock Mount.
For any microphone you use that has a microphone mount (jack) we highly recommend to use a boom arm or boom scissors arm. You can read in our No. 1 Mounting recommendation all about the Rode PSA1.
The Blue Snowball iCE is a good quite inexpensive solution especially when you keep the good sound- and build-quality in mind. If you have a Gaming Channel on YouTube or do regular voiceovers and podcasts you will love the Snowball iCE. Compared to the Blue Snowball (without iCE) we see quite a bit advantage in soundquality with the Blue Snowball iCE. The Snowball gives you additional pick-up pattern (omnidirectional) which we experienced as quite flat in recording surround sounds (we could not recommend). With this in mind, the additional features would not give you any more possibilities.
If you are advanced in recording or you are recording for multi-purposes for your YouTube Channel, including music or doing interviews, you should spend a few more bucks and buy the Blue Yeti or the Shure PG27. Both have better
Final Conclusion with help to choose
You can buy this microphone with confidence!
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