The Blue Snowball is not a microphone you will attach to your video camera. It is a desktop microphone for your computer. Where this comes in handy is during touch-ups, redos or different types of videos that probably are not vlogs. The microphone is self is a computer microphone and can be used for any purpose related to your computer work. It is one of the most popular microphones among YouTubers and Podcasters. It’s probably the most affordable high-quality microphone amateur enthusiasts rely on for many different needs.
I personally own the Blue Snowball myself and actually had a bit of a hard time to locate one in person, even in the USA in a large city of approx. 350,000+ people. I had to go to specialty guitar and musical instruments store a few times over the course of a week or two for them to finally get one in stock. The salesman there confirmed all the reviews I have read online about it being an excellent all-around microphone for work on the computer. I normally purchase many of my electronics online as it’s easy to find the best price and usually shipping is only a matter of a few days wait. I couldn’t wait at that particular time for the microphone as I was finalizing a video project I was working on for a good friend and would be leaving town soon. So I had to obtain the microphone in person. I would consider myself lucky that a few days before the trip ended I finally was able to purchase one and completed the project.
The model I purchased was the Blue Snowball (because it was the only one in stock) which is strikingly similar to the Blue Snowball iCE and is a bit confusing as to the differences when only a quick visual look is given. The main differences are the regular Snowball model is omnidirectional which means it can record all sounds from all directions around the microphone and the Snowball iCE is only has a cardioid recording ability. Cardioid only records what’s in front of the microphone. The regular Snowball model can as well record in cardioid mode and also has a bypass switch on the back to lower the recording level by -10db as well, which for most people’s circumstances is probably not important if you will simply leave it on your desk to use for various videos and vlog voice overs.
The audio recording quality of either model is identical and not a consideration from a results perspective. Both microphones look nearly identical (stand is slightly different) and perform excellent for almost anyone’s voice over and recording needs. Both models simply hook up with a provided USB cord. Both models require no software to install and will run on either Mac or PC computers. Unfortunately, there is no on/off button on either model and would have to be turned off through the computer settings or the old-fashioned way of just yanking the cord out of the computer. It’s not been an issue, in my opinion, to not have an on/off button but it is something you should at least consider for your circumstances. They even have several different color options, I got the classic white, but at least you have a choice if you don’t like white. The regular version of the Snowball has the most color choices.
Do yourself a favor and pick-up the Blue Snowball or the Blue Snowball iCE , that way you will have a super high-quality microphone ready when you need it. The product is of good quality and will not take up too much space on your desk. The microphone should foreseeably last for years to come and has a classical timeless looking design in my opinion. I have had a few people ask me, what is that thing? When I tell them it is a microphone, they kind of give it the once over look again and smile, as if it’s one of the nicest ones they have ever seen. Personally, I just like that it works well, it’s a real benefit to use it with my computer’s dictation program on days that I would rather not type on the keyboard.