|? An absolute steal at $49||? Limited feature set|
|? Plug & Play||? Needs a scissors arm & best with pop filter|
|? Sturdy construction||? No recording function|
|? Great sound for the price||? Too bulky|
Blue is a brand synonymous with quality at an affordable price. Their microphones has found its way onto most people’s desks. The reason is obvious, they provide a product that most people are willing to pay for! Today, we’re reviewing the cheapest microphone Blue has to offer, the Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone.
At the time of writing, it’s priced at $34.99!
Why do I need an external microphone?
If you’re on this page, you’ve probably did some of your research! External microphones are hands down better than on-board mics, like the ones within a phone when you’re video recording. Getting an external microphone does not necessarily mean you have to use it professionally. You could start using it for
Amateur video production
Online meetings with your boss won’t have to be embarrassingly static
Your gaming friends will finally have no excuse to ignore you
Your long distance girl/boyfriend will now be able to hear your wet kiss
For the musician, this is a good entry point into the world of digitizing your music!
Most importantly, ASMR video production will witness the sweet sweet triggers we all crave
Traditionally, ASMR videos are best coupled with stereo microphones like the 3DIO Free Space Binaural Microphone. However, it starts at a whopping $641 for a creepy set of silicon ears. We’ll get there someday, but today is not the day. You can get cheaper stereo microphones that works wonders, but it’s still more than twice the price of this! It’s not the best solution, but it’s really bang for buck that allows you to do more than just ASMR. Think of it like buying a Swiss army knife when you REALLY need a knife.
A little on technical specs
It records at 44.1kHz/16bits, which basically means it’s recording at a quality you’ll be more than satisfied with. There’s not much to meddle here, which I consider a blessing more than a curse when you just want a mic that works.
For sound quality wise, you can check out my first two videos here and here, where I filmed with the Blue Snowball ASMR. There was no post-editing for these two videos, so you’re hearing the unadulterated version.
What’s in the box?
You got a beautiful mini tripod, with a USB wire, and the microphone itself. All of which is made with sturdy materials, with no flimsy plastic. Pretty damn awesome for a $49 product.
The tripod has rubber foot so it’ll have a minimal shake/slide effect when you’re putting it on the table. The bottom of the mic has a screw hole that you insert the tripod with. There is a degree of tilt (approx 30) that you’re able to achieve with the mic. This is especially good for pointing it up at your mouth, for the optimal noisy chewing to annoy friends.
For ASMR video production, this means you’re best off pointing it down at your table where you play with your slime or makeup brushes!
However, tripods traditionally do not go well with tables! If you went on and view the two video samples of this mic when I used it, you’ll likely notice the bangs on the table when I was not careful. The magical solution to this? A floating mic! Investing in a scissors arm came a long way, as it allows you to position the mic away from the table, while making sure it isn’t all over your face while you’re trying to film. I purchased “Amazon’s Choice” for a microphone arm at ONLY $12.99, and honestly never looked back.
For the convenience
It’s literally plug and play, what else can I say? It comes with a heft I expect from a sturdy microphone, so it won’t be flying away from you when you sneeze.
You might want to consider also purchasing a pop filter. It helps with the static you get when a gush of air hits the mic. Imagine hearing someone blow into the mic without bursting your eardrums. It costs less than $10, and just like the scissors stand, it improves the quality of your recording in ways you can’t imagine! Here’s what that I use and recommend.
Presenting to you, my terrible makeshift pop filter on the mic when it wasn’t on my scissors arm.
A no-brainer for anybody who is on a budget and is currently recording on a on-board mic.
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