As you already know that back in the day, recording was usually carried out in professional studios that contained a lot of top class high-end equipment. However, the increased availability of extremely high quality equipment has started a new trend in recent years and this is due to the fact that recording sessions can be done from the comfort of your home in home studios.
Saying that, while it sounds simple to set up a home studio, it isn’t exactly a walk in the park.
This is especially true when it comes to buying high quality equipment that’ll allow you to create high quality productions.
This is true for things like microphones. However, there are some products that are up to the task and today, we’ll be doing a Blue Snowball mic review to see if this falls in that group.
Blue Snowball Mic Review in Detail
The company Blue microphones is very well known for it’s products. The microphones come in a retro design that really stands out and the same could be said for the “Snowball”.
If you’ve heard of this company before then I’m sure you’ve heard of or even used their Yeto microphone model. This product has received some excellent feedback and the Snowball is similar to this when it comes to various different factors.
When you’re setting up a recording studio at home, you’re going to be buying a lot of complicated software so the last thing you need is the most basic equipment being extremely difficult to use.
Fortunately, the Snowball mic is very easy because you’ll receive a USB cable that you’ll need to connect to your PC. Basically, you won’t need to install any other software so essentially; this is a plug and play kind of product. But obviously, when you’re recording the sound, you’ll need the audio recording software like GarageBand for example.
While the Snowball is a plug and play kind of product, you will need to set up the tripod that acts as a stand for the microphone. This process is relatively straightforward and you won’t have any issues when it comes to this.
Once the microphone is placed on the tripod, you’ll be able to tilt it in several different directions, something that might be quite convenient for you as a producer.
While the Snowball is extremely easy to use, there isn’t any instruction manual included with the packaging. This might make it harder for someone who has no experience in using a product like this.
At least the manual is available online so it’s not all bad but it would’ve been helpful if there was a physical booklet included with the product. So what is the Snowball useful for? Can you record music with it?
The simplest way of answering this is yes, you can record music with it but it doesn’t receive a complete 10 out of 10 for this purpose. Truth be told, this is a microphone that is more suited to basic functions like recording podcasts, voiceovers and even things like voice calling on Skype or a similar program.
The fact that we get two optimized patterns for speech and only one for music is a bit of a let down. But then again, with the price you will be paying, you shouldn’t expect it to help you record a complete symphony in the most perfect way possible.
For that you’ll need to spend quite a bit of money!
The bottom line is that the Snowball mic isn’t a professional-grade microphone that should be used in professional recording studios.
In fact, it is an excellent product that is perhaps more suitable for personal use and for semi-professional use.
So if you’re thinking of making YouTube videos then I would probably advise you to go for it and then later invest a bit more on a better product in the future. However, if you were trying to set up your new professional recording studio, then it would be best for you to go for something like the Shure SM58.
Hopefully, this Blue Snowball mic review gave you a little bit of an insight into what you can really expect if you buy this product.
It’s a terrific product that is on the affordable side. It looks great and comes with an excellent design and to be honest, it even performs relatively well. However, it comes with it’s own limitation and these usually involve the inability to cope with the attention to detail when recording music in a high standard of a professional recording studio.
Like I mentioned above, for this purpose, the Shure SM58 would be more suitable.