What’s up TR Fans and welcome back for another review! Thanks to everyone who has continued to support this blog during the last 6-7 weeks while I’ve been on work experience! I’ve had a brilliant few weeks! But although this is my first blog back, I’m still only going to update a couple of times a month, especially with how busy I’m getting behind the scenes, but hopefully I’ll be able to say more about that soon.
I’ve meant to do this blog for a while now, but for various reasons it’s been pushed back to now. But here’s my review of the Blue Snowball ICE Microphone, which is the microphone I use for voiceovers and my podcasts.
So the Blue Snowball ICE Microphone – as the name will suggest – is sold by the company Blue Microphones – and is a good budget microphone costing around £55, making it a good alternative mic for anyone who wants to start recording but has a budget, or who can’t afford their more expensive microphone, the Blue Yeti. Coming with Blue’s custom condenser capsule, it is capable of delivering crystal clear audio quality, miles ahead of the built in microphone quality on your computer. It can also be used for recording, podcasting, voice overs, twitch gaming, YouTube videos, and is compatible on PC and Mac.
Coming in a white and blue box, the front of it includes a photo of the microphone head, with the word “ICE” in blue behind it, and the word “snowball” in the E. You also have a bit of information at the bottom, as well as a miniature photo of the microphone set up, and as we look round the side, we’ll find information on the audio specs.
Inside the box, you have the microphone stand, the USB cable, the microphone head, and some paperwork. The microphone head comes in a separate box inside the package, and it is easy to unwrap.
The only bit of setting up the microphone you might need help with is when putting all the pieces together. You have to twist a couple of times to get the microphone attached to the stand, and even then, you might have to change the capsule options at the back depending on how you want to set it up. After the microphone is set up, you would just put the USB cable into the back, and that’s you ready to use it. I don’t personally have experience of trying to turn each capsule with my chopstick, so I don’t know how easy or hard it is to do, and I also can’t use anything other than my head, but if you fancy trying it out and telling me how hard or easy it is, then I’d be interested in learning your view.
If you would prefer using it on your iPad or phone, or any other tablet, you would have to buy a USB to USB-C cable or any other adapters, but you can buy them for cheap on Amazon if you want to get one.
But what do I think of the Blue Snowball ICE Microphone overall? It’s got good audio quality overall, and although I have to put it as close to my mouth as it can go to get good enough quality, it doesn’t catch the sound of my ventilator as much as other microphones I’ve tried have. For disabled people who want to have the independence of setting it up, it might not be the best option, but overall, it’s a good microphone if you want a good budget microphone.