Hey Everyone, Tuesday means another tech review for you. When I say tech review, I mean a microphone review. Today I tested out the Blue Snowball iCE, a USB microphone that will set you back $50.
This mic is built like mics are supposed to be built. With heft. It feels like it was built to last; like it can take a beating. The mic stand that comes with it is nothing to write home about, but that's a fairly typical occurrence when stands are included with microphones. I think that the stand will be perfectly sufficient for desktop use.
The audio is pretty dang good for $50, and the ease of use is amazing. You plug it in. Select the microphone in your system preferences, set the input level, and you're good to go. I did run into one issue though, I kept getting clicking noises. There was even a point where I got some sort of digital feedback that made the audio unusable. I wasn't able to locate anything about this phenomenon, but I have a hunch it has to do with moving the cable around and holding the mic in my hands.
Over all it's a great mic and if you're looking for a desktop mic to improve your skype calls, podcasts, or voice overs, I highly recommend it!
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