BlueMic Snowflake USB Microphone Review

You’ve no doubt heard of, or have seen the Snowball microphone from BlueMic.
It’s a very popular microphone for podcasters and anyone that wants to record audio. BlueMic have a new microphone
to add to their product line – the Snowflake USB mic. This is their first professional portable USB microphone, and I
think they have another winner on their hands.

BlueMic Snowflake mic

Hardware Specifications

Transducer Type: Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Sample/Word: 44.1kHz / 16 bit
Frequency Response: 35Hz – 20kHz
Maximum SPL (THD 0.5%): 120 dB SPL

BlueMic Snowflake mic

Package Contents

Snowflake microphone
USB cable
Instruction sheet

BlueMic Snowflake mic

The design of the Snowflake is compact and portable. It folds up into a 6 ounce, 3.5 x 2.75 inch sized module, that can easily fit in almost
any sized gear bag or drawer.

BlueMic Snowflake mic

The microphone is attached to a hinge that can pivot up and down.

BlueMic Snowflake mic

The microphone can also swivel 365 degrees.

BlueMic Snowflake mic

When you lift the microphone, you’ll notice a nifty little storage area for the included USB cable.

BlueMic Snowflake mic

On the back side of the microphone is a mini USB connector. Just connect one end to the Snowflake and the other end to your
PC or Mac and you’re all set. I like to use the microphone is this configuration with my iMac. The only thing I wish is that
the base was just a bit heavier. If you extend the microphone too far forward, it has a tendancy to tip over. I suppose it would be
pretty easy to just place a small weight of some kind into the cavity that holds the USB cable.

BlueMic Snowflake mic

You can also separate the Snowflake from the plastic base and use it with most laptop computers.

BlueMic Snowflake mic

The aluminum hook slips over the edge of the laptop display. The Snowflake can fit over any laptop display that is not thicker
than around 5/8 of an inch. Four rubber feet protect the display from scratches. In the image above, you can see it sitting on top
of my 15inch Macbook Pro.

BlueMic Snowflake mic

This microphone is plug and play, and is compatible with both PCs and Macs. You don’t have to worry about installing drivers or any special
software. For my testing of this product, I used it with my iMac and GarageBand. Upon plugging the Snowflake into my system, it was immediately
recognized and ready for use. Here are two short audio samples that I created. The audio in these samples have not been enhanced in anyway.

Voice recording sample
Instrument recording sample

For the voice sample, I had the Snowflake sitting in front of me on desk approximately one foot diagonally from my mouth. I said “Testing 123,
Testing 123″ and then leaned forward about 6 inches and repeated “Testing 123, Testing 123″. Lastly, I moved to within 2 inches of the microphone
and again repeated “Testing 123, Testing 123″. For the instrument recording, I placed the Snowflake on the edge of my desk about 8-9 inches from
the front of my ukulele.

I am very impressed with the Snowflake. The recordings that I have created with it are clear and sound very good to my ears. For the past year,
I’ve been using a Samson Zoom H2 recorder for my the ukulele instrument reviews on my other site Ukulele Review.
I have found that using the Snowflake is easier and less of a hassle for me to use. If you are looking for a high-quality condensder microphone to use for podcasting,
skype, chat, or other audio tasks, I think you’ll find that the BlueMic Snowflake will do a fine job for you.

 

Product Information

Price:67.0
Manufacturer:BlueMic
Pros:
  • Plug and play
  • Great sound quality
  • Portable
Cons:
  • Can tip over if you extend the microphone too far forward
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9 comments… add one

  • Dieter Bohn October 29, 2008, 10:28 am

    I’ve been waiting for a review of this mic — looks like I’ll definitely want to pick one up for travel. Thanks!

    Also — the ukulele was beautiful, going to be in my head all day. :)

  • Julie October 29, 2008, 11:36 am

    Dieter:

    Please let me know what you think of the Snowflake once you do get one to try out.

    As for the tune on the uke – I’m blushing :o) Thanks! It is just a little tune that I made up. It still needs some work.

  • Tyler Puckett October 30, 2008, 8:45 pm

    Julie,

    You should consider writing up an album and putting it on an indie music store like AmieStreet or the like. I love the sound.

    As for the mic, I think they look really nice. If I ever get around to producing the podcast I’ve been thinking about, this is probably the mic I’ll get.

  • Julie October 30, 2008, 9:02 pm

    Tyler:

    I can’t even finish writing a whole song, so I don’t think I am anywhere near doing an album ;o) Thank you for the compliment though!

  • Chris McNeil October 31, 2008, 4:05 am

    Hey Julie,

    I third the compliment about the wee sample of your uke, i quite honestly never thought of it as an instrument that was so delicate and emotional sounding, a really beautiful sound. lI always think of George Formby and “cleaning windows” when the ukele is mentioned.

    Back to gadgets – this mike might be ideal for good quality recordings of lectures at universitys / research symposia. Did you notice how directional the mike was for more distant recording e.g someone lecturing 10 -15 yards away.
    Cheers

    Chris

    [Edited at October 31, 2008 08:43:13 AM.]

  • Chris Carfagno November 15, 2008, 8:29 pm

    Hello:

    Good review and very helpful info. Might I suggest this alternative, the SP-USB-MIC-1, which to my ears, sounds better, is smaller, and costs less:

    http://www.soundprofessionals.com/cgi-bin/gold/item/SP-USB-MIC-1

    Here is a sound sample with the Snowflake:
    http://www.soundprofessionals.com/MP3files/PRODUCTS/BLUE-SNOWFLAKE.mp3

    and a sample with the SP-USB-MIC-1 microphone:
    http://www.soundprofessionals.com/MP3files/PRODUCTS/SP-USB-MIC-1.mp3

    Best Regards,

    Chris Carfagno
    sales@soundprofessionals.com
    http://www.soundprofessionals.com
    The Sound Professionals, Inc.
    3444 Sylon Blvd
    Hainesport NJ, 08036
    800-213-3021
    609-267-4400
    609-267-0054 fax

  • dennis February 2, 2009, 9:53 am

    This may seem like an extremely naive question but would this mike be have a similar recording quality to the Snowball (larger mike) produced by the same manufacturer related to “simple” music recording with say: Garageband? Thanks. dennis

    • Julie February 2, 2009, 10:10 am

      @dennis: It’s hard to say since I’ve not used any of BlueMic’s other microphones. I would say that I really like this little one though.

  • justin August 18, 2010, 4:23 pm

    i will definitely buy this microphone your review helped out a lot thank you

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