Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone Review
Getting high-quality sound for your audio needs can be tough without the right mic. With Blue Snowball’s “iCE Condenser Microphone,” however, we guarantee you’re getting one of the best condenser microphone values the market can offer.
Details & Specs
- Crystal-clear audio with 40 – 18 kHz frequency response fit for music, podcast, YouTube, interview, and video call needs (including a special Skype certification)
- Stylish, custom capsule condenser (4 inches in diameter) with cardioid pickup pattern
- Reinforced, metal USB 2.0 and 3.0 port at the back for easy plug-and-play (16bit, 4.1 kHz); no setup needed
- Available in white or black “iCE” colors; includes a desktop stand and an optional ringer shockmount
- Retailed ar $44.99; 1.68 pounds
If you think “budget USB mics” are of any less quality than the ones up in the higher price range, then you might want to change your mind with the Blue Snowball iCE. A stylish take on the entry mic, the iCE is a condenser with far more technical superiority compared to the others in its range, capable of providing more accurate sounds and recordings.
The mic has a capsule inside, with six openings that show its fine mesh, which we think is partly why it can produce smooth sounds with no distortions whatsoever. If you’re aiming to use this one for vocals, then you’re in for a treat – crucial to recording vocals is a very accurate, or relatively accurate midrange.
When we tested it with fans and the AC running in the background, it didn’t pick up any of the buzzing or humming. If you do actually hear any background noise – no matter how little – we think you can do away with it by simply adjusting mic sensitivity on your desktop.
The whole design may look flashy to others, but we think that’s just meant to be for the strong build and durability that it aims to serve. Some users say lifting it feels like lifting a puppy, so for an entry mic it could be cumbersome to lug around, unless if you only need it in a studio or at home. The stand that it comes with needs its bottom screw tightened to keep its legs stable. We particularly commend it for its simplicity – there are no protruding buttons or controls that get in the way. The snowball can also be easily disassembled, so you won’t have to worry about that part if you accidentally unmount it.
In general, the iCE is a good mic to start with whatever you need it for. While its midrange pickup is great, we think that’s all there is to it. You might want to consider more professional mics if you want your highs and lows to be richly attenuated. It does also tend to produce popping sounds, but that can be easily remedied with a pop filter.
Also, the way you can plug-and-play this one into your computer, with no setup needed, is a great convenience if you need to get the job done quick and easy. While we get how more advanced mics work well because of special setups, we think “entry mics” don’t need all that in-your-face technology.
Is it for you?
It very well could be! An assessment of your mic needs will always help you make the good buying decision. If you need a go-to, fine-quality condenser for a variety of recording needs, we recommend you try out the Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone for yourself.