Blue Snowflake USB Microphone

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Blue Snowflake

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Leave it to the people at Blue Microphones to create yet another unique design.

The Blue Snowflake is like no other compact USB mic I have tried.  It has traditional Blue quality, fit and finish.  The audio quality is surprisingly full, considering its $59 street price.

The small, round head swivels easily and the unique mount allows for setting it on a table or the top of your laptops display.

With a small tray to hold the (included) USB cable and the mic itself, the Snowflake can easily drop into your pocket or a laptop case, ready for high-quality, on the go recording, Skype or Podcasting.

Check out the Snowflake.

 

Best,

MarkJensen

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It took about 2 years longer than expected, but PodSqod has moved to New Media Gear.

Why?

3 years ago, Podcasting was the only avenue for what we now call New Media.  Besides migrating to a correctly spelled domain name, New Media Gear opens the door to all forms of broadcasting, both new and the re-birth of traditional broadcasting.

If you are a PodSqod regular, welcome home.  If you are new to the family, the virtual welcome matte is equally extended.

As a technical geek that loves audio gear, I’m excited to have you along as we try out microphones, mixers, processors, software and anything else that makes your studio tick and kick.

With over 25 (actually 23, but 25 sounds better) years in “the business” of radio announcing, engineering and voiceovers, it’s my privilege to have you along as we discuss the gear and techniques that can only be effectively conveyed using the very medium they facilitate.

Welcome.

 

Best,

MarkJensen & Laura

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 Click above to listen in as I try out a very nice dual-mode, large diaphram condenser mic from Sonic Distribution.

This one isn’t cheap, coming in at a street price around $399, but it holds up well against much pricier mics.

The USB2200A has a very rich and thick quality to it.  True;  I only demonstrate it in analog mode using the studio-standard Aphex 230.

I also tried it ‘dry’ in USB mode.  No problems and the quality was identical to my ears.  The main difference in USB mode is that (like all USB LDC mics I’ve tried) levels were much lower.  With USB supplying 5VDC @ .5 amps (at best), this is understandable.  If used in USB mode, you’ll simply need to normalize levels.

This mic does it all, including real-time headphone monitoring (in USB mode) with level adjustment along with a 10db pad and high-pass filter.

Press the button and listen in.  Welcome.

 

Best,  MarkJensen

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