Microphones Matter: Blue Micrphones

I don’t tend to blog that much about podcast equipment, but I really wanted to share some tips and great microphones with you. Being that I am a podcaster, a mic is what I rely on to make my sound good when I talk. I believe that microphones are really essential pieces of equipment for anyone doing anything with audio.

When I started podcasting, I originally started with a $3.00 mic from Target. It took audio, and put it in my computer. Exactly what a mic should do. It sounded horrible (if you go listen to really old Apple Universe episodes, you can hear what I mean), but it got the job done, which is what mattered to me. As I started producing more and more episodes, I started getting better equipment. Thanks to a great sponsor of mine, Twitter, I received the Snowball mic from Blue Mic, along with other gear.

I found everything I needed in that one microphone. Great sound, great quality, easy to use, and best of all, its USB powered. It was the perfect USB microphone for me.

On Saturday, October 4, 2008, Blue Mic held a press event in San Francisco, after AES. Blue recently announced a new microphone, the BottleRocket. The main feature of the BottleRockets is their interchangeable capsule design; the BottleRockets are compatible with the extant “Bottle Caps” line of capsules, also from Blue. Two designs will be available, the BottleRocket Stage One and the BottleRocket Stage Two, with the former comprising a transformerless solid-state circuit, and the latter featuring an ECC88 vacuum tube. Pricing for the BottleRockets will be $899 for the Stage One, and $1999 for the Stage Two.

These mics aren’t really targeted to podcasters, but more towards recording artists. The point being, Blue produces some of the best microphones for anyone recording, let it be podcasts, a new CD, or just audio chatting with friends and family.

You may think, why would I buy a mic for $899? Well, Blue has another option for you. The Snowflake from Blue is a compact and portable USB microphone ideal for travel. Whether you’re a roving podcaster, or if you just want to add narration to your home videos, the Snowflake offers professional-quality results at an incredibly affordable price.

The mic capsule folds into the compact case, which also stores the included USB cable. This makes it easy to store the mic in a laptop bag, or even your pocket. When unfolded, the case acts as a desktop stand or laptop clip. The Snowflake has plug and play compatibility with Macs and PCs, so you don’t have to install any drivers. Just plug it in and you’re up and running. The price is great to. It retails for around $69.99, which is considerably cheap for a quality mic like the Snowflake.

The point is, great sounding microphones don’t have to be worth $400+, you can get an amazing mic, from an amazing company, Blue Micophones. Whats your favorite micrphone? USB or XLR? Let us know in the comments below, or leave a Seesmic video comment!

4 thoughts on “Microphones Matter: Blue Micrphones

  1. I have a Blue Snowball and that’s worked pretty well for doing audio for screencasts and such. I like it, and it was also pretty affordable. The snowflake looks interesting, haha. Love the post! Audio gear rocks.


  2. Hey Andrew,

    Thanks for leaving a comment. I think the best USB mic is the Snowball, and after that, the snowflake. The Snowball really changed the way people see microphones. It proved that you didn’t have to be an audio pro to a) understand how to use it and b) record great sound. The Snowball is the best USB mic out there.


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