The Snowball: Pro Quality USB Microphone
By James Grahame
The $159 Snowball is a groundbreaking little condenser microphone that's optimized for vocals. What's groundbreaking about a mic, you ask? It interfaces directly to your computer by USB, so you don't have to worry about phantom power or analog mixing -- just plug in and you're ready to record hi-fi sound.
The Snowball includes a switchable cardioid/omnidirectional pickup pattern and 40 - 18000Hz frequency response. It's powered directly from a USB port and automatically converts sound into a 16-bit 44.1kHz digital stream.
It's plug and play compatible with Mac OSX and Windows XP, so you won't have to muck around with device drivers to get things working.
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Snowball USB Microphone (Blue Microphone)