Reddit Reddit reviews Blue Snowball USB Microphone (Textured White)

We found 161 Reddit comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone (Textured White). Here are the top ones, ranked by their Reddit score.

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Blue Snowball USB Microphone (Textured White)
Plug and play design — no software requiredProfessional studio quality performance — record both vocals and instrumentsMac and PC compatibleBlue’s renowned circuit and unique two-capsule designSwitchable mic patterns for a variety of recording applications
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161 Reddit comments about Blue Snowball USB Microphone (Textured White):

u/ivsguy · 53 pointsr/videos

Looks like a Blue Snowball with a pop filter. $40-60 mic.

u/lawlsnoballz · 28 pointsr/buildapc

It's a blue snowball ICE, only about 50 dollars

regular one is only a bit more

And yeah been saving since last july :D

u/djwohls · 19 pointsr/gadgets

I have had a lot of luck with these: Blu Snowball Mic

We use them at my work for small conference rooms.

u/SamisSimas · 11 pointsr/anime

Guest or Regular: Guest

User Name/Other Names: samissimas

Age Group: 18-19

Reasons for Wanting to Join: To show how patrician my taste in chinese cartoons is, (Read: Discussion)

Past Discussion/Analysis/Review: I've written a series of reviews that can be read through here

I have school, so scheduling would have to be planned more than a few days ahead, and I might be generally unavailable for the times you'll suggest, but I think I have something to contribute, so I'll put my name as back burner here.

This is my mic in case anyone is worried about audio quality

Edit: I know /u/bobduh doesn't really hang out here as much, but maybe he's interested? Has anyone reached out to him?

u/IMissMyZune · 7 pointsr/makinghiphop

I'm assuming you have a physical location to record & some type of computer.

Do this:

Get ahold of $100-$500. Buy a microphone & either some really nice headphones or some studio monitors (i recommend headphones if you can't do both). My first mic was a Blue Snowball. I love using my Audio Technica headphones. Probably not gonna win you any grammys but it will teach you some things until you can afford a better setup.

OBTAIN... in whichever way you see fit... some software to record on called a DAW. From the free software Audacity to something like Logic Pro X or Studio One. Just get one. There's hundreds of tutorials on youtube on how to use them. You're also going to want to get some Vsts. Google will be your friend for this section lol.

Practice making songs on here in the cypher & collab call threads. There's also a billion beats on youtube that nobody's going to know you used if you just keep it between yourself and some friends.

Do that for however long it takes for you to feel that you're good. There's plenty of forums out there like gearslutz and this one and some others that you can get info on.

When you feel like you're good start buying beats and all that stuff. Until then you're going to have to practice and learn what you sound like and what makes a good song otherwise it'll be a waste of money. It's much cheaper to collab with people though...

For networking if you make a good song and start sharing it with your friends it'll get around since you're still in high school. That's already 2k potential fans & they all have people that they know. Start with them. It's NYC and the world is much smaller than you think...

EDIT: Also never pay to do a show and stay on the lookout for scammers.

u/hoopera · 7 pointsr/letsplay

I don't like to be harsh, but when I give feedback, it's always best to be straight.

It looks to me like your trying to be almost exactly like Pewdiepie. You did the whole "realization in 3, 2, 1 WTF" thing that he has done a few times before. You also did the whole dance music thing with the kid, and even had the dad call him a disgrace.

Your mic is....really bad. Maybe you should look into investing in something else? I use a Blue Snowball, and it really gets the job done. Here's a link to amazon:

Listen, if people want to watch Pewdiepie, they'll go watch Pewds. You need to be yourself! It's your channel, make it about you!

EDIT: Don't downvote the guy! Everyone has room for improvement :D

u/YoungCovii · 6 pointsr/hardwareswap

The microphone you have is a blue snowball non ice version. The Blue yeti is a completely different mic.

u/pumpkinbundtcake · 6 pointsr/pcgaming

Most people would recommend a Blue Snowball but I really like the concept of the Modmic. Honestly though, I used a three dollar desktop microphone I got from Microcenter and, while I wore the headphones to get rid of background noise, I was getting compliments on the microphone quality.

Edit: I forgot about the Zalman clip-on but that seems like such a pain.

u/Derel1ct · 6 pointsr/asmr

For ear to ear type things you're going to really want 2 separate mics, a normal stereo mic just won't give you really noticeable stereo sound.

Assuming that you're recording on a computer, something like 2 of these would be better in my opinion.

In the future, something like this would be good before stepping up into something more professional.

u/XWingLaserbeam · 5 pointsr/GTA

Absolutely. I have an Adobe Creative Cloud membership at a discounted rate through my college, and I'm using Premiere Pro to do the editing.

I'm using an Elgato capture card and a Blue Snowball mic. Maybe it was a bit crazy to go with this particular setup with no experience, but I really like the quality and the result. Links below!

EDIT: I found my Snowball mic at Best Buy for $49.99 -- about $9 cheaper than Amazon.

u/Aeather · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales
u/Reddit4Play · 5 pointsr/rpg

You're going to have a few options here.

The first is obviously a headset. This is by far the easiest solution, since it's all-in-one headphones and microphone. The headphones are isolated from the mic, too, which means you don't need to worry about echo or picking up any noise otherwise coming out of your speakers.

Since you say you'd rather not wear a headset, though, that's out of the picture, I guess.

The next best option, I think, is some combination of headphones and mic (it's more of a pain in the ass to set up, since the components are separate, but it might get you a bit more quality, too). If that's not possible, I guess speakers and mic is it.

As for the microphones that you can pair with whichever sound output is your choice (speakers or headphones), you have a few options there, too.

The easiest of these are basically designed as PC peripherals that use either USB or 1/8th inch analog line in ports. Pretty much anything that comes up when you search "desktop mic" on Google will fit into this category. From general consensus, one of the best of these mics is the Blue Snowball mic. It's got very good quality and it's relatively cheap as far as high end desk mics go, and the USB format means it's usually easier to get working than the line in kind. If you want to get really fancy there are some good lapel mics out there, too, but frankly unless you're roleplaying on your tablet while walking around your house you can probably make do with a desk mic.

Beyond this stage is what might be termed "professional mics", at which point you need to become concerned with knowledge of condenser vs. diaphragm, phantom power, and audio interfaces (largely because your PC doesn't have an XLR-in port, which is the cable these microphones almost always use). This is probably somewhat above your price range and needs. If you really want I can explain more about them, though.

So now back to your specifics -

> I'd rather not wear a headset.

Headset's the easiest, but any mic paired with headphones is just as good (albeit more annoying to configure). Mic + speakers will often get you echo and unintentional pickup, but there's not much you can do about that as the end-user since echo cancellation is usually handled by the VOIP software and not your microphone.

> I'd like to be able to just talk normally and have the microphone pick up what I'm saying.

All microphones do this, since if they are turned on they are always transmitting data to your computer - including whatever you happen to say. Not all software does this, but if you configure your software of choice to pick up any noise over a given threshold (including a threshold of 'always on') you will get this effect.

> Ideally something that works in such a way that even 'push-to-talk' becomes redundant.

I'm not sure what this means. If it's important and I haven't covered it yet, please feel free to elaborate.

u/JacobTheWhite14 · 4 pointsr/raspberry_pi

Just ordered mine after using a friends. It is by far one of the best.

u/Poonchow · 4 pointsr/DnD

Any voice-oriented, directional mic should be good.. Webcam mics are notoriously bad at picking up random background noise, but some directional mics will pick up one sound really well and block everything else out. Maybe something like a Snowball Mic? I'm not super good with audio stuff. You might have to do some test runs via skype and see what works.

u/_soulcrusher · 4 pointsr/CoDCompetitive

Monitor view

Since I seem to be one of the only PC players here I decided to show what my setup is looking like.

Pc Specs:

-Intel i5-4670k @ 3.4 GHz

-AMD Radeon 7950 3GB


-120 GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD

-1 TB WD Black

-ASROCK Z87M Pro4 Mobo


-Logitech G430 headset

-Blue Snowball White Microphone

-Asus VS248 24" 2ms

-HP W2072a Black 20" 5ms

-Razer Naga 2012

-CM Storm QuickFire Rapid, Cherry Blue switches

-Logitech C920

Steam id

u/dino340 · 3 pointsr/Nerf

Blue snowball, one is the best mics for doing any sort is recording on a budget. I bought mine for streaming and ended up using it as a permanent desk mic for everything. If you're willing to sirens a bit more their yeti mic is about 120 bucks and probably one of the most popular microphones around for making podcasts or doing voice overs.

u/eegras · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

If you're gong to be doing it for YouTube or something I'd recommend saving up a bit more and picking up a Blue Snowball.

u/Nebulous_Idea · 3 pointsr/skyrimmods

Blue Snowball microphones are phenomenal quality and $60

u/wetshrinkage · 3 pointsr/singing

I am assuming you don't have anything to plug the microphone into. A SM58 requires an interface, and it's an XLR microphone.

I am guessing you are looking more for a USB microphone, and if that's the case, the Blue Snowball mic is at your price range, and pretty decent quality.

u/PrSqorfdr · 3 pointsr/Bass

Blue's Snowball is an excellent mic, records anything, costs well below $100 and plugs straight into your pc. Seems like a perfect solution to me.

u/neophyte_DQT · 3 pointsr/smashbros

I do amateur filmmaking a bit, for traveling around a Blue Snowball mic is really nice. Amazon Link Here

Really portable, quality is not bad, and if it gets fcked up no big deal fairly cheap. Don't know how easy it is for you to bring stuff when you're traveling but could be an option

love your streams regardless keep it up :)

u/Pyroraptor · 3 pointsr/youtubers

Blue Snowball $48

ATR2500 USB $57

CAD U37 $47

Personally I use the Blue snowball (DON'T get the ICE version). It's a favorite among newer YouTubers. Same with the ATR2500. Haven't used the CAD U37, but heard good things. If you have more money look into the Blue Yeti or the AT2020 mic. Also the Rode Podcaster.

Don't forget to get a Pop filter which will help a lot. Also I suggest using Audacity to record, (and it is free). If you need help with Audacity, here's a good video to get you started

u/FiveMinuteFools · 3 pointsr/Anarcho_Capitalism

Thank you for the help. Also, I appreciate the feedback on the Podcast as well!

We are all on Skype and use Snowball Mics. We used to use MP3 Skype Recorder as it was free but it was buggy. We have since upgraded to Audio Hijack and edit with Audacity. There is some cleanup needed still but it has gotten easier.

Good luck on the Podcast!

u/KuroZwei · 3 pointsr/buildapc

If you're looking for a mic to clip onto your headphones, maybe take a look at [ModMic] (

For a separate solution, maybe the [Blue Snowball] (

u/zachjoshary · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I'd recommend trying to find a good quality head set and a stand mic. Its what I am planning on doing and I thinks it's the best option. Many headphones come with a detachable mic or one that retreats into the head set as not to have an obstruction in front of your face. blue snowball this is a decently priced mic. I agree with the hyper x clouds. Seek like a solid head set. But there are multiple out there for under 100$. I'd recommend checking out

u/Sadimal · 3 pointsr/Ocarina

Blue Snowball is a good start. You generally want to look at wide diaphragm condenser mics for wind instruments.

u/D_A_K · 3 pointsr/gaming

The mic I use, and one I've heard recommended a lot for a desk mic is this:

It's pretty powerful, USB, it's a bit large, but has a decent look to it imo. Lots of people use it for podcasts and whatnot. It may do.

As for a 3.5mm mic... you're pretty much looking at stuff like those logitech desk mics for $20 and stuff like that, likely not the best bet. That zalman clip-on is more or less the goto for that style, otherwise you're largely looking at USB solutions. If it's not past your budget and you don't mind the beast sitting on the desk it's your best bet.

u/squidwalk · 3 pointsr/pcgaming

My non-gamer SO got me a Blue Snowball for voice chat. She's a professional editor for a crappy cable TV company, and it's what they use to record scratch track. It sounds fantastic.

I'm with the others in the "headphones + mic perform better than gaming headsets" camp. I've never found a headset that fits my ears as well as a proper set of cans. And you can use them with mp3 players without people giggling at your mic.

u/raygan · 3 pointsr/applehelp

You can't really record directly from the iPad to the Mac. I think you're probably going to want to look into getting a webcam. Nearly any USB webcam will work with the Mac.

This is a nice one on the cheap but not super cheap end.

You may also want to get a microphone. Many webcams like the one I just linked have one built in, but these are usually pretty low quality. You might give it a try first with the built in mic but if you want higher quality audio I recommend a nice USB mic like the Blue Snowball. Optional, but it'll make your videos sound 100% better.

All of these can be used as direct input for iMovie. iMovie is great for basic video editing and can upload your work directly to YouTube. It's great software that comes free with every Mac.

u/LiquidDetergent · 3 pointsr/buildapc

/r/headphones can help you out! Make a submission with some information on your preferences and you'll get recommendations you can't go wrong with.

I would recommend against a headset, especially those advertised for gaming. Usually these do not deliver great audio quality. Instead, buy a standalone or attachable mic. If you're a casual user that just needs clear VOIP, get the Zalman attachable mic. If you do recording work (commentaries, livestream, etc.), invest in something like a Blue Snowball or Blue Yeti.

u/NapoleonsUlcer · 3 pointsr/spicy

This is just the ticket -

I'd also suggest shooting in at least 720p.

Edit: The mic would have to be connected to a laptop, however. It's a great mic for the price.

u/DrProfJohnson · 2 pointsr/letsplay

I'm just starting out so I may not be the best help but here it goes...

We've done videos so far with either 3 or 4 people. We use the Blue Snowball Microphone and it's been pretty fantastic thus far. It's works great in groups.

We have that mic plugged into a MacbookPro (Which is hooked up to the TV) which is running the capture program Screenflick. Screenflick is pretty phenomenal and quite simple to use. The one issue is that it records both game audio and mic audio into one track so any kind of ducking or advanced editing isn't going to work.

That was our initial set up and it worked pretty well, however we ran into the issue of the mic picking up TV sound which made the videos sound... subpar. So I picked up a Belkin 5 Way Audio Splitter which has been working flawlessly so far.

I have a relatively simple set up but it's been pretty powerful so far. Let me know if you have any questions! :)

u/JDrums94 · 2 pointsr/drums

I've gotten some pretty good results with this in the past if you can swing the cost.

u/Kadori · 2 pointsr/audio

The go to usb mic upgrade right now is the Blue snowball.

u/RedSky1895 · 2 pointsr/DnD

C920. Buy once, cry once - the resolution is only part of the equation of good pictures across more than 3ft of distance. Do you have an area microphone for the table? If not, a Blue Yeti or Snowball will do nicely without breaking the bank (relatively speaking, in any case). You can use the microphone on the webcam, but all of them suck in my experience. Try it first, but be aware that you may desire more.

u/mydickcuresAIDS · 2 pointsr/Music

If you have any interest in a USB mic this one is pretty good for a cheapo Blue makes the only cheap mics that are of any use.

u/motionglitch · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

The Blue Snowball is one of the most recommended mics here.

u/foopsius · 2 pointsr/drums

Go for a Blue Snowball. It's an inexpensive USB condenser microphone with a -10dB pad mode that's great for loud room recordings. My buddies and I were in the same situation a few years ago, and we've used it to record pretty much everything we've done as a unit. Our workflow was basically position the mic, record into Audacity, and export as wav when finished. Here's one of many recordings we've captured with it.

u/EndlessPitofPureHate · 2 pointsr/hardware

the blue snowball gets a lot of recommendations.

u/fluffyclownfish · 2 pointsr/audio

If you haven't sprung for anything just yet, I'd just like to point out that the problems you described could just be caused by a slow internet connection (on either your or your friend's side). If this is the case, then no matter how much you spend on your microphone, your poor friend still going to end up with cruddy audio.

Short of switching to a completely different network provider or paying up for a better connection, you should probably first try out how different software works for you. Tpommes' suggestion of Discord is a good place to start, since in my personal experience Skype really isn't much good.

If you've determined that that isn't the problem, I think a USB Onmi (or multi-pattern, if you're using it for more than just the situation you described above) condenser mic will be what you're looking for. These can be found on the cheap, and I'd start with something like the Blue Snowball, which has half decent sound quality, isn't exorbitantly priced and also features multiple pickup patterns.

If you need any terms clarified, feel free to just ask me or there are a number of helpful resources on the interwebs. Good luck!

u/arcticishere · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Blue Snowball USB Microphone (Textured White) I recommend this great sound quality

u/CookieMunzta · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

No, I use a Blue Snowball mic.

u/KARMA_P0LICE · 2 pointsr/computers

If you're recording youtube videos, it's worth it to spend a little more to get quality sound:

The Blue Yeti mics have great reviews and that one's on sale right now.
lurk /r/buildapcsales for more sales if you're not sold on that mic.

Another option might be to use your iPhone as a PC mic (never tried this on iOS, but I have done this on Android when I forgot my microphone at a friend's house).

u/OverdoseDelusion · 2 pointsr/gaming

Blue Snowball

  • Superlux HD668B and you'll never go back to a terrible "gaming" headset again.

  • Sound quality above all

    >I can hear Ana farting two floors above me, 30 degrees to my south with these headphones, i can feel the rumble of the cheeks

  • Mic Quality is important

    > Mic Quality is excellent, check your polar pattern and you're good

  • lifespan

    > Don't break shit, these will last a hell of a long time unless you are smashing shit with a bat

  • Size/Weight/Comfort

    > Get Velour pads for the headset and it's like clouds kissing your earholes, stock pads are shite.

  • surround sound?

    > Refer to Ana farting on Sound quality.

  • wireless?

    >You don't need wireless, you don't wanna go anywhere, just sit and play vidya.
u/Osmarov · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

The blue snowball is a very good microphone for the price...

u/fikshunn · 2 pointsr/hardwareswap

Blue Snowball is $53 new on amazon currently

u/werdnaegni · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

I know someone who has and likes this:

I admittedly know very little about such things, but I'm guessing you need a USB mic since you probably don't have a dedicated interface, so I think this is a good option for you.

u/RazorChiken · 2 pointsr/letsplay

For under 50? Most likely a blue snowball or a CAD U37

I could give you plenty of links to XLR ones but they'll cost you more than 50. These are your best bets for quality!

u/jacob_ninja_potato3 · 2 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

For camgirling, you're going to want an external webcam and mic, regardless of what computer you choose

For webcam, start here , and this is probably the way to go for a mic

u/-Gamebomb- · 2 pointsr/LetsPlayCritiques

I definitely think you should invest in a better microphone. If you can save up some money and get your hands on a Blue Nessie or a Snowball, it would be the best idea. They are relatively cheap, and you can plug them directly into your computer without the need of an audio interface (meaning they are USB microphones, not XLR). You also might want to invest in a better camera for yourself. I can see that there is some frame bleeding, and I can assume that you're using a webcam. Got an iPhone? Those work better than most personal digital cameras.

Are you capturing your game footage, video footage, and audio with the same program? (Programs like Game Capture HD can do this) If so, you have more control over your content if you record everything separately, then sync them up on editing software.

But overall, you have some great content! People will definitely enjoy your content more as you evolve as a Let's Player, and you'll definitely be able to grow your fanbase. Just keep yourself consistent and try to be as entertaining as possible.

Good luck!


u/SloppyCandy · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Like free standing? I use a BLue Snowball simple but works. IDK about recording.

u/Limro · 2 pointsr/VoiceActing

You could go for the Snowball. It's a good start.

Then go with Audacity to record in (it's free).

u/supremetoaster · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

This is my setup, Headphones and Microphone The headphones may have been a little expensive, got them as a gift. Was interested in Aurvana 1 but it wasn't available anymore.

u/1984Society · 2 pointsr/techsupport

I've had so many problems with Realtek drivers not registering headphone mics - sometimes it would work great, sometimes wouldn't work at all - that instead of trying to kill myself to use it, I just bought an actual microphone.

Blue makes a great USB mic that you've probably heard used before and didn't even know it

u/Jdmera775 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I wouldn't say they are worth it I use a blue snowball mic and a pair of brainwavz deltas and they work just as good as my gold PlayStation headset

u/FatEskimo97 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You can probably find these for lower prices than in the links, but I'm just providing some main ones:


Headphones: Audio Technica ATH M50x:


Mic: Modmic 4.0 (microphone that attaches to your headset):


OR (you can mix-and match too. Like if you want the Modmic with the M50 or the Snowball with the M50x, go for it)


Headphones: Audio Technica ATH M50 (older version of the M50x I linked. Lower price and just as good. Only problem is that I can only find them in white, but you could probably find black versions on eBay):


Mic Blue Snowball USB Mic (awesome quality mic with 3 different recording signatures you can switch to. This is actually the mic I have and I use it for gaming as well as recording myself/my band playing guitar):


Extra: Pop filter (you really should get one of these with a real microphone. They reduce the "popping" sound caused by the fast-moving air against the metal and pieces inside the mic that you'll get when yelling into the mic):


Here's a video that kills 2 birds with 1 stone. It shows both what a pop filter does as well as shows you the Blue Snowball:


If you decide to go with the Snowball (my personal recommendation. Even better if you play instruments and feel like recording) you pretty much need to get the pop filter. I'll answer any other questions too.

u/Guitardude7 · 2 pointsr/gamegrumps

Did some research. Found you three options.

  1. Samson Meteor Mic This one is probably my least favorite of the three I found but it works. It has a bit of an airy sound to it which may be fixable with a Pop Filter. Works fine for your budget though I don't know how it'll do in your group style. Here's a test if you're curious how it sounds.

  2. Blue Microphones Snowball This one is a bit better. Pop filter recommended.Doesn't sound too shabby though long distances might be a problem. Here's a test for you.

  3. Audio-Technica ATR2500 this one is a step down from what I own. It's also the most expensive though you can buy used or refurbished if you need to. Since this is a condenser mic, it handles distance a lot better and the audio comes out clearer. Out of all of these I recommend this the most. Here's a test if you're unsure.

    Hope this helped!

u/MY_CUNT_HAS_WINGS · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Since you say you will be recording into your computer,without any other gear, then you would need a USB mic. The Blue Snowball is the mic I've been using for quite some time, and for the price, I love it. Bear in mind that there is no pop-filter on it. If I'm allowed to shamelessly self promote, this was recorded with a Snowball mic, and it sound fairly decent, though the mix needs some work.

u/irrelevant_query · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

While thee AntLion ModMic are nice and allow you to use great headphones while gaming, I'd recommend looking into an alternative like the Blue Snowball Desktop Mic.

The reason why I say this is because the Mic cord on the AntLion will get tangled on your headphone cord unless you mod the two cables together. I personally prefer the Blue much more than my ModMic when paired with my DT990s.

u/Chorrbs · 2 pointsr/Twitch

The Zalman Zm-Mic1 clips onto the wire of your headphones and is pretty good quality for under $10.

The Blue Snowball is a great desktop mic to start out with. It's great quality for the price as well. Many people use this when they are starting out and I think it is personally worth the investment. I have loved my since I bought it.

u/CeaselessIntoThePast · 2 pointsr/trumpet

I recommend the Blue Snowball for a budget recording mic, I love mine and know a lot of guys who don't record often enough to get a more expensive mic that use this one.

u/agentgruer · 2 pointsr/katawashoujo
  • I am not a voice actor for the anime, just a writer for it

    Personally, I recommend either the Blue Yeti or the Blue Snowball

    I own and use the Blue Yeti, and my work places uses them too. They are wonderful mics, but are a bit pricey. I haven't used the Snowball, but it is still a great sounding mic. A good handful of pod-casters swear by the Snowball, and Day9, the Starcraft caster, also uses it for his daily videos.
u/thepensivepoet · 2 pointsr/TagPro

I've got a $350 microphone next to me but goddammit if the $60 Blue Snowball mic doesn't work great for quick room recordings like that.

Also when does the season actually start? We're getting pretty tired of all these pre-season games?

u/Kong28 · 2 pointsr/technology

Always nice to see fellow $30 planners. I'm also a big user of Google Voice plus Groove IP. Here is my current setup:

  • Galaxy S4
  • Ported phone number to Google Voice, so it rings on cellphone + desktop + tablet if need be and depending on what time it is.
  • Google Voice + Groove IP for making calls on my cellphone or tablet
  • Instabridge which is great in the city. If people know the password and put it on Instabridge, all users will automatically connect to that WiFi even though they never knew the original password! I just use it to cut down on overall data usage.
  • Desktop using Blue Snowball mic which I got on sale for $40. Audio quality is amazing.
  • I strictly use the free calling using the Hangouts app on my computer. I use the chrome plugin but you can use the actual Google+ site as well. This way I can either make calls from my computer or they ring on my screen and I can answer that way.
  • I'll just add in MightyText, which I use to text from my computer. Basically makes it so I can leave my phone at home if I want to and I won't miss a thing!
u/ZokeCero · 2 pointsr/news

My boyfriend went through security with this kind of ball-shaped microphone in his suitcase, complete with various wires (power/USB,etc) in a box. Basically showed on xray as what everyone pictures as a cliché-looking bomb.

Hilarity ensued.

u/ChainsawReaper · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I bought this $150 desk (Dimensions
36" H x 56" W x 23.7" D<< The website is wrong on D, I remeasured). It holds Three monitors( two 23"'s and one 15.5"),mouse, keyboard(14.5"), 7" Tablet, Snowball Mic, and a pair of Fluance SX6's with room to put down a large book and piece of paper. I did removed the shelf that is on top, which left one little hole(1/3 of an inch) in the corner of the desk but other than that. It is a great desk.

u/FoxyMcLoud · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

Nothing for 50 bucks is worth your money.

If you just want decent/better than average USB mic, get the Blue Snowball

u/Hypsicrates · 2 pointsr/GirlGamers

I'd suggest a pair of headphones and separate mic like most people suggested. Sennheiser has a bunch of great headphones.

For a microphone, I don't really know any good ones that connect via 1/8"|3.5mm jacks, but I do know a good USB mic for around $70, the Blue Snowball.

I see a few people saying to get a clip-on mic, but if you are going to do that, I feel you might as well just go with a full headset.

Edit: It seems Amazon has a bundled deal where you can get the Blue Snowball microphone, Sennheiser HD 202 II headphones, and a pop filter for the microphone for just under $140. The headphones can be connected via 1/8"|3.5mm jack. Store page

u/SnowblindAlbino · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Assuming you are recording with a computer, do you have an audio interface and/or a mixer with phantom power? If not, you'll have to confine yourself to USB mics. The one I usually recommend is the Blue Snowball, which is about $70 and works quite well for voice/narration. I have perhaps 20 mics and a decent home recording system but still use the Snowball for podcasts and quick projects sometimes because it's reliable, easy to setup, and sounds good for the price.

There's also a cheaper version (called the Snowball iCE) that is a simpler design with fewer features for about $25 less. I haven't used those but it might be worth a shot, especially if you're just doing a single voice in a quiet room.

u/Zode · 1 pointr/DnD

You don't mention your budget, so we don't have enough to give you a more precise recommendation. I have the Blue Snowball and love it. It's well-regarded.

u/InHartWeTrust · 1 pointr/buildapc

Zalman Clip-on is kinda decent if you want one that is attached to your headset...but I would recommend a desktop mic for the quality of the voice capture. If you go the desktop route, I would take a look at the Blue USB Snowball. 1) they look awesome on your desk 2) they are really nice and give great sound quality, which your buddies that you play with will appreciate 3) they aren't expensive.

u/jewchbag · 1 pointr/patientgamers

Be careful, I got that and was extremely disappointed with quality and levels. Also, depending on what headphones you get, the clip may not even stay on. I recommend this: which I use with normal headphones, and the quality is really great. If that is too expensive, you should look into other desktop mics of the sort.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/RandomKindness

The mic I use, and one of my better investments. This mic plugs directly into the USB port, and it's easy to use, just plug it in and you're good. The sound quality isn't studio, but for most uses it works great. I got mine on amazon 3 years ago, and it still works great, no issues yet. You can even find a used one for a little over $30. Sorry I can't give you mine, but if youre able to, get this brand.

u/AskMeAboutBallsy · 1 pointr/IAmA

Honest if you want a fairly good quality [USB] mic. get a Snowball (the original (ice is ok but not as good see this chart)). Brand new they are $69.99 but I got one refurbished for ~$50.

u/LynxGaming · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace



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u/tootzy-san · 1 pointr/audioengineering

I'm thinking about getting a Blue Snowball, for recording and also for talking with my friends while gaming.

The only concern I have is, that the microphone will stand to far away from me when i speak to my buddies.
Can you guys tell me how well it picks up my voice from about 40cm away? Here are some Pictures, where i would like to place it.
Picture 1
Picture 2

If it doesnt work, is there any other microphone for around the same price, that will work better?

u/QuipA · 1 pointr/headphones

on the German Amazon page it doesn't mention a removable cable. I'd suggest you pick up a desk microphone for recording a podcast. The Blue Snowball is a great entry level product.

u/Inoka1 · 1 pointr/Eve

The sphere thing is a microphone, looks like a blue snowball to be precise.

u/zVulture · 1 pointr/recordthis

If you have a carpeted room that can be quiet for any length of time (bedroom, closet). You can still get in practice at home without much of a hit on your wallet. That's my current setup and all I have is a $50 USB Mic and use free software Audacity or if you have a mac Garage-band.

Example of quality I get

u/DalvaMozzerX · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

when i was starting out (i'm still a noob, though) I was using a blue snowball USB mic. I would mic amps, drum machines and vocals with it, and it got the job done.
this was done with a blue snowball usb mic and audacity

this is the snowball

u/ShootAndMinecraft · 1 pointr/letsplay

Thank you dude. I'm English i live in London.

The constant quality of my videos changes from great to bad and back again which can be frustrating but that's down to a lack of time to edit everything perfectly and correctly, checking resolution/sound balancing/video quality/sound quality and so on.

I'm looking to possibly invest + upgrade my equipment soon.
This is the mic i'm aiming to get and...
Something similar to this

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u/Ba11erOnABudget · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

I've gone through tons of peripherals. I think I'm finally happy with what I have now. I'd prioratize mouse and headset before anything else. Just make sure you get a mouse with a good sensor and hand fit.

Mouse - G900

Keyboard - CM STORM QF

Headphones - Audio Technica ATH-700

Mouse Mat - XXL Soft

Mic - Snowball

u/super_not_clever · 1 pointr/audio

I haven't personally heard them, but you can search for video reviews of the AT2020 USB and Blue Snowball.

Both have generally good reviews, and the Blue Snowball is relatively cheap. Hell, you can get it, a pair of headphones, a stand and a pop filter for $90. Not that the headphones are going to be any good, but it's somewhere to start.

Anyways, both mics have USB so they can be plugged directly into your laptop. Good luck

u/francis_at_work · 1 pointr/audioengineering
u/PessimusMax · 1 pointr/ffxiv

I'm an audiophile of sorts. Look, if you're looking to get good sound, kiss all PC/Console gaming headsets goodbye. Get something out there that's actually designed by GOOD MANUFACTURERS of audio equipment. Then, just use an on-desk mic. I have a Blue Snowball for that purpose.

However, I've pretty much only been using the Plantronics GameCon 780 headset. For $50, I was shocked at the quality. The best headset? Probably not, but it's pretty damn good.

TL;DR: For audiophile purposes, don't even LOOK at gaming headsets; look at actual headphones recommended by the world's audiophiles.

u/pcgamingmustardrace · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

For anyone looking for a cheap mic that's good quality for the price, I bought a Blue Snowball for like $30 when it was cheaper along with a like $5-$10 pop filter and it sounds really good. It's $69, but the cheaper version, the Ice, is only $49. Tons of smaller youtubers use them, my Blue Snowball has 3 different settings where it can take in sound from the front, the sides, or all over.

u/userrnam · 1 pointr/Twitch

Depends what your budget is. I'd start with a Blue Snowball mic and a cheaper headset, or even earbuds. You'll also want two monitors. I recommend using a keyboard with a set of rebindable keys that won't be affected by any games you play. This is just to make scene switching easier.

u/terlohn · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I find that these are really nice, or Blue Yetis

u/jake1825 · 1 pointr/Twitch

Welcome to the Twitch Community!

Regarding the mic echo, I'd suggest to use OBS to stream. There is a Microphone Noise Gate in-built to the program, where you can tweak your microphone settings. If you know its room echo, then you could muffle some of it by putting ie. blankets around the room to cancel out any reverb or echo.

If you're still looking for a good microphone at a decent price, the Blue Snowball still stands proud in quality/price ratio. Its a very good microphone to start off. Currently its 59$ on Amazon, so 10$ over your price range, but you can trust me its well worth the savings. Keep in mind that audio makes 50% of your content and sometimes is even more important than your video.
Try and position your microphone close to your mouth without any obstructions in between. The audio will vary depending on the pickup pattern.

Good luck with the livestreams and recording. If you'd like any more help or some opinion on products, send a PM my way, and I'll reply ASAP. Once again, glad to have you in the community!


u/Setari · 1 pointr/letsplay
  1. You're gonna need to upgrade your rig. As much RAM as you can afford(or 12-16GB IMO, some people may disagree but I run 16GB of RAM), a good graphics card (Can't go wrong with Nvidia GTX series: HDD for video storage (at least 1TB), using Windows 10 pretty much works with everything IMO that I've played so far running from when W10 came out into 2016 and it's the latest windows as well.

  2. Blue Snowball Mic 39.99USD Blue Snowball Mic(PINK FOR THIS PRICE) or a Yeti mic if you can afford it Yeti Microphone 100USD for a quality mic like the Yeti definitely is NOT a bad deal if you can afford it, but the Blue Snowball is a great quality mic as well. (And nobody's gonna see you using a pink mic and it's the cheapest right now!)

  3. By your wording you seem to think "steam games" is just a group of games with the same requirements for all of them, and they're not. Each game is going to have its own computer specs requirement, so make sure you meet the minimums for each game before you go around and buy a bunch of games to record after you upgrade your hardware. This ain't consoles.

  4. You don't need a facecam to be successful.

    Also one last tip: If you're going to be starting your own channel instead of contributing to someone else's or something, just play whatever the hell you want. Growth will be VERY slow unless you're a SEO/Marketing wizard. Just keep putting quality content out and subs and views will come.

u/levelxplane · 1 pointr/techsupport

I'm not sure what you're asking, but there is no way to "attach" a microphone to that headset. You'd have to get a USB or 3.5mm microphone, but that would be a separate device.

I've heard good things about the snowball

u/I_HAVE_PHOBOPHOBIA · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

I used to make educational screencasts so I'll put in my two cents.

The first thing you're going to need is a microphone. If you don't know where to start, you can't go wrong with a Blue Snowball. That being said, you should do your own research and figure out what mic will be good for your personal price range/intentions.

Assuming you know nothing about video editing, a great software to start with is Sony Vegas Pro. This is my, and many others on YouTube, video editor of choice; it's easy to use and quite powerful. However, it’s not the only software you can use. You could make a video similar to CCP in PowerPoint, if you have the knowledge to do so.

Once you have Sony Vegas, watch some beginner guides on YouTube and get comfortable with the editing basics. One key thing to know is keyframing. This is relatively easy to do in Sony Vegas and, if used effectively, can result in some nice looking animations similar to those found CCP's videos.

Other than that, just make sure you know what you're educating people on and that it's not too dry.

u/wosh · 1 pointr/Games

I could do Dungeon Defenders. I haven't seen a lot of videos on YouTube for it, but I haven't really looked either
Yeah I gotta get that mic. I have one picked out here:

I am hoping it will drop in price and I will pick it up then.

u/BroganGames1 · 1 pointr/letsplay

I use the amazon blue snowball. Its cheap, and effective. sound quality is great as well. here

u/SalientBlue · 1 pointr/BerryTubeLounge

No problem! For voice commentary, the mixing task isn't as complicated as music mixing (a couple audio tracks as opposed to dozens), so HD 650s could be overkill. You might want to consider something like Sony-MDR7506 headphones. They're not as accurate, but they'll handle commentary mixing just fine for about 1/6 of the cost. I had these before the 650s and I liked them a lot; my only issue was that they weren't as durable. They lasted for about nine months of everyday use before the cord went out on me. I have a bad habit of running over cords with my chair, so they may last much longer for you if you don't do that.

Also, one thing I forgot to mention was that all the mics I mentioned above use XLR connectors. To hook an XLR mic into your computer you'll need an audio interface (something like this), which will run you a couple hundred dollars. If you want a USB capable mic, Snowball mics like this one get you pretty good quality sound (on par or a little less than an SM57) without an interface.

u/MissNeria · 1 pointr/GWNerdy

Slightly more expensive.. Well double the price, but my second choice, if I didn't buy more lingerie instead would have been this (I even found it on Canadian Amazon for you :P)

That has a TON of awesome reviews :D

u/WordOfMadness · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

You can get a Blue Snowball shipped here from Amazon for $85.

If you just need a mic for the occasional voice chat, then find something cheap from a company that usually does reasonable quality for the price, like Somic, Samson, or Logitech. It depends how selfless or selfish your are. Your headphones are pretty low end and you might be better of getting a cheaper mic and putting the rest towards saving up for something better.

u/ActionKbob · 1 pointr/letsplay

Hey, no problem, that's what this sub is for.

I'm sure you've heard of it in this subreddit, but I would check out the Blue Snowball USB. It's very common amongst LPers, and it's a directional dynamic mic. It's only $40, but my roommate has one and it really is a good mic for the price.

Read the reviews on Amazon, find some videos that demonstrate it's quality, and see if it's something that would suit you :)

u/AllEncompassingThey · 1 pointr/headphones

That is exactly as expensive, but isn't a boom mic, which wouldn't suit my purposes.

u/LinkDrive · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Honestly, I wouldn't recommend anything less than a Blue Snowball.

u/RealFREE · 1 pointr/youtubers


Your channel does need improving, as you say the microphone quality needs improving, as well as the banner. I could highly recommend the Blue Snowball Ice, or the Turtlebeach PX21 headset for microphone quality (I use both)

The actual video quality is great, very clear to see, and the added bonus of 60fps. The only issue I have is the length of the videos. I know that a lot of people prefer watching a video that is less than 10 minutes long, sometimes up to 15 minutes. 45 minutes for a single video, personally, is way too long for a small channel. You could combat this by including key parts of the games only, and cutting any slow, or unentertaining sections out. This will also help create a more interesting video, and should help you get some more subscribers.

I would also recommend having an intro, around 5-10 seconds long at max, as this will show viewers that you are putting effort and time into your video, and show a little more professionalism in the beginning of your videos.

When speaking, make sure you are not saying "ur, erm" so on. This will show that you haven't really thought through what you want to say in the video. I personally have some notes on paper next to myself when recording a video which is not live, as this allows you to keep to the point, while also not forgetting what you are wanting to say. If you do this once in a while, you could look at cutting the section out. Also, try to edit the audio so that there is not a lot of silent parts. I usually record a point at a time, then edit the audio to allow it all to feed together, allowing it to sound like a single sentence. If you know what I mean.

You do have some work to do on the channel, but the majority of this will be easier over time to do as habit, and will improve the quality greatly. You have a good clear voice, you just need a good microphone to be able to show this fully.

Good luck with your channel.

u/MooseChamp · 1 pointr/pcgaming

I'm going to have to mention that the ModMic has a problem with background static when in use with lesser quality boards and people without soundcards and the sort. So if the OP buys it and has this problem, they're going to have to go through the problem of that. Otherwise it's a great product in terms of ease of use, which is what you're paying for. The mic quality isn't anything amazing, and for a retail price of $50 I expected more. The thing with massdrop is that after the offer goes through, you wait a long time, so if OP doesn't want to wait < 2 weeks ignore it.

The Zalman mic is great for the price where the only issue is the absurdly long wire. Of course the quality will increase dramatically the more directly you're talking into the mic.

Another microphone that's within the $50 range is the Blue Snowball it's a stand mic and will pick up more background noise until you adjust it enough, but the quality is fine and is less intrusive.

I personally use the ATH-M50s which were on sale for $100 at the time and the Zalman mic.

u/totallyworkingATM · 1 pointr/hardware

Then just get one of those Blue snowball microphones.

u/kinectking · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Blue yeti is supposed to be really good, but I think the blue snowball is better because on sale with your budget, you can get the mic, a tabletop boom stand, and a high quality pop filter for about as much as the yeti costs on sale. Just make sure you don't get the blue snowball ice. They are different and the ice is waaaay worse. Also, dont listen to /u/NekoQt about us being fan boys. Those are good mics but I can personally tell you that blue mics aren't overrated. They're just regarded as good because they're good. Its really that simple. its on sale from 100 to 50, and if you look at the frequently bought together the mic, pop filter, and boom stand amount of 75 dollars after sales, which amounts to less than the blue yeti which, on sale, costs 85 dollars. Hope this helped.

Also with the left over money you can buy a pretty good micless headset or an inexpensive headset and just not use the headset mic. Tabletop mics are almost always better

u/T0RB1T · 1 pointr/funny
u/Spartantea · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

They don't, but I recommend buying a seperate mic. It will sound a whole lot better.
Get something like a Modmic (

or a blue snowball(

u/CynicaGaming · 1 pointr/Twitch

The problem with webcam microphones is two fold. First of all they pickup everything. Background sound, your sound, your neighbor taking a shower, everything. The second is they have no directional to the sound they do pickup. I would highly recommend investing in a a headset at the very least or if you want to get serious about streaming pickup a Blue Yeti Snowball. Cheers.

u/ThisFreakinGuyHere · 1 pointr/buildapc

yeah after you mentioned it I got curious and started googling and found this LifeHacker article which has me leaning toward the Samson Meteor or maybe the Blue Snowball. Thanks for the advice!

u/panthera_tigress · 1 pointr/shutdownfullcast

If she's in the same room as Spencer you could buy them a snowball mic like this one and they could share it but she should be louder

source: worked for the radio station and the library's film/audio equipment lending room in college

u/AdorableButterscotch · 1 pointr/PromoteYourMusic

You might not believe me, but I seriously like this vibe your going for. Your accent is a nice touch if you learn to use it right and practice more.


Some advice would firstly to get a better mic (Obviously). Your voice isn't bad, and if you learned how to mix and master it this could sound ten times better just from that. Also when all else fails record in your car, its what I currently do and it gets the job done as far as noise reduction and all that goes.


I'm no pro, but here's a song that I did with a $50 mic (Here: , audacity/FL Studio, notepad on my laptop and recording in my car late at night.


Don't give up and keep pushing, mang.

u/Crimtide · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

What's your budget? A common affordable mic is a Blue Yeti, or Blue Snowball. A favorite among the gaming community is the Sennheiser HD 598, or HD 598 SE.. they are the same, but the SE are black. Then if you want those headphones but with closed backs they are now around $50 less then the open backs.. HD 598 C's. It is preferred with those headphones, to buy a headphone amp or USB DAC to go with it.. If those don't work within your budget, let me know and we can find something else! There are many options. My personal setup is Sennheiser PC-350 headset with the Mic removed, and an AKG P220 condenser mic mounted onto a Rode PSA1 desktop boom arm connected to a Behringer Q802USB Mixer.

u/mithikx · 1 pointr/pcgaming

IMO by far the best setup would be to have a desk mic and either speakers or headphones.

I got a Blue Snowball when my $20 Logitech USB mic broke after 10 years of service (dropped a box on it) and desk mics have always worked great for me, I simply can't imagine switching to any alternative. The Snowball is a bit on the big side though compared to the cheap-o Logitech mic I upgraded from.

I use speakers most of the time for VOIP chat so having a headset or clip on mic wasn't a consideration for me and the Snowball would be far better than any clip on mic. And for those times where someone has bad reverb (their mic picks up other people talking over VOIP) I'd put on my headphones or if I was doing some serious progression raiding and needed to hear instructions or on-the-fly raid calls without any potential hindrances. And for that I use a pair of old Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, there are better headphones out there now a days but mine work well enough and I don't use them enough to warrant replacing them.

Prior, I've tried many of these so called gaming headsets and many of them actually hurt my head after prolonged use, and I had to position the mic properly or I'd be hard to hear. And if I didn't want to wear the headset I'd have to have the damn thing around my neck which was a pain... in the neck so to say. Plus they've always been quite fragile in my use and would last maybe a year tops and they were overpriced so the prospect of having to replace them so often was less than favorable to me. I've had the same pair of headphones for no idea how long but over 5 years and they still work but headsets on the other hand might as well have been made out of glass.

u/NotProperAttire · 1 pointr/headphones

Interesting. I'm surprised the headphones are not better. Blue makes some good microphones, the Blue Snowball is pretty iconic as an entry-level mic in my mind. That being said, "entry level". What's the price tag?

u/echelon59 · 1 pointr/trees

For a podcast you basically need a good media platform for hosting your audio. For starters I would look into a simple good microphone and hosting your stuff on soundcloud.

As for a microphone you cannot you wrong with a simple Blue Snowball Microphone that you can plug into your computer via USB and recording is as simple as using the default audio recording tool. And for editing the audio use, Audacity.

u/theoeuf · 1 pointr/podcasts

Thanks for the suggestions. For clarity, is this the Snowball?[Snowball](

u/Aceroth · 1 pointr/mw3

I use a Blue Snowball that I got on sale for $50, along with a cheap pop filter. I also have a pair of Astro A40s I use in-game, and sometimes I'll use that to record commentary if I'm away from home and don't have my Blue Snowball with me.

u/SeafoodDuder · 1 pointr/buildapc

I use a standalone headphones + microphone setup and love it, so that's what I would recommend. There's quite a lot of good quality headphones out there for both music and gaming. If you're looking for a quality microphone that will last then I would recommend the Blue Snowball. As for headphones there's some solid quality headphones out there. Drop on by /r/headphones and say hello! :) I strongly suggest checking out this recommended headphone page. It's a sticky for us over there.

u/JayIkalima · 1 pointr/gadgets

Everyone will always recommend the Audio Technica ATH-M50's for a headset, but I'm pretty sure you're looking for a headset with deep, controlled bass, good looks, and stuff like that. V-Moda has awesome headphones and a 20 dollar add-on mini microphone that has decent audio.

The Samson Go Mic has decent audio, but I will recommend the Blue Snowball for better audio at nearly the same price. Many of my friends actually use the Snowball for their home studio setup/recording gaming commentary and more.

Just be careful; the original Snowball and the Snowball iCe aren't the same.

u/synthet1k · 1 pointr/Twitch

Others can no doubt offer their opinions but the Blue Snowball is a commonly used mic within the community, link below. Me personally I've always used Creative mic's with noise cancellation, each their own though.

u/The_DuGz · 1 pointr/buildapc

Hate to be that guy but a great soundcard won't have much of an affect on bad headphones. Most if not all "gaming" headsets and headphones have terrible audio quality for the money while you could get a great pair of studio headphones for a similar price.

Most modern motherboards have great integrated sound these days.


Take a look at these:

Sennheiser HD 558

Sennheiser HD 598

They're around the price of the Tiamat 7.1 in the UK and they give brilliant sound quality since they're professional studio grade headphones along with being made by a reputable audio brand.

Pairing a pair of these with a decent quality desk mic such as the Blue Snowball would yield massively better results than trying to get a new soundcard to marginally increase the quality of the Tiamat 7.1.

If you're able to get a refund I'd 100% recommend this route instead.

u/sn34kypete · 1 pointr/TumblrInAction

I chipped in for that and I only get 30 listeners an ep.

u/Princess_Pwny · 1 pointr/MLPvids

Something i'd suggest, it is probably a good idea to keep a copy of all the footage. I don't know if it will happen to you, however Hasbro has been harassing some of the bigger "let's Watchers". ContentID on youtube is pretty on the ball, so in the future you may have to start start doing something like MrCobaltSky does with his videos, just in case you have any issues.

As for the commentary, the audio quality was far better, if you are looking towards something higher again though I hear a lot of people recommend this mic, but that might be more of a "Down the road if the Lets what series becomes successful" thing.

One last thing, i'd make sure you have "Blind commentary" in the title if you have not already watched the episode, tends to be a fairly hot search term. I know that if i'm looking for a new person who does a "Lets Watch" series I gravitate towards the blind reactions.

u/ArpinArp · 1 pointr/letsplay

Just thought I'd throw in my personal set up as well, if you want to explore multiple options

Capture device/software: Elgato Game Capture HD

The Elgato is incredible. It's very simple to use and comes with all of the cables you need. It's capable of capturing in 1080p which is a great plus. The software that comes with it is very easy to use and works very well. One of the best features of this capture card is that the files that it makes are remarkably small considering their quality. I'll record like an hour and a half of 1080p gameplay and only end up with an 18GB file but the quality still looks perfect.

It allows you to capture your voice from a microphone at the same time that you play, but I like to be able to change the volume on my own later so I use Audacity as well. The software also has integration with Twitch if you want to livestream, however I haven't used this feature yet.

Overall, the elgato might be a little bit more of an investment but it's DEFINITELY worth it. You'll get great quality and it'll make recording a lot easier. It also has support for legacy consoles and since it uses HDMI/component it should be compatible with the next generation of consoles as well.

Microphone: Blue Yeti

I use the Yeti but there are cheaper options by Blue that also have fantastic audio quality. If you're looking for something on the cheaper side, go for the Blue Snowball hands down or maybe the Blue Nessie. The Snowball is one sale right now on amazon and it's definitely worth that price. A lot of commentators over look audio and just use their headset or laptop mic. In my opinion thats a huge mistake and for many people that will make or break whether or not they enjoy your video.

As far as video editing goes, g4video is right, Vegas is the way to go. But its expensive software. Elgato comes with editing software as well which seems like a good start if you can't afford Vegas as well.

u/jjhhgg100123 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Don't get the iCE version. Get the non ice one. The iCE one picks up every little noise (I have it). The non ice ones allows you to control two vocal directions (IIRC)

u/TheGoodManJohnFarson · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

It probably is, which is why I recommended the $20 Behringer vs the $70 Blue Snowball. Generally speaking, condenser mics (snowball) are more sensitive than dynamic mics (XM8500). This is why they work so well in sound-proofed studios vs on stage, where dynamics really shine. Therefore, there is greater likelihood that you will pick up the fan noise/TV with the Blue. And since you are gaming, keyboard/mouse clicks will also probably be picked up.

u/jpat_games · 1 pointr/LetsPlayCritiques

I would definitely invest in a new microphone. The blue snowball is a great starter mic. I use it myself and love it. Here is a link. It's a little expensive, but you can sometimes catch them on sale for $40.

I would also recommend trying to move so you have a different background behind you. It just seems like there is a lot going on and I found myself looking at the stuff behind you more than you whenever I saw your facecam. If it's not possible, then it's not a huge deal.

Your commentary is good and it seems like you can come up with some good quips here and there while playing, which is a bonus. I hope this helped you out some! :)

u/soph0nax · 1 pointr/AskElectronics

Your issue is still summing all of your signals without destructive interference. Without knowing any model number, and trusting that your drawing is right about the microphone outputs being 1/8" TRS (which, is very very super uncommon for a microphone, unless the 1/8" connections are transmitting unbalanced stereo audio, they are rarely used for balanced mic level outputs), it would honestly be cheaper to purchase inexpensive microphone pre-amps than it would be to build them.

However, once you factor in the cost of getting connectors to wire up things to interface with preamps properly, balancing the unbalanced audio from the microphone, and all of that you are going to come out spending more money than it is worth in comparison to the sound quality you are going to get -- especially with 4 microphones on a single person. The more microphones open on a single subject, the worst things can become. Read up on the 3:1 rule of microphone placement:
For every 1 unit of distance between any Microphone A (B,C,D etc.) and any Sound Source X the distance between Microphone A and any other Microphone(s) (B, C, D, etc.) should be 3 units of distance.

The distance from any given mic to the next closest mic must be 3x as far as that mic is from the nearest sound source. This must be done for all combinations of mics and sound sources in order to keep comb filtering at a negligible level.

If you're just planning on throwing up 4 microphones in front of you, they will combine destructively together and really make you angry with the results.

Try looking at getting an inexpensive USB microphone like the snowball.

u/jsheradin · 1 pointr/audio
u/ummaybethis · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

The ATR 2500 is on my list with the much raved Blue Snowball. Anyone have experience with both and can weigh in?

u/GlancingArc · 1 pointr/pcgaming

Audio technica ATH M30 is a safe bet. They are like 40$ on amazon. BTW i wouldn't recommend a headset with a mic. Id honestly say get a nice headset and a nice mic. You dont need an expensive one but you can spend 50$ on a pair of headphones and 50$ on a mic and it will be much better than a 100$ headset. My personal setup is ATH M30 and a Blue Snowball The mic is ok but it picks up everything and the headphones are great.

u/Maverekt · 1 pointr/headphones

Okay, so I'm planning on doing youtube stuffs, and I want to get a good mic and headset. So I already have the mic I'm getting a snowball, pretty cheap and I hear it has great quality:

So I wanna know thoughts/opinions on the mic, but also what headset should I get? I want a really good one for like listening to my commentaries, and one that looks/feels good. I was looking at some razer products but I don't like green as much and not sure on them. (more of a blue guy)

PS: Give some suggestions please, Tell me what you think :D

u/Luscious_SeaL · 1 pointr/letsplay

I bought mine from Amazon and I live in the ACT so that's really weird...

Tested whether it would work for me with This Amazon Link and it does, so yeah... It's apparently free shipping too, but probably not to Australia cause shipping to Australia sucks sometimes.

u/thehbrwhammer · 1 pointr/nfl

Blue microphone snowball - 2600 reviews 4.5 stars on amazon.

Figured it was good! Debated the blue yeti but didn't want to pay $100+.

I did not get a preamp, but I got a pop filter. Is a preamp that helpful vs a nice microphone?

u/BL00DBATH · 1 pointr/buildapc

Monoprice Gateron blue keyboard and 8323 headphones are both highly acclaimed for value. Promo code "scorcher" for %15 off. If you need TKL then there's no shortage of Outemu switches for $40 or less, this Teswell looks good. I haven't used these keyboards but I've bought two of the headphones. I have a pile of $30 headphones that I've reviewed and none come close. Pair them with a Neewer lapel mic or V-Moda BoomPro. In the middle ground you might try this generic desktop mic or one of the many others like it, mine sounds well enough but the BoomPro plainly takes it. At the next tier Superlux 886B or Samson SR850 with a ModMic or Blue Snowball are great during sales. Don't fall for 'gaming' branding.

u/Gojurn · 1 pointr/podcasting

Others have already asked some pretty useful questions, but if you're looking for more specifics here's what I know.

Recording & Editing Software

While I can't speak to resources for non-Apple tools. If you have a Mac you can start out with simply a good microphone and the GarageBand application.

Microphones and Pop Filters

If you're looking for a mic recommendation I've had a lot of success with the Yeti USB microphone. It's pretty versatile and the sound quality has been quite good. A cheaper reliable option is the Snowball. You can find mics for less than that but I can't vouch for the quality. No extra set up is really needed, just plug it in and record. Some people recommend a pop filter, they're pretty cheap and I've had a good experience with the Dragonpad ones. If you need an example of sound quality PM me, I'm happy to link you an episode I created using the Yeti mic.

Uploading and Hosting

Once you've recorded and edited your Podcast you'll need somewhere to host it so others can listen to what you've created. I usually upload the file to SoundCloud and then share the link or embed the player in my blog and website. There are a lot of other podcast-specific hosting sites out there but I've found SoundCloud to be free and easy.

Helpful Guide

When I first started out I came across a great blog article by Mike Cernovich that I followed to create my first episodes. You can read it here if you're interested (it's specific to using GarageBand though).

I hope this helps, a D&D podcast sounds great. Can't wait to hear what you create.

u/MadmanEpic · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you want really good quality, I'd suggest getting a Blue Snowball and a mic stand.

u/Purpleandbrown · 1 pointr/buildapc

Off topic but what dictates Amazon prices? I'm trying to get a black gloss Blue Snowball microphone but it won't drop below $50. I saw it at $48 before but I wasn't contemplating on getting a microphone before.

u/DoctorYogurtButler · 1 pointr/recordthis

Hey, I'm really late, and not as active as I'd like to be, but I just wanted to let you know that I really like your check, great tone and excellent pronunciation. You've definitely got talent for VO work, you should look at getting a better mic and getting demos made.

A lot of people have good luck with this one, and it's a good price.

u/AirdropNathan · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Well if you want what most big streamers/youtubers use for 120$ the Blue Yeti is for you!

If you want something a bit cheaper I use a Blue Snowball

For the Snowball I would recommend getting a wind screen and having it in a quiet room. With my experience using it, it literally picks up every single noise in a 15' radius.

u/PhantomIsFrightened · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

For LANs, I recommend the Logitech G430s. For home, I recommend something like the Sennheisher HD 598s if you have a large budget and play alone in a room (due to them being open back) and pair it with a dedicated mic like a Blu Yeti. I, personally, would stray away from both of the headphones you have listed due to the fact that they are both marketed towards gamers, and generally, headsets of the sort will be of poorer quality (more on that here). If you're on a tight budget, but still want high quality sound, I'd recommend a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50Xs' with the Blu Snowball. I also saw you mention the kinds of headsets used by professional gamers. Pros usually are sponsored by certain brands, and in turn, use the brands gear (such as mice, keyboards, headphones, etc.). Additionally, pros generally use 2 separate pairs of headphones, one pair of in-ear monitors, and one pair for noise cancellation. The pair used for noise cancellation is generally one own of their sponsors. As you continue to search for a pair, please consider what I have mentioned, and feel free to ask me any questions.

u/forrestimel · 1 pointr/letsplay

Hey man,

Good stuff in that video, I gotta try that Cat Quest game! I have some small suggestions for video editing and then a major suggestion for sound.

For editing, it may seem really small, but how you pop things in to frame can add so much to a joke. This video on how Edgar Wright does visual comedy is great and goes over the theory of "popping" into frame. Just think of Kramer from Seinfeld.

When things come from nowhere it seems haphazard and feels choppy (referring to the master chief and bayonetta joke). Having something smoothly rush in from the side, top, or bottom of the frame can add a lot to the humor. Especially giving things weight and giving it a little animated squash and stretch.

For the sound, I highly recommend you invest in a new mic. Let's Plays are essentially podcasts with some visuals most of the time, and if the audio quality is low people won't want to listen. I understand not everyone can afford the best mics, but if you can invest in the Blue Snowball it will drastically improve your guys' sound quality and you would only need one. A $70 investment ain't bad for a mic that could last you a very long time.

But these are just some thoughts and suggestions, keep it up guys!

u/MostUnorthodox · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

My current setup is a pair of Sennheiser HD280s and a Blue Snowball. Not audiophile grade by any stretch of the imagination but I'm told I sound clear as crystal and my cans work great for gaming.

u/UltimateBrent · 1 pointr/gamedev

Blue Snowball + audacity noise reduction sounds great. If you want to do real cheap, built-in mac mics and earpod mics aren't bad either.

u/Aperson3334 · 1 pointr/teenagers

This is really good, but I would get a better mic and a guitar recording interface if I were you.

Cheap microphone

More expensive microphones

Cheap audio interface

More expensive audio interface, not sure if it's better

Also get a pop filter, although this recording didn't seem to need one.

u/zeaga · -4 pointsr/gaming

You mean his snowball?