Blue Microphones

August 4, 2010

There were the days that a graphic artist would only create a single type of media. Nowadays, artists are being asked to expand their arsenal to include other types of content. If sound is involved, you might need to get a good microphone. Today I’m going to explore some of the cool products from Blue Microphones.

Back when I first starting teaching CorelDRAW, I got a really good condenser microphone to use when I was teaching. It also required me to carry a box providing phantom power to the microphone. As far as the computer is concerned, this microphone won’t work. Or at least it wouldn’t work until I saw the Blue Microphones Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp. This cool adapter would allow me to use my microphone on any computer with a USB port. It is awesome that an adapter this small can not only make the plug compatible, but also provide the necessary phantom power to drive the microphone.

What if you simply need to get a good microphone? Don’t worry, there are two really nice choices. We’ll start with the Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone (at left). It comes in three colors: White, Black and Brushed Aluminum (pictured). Amazon sells it for around $67. That’s pretty good for a quality microphone. For those looking for even more quality, check out the Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone. It sells for around $103 on Amazon and is loaded with features that allow you to capture the best possible sound.

If you need to capture audio, check out one of these options as they provide high-quality at very reasonable prices!

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