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What is the Snowflake?
The Snowflake is a high-quality condenser
microphone designed to give you professional
results with very little effort. Simply connect
it to your computer’s USB port, follow the
prompts and you’ll have high-fidelity sound in
no time! The Snowflake has its own digital
converter and specially-designed preamplifier,
both optimized to work in conjunction with
Blue’s precision-machined capsule to make sure
that you always get the best sound possible
into your computer.
Snowflake Suggested Applications
The compact Snowflake was designed with
the traveler in mind. Because you just connect
it to your USB port, it offers a wide range of
applications coupled with an ease of use
never before offered in a professional-quality
microphone. Some suggested applications
include podcasting, internet conferencing,
internet telephony, narration, dictation, field
recording, lecture recording, baby monitoring,
and of course, our favorite, recording your
own music!
What do you connect it to?
Simply connect the Snowflake to the USB port
on your Macintosh or Windows computer.
Make sure that the active, on-axis side of the
diaphragm (again, the side with the metal grille)
is facing the desired source.
Snowflake Setup
Macintosh Setup Procedure:
1. For OSX users: in the Apple menu, open
System Preferences
2. Double-click
preference file.
3. Click on the
4. Double click
Blue USB Snowflake Mic
Choose a device for sound input
dialog box.
5. Set input volume to the appropriate level.
6. Exit
System Preferences
Windows Setup Procedure
1. Under
Start Menu,
open the
Sounds and
Audio Devices
control panel.
2. Select
tab; insure that
Blue Snowflake
is selected as
default device
3. Click on
; select appropriate
volume level.
4. Exit control panel.
Transducer Type:
Pressure Gradient
Polar Pattern:
Frequency Response:
Sample Rate/Word Length:
44.1 kHz/16 bit
Maximum SPL (THD 0.5%):
120 dB SPL
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Portable Professional USB mic
Where do you put it?
The Snowflake’s unique design allows you to
place it on a desk or flat surface near your
computer, or mounted to the screen of most
laptops. Gently grasp the top and bottom
halves of the Snowflake mounting box and
slide them away from each other
(figure 1).
You’ll find the USB cable snugly fit inside. The
top half of the mount can then be positioned
on any flat surface
(figure 2), or hung over
the back of most laptops
(figure 3). The
Snowflake capsule also pivots back and forth
and rotates side-to-side for optimal positioning.
NOTE: Forceful positioning of the capsule
swivel can result in damage not covered
by the warranty.
When not in use, just disconnect the USB
cable and store it in the mounting box, sliding
both haves together to close. When traveling
with the Snowflake, gently swivel the active
side of the round capsule head (with the metal
grille) so that it faces down and into the box
(figure 4). This will help protect the precision
capsule from damage.
In keeping with our policy of continued product improvement, Baltic Latvian
Universal Electronics (BLUE) reserves the right to alter specifications without
prior notice.
© 2008 Blue Microphones, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Blue Microphones, Blue
Oval and Snowflake are registered trademarks of Blue Microphones.
Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Windows is a
registered trademark of Microsoft, Inc.
Windows Setup Procedure (Vista)
1. Under
Start Menu,
open the
Control Pane,
then select
2. Select
tab; insure that
Blue Snow-
is selected as
with check mark
next to icon
(Disable alternate mic if necessary).
3. Click on
; select the
set your input level, click
, then
4. Exit control panel.