I thought I'd re-open this topic rather than starting another thread.
Well the other day, Dear Spousal Unit walked in from a little shopping trip and presented me with a new microphone. Not that I have a shortage of them, but each has it's uses and so I own like 8 of the darn things, and I look at it like not playing Tennis in your Golf shoes. Sometimes you fit the tool to the job..... so I accepted gracefully, the brand splinter-fire new Blue Snowball USB mic with a sincere Thank You Honey! While thinking to myself "what were you thinking?".
Anyway I like it and it does everything it is supposed to do without dragging out the pre-amp, cables, DI interface and all that stuff that goes with, just to fiddle around for a few minutes. Awhile back there was some discussion about interfaces on another thread here, and comments about some difficulty getting your DAW to play well with some of the hardware that is out there..... well, while I was checking out the Blue website I saw this neat little thing they call "Icicle". Thought it might be of value to some members, so figured I'd mention it here. The Icicle is a small adaptor that plugs onto your XLR cable from whatever microphone you already own, and then via USB connects directly to your PC. It contains a pre-amp, phantom power for condenser mics and requires no drivers. Granted it is not a dual input device, but still pretty neat and compact.
You can check all the Blue products on their website: www.bluemic.com
And I have added it to my "wanna-buy" list.
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