Now available in the UK is the Snowball, a professional stereo microphone with a USB output designed to give high-quality recordings on computers.
Made by California-based Blue Microphones, the £90 Snowball uses two condenser capsules, and has a switch allowing three patterns of coverage: two cardioid settings and an omnidirectional option.
Powered by the computer's USB socket, it's compatible with Windows XP and Vista, and Mac OSX.
The styling is inspired by the company's roots in the restoration of vintage microphones, and the Snowball comes complete with a stand and USB cable.
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