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Here we can see the three color variations (black, silver, white) of the Snowball USB microphone from Blue Microphones. Notice the color variations in the tripod stands, as well.

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Here's the trio of Snowball mics perched together on my desk. The two new colors, silver and black, offer a much more glossy finish than the original white model.

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Here's a close-up of the silver model of the Blue Microphones Snowball. The black and white models can be seen in the distance.

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Ever want to crack open the Snowball microphone to see what's inside? Well, with three of them sitting at my desk, I figured I could risk opening one Snowball for the sake of curiosity. Inside I found two half-inch microphone capsules ringed with black foam. The upper capsule is vented on the back to receive sound from both directions (omnidirectional), while the back of the lower capsule is covered to emphasize sound from the front. Overall, the interior of the microphone--the materials and components--are exceedingly rugged for a $99 product.

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Side view of the Snowball USB microphone.

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Front view of the Snowball mounted on its included tripod stand. The stand is adjustable between 5 and 6.5 inches.

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The front of the Snowball USB microphone. The red LED over the logo glows when the microphone is connected over USB.

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The rear view of the Snowball USB microphone. At the center you'll notice the three position switch for each of the microphone's recording modes(cardioid, cardioid -10dB, and omni). Below the switch is the mic's metal-reinforced USB connection.

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Graphs detailing the frequency response curves of the Snowball's three recording modes.

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