Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp - 2021 report by Whydis
Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp
Why should you bother with a bulky interface, when all you want to do is plug a single microphone into your computer? With a Blue Icicle in your arsenal, you can turn any microphone into a totally streamlined, USB-ready recording ...
If you route your mic through a preamp, then put the Icicle between the preamp and the USB input of your computer, you can get a decent record level, but that extra equipment is what this light weight gadget is supposed to avoid
The level from this unit was hard to adjust, and when all was said and done, it was very low.
No mic preamp, no phantom power, no EQ, and I get a good clean clear sound level near the peak of input level
The Icicles inability to provide a usable sound level has hindered itsusability by a number of customers;Thus the assertion that we are dealing with a defective product
As long as the recording environment is quiet, the volume of a recorded track can easily be increased in you software without raising the noise floor to an unacceptable level
Quality is great, phantom power works, it's really wonderful!
Piece o' garbage.
For windows 7 users install can be a pain, but the trick pointed to elsewhere (not searching for drivers) worked great.
However, that is not really an issue because the product works great
Your mic should now be showing up under “Control Panel/Hardware and Sound/Sound” in the recording tab as “USB Audio Device”In a followup email, the support tech added: "Yes, there’s some glitch in Windows 7 specifically that causes the Icicle sometimes to be recognized as a multi-channel device instead of a single channel device, and that causes the firmware to malfunction because it’s looking for more than one channel of audio for some reason."Anyhow, after using the little pre-amp knob to boost the input, the microphone has worked great.
The recording quality was okay, albeit a bit noisy, for higher-pitched instruments
yeah, the icicle would be a great purchase, but if you dont want to spend a ton of time in post and want a clear recording i would suggest spending just a little more and going for an actual audio interface.
The recordings are crisp and clear, just as good as recording on my camcorder in PCM
If you need a quick, cheap device for simple, lo-fi recordings, this would be it - but you're wasting your money if you think you can get a good quality recording from this toy.
The used one they sent me always had a whine when recording
More about Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp
Why should you bother with a bulky interface, when all you want to do is plug a single microphone into your computer? With a Blue Icicle in your arsenal, you can turn any microphone into a totally streamlined, USB-ready recording device
Instead of lugging around some fancy rack and a bunch of outboard gear, just toss an Icicle and a mic in your laptop bag, and take your studio straight to the source to track vocal takes, guitar overlays, on-site interviews, sound effects, or whatever your little heart desires
It's even got 48V phantom power for those power-hungry condenser mics.
The Icicle is Blue's new stylish USB converter and mic preamp combo that allows you to connect any XLR microphone directly into your computer via USB
The Icicle features a studio quality microphone preamp, 48V phantom power, fully balanced low noise front end, analog gain control, and driverless operation
Connect any XLR microphone directly into your computer via USB
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Use with dynamic and condenser mics thanks to 48V phantom power
Make Any Mic a USB Mic The Icicle works with both dynamic and condenser microphones, providing high quality and hassle-free connectivity with Mac or PC
Whether you're using a microphone for digital recording, podcasting, voice messaging, or voice recognition applications, the Icicle is the quick and easy way to get connected
Plug and Record Simply plug in the USB cable and your mic will be live--no special driver installation is required
Quality and Simplicity The Icicle features a built-in, studio-quality mic preamp, along with a fully balanced, low-noise analog front end to send a clear signal via USB
It also supplies 48V Phantom Power for condenser mics
On the control front, the Icicle keeps it simple, with a single analog volume level control
What's in the Box Blue Icicle, 6-foot USB Cable
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