Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp - 2021 report by Whydis

Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp

Product description 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 ...

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Plug

(8 reviews)
Advertise

(8 reviews)
Job

(10 reviews)
Tech support

(9 reviews)
Level

(14 reviews)
Work

(15 reviews)
Thing

(28 reviews)
Microphone

(21 reviews)
Record

(21 reviews)
Mic

(30 reviews)
Sound

(34 reviews)
Itsusability

(4 reviews)
Windows

(10 reviews)
Case

(8 reviews)
Noise

(16 reviews)
Plastic

(21 reviews)
Unit

(9 reviews)

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Reviews around plug (5.00 of 5)

  • It worked immediately -- true plug-and-play -- on Windows Vista
  • It worked immediately -- true plug-and-play -- on Windows Vista
  • The plug and play is so easy to use and the sound quality is excellent!
  • Provides the Phantom power that I needed, plug & play, and it just works
  • For what I needed it was perfect - simple plug and play that got good sound into my computer, and it worked well in a pinch.
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Reviews around advertise (5.00 of 5)

  • It works as it says and is thin and I can just keep it connected to my XLR cord and have them hang freely from my mic stand so that it doesn't get moved around, which can damage PP units easily
  • The Icicle is an excellent product, works as advertised
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Reviews around job (4.40 of 5)

  • The blue icicle is awesome and does it's job exceptionally well
  • It isn't perfect, and my mixer does a much nicer job and offers much nicer sound quality
  • For the price and simple functionality it does a great job
  • This does the job plenty well and is one of the few inexpensive options that provides phantom power for powered mice
  • Piece o' garbage.
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Reviews around tech support (4.33 of 5)

  • Thus, there is also a defect in how this firm handles tech support
  • The tech support was awesome, friendly and effective and I love this product.
  • Piece o' garbage.
  • Upon calling tech support and doing more research I found the unit will not work with the Windows 7 operating system.
  • I have a windows 7 computer, and I did have to call tech support in order to get it to install properly.
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Reviews around level (4.16 of 5)

  • 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
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Reviews around work (3.89 of 5)

  • 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.
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Reviews around thing (3.75 of 5)

  • Got this little thing after weeks and weeks of setbacks and it worked from the start
  • But anyways, this thing worked effortlessly when I hooked it up to my Shure which had that weird 3 prong thing, but everything worked, and it sounded very clean.
  • But anyways, this thing worked effortlessly when I hooked it up to my Shure which had that weird 3 prong thing, but everything worked, and it sounded very clean.
  • I just bought this item today and was excited to finally be able to record with my new microphone but to my disappointment this thing is garbage I get an awful static and
  • But anyways, this thing worked effortlessly when I hooked it up to my Shure which had that weird 3 prong thing, but everything worked, and it sounded very clean.
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Reviews around microphone (3.47 of 5)

  • I handle the device the same way I would handle an expensive microphone
  • For any blue microphone and some others this is perfect, but for some super powerful microphones they will just blow it out and you would be better out paying 150$ for a preamp of focuserite
  • Introduces noise and makes the microphone sound overly harsh
  • It works great for me, I have a blue Bluebird microphone hooked up to it, and it does not make my expensive microphone sound crappy.
  • The customer service department blames dynamic microphones or customers for not being loud enough
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Reviews around record (3.44 of 5)

  • 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
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Reviews around mic (3.40 of 5)

  • I use a low budget dynamic mic and the Icicle gives the right boost for PC recording
  • I have a recording sound proof room, a very nice mic (according to the internet and reviews
  • Guitar center told me the only way to connect my mic to my computer was either an expensive converter box or a usb mic
  • Well I always wanted to buy a expensive Mic but didnt want to spend $200 more on a USB Pre-
  • Plug it in, plug in your mic, and twist the knob till you get the sound quality you want
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Reviews around sound (3.31 of 5)

  • Can't get much out of this tool other than making an expensive mic sound no better than a cellphone headset mic
  • All deliver very nice sound when used in a conventional recording chain
  • the sound is much more "brittle", but regardless of that, you can't beat the price point for a portable device.
  • No hissing sounds at all, it's very quiet with a mic connected, high frequency-spectrum wise.
  • Wonderful sound on this puppy - once you get it working
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Reviews around itsusability (2.54 of 5)

  • Works as it should.
  • 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
  • It works as it says and is thin and I can just keep it connected to my XLR cord and have them hang freely from my mic stand so that it doesn't get moved around, which can damage PP units easily
  • 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

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Reviews around windows (2.18 of 5)

  • It did NOT work on the first computer I tried, running Windows 7 Home Premium, with Windows showing some confusion about the driver
  • This one barely works on most but not all Windows 10 boxes i've tried, and fails on most of the Windows 7 boxes I've tried.
  • I was also reluctant to buy it because of all of the driver problems Windows 7 users were having with it
  • Works great right out of the box in my Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers
  • Windows is having difficulty picking up the mic in some applications (discord) but not others
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Reviews around case (2.09 of 5)

  • It's made from a cheap plastic casing that makes it feel like a children's toy or that it could fall apart merely by not handling it like an ancient treasure.
  • Con: I dislike the plastic casing and plastic gain knob because they feel cheap.
  • Works as it should.
  • It works as it says and is thin and I can just keep it connected to my XLR cord and have them hang freely from my mic stand so that it doesn't get moved around, which can damage PP units easily
  • The flimsy plastic case, poorly responsive gain knob, and gaudy lighting do not inspire confidence
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Reviews around noise (1.69 of 5)

  • I noticed no noise or coloration of the signal and it worked without a problem.
  • I suggest everyone buy I super long cable cause it catches loud noise if the cable moves just slightly
  • I have been using a standard XLR to USB cable with my Shure 58 dynamic mic, which works okay, except for an annoying hissing noise that accompanies the majority of my vocal recordings.
  • There have been many people that have had this same problem, but there was a noticeable hissing noise coming through
  • I turned the gain all the way up and there was no static noise at all, just my clear voice came through
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Reviews around plastic (1.65 of 5)

  • (It is made of a flimsy plastic and is light as a feather - feels cheap).
  • My only issue is that the device would be better if they made it with a more durable plastic
  • When I was using it, I didn't have any issues, but I was always scared to use it because it's made of cheap plastic and everything felt flimsy
  • It works as it says and is thin and I can just keep it connected to my XLR cord and have them hang freely from my mic stand so that it doesn't get moved around, which can damage PP units easily
  • Let's get this out of the way, first: Yes the case is made of thin flimsy plastic, and it doesn't look like it can handle drops to the floor
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Reviews around unit (1.61 of 5)

  • This unit arrives ready to go right out of the box
  • Considering the decent reviews by others, I may just have a defective unit.
  • The unit is a bit cheap feeling (weight-wise) but don't let that fool you one bit!It's true plug and play too
  • This unit is amazing
  • I've owner much more expensive PP units and they weren't anywhere near as convenient or as durable as this one is
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More about Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp

  • Product description 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. Amazon.com 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 See all Product description