Blue Snowball USB Mic – Linux Compatible

By | 2012/07/23

Audio geeks: the Blue Snowball mic works great in Linux.

The Blue Snowball is a single channel (mono) 16bit 44.1kHz USB condenser microphone.

The chip is CM6317A

Below are some geeky tidbits:


$ lsusb
Bus 006 Device 003: ID 0d8c:0005 C-Media Electronics, Inc.


$ arecord -l
**** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
card 2: Snowball [Blue Snowball], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

Alsamixer:
01-snowball_alsamixer


Audacity:
02-snowball_audacity


Skype:
03-snowball_skype


Google Talk / Google+:
04-snowball_googletalk


I absolutely recommend this mic. It is a tad large as far as desk space, but is perhaps the best usb mic for the money.

9 thoughts on “Blue Snowball USB Mic – Linux Compatible

    1. Scott Miller Post author

      Hm, it should work. I have since sold my snowball and unfortunately I am unable to test.

      It would be odd for an audio device to not be supported in a later Linux version.

      Reply
    2. Xi

      Hi Scott,

      I use snowball in ubuntu14.04 too.
      In Audacity, I see a list of devices as below, and anyone of them can work(i.e. record sound) in Audicity. I dont get why there are 8 ones instead of just single one as in your screenshot?
      Additionally, in Skype4.3, it cannot detect snowball at all.

      Do you know what’s wrong here?

      Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) Rear Mic:0
      Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) Front Mic:
      Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) Line Mic:0
      Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) CD Mic:0
      Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) Rear Mic:1
      Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) Front Mic:1
      Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) Line Mic:1
      Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) CD Mic:1

      Reply
  1. Frank

    I am in the same boat as Chris, the Snowflake doesn’t seem to work with never versions of Ubuntu/Fedora.

    [ 2345.906799] usb 3-1: new full-speed USB device number 2 using xhci_hcd
    [ 2355.932703] usb 3-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0d8c, idProduct=0005
    [ 2355.932708] usb 3-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
    [ 2355.932711] usb 3-1: Product: Blue Snowball
    [ 2355.933133] usb 3-1: can’t set config #1, error -32

    No solution as of yet, also brand new so pins are fine.

    Reply
    1. Scott Miller Post author

      That appears to be attempted to run on a USB 3.0 port (xhci), but this audio device is not a USB 3.0 device.

      Reply
      1. Frank Kumro

        It happens on both USB 2 and USB 3 ports.

        Reply
        1. Scott Miller Post author

          Interesting. In short, it should not be trying to load the xhci driver. It may be possible to blacklist or try to prevent the xhci driver from loading but that would in effect disable USB 3.0 on the computer.

          I would advise searching or asking on this mailing list to see if this has been seen before:

          http://lists.linuxaudio.org/listinfo/linux-audio-user

          Reply
          1. Lionel

            Please, disable your news, same probleme for me , Fedora 21 , Fedora 23 , testing on ubuntu to !

            No solution, i have bought this micro because i see your news !!

          2. Xi

            Hi Scott,

            I use snowball in ubuntu14.04 too.
            In Audacity, I see a list of devices as below, and anyone of them can work(i.e. record sound) in Audicity. I dont get why there are 8 ones instead of just single one as in your screenshot?
            Additionally, in Skype4.3, it cannot detect snowball at all.

            Do you know what’s wrong here?

            Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) Rear Mic:0
            Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) Front Mic:
            Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) Line Mic:0
            Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) CD Mic:0
            Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) Rear Mic:1
            Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) Front Mic:1
            Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) Line Mic:1
            Blue Snowball: USB Audio (hw:2,0) CD Mic:1

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