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.