Blue Microphones Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter and Mic Preamp
- Plug and record
- Studio quality USB microphone preamp
- Supplies 48V phantom power for condenser microphones
- No special drivers required
- Fully balanced low noise analog front end
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What's in the Box?
- Blue Icicle
- 6-foot USB Cable
Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter / Mic Preamp
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.
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.
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.
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Suggestions to Blue, that I would've liked to have seen, though these aren't dealbreakers with the product as is:
-I wish there were some line indicators of some sort around the ring of the gain knob and maybe a little blip on the knob itself to serve as a directional mark, so it's easier to reference how far the dial was turned if you want to repeat a setting for certain situations. I can manually add both if needed, but it wouldn't look as nice.
-Since the Spark has a metal body and a bit of heft to it, the Icicle with its plastic body, feels a bit cheap and lackluster in comparison, especially given the price.
It comes with a USB cable, but no XLR cable so you need one of those to connect to the mic, OR you can connect this directly into the mic if you have the room in your setup for it.
The product has a volume dial that allows you to set the volume up or down based on needs. I had to play around with this setting on my desktop setup, and we had to make adjustments in rockband when using it there as well. Once you find the sweet spot though you don't need to continually adjust it.
There are no drivers required for this product. It just works, which was a big deal for my friend because if it required drivers it would never work plugged into a PS4 for rockband.
Mine has been working perfectly for 6+ months and I've never had a single issue with it.
I used the Blue Icicle Mic Converter with my XLR AT2020 microphone and sounded fine for the short time that I used it but after a few months the sound quality from my microphone started sounding worst. The microphone works fine and did not break or deteriorate in sound quality as a result of the Blue Icicle but the Blue Icicle itself was has become progressively worse in sound quality for whatever reason. Even changing the mini-USB cable that connects to the Blue Icicle does not change this. I used the Blue Icicle on different computers on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X but the results were all the same.
The sound quality of the Blue Icicle is okay. It is not that great at all. It is a cheap XLR to USB pre-amp you would use if you are just into some small pod-casting but definitely not geared towards serious music production or audio engineering.
The mic converter also feels very flimsy and cheap. The shell is constructed of almost entirely plastic. It appears rather nice though and has a glowing Icicle logo but the lighting on the mic converter cannot be turned off when plugged into the computer and stays at a constant dimness. It is not too bright so it did not bother me at all.
If you are looking to produce music than I would not recommend this pre-amp mic converter at all. This is simply for small scale microphone pod-casting use without spending a lot of money. Even for small pod-casting I would not recommend this item as I am afraid yours might begin to fail as mine did.
Sound Quality: 7/10 ~ When I first bought it, it sounded just fine. Not great, not bad. 4/10 ~ After a few months the sound became more and more distorted and had audible static in the background at all times.
Build Quality: 5/10 ~ Cheap and flimsy material. The item feels very light and is kind of off-putting when you first pick it up. It did not bother me when I first received it as it worked fine at first but as it deteriorated in sound quality I questioned if the flimsy build material could have contributed to the deteriorating sound quality.
Overall: 5/10 ~ It is hit or miss. Mine unfortunately broke down after a few months of use but when it did work it was 'just okay'. It was not great nor terrible but did what it did well. If mine had not begin to deteriorate in sound quality I would give the item an overall 6.8/10. You pay for what you get and this item was not bad at all for what it did at first.