Snowball Blue

The Blue Snowball USB Microphone has been around for a long time now, thanks to it’s simplicity and superb recording quality. Originally intended to work with desktop computers (the official website lists the product as a “Plug and Play Product with Mac and PC”), I found myself wondering if this little spherical gadget would work with a mobile phone or tablet.

Snowball Features

Enter the OTG (USB On-The-Go) cable–I bought this thing ages ago, in hopes of pairing together a regular tablet with my Wacom and Huion pen tablets to come up with a portable digital sketchbook. It didn’t work with any of my pen tablets, although someone on StackExchange claims his Wacom Intuos worked with his Nexus. For those unfamiliar with OTG cables, basically it’s an adaptor that allows you to use USB devices on your phone or tablet. Before you purchase an OTG cable (or any device you plan to stick an OTG cable in), it’s important to take note though that not all devices support OTG, and not all devices work/are compatible with it.

OTG Cable

So, does it work?

Yes! The Blue Snowball USB microphone works with Android, at least on the devices I tested (LG G3, LG G4, Huawei Nova 2 Lite, Samsung J7, and Samsung Galaxy Tab A8). That means you can record on the go with just your tablet or phone and the Blue Snowball Mic. Sure, the mic isn’t exactly tiny, but it’s not huge either, so I’d say it’s still portable. At least now you no longer need to lug around your laptop–perfect for those who do podcasts, audio recordings, voice overs, or anyone who doesn’t want to sound like a chipmunk inside a tin can when doing voice/video calls.

If you’re serious about recording on your Android device, you’ll probably want to get your hands on the paid version of WaveEditor for Android. That’s as close as you can get to Audacity or Sound Forge on Android.

NOTE: I am in no way associated with or sponsored by any of the products mentioned above.


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