Blue Microphones IcicleItem ID: Icicle
Compact USB Audio Interface with 1 Microphone Preamplifier, 48V Phantom Power, 16-bit/44.1kHz Resolution, and Plug-and-play Compatibility - Mac/PC
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From Our Research Team:
A No-fuss Solution for Computer Recording!Blue's Icicle is a stylish microphone preamplifier and audio interface in one. With Icicle, you can connect any XLR microphone directly to your computer via USB - perfect for quickly recording a vocal take, using voice-recognition software applications, or for using as a complete podcasting solution. There's even phantom power onboard for your condensers. The Icicle boasts a fully balanced front end, analog gain control, and driverless operation for the ultimate in plug-and-play simplicity. Plus, it's so small, you can take Blue's Icicle anywhere for portable laptop recording.
Blue Icicle at a Glance:
Microphone preamplifier and audio interface in one
The Blue Icicle is a handy tool to have around - not only is it a high-quality microphone preamplifier, but it's an audio interface as well. You can record any XLR microphone directly to your computer using Icicle - even condensers, thanks to its onboard 48V phantom power. A perfect solution for recording, podcasting, using aspeech-recognition software applications, and especially for mobile laptop recording, the Icicle connects to your computer via convenient USB and is small enough to bring anywhere.
USB plug-and-play simplicity for Mac and PC
Blue's Icicle requires no drivers to operate - just plug it in via USB and you're ready to go. It even works with both Mac and PC computers.
Blue Icicle Features:
The Blue Icicle puts a high-quality microphone preamplifier and a USB interface into an ultra-small form factor!
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Cecil, Mesquite, TX
Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
Excellent Interface - I highly recommend it
by Connor from Los Angeles, CAI have used an Apogee Duet exclusively before trying this Icicle. Obviously the Duet is in another class, but coming from that experience, I was blown away by the quality and functionality of this lit... read more [+]tle interface. At the price they are definitely a steal. close [-]
July 12, 2011
Music Background: Producer
Works Perfectly, Adjustibility is Great
by River from Colorado, USAThe attractive in-line design and variable gain make this a keeper. The gain adjustment stays put despite dragging around the floor. Suits my miced amp requirement perfectly.
June 8, 2011
Music Background: Gigging Hobbyist
ICICLE AND RODE NT1-A
by jose antonio aguilera from mexico citySorry about my english, but i try, well i received my icicle yesterday, and i tried with my mac recording with audacity, and with my laptop recording with sound forge8 any problems with my other ldc ... read more [+]mics (blue bluebird, akg perception 220, akg c3000, behringer c1 and my lovely neumann u87) but with the rode nt1-a i have a lot of noise and clicks and pops, the blue lights in the icicle turns white, i suposed that the icicle dont have enough power for that mic, if you have a rode nt1-a the icicle is not for you, but with another mics the icicle works really good, no noises,hums or things like that and the gain knob works really really great with a extraordinary quality, i wiil use my icicle for interviews for broadcast, i recomend this item obviously not with the rode nt1-a. peace close [-]
October 10, 2010
Music Background: radio announcer, radio post production engineer
Ice, Ice, Baby
by Victor Castillo from Los AngelesThe Icicle is a great preamp as an inexpensive alternative to having an MBox. You'll find that you'll need little to no EQ on your vocals. One serious downside is that you have to set your sessions to... read more [+] 44.1/16 bit or it won't work but for 60 or so dollars, it's totally worth it. close [-]
August 16, 2012
Music Background: Student/Producer/Recording Artist
Weak phantom power for LDC mics
by Steve Humes from Tampa, FloridaWhen plugged into a Rode NT1A, the phantom power was not enough, and experienced clicks and pops.
August 11, 2010
Music Background: Semi pro muscian and engineer
Used a 58, and no pops, but the idea was to place a large diaphragm condenser on the de... read more [+]sk to record both guitar and vocal.
Checked the computer spec on the USB output vs the requirement for the Icicle, and tried both USB ports, and still had the problem.
Routed the NT1A through a mixer, using it's phantom power, and line out, and it worked well.
The objective was to have minimal gear, and because of the weak phantom power, the original set up failed.
It may be enough for an active D.I. box, but not a LDC mic.