How to Make Your Blue Snowball Sound Like a Professional Studio Mic [BEST SETTINGS]

How to Make Your Blue Snowball Sound Like a Professional Studio Mic [BEST SETTINGS]

If you want to learn how to make your Blue
Snowball go from “sounding like this” “to sounding like this!” using only free software,
then you’ve come to the right place. I’m Pete from the Gaming Careers YouTube channel,
where we have videos explaining everything you need to do to grow your gaming passion
into your profession and today I’m going to be talking you through all the settings and
software that you need to make your blue microphone sound as professional and production ready
as possible. So in this video, we’re only going to be using
free software. If however you are looking for a guide that
uses Adobe Audition CC to improve the quality of your microphone, I have got a guide on
that as well which I’ll link up in the card above as well as in the description below
where I’ll be putting all the links for this video today. Let’s get into it. The programs that we are using today actually
adapt the sound of your microphone on the fly so you can sound that way whilst streaming,
recording voice-overs or even talking to somebody on Skype. The 2 programs that you are going to need
are both made by a company called VB-Audio and they are called Virtual Cable and Voicemeeter. If you click the 2 links in the video description
below, you’ll be taken to the website where you can download both of them. Firstly, for virtual cable scroll down until
you see the orange download button, click that. Whilst that is downloading, you can click
the second link for Voicemeeter and if you scroll down again to the bottom of the page,
you’ll see you can download the zip package again. Once they’ve both finished downloading you
should have 2 zip files in your downloads folder. Extract both zip files using whatever software
you use, I use 7zip so I can just extract files here. We’re going to install the Virtual Cable software
first so if you open up the unzipped folder and then depending on whether you are using
a 64-bit operating system or a 32-bit operating system you need to run one of these 2 files
as administrator. On Windows 10 you can just right click the
start menu, go to System, and it will tell you right there which operating system you
are using. You can see here I am using a 64-bit operating
system. So since I’m using 64-bit, I’m going to run
this file as administrator, if you are using 32 run this one. This is going to open up a new window and
you just click “Install Driver”. You are going to get a popup saying you may
need to reboot your system to finalize installation, that’s OK we are going to reboot after we’ve
installed both pieces of software. Next we are going to install the Voicemeeter
program, so head back to your extracted folder and open up the Voicemeeter setup file, run
that as administrator as well. It’s going to open up a similar window, just
click install. You’ll get another popup telling you that
you must reboot your system to finalize installation and it will open a new window in your browser
just thanking you for installing. We’ll go ahead now and reboot our system so
that both programs can function properly. Now that we’ve restarted our system we can
open up the Voicemeeter application by just searching for it in the start menu. Your window may look a little bit different
to this when you open up Voicemeeter this is just because it’s loaded my default settings
since I already had the application installed. What I have done is I’ve uploaded my settings
into my Dropbox so that you guys can download them and then that’ll give you a good baseline
to work from and then you can play around with settings. So if you look in the description and download
the third file which is my settings from my Dropbox, I’ll then show you how to load the
settings into Voicemeeter for you to then adapt. If you have finished the download, click Menu
->Load Settings and locate the settings file that you just downloaded. Click open and it should start to look a little
bit more like this. Don’t worry if the bars here aren’t going
up because we just need to complete the Hardware Input and Hardware Output devices to make
sure it’s picking up your microphone. Firstly we’ll set the input, if you come up
here to where it says “1” and click the down arrow you’re going to get all your different
microphone inputs. If you have a Blue Yeti or a Blue Snowball
here it should probably come up with the name, for some reason on Windows mine doesn’t but
I know that this is my Blue Snowball or Blue Yeti so select the microphone here on hardware
input. And up here where it says “A1” we want to
be setting the Cable Input so the VB Audio Virtual Cable. Now you should start to see the bars moving
as you speak into your microphone. If you haven’t loaded my settings then you
can attempt to mimic the settings here by muting certain tracks and making sure Stereo
repeat is selected, however I really do recommend just downloading my settings and then playing
with it from there. If you want to play around with the compressor
effects to change the sound of your voice, you’re going to be moving this little red
box around the graph here. The settings I have here make it sound a bit
bassier and like something you will here from a podcast, but feel free to drag this around
to wherever you want. Now at this stage it’s worth mentioning that
whenever you want your microphone to be sounding like this you need to have Voicemeeter running,
so don’t forget to start it if you start streaming, recording your voice-over or if you want to
sound like this on Teamspeak or Skype make sure you have Voicemeeter running. You’re also going to need to make sure that
whichever software you are using to record your voice or send your voice across the internet
that you have it setup to be picking up the right microphone and the trick here is that
it’s not meant to be picking up your Blue Snowball or Blue Yeti, it’s actually meant
to be picking up the Voicemeeter output. To demonstrate this I’ll open up Audacity. So in whichever program you are using to record
your voice or if you’re using OBS be sure to set it there. You want to make sure that your microphone
setting here is set to the VoiceMeeter Output. If you have this set to your Blue Snowball
or Yeti, it’s not going to be applying any of the vocal effects to make your microphone
actually sound good. So I’m going to quickly demonstrate here the
difference between having VoiceMeeter On and not having VoiceMeeter On. Firstly, I’ll record just from the microphone. “This is how my mic sounds without VoiceMeeter
running”. And now I’ll change to using VoiceMeeter. “And this is how my mic sounds with VoiceMeeter
running”. Let’s listen to them back. “This is how my mic sounds without VoiceMeeter
running”. “And this is how my mic sounds with VoiceMeeter
running.” Hopefully you can hear the difference between
those 2 and you can play around with the VoiceMeeter settings to really make sure you are getting
the sound out of it that you want. And that’s it. Thank you so much for watching, if you found
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content you guys enjoy and we can make more of it in the future. Also, if you’re new here to the Gaming Careers
YouTube channel, have a look around we’ve got loads of videos helping you grow your
YouTube Channel, grow your Twitch Audience and generally turn your Gaming Passion into
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and we’ll see you in the next video. Peace!

100 thoughts on “How to Make Your Blue Snowball Sound Like a Professional Studio Mic [BEST SETTINGS]

  1. can you use more than one blue snowball mic at a time with this application? if you're doing a podcast, and want two voices to sound as professional as possible, can this application work with two separate microphones?

  2. Change from wdm to mme at The Input Mayen even at the Output. Changing the driver might help depending what pc etc. u have!

  3. How do I turn off the background noise I have a chirping smoke detector and you can here my house walking around upstairs…. Any fixes?

  4. Hello! I tried following this video and it didn't work out so i uninstalled the two programs and cannot seem to get my audio and mic operating as before i installed this software. Some help would be much appreciated:P

  5. Had to uninstall. Was conflicting with music audio. Once installed it wouldn't play at all. Need to know more. Thanks for the vid though.

  6. My only problem with this is that the audio fades away as I talk quieter and mutes me losing words that im saying

  7. when I go to load the settings it does not do so, then change the A1 output I lose the sound from my computer speakers

  8. made my pc's so its audio got removed wtf is this shit also made it slow asf and i was not able to serach in the controlcenter

  9. Its weird all the vids ive seen of the blue the mic is a bit low and you have to be really close to it for it to pick u up clearly but mine i just got is SUPER sensitive. its picks up ever little thing. my typing, my kid drinking his water. my face like 2 feet away. OOF! lol

  10. I don't know what it is with voicemeeter, when it works, it works great, but a lot of times (and seemingly randomly) when I watch back my Twitch vods my voice is all choppy to the point where it's impossible to know what I'm saying. I've tried this with my headset mic, a blue snowball and also my new Samson Q2U and it happens with all of them. I've tested it without voicemeeter and it's fine (just doesn't sound as good as when voicemeeter works). Any suggestions on what could be the cause of it?

  11. Wish i knew about this video but only came across it the other day since changing my Snowball microphone for an XLR microphone. I've given this a thumbs up though as i still have the Snowball microphone and i may end up using it on a laptop so this will be very useful. Keep up the good work @gaming careers.

  12. Simple Errors For Discord Users ( Common )

    A. My Microphone Keeps Cutting In and Out! ITS ALL VOICEMEETERS FAULT!
    B. Its Not. In discord do this "User Settings > Voice & Video > Scroll Down till you See Echo Cancellation > Turn it Off"

    ( I Will Update this is Anyone is Getting More errors )

  13. my audio is so scuffed on setting 1 on the blue snowball, I put it on 2 and when I use setting 2 it cuts out or just randomly drops in voicemeeter and i have to speak loud into it to start picking up again. fix?

  14. That worked. Thank you so much for the tips. Subscribing and going to see what else I can learn. Thank you.

  15. very helpful thank you!! I bought the blue snowball. and the sound would fade out then back to full volume. It sounded awful. Found this video – applied the easy to follow instructions and it works great now! Thank you!!

  16. all my stuff looks exactly like yours, i downloaded everything and restarted my computer and everything is 100%, but my mic wont pic up my voice at all?

  17. Don't do it! It messed up my sound so much, nothing would work till I uninstalled it. DON'T!!!

  18. thank you so much! I always wondered why youtubers with the exact same mic as mine have such a better audio quality.

  19. but I don'T want my VM to look that differently and have set ups I want to keep .. :/ is there a tut just talking through the steps for better mic audio?

  20. hello,
    i followed the instructions and got everything working fine. the audio seemed great at first, but about 2 hours into my stream, the audio started skipping (only my mic, everything else was fine) i rewatched the stream and it seemed to have happen out of nowhere. i fixed it by just using the snowball itself as the source instead of the VAC. what could’ve caused the issue and how would i go about fixing it in the future? thanks for the videos!
    (i use OBS)

  21. After downloading and restarting my computer the vvoicemeeter program doesnt pop up. What should i do or what did i do wrong?

  22. Wow, just wow. I am a new Youtuber who commentates on current affairs and although my opinions might not exactly be mainstream, I just want to say that you have helped me out so much with this video, truly you have. I will sub to your channel purely out of thanks.

  23. im having issues, a little bit into using it, the audio starts to cut ot and skip which is not good at all for streaming, how would i fix this

  24. Is this tutorial relevant for Blue Yeti microphone as well? Don't need any drivers for XLR cable coz it's USB connected.

  25. Any idea why my blue snowball mic sometimes do this annoying hiss and how to avoid that? U uploaded a sample:

  26. Thank you so much for the information in this video. I have seen several other instructional vids and this is by far the best. I now use this setup to do all the recordings for my own channel which I have just started. With your settings I hope to help many people daily. Big thumbs up.

  27. thanks you so much really usefull video, do it today 27/08/2019 with my blue snowball and have an incredible sound upgrade.
    video super util damas y caballeros a dia 27/08/2019 he configurado como el chico mi blue snowball y vaya diferecia, mucho mejor!!

  28. I get like a beep in the back that is really annoying, when i turn the voice meter off I dont get it, So i got no idea what it is but its definately from the voicemeter

  29. "If you click the 2 links in the description below"… My sir, there is 25 links, seven time stamps, 3 hashtags and a Disclaimer, and thats not even all of it.

  30. I can get the setting download to work from voice meter I downloaded it several times. it doesn't work like it is show in the video what am I doing wrong

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