Blue Mic Snowball HighGain firmware!

Update: I’m glad that the files are still (potentially) helping people. I’ve upgraded to the Yeti mic from Blue, and I’m using it on a Mac now.
You may have noticed that the site has been moved around a bit, repurposed, and generally fucked up. I have set up a redirect from the old link to this page so that it lands here, and I’ve kept the files in case anyone needs them.
Good luck to all of you, and if I ever come across a fix or something for any of your problems, I’ll gladly post it.
Also, please keep in mind that these patches are likely for older models of the Snowball, and may not be what you need to solve your problems.
From Lee’s comment above:

From Blue Mic’s FAQ on Snowball
“Is the Snowball compatible with Windows Vista?
Snowballs manufactured after July, 2007 (with serial numbers higher than 76-065000) are Vista compatible. Snowballs with serial numbers lower than this are not Vista compatible.”

Original post and links below:

 

Okay, I received from Blue Microphones, the files needed for the Snowball Mic High Gain fix. The letter read:

Our Snowball link has been absolved of its duties due to the Snowball shipping with high gain firmware installed “stock”. If you need firmware, attached you can find a high gain version for Windows XP and a version that can be run on Mac OSX. Please note that you’ll need administrative privileges to run the file and then you’ll need to reset your Operating System input and recording software input too.

Here is the Windows version: win_snowball_high Here is the Mac Version: updatesnowball_mac_high_gainversion I’ll keep them on my site and my hard drive so that anyone who needs it can come and find it. AB

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74 Responses to Blue Mic Snowball HighGain firmware!

  1. SomeAudioGuy says:

    AngryBob!
    You’re a life saver!
    I really appreciate this.

  2. AngryBob says:

    No problem, SomeAudioGuy.

  3. Justin says:

    I’d almost given up being able to use this mic because I couldn’t find these files anywhere online. This was a huge help – the mic actually works again. Thanks!!!

  4. AngryBob says:

    No problem, Justin. Glad I was able to help you out.

  5. Cody says:

    I appreciate you helping all of those having troubles with the Blue Snowball. Have you run across anything that will allow it to operate properly with Vista? I have been searching high and low…. no luck so far.

    Thanks in advance!

  6. AngryBob says:

    Cody, I haven’t, but I can look around. I use XP on the laptop I use for recording, and linux on my main machine. In fact, if anyone can tell me how to use it with linux (specifically Ubuntu) I would appreciate that.
    For now though, I’ll keep looking and I’ll let you know if I find anything very helpful re: Vista.

    Thanks for stopping by, Cody!

  7. John says:

    Hey AngryBob, I need your help. I downloaded this freeware for my macbook, opened it and it says that it is ready to download this high gain freeware, but i need to plug in the mic to the USB port. I have it plugged in, and it still wont let me click on it and continue…what do i do?

  8. Jordan C says:

    Same problem as John ^…I plug it in, and it still won’t let me download it. PLEASE HELP….THANKS

  9. Johnny Boy says:

    Same problem only its with xp.

    Thanks.

  10. Same exact problem as Johnny Boy ^

    Thanks though, this is the closest i’ve ever gotten to updating this damned thing :)

  11. AngryBob says:

    So, problems with Vista, XP and Mac.

    I am stumped. How long ago did you all get your snowballs? I’m wondering if you may have versions that were shipped with the high gain installed ‘stock’, and maybe that’s why it’s not working.

    Sorry for the lateness of the reply. Been off the ill-literati site for a bit and haven’t had a chance to check my email.

    I’ll keep looking into it. Again, if you find solutions let me know.

    Thanks,
    AB

  12. Is there any way I can uninstall the high gain firmware.

    Thanks in advance

  13. I installed the high gain but has not had the result I expected. Does anyone know hoe to de-install it?

    Thanks in advance.

  14. Steeve says:

    Not able to upgrade my Macbook. What a waste of money on this MIC….Thanks for trying, though.

  15. 956 says:

    So, I’ve been recording for a while, and I’m like, this mic is really not loud, whats the deal, so i’m adjusting left right and center in Logic Studio, then I remember, Oh yEah! Firmware update.?

    Now, its loud, and i dont have to kill my vocal chords!

    thanks man.

  16. recordingtonight says:

    AngryBob,
    Thank you!
    Much appreciated!!

  17. joniffer3 says:

    Thank you, AngryBob, for making this firmware upgrade available! Before I download, I was curious to know if this same firmware upgrade should/could solve the compatibility issues between Snowball and Audacity. I don’t really have any high gain issues, but I sense there was/is a firmware upgrade to be had that solves the Audacity issues.
    Please forgive my lack of understanding about these things!
    Thanks.

  18. AngryBob says:

    Hey all. I’ve been so very busy outside of the neglected ill-literati.org project, that I haven’t had time to look into your issues. Unfortunately, I’m no expert in these things.

    For Vista issues, try this link:
    http://macrogeek.blogspot.com/2008/03/how-to-get-your-blue-snowball-mic.html

    Michael from Holland, to the best of my knowledge, there is no way to remove/reset the firmware. I could be wrong, and probably am.

    956 & recordingtonight, you’re welcome. :)

    jonnifer3, I’m not sure what sort of compatibility issues you’re having. I use the mic with Audacity, but I installed the firmware shortly after receiving the mic, hoping that by some miracle, it would help solve my linux issues. So I really didn’t have a chance to see any compatibility issues. So I guess the good news, is that after the firmware patch didn’t help with my issues, I had no trouble with audacity and the mic on Windows XP.

    I’m still looking for linux solutions. And checking on Mac & Vista solutions as well. I’ll post what I find, hopefully not after too long of a lag.

    AB

  19. joniffer3 says:

    Thanks for your insight, AngryBob! The Audacity issue is a known one where Audacity intermittently doesn’t recognize the presence of the Snowball — rendering both useless. Other users mentioned that this problem resolved itself once they made the ‘firmware upgrade’. You mentioned that you did a firmware upgrade soon after purchasing. Do you happen to have any links to that upgrade? I presume its something different than the ‘high gain upgrade’ that you have linked above?

  20. AngryBob says:

    joniffer3, to the best of my knowledge, the high gain upgrade above is the same one that I had installed. I can’t confirm that though, since I couldn’t find the original one I had downloaded before getting the ones linked above.

    It really is a shame that the folks at Blue seem to be really, really squirrely. I do love my microphone, and the others *look* really cool. But it seems that those of us with successfully working mics seem to be an exception, rather than the rule.

  21. creampie1 says:

    I am unable to install this firmware into my snowball.
    I have the “stock” thingy in my snowball, but it isnt recording as a high output device. Its still a little too soft.
    When I try to install high gain on my snowball, the thing goes like “please plug your snowball” then it pops up again and again.
    Help

  22. Hi all of you sweet Darlins` I ran across this website looking for another option to use my vol control for my mic. My keyboard had soda spilled into it and I was Frantic because that is how I do my shows with my snowball! errr! I’m A DJ and have been using My snowball for about A year Now and it works and sounds Fantastic.
    I also have Vista And have used the two together since I bought it. there was one thing that prevented me from using it.. If you Use any of the Realtek HD AUDIO MGR. provided on the PC it will not work! use your snowball,headphones if your doing layovers through music/voice. I use my keyboard’s Vol. control to adjust my Mic Vol. And I leave it on (2) setting.
    I went through Realtek (VOL) Reg vol not the Mgr.. …(to click my mic choice on).I also use Spacial Audio Brodcaster when I go On Air . I downloaded The Win. High up above, and you silly turkey’s aren’t following its instructions it says to unplug/then plug in clicking ok or cancel and plug the Mic back in. after you have clicked cancel it properly finishes its download.Hope all works out for you all.
    Have A Fantastic Tuesday & A Very Happy New Year all!
    ~ DJ Luv

  23. AngryBob says:

    Thanks much, DJLuvShelly! Happy New Year to you too. Hopefully you’ve helped some of the people here. We appreciate it.

  24. Larry says:

    Thanks for the post, Angry Bob.
    I was wondering if you had the Low Gain firmware?

    Thanks again

  25. JustDance says:

    Hey everyone great news,
    If you are unable to install the High Gain Firmware for your Snowball, you can download a program called Audacity (google it). In that program, click Edit>Preferences>Audio I/O. On the “Recording” section, click Device>Snowball (of course), then on Channels, click 2(Stereo), then click OK. Now record a track to test this out, you will see 2 audio tracks at the same time, then after you’re done, look for the gains, the + and the -, move it to +10dB, and in the L and R move it all the way to the right. Now, select the whole track, you can do this by clicking on the word Stereo, then click Edit>Duplicate. Now there will be 2 stereo tracks. Click the other/new stereo track you’ve just made by the duplication, make the gain +10dB also, but this time, on the L and R, put it all the way to L. This will make it louder. I hoped this helped, Happy New Year to all.

  26. Bradd says:

    Has anyone had trouble installing this mic on a Windows Media Center machine? On my XP Pro machine it works great, but it just searches for drivers and doesn’t install on the MC.

  27. patrick says:

    Has anyone had problems while recording with the SnowBall? When i record on Digital Performer and GarageBand, there is a loud cliking sound in the audio (almost like the mic is constantly pausing and unpausing on record). Could this firmware upgrade help?

  28. Noob about Mics says:

    Ok. I’ve come into possession of this awesome Blue Snowball by a generous friend. And I don’t want to beat the same question into the ground, but as I said I’m a noob about mics. I apologize for any really dumb questions.

    My current system is the following, recently upgraded to Windows 7 Beta – 64 bit. My computer initially “installed” the device and found the most-to-date drivers but it didn’t really install. Device manager still has an exclamation point next it.

    I’ve read around and am confused of a few things. Reading from the bluemic website, certain manufactured mics (serial #s 76-065000 and below) are not compatible with Vista (and I’m assuming Windows 7).

    Will this new HighGain firmware take care of this problem? If so, any testers on Vista/7? Is there any firmware to flash it back to the factory settings if this doesn’t work? If this firmware isn’t the answer will following the JustDance’s directions for Audacity be my solution? Any help is much appreciated. Thanks

  29. AngryBob says:

    Hey all, just wanted to note that I just got a new laptop running Windows Vista, and the Mic seems to work fine using the standard sound recorder and using audacity. My Mic’s SN is 057647, and I installed the high gain firmware a long time ago.

    Don’t know if that helps anyone. Just sounds like gloating, maybe.

    Noob, try the high gain firmware. Again, just plugged it into the Vista machine and it works fine. At this time, I don’t know of any firmware that will restore factory settings.

  30. TheOriginalPol says:

    Would it be an option to simply update the older mic’s firmware on one computer (XP or OS X), and then be able to use it on another Vista installation? Seems logical to me, if it is indeed the actual device’s firmware that makes the difference.

    I can’t believe no one’s tried that yet… I’ll do it this evening and get back to y’all.

  31. TheOriginalPol says:

    Nope… didn’t work. In fact, it made it worse… before my mic showed up as two different devices — “Blue Snowball” and “USB Direct Component” or something like that. But I can’t remember exactly what it said, because now it only shows up as “Blue Snowball”. Before, when I plugged it in, it would say that the Blue Snowball was the one that failed, but the other one would install successfully.

    Of course none of that really matters in the end because the damn thing won’t work either way. Guess I’ll have to keep using my Mac…

  32. lindsay says:

    This is so disappointing. I got a Toshiba laptop through work & asked our IT guys to downgrade me to XP so I could still use my Snowball and learned that this laptop can only run Vista. My fun little mic is now useless because Blue could not be bothered to make a fix… and now Blue’s website also appears to have been returned to the domain pool… Interesting.

  33. AngryBob says:

    Hello TheOriginalPol, lindsay!

    Wish I could be more use. Again, the mic works fine for me. The Blue Mic site is back up, and the FAQ has some notes on Vista.

    Link here: http://www.bluemic.com/products/snowball/FAQ

    Good luck!

  34. Craig says:

    I have a question . . I got the download and when trying to install in on my mac 8 core, it asks to plug in the mic. Did that but I can access the prompt to install (icon stays grey). Will restart and see if that works.

  35. lindsay says:

    I just appreciate the opportunity to vent. Their site is back to normal and I’ve sent them another sorrowful email with a promise to badmouth them whenever possible if they don’t fix this.

  36. Lee says:

    From Blue Mic’s FAQ on Snowball
    “Is the Snowball compatible with Windows Vista?
    Snowballs manufactured after July, 2007 (with serial numbers higher than 76-065000) are Vista compatible. Snowballs with serial numbers lower than this are not Vista compatible.”

    Grrrrrrrrrr.

  37. BCallahan says:

    I hate that fact that the Vista compatible mics are that serial number and higher. I just switched to a Vista computer and now I can’t even use my mic.

    Ditto to the Grrrrr.

  38. SoundHuman says:

    do you have the low gain firmware update? Thanks!

  39. TwoFiftySixteen says:

    Will I still be able to use mic with Vista?

  40. GameGeek says:

    I have had this beautiful mic for about a year and a half, just upgraded to a new computer that *gasp* has Vista and I can’t get the damn thing to work.

    I tried DLing the files but I can’t even get the computer to register that the damn mic exists. Honestly, should I just buy a new mic?

  41. Bob Verner says:

    I can use mine for a bludgeon or a christmas tree topper- that’s about it. Did you windows 7 guys ever get it to work?

  42. Jeff_Ament says:

    Hey Win 7 Ultimate 64bit user here. I got my Snowball almost exactly 2 years ago and used it on my vista laptop until I just couldn’t be bothered anymore. Even with the snowball hi and lowgain updates (I have both saved on my laptop still), the thing was just too quiet.

    I tried to use the mic on my pc after installing Windows 7 RC1 and it was glitchy and cut out frequently, so I put the mic back on the shelf. So today I tried it with Windows 7 proper installed and… It worked perfectly. Loud, clear, and responsive. I didn’t even have to install any firmware updates or whatever. It actually worked ‘out of the box’ as it was advertised. It should, however, be noted that I went into the control panel and set the mic volume to 100 under the ‘levels’ tab. I also set the recording quality to “1 channel, 16 bit, 48000 Hz (DVD Quality)” under the ‘Advanced’ tab. I did the same under vista and it seemed to have a minor effect. With these settings under 7, however, things work very well.

    Hope this helps somewhat.

  43. AngryBob says:

    Thanks Jeff! Curious as to what your Serial Number on the Mic is. Is it one of the older ones that seem to have trouble with Vista (lower than 76-065000) or one of the more recent ones that don’t?

  44. Dark says:

    You should post this on Youtube and also on more sites. It’s too hard to find it, Otherwise thanks a lot!

  45. Denis says:

    I got a problem when I was installing this, at some point I was asked to disconnect the snowball then asked to reconnect it. I did that but the problem is, when I connect it I’m asked to reconnect it if I’ve already connected it and I keep doing that but it keeps asking me to.

    AnY HeLP????

  46. Jeff_Ament says:

    My serial appears to be 036986… An older model, correct? If so, I may be lucky or maybe Windows 7 just fixes any problems that were there with Vista.

  47. derek says:

    i need help got a blue snowball and will not work with windows 7

  48. Lucy says:

    My snowballs number is just above 130,000

    Works fine out of box on my PC, win 7 64 bit Pro.
    However I have nothing to compare the volumes against so for all I know it could be a little quiet.

  49. Scott says:

    My serial is 23884 and it does not work with Windows 7 64 bit. I called Bluemic and they said I could by an upgrade for about $65.

    Grrrrr

  50. Perry says:

    Where do you all find the SN# on the Blue Snowball? I have not been able to find it anywhere! I am so frustrated with this microphone. From day1 on Windows 7 the Mic causes frequent device driver error Code10 and will only reconnect properly by me disconnecting it and reconnecting it one or more times before it stays on.

    Now, as of last week, the volume has gone real quiet. It seems to have no gain and I pretty much have to yell into the mic for others to hear me. There is no MIC BOOST option on windows7 to click (like there was in XP) and I have the mic volume up to 100. I have even taken the mic to my other PC windows7-64 and same thing.

    So now I suspect that the mic has a physical problem. Only had this mic for 3 months and now I fear I will have to go through the hassle and cost of shipping it in for a replacement! An $80 mic and will likely have to pay another $30 in shipping to get the darn thing fixed. I am really ticked with Blue’s mic and Blue’s near zero level of customer support so far.

  51. Nick says:

    I have an older Blue Snowball which doesn’t work under Vista or 7. Frankly, I think it’s pretty damn shoddy of Blue not to work out a fix. Not even a polite ‘we’re sorry’. So, unless I want to carry on using XP, I have an obsolete pile of **** sitting on the shelf.

    It is pretty, though. Perhaps I’ll give up podcasting and take up sculpture.

  52. Mark says:

    “and then you?ll need to reset your Operating System input and recording software input too”

    Hi,

    I successfully installed the firmware update from an XP computer, but am still unable to make the snowball work on Vista or 7 :(

    Any advice anyone? :S

  53. Alfonso Crawford says:

    Thank you, Bob! I can finally use my damned microphone!

  54. Alex Crisp says:

    i cant download this it keeps coming up saying i need to varify im the own of my pc and something about reinserting the usb which ive done now at least 10 times i dont know how to make it work any suggestions?

  55. Etienne says:

    I have the same problem Alex does. I can only get about halfway through the install.

  56. Etienne says:

    I have the same problem that Alex does. I can only get about halfway through the install.

  57. Sindydoll says:

    Mark?? are you ok now? did you get it to work?
    Mine’s working fine – just plug n play as it says on the tin. Have had similar problems though with installing firmware update.
    But meanwhile I just normalise the end file.

    Mark, have you set the mic to run within your recording devices..it’s super easy. Shortcut: right click on the sound icon, bottom rhs of your screen & you will see an option for ‘recording devices’, & you go from there. The Snowball should be showing – you may just need to enable it (remember to disable the default sound in).
    Hope that helps!

  58. jake says:

    in the back of your mic where the usb is plugged in, flip it over…

  59. Viddude says:

    I was initially disappointed that Windows 7 would not recognize my Snowball mic when I plugged it in. On a lark I tried plugging the mic into a 5-station, USB hub that a got a year ago. All of a sudden Windows 7 was able to recognize that I had plugged in Snowball mic. I was dumbfounded as to the reason that would make any difference, but I’m not about to look a gift horse in the mouth. I’m just thrilled that I can finally take off the mic’s dustcover and start using it again.

  60. David says:

    Hi,
    I’ve downloaded the fix and tried running it but it keeps halting halfway through, requesting that the mic be reattached and check that I have admin priviledges…anyone had this problem and got past it?

  61. Graham T says:

    Same issue as David -

    It keeps halting halfway through, requesting that the mic be reattached and check that I have admin privileges. I am running the program as administrator.

  62. Mike says:

    Same problem others have stated. I’m using Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1 64-bit. I run the high gain patch as an administrator and get an error halfway through. Re-connecting the mic doesn’t work, though Windows recognizes that there is a device attached and the red light on the front of the mic comes on.

  63. Mike says:

    Tried installing it on my wife’s Vista machine (Home Premium SP 2 32-bit) and got the same problem. Again, I’m running the patch as an administrator (right-clicking and choosing Run as Admin). No dice.

  64. James says:

    I’m having the same issue, its really bugging me! if anyone finds a solution please post it, i cant afford another c****y mic.

  65. AngryBob says:

    I’m glad that the files are still (potentially) helping people. I’ve upgraded to the Yeti mic from Blue, and I’m using it on a Mac now.
    You may have noticed that the site has been moved around a bit, repurposed, and generally fucked up. I have set up a redirect from the old link to this page so that it lands here, and I’ve kept the files in case anyone needs them.
    Good luck to all of you, and if I ever come across a fix or something for any of your problems, I’ll gladly post it.
    Also, please keep in mind that these patches are likely for older models of the Snowball, and may not be what you need to solve your problems.
    From Lee’s comment above:

    From Blue Mic’s FAQ on Snowball
    “Is the Snowball compatible with Windows Vista?
    Snowballs manufactured after July, 2007 (with serial numbers higher than 76-065000) are Vista compatible. Snowballs with serial numbers lower than this are not Vista compatible.”

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  69. Gabe Go says:

    Hi Angrybob, is there any way you can help me out here? See My blue snowball was delivered to me but it says “not properly installed (code 10)” sent it back and they shipped me a new one, but I still get the same problems. I’m working on a windows 7 laptop. Can you help me? The files here keep telling me that I have to be an administrator with right which I am, but it doesn’t seem to acknowledge that.

    Thank you

  70. Virtuoso says:

    The firmware for Vista was available at one time and then they took it down. The links posted in blogs are dead. Someone somewhere must have the file to share. Please help out by posting to a Box.net account. Blue Microphones should be ashamed of themselves for sticking people with a Snowball that cannot be upgraded by end-users without first paying twice the value of the original purchase. It’s just BAD BUSINESS. Someone please help others get a copy of the firmware. Thanks.

  71. Dan Raebel says:

    can anyone tell me exactly where the serial number is located? there is no numbers anywhere!!! the problem I have is that the mic is too quiet, my on board mic picks up my voice much better.

  72. Erik says:

    Hello I thank you for this fix, But when I install it tells me to Unplug mic which i do then plug back in which i also do, but then it asks me to make sure it’s plugged in, it’s already plugged in and it won’t finish installing. I have OS Windows Xp service pack 2. Do i need to get Sp 3 or what Can I Do? Thanks in Advance.

  73. William Cody Winter says:

    How do I know if I need this firmware?

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