Something I Found Looking for a Blue Snowball

I've been shopping for a computer webcam and microphone.  It's been an interesting adventure spurred by the finding that my accessibility software now allows one to use a webcam with a flexible stand in place of a separate closed circuit television for looking at documents, prescription labels and a lot of other things.  The company sells a package of a pretty good webcam and stand with the option of a couple of different bases.  However, i would like a webcam suitable, also, for recording and a separate microphone since the built-in mics suck.

I surfed to Blue Snowball, and on the Blue site clicked on this studio session with Michel Legrand and Sting. You're welcome.

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Comment by Rodney Roe on May 19, 2018 at 11:22am

"All I ever will recall of my life is all of my life with you."  Could anything be more romantic? 

If there were no words I would still feel like crying on hearing it.

Comment by koshersalaami on May 19, 2018 at 11:47am

This is excellent, if the piano is a little too forward in the mix. 

Just how expensive a mic are you looking for? What do you intend to do with it?

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on May 19, 2018 at 12:13pm

RR, have you ever looked at something like this?

ClearNote HD

One of the people at the women's shelter I volunteer at uses one (she has macular degeneration) and it is seriously flexible as to what she can use it for (including reading, writing or simply seeing something on the other side of the room).  

She also said that the text to speech equipment that these folks make will work in conjunction with their other products like this one.  Pretty cool, IMO.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on May 19, 2018 at 12:16pm


Michel Legrand needs to trim his freakin eyebrows!  He looks like an anime character, FFS!

Image result for cartoon character with big eyebrows

Comment by Ron Powell on May 19, 2018 at 12:43pm

"All I ever will recall of my life is all of my life with you."  Could anything be more romantic? "

.....And then there's melancholy, nostalgia, and reminiscence:

"The melody haunts my reverie

and I am once again with you,

When our love was new,

And each kiss an inspiration..."

I'll leave it to you to figure out where that stanza came from....

It's the reason why I taught myself how to play the ear....

Comment by Rodney Roe on May 19, 2018 at 1:31pm

kosh and Amy, about the gear:  I have a CCTV now with a camera that is movable with the image projected n a flat screen.  I have had it for years and it works great, but it takes up room on the desk.  With the webcam projected on the screen I can use an AppReader feature in ZoomText and have images read to me.  I use that feature when I have a lot to read because I get very tired reading even with magnification and color inversion.  I haven't used the thing you show, Amy, but I hear it works very well.

As for other uses.  I would like to record some of my guitar and vocals with video and audio.  I would like to have reasonable clarity.  What I'm looking at now is the Logitech HD Pro C920 camera (which is about $50.00 on Amazon with an adjustable goose neck that is made by the ZoomText people to either fit into a flat stand or a "clip to the side of the desk" stand for the video.  The audio on most of the lower end webcams is not crisp.  So, I'm looking at the Blue Snowball which comes with a USB cable and is "plug and play".  Just listening to on-line reviews and demonstrations I think that will give me what I want.  The whole works should be around $150.00. ( I haven't found out what ZoomText wants for their stand(s).) Sometimes, people with experience can point out issues you would never have anticipated.  For example, the Logitech HD C615 has a little better audio and a little less video quality, but won't really record in HD and it uses WMV which is huge and unacceptable to a lot of websites like YouTube where the C920 uses a more acceptable format.  Microsoft has a webcam that will only play in HD if you buy third party software. Only someone who had had to work through all of that would know.

I may find, on recording myself and watching at home, that I don't want to share and it will all have been an expensive lesson in humility. :D

kosh, you have expertise in this area.  Any advice will be appreciated.

Comment by Rodney Roe on May 19, 2018 at 1:43pm

Ron, I worked out a ‘note for note’ version within chords of Stardust Memories that i play from time to time. I can’t play it and sing it though. Hoagy Carmichael was a genius and his piano must be tough. It’s eclectic to say the least.  There used to be a show on WNCW called, "It don't mean a thing".  The host had an enormous collection of recordings from the 20s, 30s and 40s, mostly swing, that he played with musical and historical commentary.  He was a big fan of Bix Beiderbecke, as well as, Hoagy Carmichael.

Comment by Ron Powell on May 19, 2018 at 3:32pm

Mel "The Christmas Soong" Torme once said, "Nat Cole's voice is a song's best friend":

Comment by Rodney Roe on May 19, 2018 at 3:38pm

The first 45 I bought was by Nat Cole, and as I recall , had Mona Lisa on the A side, and Nature Boy on the B side. 

The comment button seems “stuck”.

Comment by Ron Powell on May 19, 2018 at 10:10pm
Nat King Cole ‎– Mona Lisa / Nature Boy


Capitol Records ‎– 45 QCL 119


Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM






Jazz, Pop




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