I had recently written an overview of the Zoom R24 and the simplicity of recording without a computer, interface, and all that comes with setting up a computer based work-station.
After all, I am all about getting ideas documented in the the easiest fashion – without straying away from the creative process and falling into the depths of mouse clicks, knob turning, cables and connections.
Today, we are going to explore a product that is so simple to use, cost very little in terms of buying gear, and turns the isea of recording into your computer into a matter of one usb connection.
The Icicle is a USB converter and mic preamp combo that allows you to connect any XLR microphone directly into your computer via USB
Made by a company called Blue, known for making amazing microphones, Blue has taken the confusion out of getting music recorded digitally.
Here is how Blue describes the Icicle:
“The Icicle is Blue’s new stylish USB converter and mic preamp combo that allows you to connect any XLR microphone directly into your computer via USB! The Icicle features a studio quality microphone preamp, 48V phantom power, fully balanced low noise front end, analog gain control, and driverless operation. Setup is a snap! “
It is true. Not only is the retail price below $60, all you need is a microphone and a computer.
I had a recording in less that 5 minutes – that’s total time of starting up my Mac, launching Garageband, plugging in the Icicle, and hitting record.
The unit has a cool retro ice blue glow when plugged in, and a level knob to adjust gain. It really doesn’t get any easier than that.
I recommend anybody wanting a uber-simple way to document music digitally, to check out the Blue Icicle and other great Blue products here :
Vincent Zorn is a professional recording artist/flamenco guitarist that makes a living performing at restaurants and private events in Santa Barbara, California.
To learn more about Vincent and his music, please visit his website at: http://www.vincentzorn.com