With the Blue Microphones Snowball microphone, you can easily switch between 3 pick up patterns to best suit the purpose of your video. Use the normal cardioid mode to pick up audio right in front of the mic and reject background noise. Switch to the cardioid -10db pad for louder recordings. This mode reduces all the audio input with -10db so your viewers still have a pleasant experience when you are screaming into the mic. The third mode is the omnidirectional mode, which allows the mic to pick up more sounds in the area around it. This mode is perfect for group conversations and podcasts. The Blue Microphones Snowball is very easy to set up. Simply plug it in the USB port and you’re good to go.