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The Blue Snowball has settings on the back controlled by a dip switch that says 1 2 3. What do these do?

Googling for it I get a bunch of bad results (html numbered lists) and this manual which doesn't tell me much

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    If the question isn't your cup of tea that's fine. When I google for it the first result is adc.ucsc.edu/tutorials/audio/… which has nothing to do with it. Lists with 1 2 3 come up. For me the first manual that comes up is fullcompass.com/common/files/… That manual doesn't have the information. Amazingly Position 1 and Position 2 in that manual are the same. But alas, why do I have to defend myself here? – Evan Carroll Sep 25 at 7:07
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    @Mark I suggest you read the Code of Conduct. "L2Google" is explicitly mentioned there as unacceptable as one of the very first things. – AJ Henderson Sep 25 at 12:27
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    @timinycricket not really. The consumer audio bit refers primarily to HiFi , home theater and communications, not recording and blue yeti is really prosumer rather than pure consumer. They are primarily used in a production recording context, whether for streaming or basic audio recording. – AJ Henderson Sep 26 at 22:00
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    @AJHenderson OK. Thanks for clarifying. – Timinycricket Sep 26 at 23:02
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    @Timinycricket looking at the details of the close reason, the key part is that it's consumer "consumption". The more formal way of putting it is "non-production" but "production" was also a bit unclear. Basically if you are doing audio content production, even if it's consumer gear, it's on topic, as long as the goal is a consumable product and not something like for personal use. (Aka, how do I record class audio so I can review it after class would be off topic. How do I record the lecture's I'm giving so I can share them with my class? would be on topic. – AJ Henderson Sep 26 at 23:49
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Referencing both manuals for the Snowball Blue Microphone (and this manual) which provide similar information with different descriptions of the settings, this switch controls the pickup pattern,

  1. Position 1,

    • Setting: Cardioid (capsule),
    • Applications: speech, vocals, podcasting
    • Picks up sound from the front, ideal for podcasting, game streaming or recording vocals and instruments
  2. Position 2

    • Setting: Cardioid (capsule) with -10dB pad
    • Applications: live music, loud sound sources
    • Reduces mic sensitivity so loud instruments or vocalists come in crystal clear and distortion free
  3. Position 3

    • Setting: Omnidirectional (capsule)
    • Applications: conferences, interviews, environmental recordings
    • Picks up sound all around the mic, perfect for conference calls or recording a group of musicians

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