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? Sep 25, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 at 22:00
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    @AJHenderson OK. Thanks for clarifying. Sep 26, 2019 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, 2019 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
  • Far too many people think it's an off switch when used for conference calls. So the next time you use, it's moved to the wrong position. Then it's only going to pick people in front of it.
    – calasyr
    Feb 15, 2020 at 21:23

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