Here's what Blue Microphones say about the Icicle:
Icicle is an all-in-one professional quality USB converter and mic preamp that allows you to connect any XLR microphone directly to your computer. Icicle works with both dynamic and condenser microphones, providing high quality and hassle free connectivity on Mac or PC. Plug and play, no drivers or installation required.
- Built-in mic preamp with analog mic gain control
- 48V phantom power
- Fully balanced, low noise front end
- Driver-less operation
- USB cable included