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Blue Yeti Microphone Review

The Blue Yeti is often referred to as one of the best USB microphones made popular by people who use it especially for Youtube videos, streaming, podcasting it’s review score of 4.3/5 and over 7500 reviews on amazon makes it one of the most popular mics for it’s price point. It currently goes for $114.90 on Amazon depending on what colour you decide to go for.

If you would like to see my video review of the Blue Yeti you can check it out below

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The Blue Yeti is compatible with Mac and PC right out of the box and is a plug and play device. It comes with a long usb cable making it easy to setup anywhere around your studio.

blue yeti blackout edition microphone

It has a solid all metal design and weighs around 3.5 lbs (1.5kg) and due to it’s larger size it sits well on your desk and with rubber pads under the base it sits in place very well.

This price range is great for most people and the great thing about this mic is you don’t need any extra hardware to go along side it to deliver great results. A seperate audio interface is not needed and this is a great advantage of owning a USB mic, making it much easier to operate.

 

blue yeti usb microphone

Latency free monitoring of your audio is a great feature on the Blue Yeti that is made available by a headphone jack beneath the mic. This is great for monitoring your audio levels and ensuring your recording is clean and crisp and not peaking.

Inside the Blue Yeti is a preamp which works like an analog-to-digital converter that takes the incoming signal, amplifies it, turns it into a digital signal, and sends that signal direct to your PC.

 

blue yeti microphone blackout edition

If you need to cancel out the sound of your keyboard strokes or mouse clicks for streaming or recording purposes removing the Blue Yeti up off your desk is a good idea. Luckily there is a standard thread underneath the yeti that makes it easy to attach it to a mic stand or boom pole that are very affordable. Under the mesh there is three condenser microphone capsules facing sideways away from the top of the mic making it incredibly versatile for any type of recording environment you might encounter.

blue yeti pattern knob gain knob

 

There are recording pattern selections available as well, 4 in total that make it easy to switch between them for interviews, musical recordings, solo dialogue, even team meetings, whatever the purpose the Blue Yeti has you covered.

blue yeti microphone recording patterns

 

Cardioid mode is ideal for just one person recording in front of the microphone and delivers quality crisp sound once you have your levels set right. The best part about this setting is the noise cancelling it does automatically from behind it and side on from the microphone. This setting is well suited for recording voice overs, singing, gaming commentary and video audio.

Stereo mode utilises sounds pick up from the sound of the microphone making it ideal for providing the best listener experience for instrumental or singing group style recordings.

Omnidirectional mode records sound equally from all directions around the mic. This setting works well for immersive listening and picking up all the noises from the recording and also does well for live music recordings, conference calls, group meeting recordings and podcasts with more than 2 participants.

Bidirectional mode picks up sound from the front and rear of the mic and works well in interview situations or 2 person podcasts where you are sitting across from someone.

This means you don’t require 2 seperate microphones for each person and it also cancels out the incoming sound from the sides of the mic. The Yeti does a really great job of recording high quality 16-Bit 48 kHz sound with clear, sharp audio.

 

One small detail that does catch first time users out is that the Blue Yeti is a side address mic, meaning when in Cardioid mode you should be speaking into the side of the mic and not down into the top like a traditional hand held microphone.

If you plan on being very close to the mic whilst recording and don’t wish to destroy peoples ears make sure you buy a pop filter to make the popping noises that occur naturally when you speak not become too loud. These filters are very low cost and I’ll have a link to the most popular ones above.

blue yeti pattern knob gain knob

Set the correct gain level using the knob located on the back of the mic. The higher the gain, the more sensitive the mic will become and louder you will sound and monitoring this with your headphones plugged in and looking at the levels on a free program like Audacity as mentioned in the video is the best way to set the gain level correctly.

Eliminating background noise is important and the Blue Yeti does a decent job of this, if you want to take it a step further though you can eliminate echo and other unwanted noises by including soft pillows around your recording studio and even some cheap yoga mats on the floor will do a great job of removing any unwanted noise.

 

Have you tried any USB microphones out before? How well did they work for you? Leave a comment below so we can exchange notes 🙂

 

 

 

 

Logitech C922 Webcam Review

Looking to increase the  quality of your livestreams on twitch
mixer facebook or youtube ?
The Logitech C922 could be the solution you’re looking for to increase your image quality.
Lets take a closer look at the C922.

 

I made a video reviewing the C922 that you can check out below

Logitech C922 Webcam Review

Physical Tour

The C922 comes permanently installed on a folding mount that allows you to either prop it up and an angle on a desk or put in on top of pretty much any monitor.
On the surface of the folding mount are some rubber non slip pads that are great because it will keep it in place on top of your monitor and won’t scratch anything.
Underneath the camera mount is a 1/4 inch threaded hole used for attaching to a  tripod.
This comes in handy if you need to position the camera below your monitor on your desk or to set up on any other flat surface.
With the legs on the tripod extended out it sits around 180mm or 7inches tall.
On the left and right hand sides of the web cam you’ll find stereo microphones and I’ll show you the quality of those in just a bit and the usb cable is about 6 feet long.
It comes with 2 stereo microphones that we’ll be listening to the quality of in a later test and the USB cable length is 1.5m long or just under 5 feet.
And Lastly, when you plug the camera in and start streaming you’ll notice 2 led lights appear on the face of the camera letting you know the cameras turned on and working properly.

Specs

The specs of this webcam are really nice with a few different recording options to suite different streaming purposes.
The C922 is capable of recording 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps which it’s predecessor the C920 didn’t have.
Recording at 720p 60fps is more responsive to movement but I think the picture quality definitely suffers at this lower resolution.
Keeping the settings to 1080p 30fps is best if you want the highest image quality.
If you’re using this webcam for streaming on twitch or mixer the window size is scaled down  so this loss in image quality won’t be as noticeable but
I still think you’re better off sticking with 1080p at 30fps.

Features

This is the camera recording at 1080p 30fps and the image is actually quite decent.
Overall for the low cost of this webcam it’s all you really need to get started streaming content.
Lastly a feature that’s worth mentioning is the automatic low light correction.
When active this feature adjusts shutter speed and exposure to improve the image in low light conditions.
What I experienced though is the frames rate dropped a lot when this feature was working.
Instead I would recommend making sure the room that your streaming in has good lightning and just disabling this feature.
The audio from the webcam includes in built stereo microphones, if you're serious about streaming or making videos I would recommend getting an external microphone as the audio quality will be a lot better overall.

Build Quality

The hinge for the webcam is solid and feels sturdy and the overall design is

nice and compact making it not to bulky sitting on top of your computer monitor.

 

Pros

  • 1080p 30fps video streaming and recording
  • 720p 60fps video streaming (with window scaled, image is more bearable)
  • plug and play device
  • Logitech C920 it's predecessor has been very popular amongst the streamer community and the C922 is no different.
  • easy to setup

Cons

  • 720p 60fps image quality isn't great with the video window at it's actual resolution of 720p.
  • Background removal feature doesn't work as described, need to buy a green screen if you want decent looking background removal

Conclusion

Now while there  are definitely more expensive cameras available like the brio 4k model  but if you’re after a good quality image and not trying to break the bank I would recommend the C922.

If you want to check it out for yourself you here is a link to the C922 on Amazon. C922 Logitech Webcam (Affiliate Link)