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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂