Blue Yeti USB Microphone Review

The Blue Yeti USB Microphone is a must-have for those who are interested in creating their own podcast, doing voice-overs, adding singing to their own musical recordings, having conference calls, and more! 

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Best Vocal Mic for Beginners?

Right out of the gate, this is a very easy-to-use microphone, with minimal setup and fuss, making it a great beginner’s mic.  I think the thing that secures this mic as being truly great for beginners is the fact that it’s cheap and it comes with a durable exterior, plus a “tri-capsule” array, which means basically that the sound quality is very high, thanks to 3 capsules that help you pick up a high quality audio signal.

The Yeti comes with an adjustable stand and you simply plug it in and you’re good to go! If you have any troubles setting up the microphone, the instructions inside the box will help, although it’s so basic I can’t imagine too many people will have trouble these days.

Not only is it simple to set-up and use, but it’s extremely portable.  It’s not because it’s smaller than other mics, but the whole set-up is just super easy to pick up and take with you, stand and all.  If you want to go do a podcast or recording project at your friend’s house, this mic is ideal for that type of thing. 

Multi-directional & High quality audio

This microphone isn’t meant to be tilted as you might expect with a mic that sits on an adjustable stand. Tilting the microphone would actually cause less audio to be picked up. I made that mistake at first myself.  

Below is a diagram of how the mic is meant to be positioned for optimal recording.  Of course, you don’t have to use the stand it comes with.  Many people use other stands with this versatile mic.

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Blue Yeti’s Various Modes

Cardioid Mode

 
This setting is perfect for game streaming, podcast, voice-overs, vocal performance and instruments. It allows the user to record them directly in front of the microphone, giving the recording a rich and full-bodied sound.

Stereo Mode


The Stereo Mode is great for those wanting to record acoustic guitar or choir as it allows the user to record sound from the left and right channels. 

Omnidirectional Mode


The omnidirectional mode allows the user to pick up sound from every angle of the mic. It’s great in scenarios where you’d want to capture the ambience of your audience being right there with you. This setting is great to capture live performances, a multi-person podcast or maybe a conference call. 

Bidirectional Mode


The bidirectional is great for people who are interested in recording duets or a two person scenario as the mode allows the user to record from both front and rear of the mic. 

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Aesthetics and Hardware of the Blue Yeti

The aesthetic of the microphone has a very is classic and vintage look, while still being modern.  It comes in a variety of colors as well, which is cool.  The Blue Yeti is heavy duty, and large, with a quality metal construction.  When I first got one, I expected more plastic, due to the reasonable price, but it was a bit heavier than I imagined.  A pleasant surprise!

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There is one headphone input on this mic, allowing you to hear how you sound in the monitor, so you can make sure your project sounds just the way you’d like it to sound. The Yeti also has a mute button, allowing you to stop and go whenever you please.  So, if you are doing a podcast, you can basically “pause” your vocals so no sound goes through, but you can just as easily turn it back on.  

Also on the mic, you have a “gain” option [rear of the microphone] to choose how much volume you’d like to mic to pick up.  

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Software Compatibility

The nice thing about the microphone is that since it’s a USB microphone, you don’t need to download any drivers or software to use the microphone. You can use whatever program is on your laptop already [such as iMovie, Windows Movie Maker]. However, with the internet, there are great programs you can use to record yourself like audacity, GarageBand and there is so much more out there. 

The Yeti was created to help people who aren’t tech savvy to actually use a product that is easy to understand and is convenient without any hassle.

Blue Microphone, the creators of the Yeti, is a company that offers other microphones and recording accessories that support their products. They have a variety of different beginner – professional microphones allowing the user to have more advanced microphones that allow them to capture whatever they want to. 

Yeti is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8 (including 8.1), Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Home and Professional), and Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher), and requires a minimum of 64 MB of RAM*.

Conclusion

This a great, easy to use microphone great for anyone who wants to follow their passion and create content that works for whatever project they aspire to do.  For me, I love using it for podcasts.  The USB microphone is compatible with Mac and PC.  Recently, I brought it to a friend’s house and they used it for recording a vocal track for a song.  It was great!

Check out this mic test video of the Blue Yeti…

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