The Blue Yeti is a professional grade, tri-capsule, side-address microphone which outputs high quality, clear and full-bodied recordings. It features USB connectivity with its own internal sound processing and playback capabilities making it a plug-and-play microphone for your computer.
The microphone features 4 microphone patterns, mute control, gain control, a 3.5mm jack for audio monitoring and monitor volume control, and these functions are controllable using the knobs and button on the mic itself.
With all these features, this mic is very versatile and can be used to provide voice-over audio for video recordings, as a streaming mic, as an interview mic and a myriad of other recording use cases.
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Pro Great recording sound quality as the audio captured is clear and with good depth
The Blue Yeti microphone produces great sound quality, with recordings that sound natural, clear yet also has good depth.
It is common for budget microphones to have decent audio volume yet still sounds tinny and hollow. This is not the case with the Blue Yeti. Audio detail is preserved and does not sound harsh. The timbre of the sound source is also captured well, making the resulting audio sound much more natural compared to recordings achieved from lesser microphones.
Pro You can choose from 4 mic patterns thanks to the Yeti's tri-capsule mic design in conjunction with the on-mic mode switching knob
Under Yeti's metal grill are 3 mic capsules arranged in an offset triangular pattern. These capsules can be activated in different combinations, giving the Yeti 4 mic modes which vary according to the direction that the mic focuses its audio capture.
This can be set by turning the knob at the back of the mic according to the preferred microphone mode setting.
Pro Great for use in face to face conversation or interview situations using the mic's Interview Mode
If you need to record audio in an interview situation where you and another person are face to face, talking to one another then the Yeti is a great mic to use. Setting it to interview mode, the microphone captures audio from the front and back of it, recording your conversation with clarity yet without the hassle of using multiple mics or manually setting mic direction when one of you speaks.
Pro Very useful for desktop recording situations where the sound source is in front of the microphone when the Yeti is set to Cardioid Mode
When the Yeti is set to cardioid mode, it will focus audio capture in front of the mic while reducing reception from audio sources from the back side. This Yeti mode is ideal for game streaming as it allows for clear capture of your voice yet also minimizes sound from your keyboard and/or mouse button presses for example.
Pro Can capture the natural, in-room sound of the source when in omni-directional mode
If natural sounding audio captures are your priority instead of canceling out unwanted sound then you can set the Yeti to omni-directional mode. This makes the mic record sound from around it, resulting in the most natural sounding audio capture.
Pro The mic can focus on recording sounds coming from its sides when set to stereo mode
If space on your desk is an issue and you can only set your mic to the sides, then you still record great audio by setting the mic to stereo mode. In this setting, the mic will focus capturing sound coming from its sides, so you will still be able to get clear audio even when placing the mic to your right or left side.
Pro The mic's sensitivity can easily be adjusted using the Gain knob at the back of the mic
The mic's sensitivity can be adjusted by simply turning the Gain knob found at the back of the mic. This makes it easy for a user to increase or decrease mic volume on the fly.
Pro Users can mute/un-mute the mic easily using the Mute button on the front side of the mic
If sound from the mic needs to be cut, all a user needs to do is to press the Mute button on the front of the mic. This button lights up red to signify that the audio is muted. To un-mute, the user will only have to press the button again and the red light turns off, indicating that the mic is recording audio again.
Pro Mic is plug and play due to its built in sound card and USB connectivity
With this mic, you do not have to use mic pre-amps, audio interfaces and the like. Simply connect the mic to your computer via USB cable, customize settings according to your computer's OS and the mic is ready to record.
Pro Users can monitor mic and computer audio as the built in sound card and 3.5mm jack allows from-mic audio playback
With the Yeti, you do not need to have a separate setup for monitoring audio. Simply set the Yeti as the primary recording and playback device on your computer then connect earphones or headphones to the mic's 3.5mm port. With this setup, you will be able to hear audio from your computer (game audio or background music for example) and at the same time, you can hear your voice from the mic with zero latency.
Pro The Yeti looks and feels premium thanks to its superb build quality
The mic is primarily made of metal which makes the mic look premium and also gives the mic a reassuring heft. Fit and finish is also great with virtually no unnecessary creaks or wobble from the different parts of the mic.
Pro Can stand securely on a desk as the mic comes with a wide and hefty base
The mic can securely stand on its own when placed on a flat surface. It features a weighted base which helps keep the mic stable. Also, the base allows for mic angle adjustment which users can secure by tightening the base's knobs beside the mic.
Pro You can easily attach the Yeti to boom stands/mounts and the like thanks to the mic's standard mic mount
At the bottom of the Yeti is a standard mic mount which makes the mic compatible with aftermarket boom mounts, tripods and other mic mounting solutions.
Con The mic is susceptible to vibrations when used with its base attached
Despite the base being heavy and with thick rubber pads on the bottom, the mic is still prone to picking up vibrations from the table that it is placed on. If you want vibration-free recordings, it would be best to place the Yeti on a shock mount.
Con The mic can distort/clip when exposed to very high or very low frequencies
While the overall sound quality from the Yeti is great, it can still clip or distort when exposed to very high or very low frequencies. The mic does not have built in compression or filters, so this will require tuning in your DAW.
Con The Yeti can take up a lot of space on your desk as it is quite large
"Yeti" is a good name for the mic as it is quite large. It will definitely take up quite a bit of space if you choose to place it on your desk.