Blue Yeti Microphone Review
For months I monkeyed around with cheap microphones. After multiple lapel mics and desktop USB microphones I was tired of having to spend all my time filtering, editing, and dealing with all the horrible noise levels they produced. That’s when I broke out the pen and paper and starting researching good quality USB microphones that have been tested and verified in the community to be amazing. I spent half the day watching videos, reading reviews, and talking to people on multiple forums to see what they were using. This research turned up some very valuable information about desktop USB microphones.
This is my review for the Blue Yeti USB desktop microphone.
Weighing in at more than 3 pounds, the Yeti Pro is a beast of a microphone. It really looks like a trophy on my desk from the real state it takes up. The foot-tall microphone consists of two parts: the stand and the actual mic. The stand is a 7-inch-tall piece of nearly solid steel, weighted to keep the mic from tipping over, and featuring a very large, adjustable pivot upon which the mic can move up and down.
Moving onto the microphone itself, it is a little under a 8inchs tall and shaped like a bullet with a sleek silver body and a chrome tip. On the front you will find three dials and a Mute button, which is super handy to have. On the back there are two dials, the first lets you switch between stereo, cardioids, omnidirectional, and bidirectional. Each setting allowing you to record in different environments. Defiantly look into each one of these different settings as they can really change how your recordings sound. The second dial is for controlling the gain in your live recordings.
Last but not least on the bottom you will find the a single micro-USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm jack and a screw-mount for use when the mic is off the stand. The 3.5mm jack is a headphone pass through so you can listen in real-time what you sound like.
For a single user or a group people the quality of the Yeti’s audio is excellent to say the least. The cardioid mode is great for podcasts and voice calls, while the omnidirectional and bidirectional modes are great for interviews and group discussions. Unlike my other cheap microphones the Yeti picked up my voice clearly and I can’t even begin to explain how relieved I was to not hear that dreaded white noise. The adjustable gain helped reduce ambient noise while keeping the clarity. I use this microphone for YouTube and some around the house recording. The microphone is a powerful tool, and a worthy and overwhelming competitor to the not so great microphones I had purchased in the past.
The wobbly plastic knobs used for volume and gain control felt a little flimsy but so far have held up to normal usage. Though if you doing things rough, a two-year warranty is there to help against defects.
Performance is something well know to the Yeti. To start, this is the first microphone to receive the coveted THX certification. The certification involves a multitude of factors, including tests for frequency response and signal-to-noise ratio, and–perhaps more importantly–proof of performance consistency across multiple product batches. In other words, the Yeti had to sound good and have a reasonable chance of sounding good for every user.
With such a reasonable price, this is a no brainer when to comes to purchasing. The Blue Yeti is on to something here and I cant wait to see what they will come up with next. If people do their research and spent a little more money up front, they can avoid all the horrible microphones and the quality they provide.