Blue Yeti USB Microphone Review
We’ve reviewed microphones worth looking into before, and we’ve got a new one we believe you should try. Introducing the Blue Yeti USB Microphone, a strong tri-capsule array condenser with features that both promise and serve.
Details & Specs
- Tri-capsule array technology to fit various recording setups (power consumption requirement of 5V 150mA)
- Multi-pattern selection for impressive recording flexibility (stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional modes)
- Microphone frequency response – 20Hz to 20kHz; headphone amplifier frequency response – 15Hz to 22 kHz
- Headphone output with zero latency; gain control and mute button
- Compatible with Windows (10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, Vista) and Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher)
- No-hassle setup – plug with the USB port, calibrate, then record
- Available in white, silver, platinum, blackout colors
- Retailed at $128.99; 3.11 pounds
The Blue Yeti is a standout condenser mic in the sense that it possesses the most advanced mic tech, and the most versatile multi-patterned design that makes it highly covetable or sought-out. We have not come across any similar condensers, so it was interesting to try the Yeti out.
To cover the basic features, its three capsules are combined with four pattern settings for recording. This makes it great for direct-to-computer recording. Think stereo mode, which captures left and right channels for general sound imagine.
It also covers cardioid, which is mostly relied on for podcasts, streaming, vocals, and the like for its full-bodied capability. Its omnidirectional mode captures sound from all angles, delivering the ambiance of “being there” to the listener. The bidirectional mode operates via front and rear of the mic, which makes it ideal for interviews or capturing instrumental tones.
The multi-pattern support is what we think is its most appealing feature. It obviously eliminates the need to scour through stores for a specific mic, so that’s a one up on our convenience score. Control is also impressive; you can instantly mute, increase the gain, control the volume or choose among the pattern selection easily. Adjusting settings and eliminating interference may have never been this easy.
The no-latency feature sticks to its promise – the 3.5mm headphone jack allowed us to review what we recorded without experiencing any delay. In terms of design, we commend how forward-thinking the unit is. Compatibility is certainly one of its strong features, and the classic retro aesthetic is a timeless plus. You can also easily adjust or pivot the mic to your desired angle, secure it in place with its set screws, fold it down for storage or portability, or even remove it completely from its base whenever you need to.
It may seem like it has “a bit of everything,” but we assure you can’t find any fault in that. Aside from superb pickup quality, the whole mic’s design is very cost-effective. You no longer have to shell out more money for specific headphones when you can just use your phone’s, or again, there’s no need to find that specific mic for your platform.
It can maintain balance even when we purposely relocated the sound source off-axis, is very accurate with sound reproduction, and is overall convenient and very easy to use.
Is it for you?
The Blue Yeti microphone is worth every buck. Simple, innovative, convenient to have, and highly reliable, we can’t think of one reason why you shouldn’t give it a try.