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Excellent, Studio Quality, Affordable USB Mic,
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This review is from: Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone - Silver Edition (Electronics)I purchased this mic from Amazon recently and am absolutely impressed with the sound quality. The package came in way faster than expected under the free shipping arrangement plus Amazon had a great price on it. :-)
The mic at first looks big and kinda heavy - once you get over that - you connect it to your favorite laptop or desktop and start your trials.
I tried several different combos - from close to the mic to singing from a distance of about 2-3 feet - using the 4 polar patterns - and in each case could hear the difference in the sound output in crispness and depth. For the first time ever, I liked my own voice from a mic!
Ease-of-use : The desktop stand provided with the mic is ideal only for podcasts or speech based recordings. For singing vocals, I'd recommend getting a mic stand along with shock mount. The mic itself has very easy controls and the convenience of a headphone jack from the mic itself is a big advantage (plus the huge advantage of 0 latency of output to the headphones). The mute button is just a click away. Once you set the gain level and polar pattern in the back side of the mic, you are set. I prefer using either the cardioid mode or the stereo mode for singing vocals.
Sound quality : At 48khz sampling rate 16 bit mode, this is fairly high quality - studio recording mics typically range in the 96 Khz sampling at 32 bit mode but in the end what matters is the audio playback equipment's ablities - most receivers run at 48Khz. The frequency response range is impressive - 20 hz to 20 khz - most cardioid mics in this price range have a smaller range between 50hz and 15Khz - makes a big difference in the crispness, depth and quality of sound capture. The sensitivity of the mic is another measure of its quality - 4.5mV/Pa at 1 Khz is another indication of high sensitivity at 1 Pa (pascal) - it has a high ratio of sound waves at the diaphragm converting to electrical signals. The Max Sound Pressure Level (SPL) at 120db refers to the pressure the mic can take at less than 1 inch from the mic to the performer's mic before it distorts and at a THD (total harmonic distortion) ratio of 0.5% at 1 Khz this mic is a great bargain. Most other mics in this range have standard 74 to 94 db max SPL. Many manufacturers use different measures to depict sensitivity and this is often very confusing.
Ease of thread mount to a stand - I had trouble finding a mic stand that can handle the wider thread mount (typically found in European mics) - most thread mounts are smaller so I needed to get an adapter from Guitar Center.
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Initial post: Apr 18, 2010 9:31:33 AM PDT
Sean Beier says:
did you find a shock mount to fit this mic?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2010 11:08:45 PM PDT
Unfortunately I have not although I have to admit I have not searched for that actively. I have been able to manage without a shock mount though.
Posted on Jun 6, 2010 1:06:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2010 1:09:40 PM PDT
Janet Baker says:
Since you made the effort to hope that I found your review to be helpful, may I respond? Yes, I did (as I voted). You gave numbers, and most of the time you compared the numbers on this mic to numbers on more expensive mics, so that I could get that perspective. I also really benefited from the last two sentences of your ease-of-use paragraph. You taught me something useful. I'll bet I'm not alone among people shopping for a mic for the first time for some specific use or goal, without knowing one darn thing about recording. For such people, it is just about priceless knowing that 'once I set the gain level and polar pattern I'm practically good to go,' two things I don't know what are but will now know to set--and you even tell me where to set them at, just about reducing my anxiety to zero while increasing my effectiveness ten fold. Specific, practical data. You have lots of it in this review.
However--if you went just one step further, it would be better than good, it would be awesome. Here's the step I'd like to see.You discussed the sample rate and, as I said, you compared this model with better models, which gave me that perspective, which is generally just about the most useful detail possible, but in this case, I don't actually know how 'sample rate' affects anything. I don't need a definition of the term, but rather a specific difference in the outcome a higher one makes. The same thing is true for your section on Sound Pressure Level. I'm guessing, maybe stupidly, it has something to do with the dreaded 'pop,' but would use this data better if I knew for sure the performance difference the numbers are indicating.
I also didn't have a clue what you were trying to communicate by the interesting punctuation [..] at the very end. The elipses usually mean something has been left out of a quote, and brackets are a version of parentheses with several uses, none of which seem to apply in the context used. Here's what the symbols finally communicated to me. You said that you 'hoped I [the reader--there, one use of brackets] would find your review helpful' and then put that symbol, and after that particular sentence, I took it that you put it there to slow me down and give me a second to think, and perhaps conclude, 'Hey, I think I'll vote Yes on this review! Why not!' If that's why you put the [...], it worked.
Anyway, well done. I think it was a very good review. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2010 2:11:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2010 2:12:43 PM PDT
Thank you very much Janet for your feedback on the review. Indeed the geeky details need to be converted into simple speak for more useful connection to what those mean in terms of impact. I will attempt to refine on the lines of your questions about sample rate a bit later.
But to answer your specific point about the [..], that was Amazon converting into nothing, my reference to a blog entry I wrote detailing the mic's goodness. The blog is at redshifter dot blogspot dot com - you can click on the Gadgets' header or search for blue yeti. Hope you find that review useful in a non-technical way.
Posted on Jul 1, 2013 12:00:58 AM PDT
Good review, but I would disagree about music recording being a use case where a shock mount would be beneficial. Music recording is less likely to transmit mechanical noise through the mount to the mic than a podcaster using the desk that the mic sits on would be. A singing voice or musical instrument is also louder than a speaking voice, so the S/N ratio improves.
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