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Blue Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone, Multipattern.
- Three custom condenser capsules and four different polar pattern settings: Cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional and Omnidirectional
- Cutting-edge A-D converter chip and separate analog circuit path for use with professional studio mixers and preamps
- Built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and direct controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, mute, and microphone gain
- 15 Hz - 22 kHz frequency response
- 192 kHz/24 bit Sample/Word
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Blue Microphones Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone
The Yeti Pro is the world's first USB microphone combining 24-bit/192 kHz digital recording resolution with analog XLR output. Featuring three custom condenser capsules and four different pattern settings, the Yeti Pro can capture digital audio with up to four times the clarity found on CDs. Plus, the Yeti Pro features a cutting-edge A-D converter chip and separate analog circuit path for use with professional studio mixers and preamps.
You also get a built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and direct controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, mute, and microphone gain. So whether you record at home, in a studio (or in the Himalayas!), the Yeti Pro is your ultimate sound solution.
- Combines 24-bit/192 kHz digital recording with analog XLR output
- Advanced features with the simplicity of a plug-and-play USB microphone
- Built-in pattern with four polar pattern settings--stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional
- Custom base includes a threaded mic stand with cable management
Four Different Pattern Modes for Versatile Recording
The stereo mode uses both the left and right channels, and is ideal for capturing a realistic, general sound image.
Well-suited for podcasts, vocals, or game streaming, cardioid mode records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone. It delivers a rich, full-bodied sound.
Omnidirectional mode picks up sound equally from all directions. It’s best used in situations when you want to capture the ambience of 'being there'—like a live recording of a band's performance.
Bidirectional mode records from both the front and the rear of the microphone. It’s ideal for capturing the nuance of a musical instrument, or recording an interview between two people.
- PC: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional USB 2.0 High Speed; 256 MB RAM (minimum)
- Macintosh: Mac OSX (10.6.4 or higher) USB 2.0 High Speed; 256 MB RAM (minimum)
Desktop or Studio, the Possibilities Are Endless
You can quickly select from each of Yeti Pro's four pattern settings (stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional) by simply rotating the pattern selector knob. The chart below shows each pattern's symbol, sound source direction, and suggested recording applications.
Stand and Cables Included
The Yeti Pro features a custom base, including a threaded mic stand mount with cable management. A USB cable and a stereo XLR breakout cable are also included in the box.
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|Color options||Whiteout, Silver, Platinum, Blackout||Black|
|Adjustable Microphone gain control for varying volumes||✓||✓|
|Zero-latency headphone output with volume control for direct monitoring||✓||✓|
|Adjustable angle on its integrated custom-designed desk stand||✓||✓|
|Driverless installation for both Windows and Mac||✓|
|Professional recording via analog XLR||✓|
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|Maximum recording resolution||48 kHz/16-bit||192 kHz/24-bit|
Blue Microphones Yeti Professional USB/XLR Microphone. The most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone roaming the wild today. 2 Year Blue Warranty.
Top Customer Reviews
Beware the negative reviews as it looks as though they could be user error. Im using on a mac and both mics were flawlessly plug and record nothing to do at all.
I have a professional recording studio and consider my 20 years of listening experience worthwhile in doing an unbiased review.
My goal was to find a usb microphone able to perfectly capture vocals and instruments without adding color (anything but the pure sound) to use with my ipad for audio work.
Microphones and monitors are very subjective in my opinion . Different people like the way different gear sounds. I was simply looking for sonic clarity and depth.
I settled on the Blue Yeti Pro and the MXL 009 and bought them both. I surmised these were the two top picks (based on user and pro reviews) out of the 5 or so at the top including the non pro yeti.
This is my first time owning a blue or MXL mic. I have a couple of Shure ksm44's and a few Neumanns
I ran a series of comparisons between the Yeti Pro, THe MXL 009 and my goto in the studio which is the ksm44 running through an Avalon ad2022 pre through an RME Fireface UFX into an 2011 Imac. I used two sets of headphones and my monitors to listen to the audio recorded. As set of audio technica m50s, and a pair of Sony MDR7509's and the s3a's. I recorded vocals, shakers and tuning forks at both 48k 16bit and 24bit 96k sample rates to see if it made a difference. It does make a difference but its slight and if you were making a song you probably couldn't tell in the mix. If you were doing a podcast or talkshow you woud notice slightly richer deeper clarity with the 96k 24bit setting.
The results were very surprising to me mostly because I was blown away that a $300 microphone can compete with 7K in studio gear. I think I need to tell Toto were not in Kansas anymore. Rating scale 10 = amazing 1=Sucks
The Yeti Pro - If you are looking to get just one mic then this is your pick because of its feature set. Its built like a tank. Has the 4 different switching options which is very useful for getting different sounds. You could put it on a table for an interview and hear both people as an example. Also has standard xlr out, could be nice if you want to use it with standard gear. The stereo out is a nice feature (unless you want mono).
Features = 10
Easy of Use = 10 quick adjustments of gain and are forgiving if your not spot on.
Set up = 10 ( I literally just plugged it in and selected it in logic pro used to record the audio)
Sound Quality = 8 The MXL009 was a bit more transparent and honest with the sound.
Accessories = 9 desk stand is rock solid and cool looking
Look and Feel = 8 Very nice looking and solid feeling but kinda bulky. Sexy sitting on the desk if you care. They get -2 points as the Blue logo was slightly off level which most people probably would not or could not notice. (retentive)
The MXL 009 - If you want the best sounding Mic and dont care about the rest this is your mic.
Features = 7 (lack of traditional xlr out limits to digital use)
Easy of Use = 7 You need to get your gain levels set prior to using or you will get pops and clicks in your audio. This could be a bummer if you just did a big long take and now have to edit to remove a few clicks. Set your gains and you will be without issue. ( would be nice if they had a clipping indicator on the mic since this is such a big issue). Maybe they will correct it with a soft or firmware update.
Set up = 10 ( I literally just plugged it in and selected it in logic pro - used to record the audio)
Sound Quality = 10 The MXL009 was a bit more transparent and honest with the sound. It is really a beautifully accurate mic.
Accessories = 9 desk stand is rock solid but not as cool looking as the yeti. Its a basic stand. It comes with a cool metal case if you travel with your mics.
Look and Feel = 9 Very nice looking and solid feeling. The blue led is a nice touch to show its connected
The verdict is that they all sound amazing. If you were not doing a sise by side A/B you would miss the subtle differences. The Shure has a slight lead for overall sound but the MXL009 is not far behind and the Yeti pro is right up there with them. Its not quite as good sonically but as far as getting bang for your buck the yeti pro is an amazing choice for everything you get for less than $300. Unbelievable! My hats off to both companies for such great products.
I am keeping them both unfortunately as they are that great for different reasons.
First off, the mic comes with some special drivers (win 7 in my case) you download from Blue's site and isn't straight plug-n-play like the original Yeti; I expected that from the description. What I didn't expect is that it wouldn't work with a lot of software once the drivers were up-and-running. I managed to get it to work in audacity and other things where you can adjust the sample rate in the application.. but stuff like steam or my webcam just don't work with it and sometimes it causes them to crash when you try. It got to be pretty frustrating discovering the amount of stuff it wouldn't actually work with.
The volume knob.. I don't know why they changed it, but its not the knob you'll see on the box or in the amazon picture. Its an infinite knob, it never stops turning even though at some unknown point you do hit max volume.. I don't know who thought of this but it irks me that I can never tell if its really all the way up or down.
The mute button is now brighter and the blinking when you are muted is a bit more aggressive.. I suppose that is good if you forget to unmute often, but I tend to mute whenever i'm not using the mic and the bright fast blinking grated on my nerves.
The audio quality in 24/192k is crisper and colder than the regular Yeti. There is a definite sense of fidelity, but it doesn't have any of the warm radio-esque quality of the original.
XLR works well, but you wont have access to the volume, monitor line or mute on the mic. Volume/monitor isn't as much of an issue since presumably you'll have an interface or a mixer of some kind, but I always found the mute handy. The XLR y-cable that came with the Yeti Pro is nice, but you will need to order actual cables since the Y cable is under a foot long. Its also worth noting that the mic seems WAY more sensitive in XLR mode than in USB/digital mode. Make sure you have all your volume/gain down before plugging it in or you will get a horrible feedback loop (just a good practice in general anyway).
Build quality is excellent, its one big hunk of metal, but don't ever expect to open it up and repair it yourself.
The monitor line out provides a great delay-free way of being able to hear what is getting recorded, but on the Yeti Pro (not really the regular Yeti) it doesn't actually match with what gets recorded. I hear a lot of ambient noise in the monitor line on the Yeti Pro, fans, AC, typing for example. So I turn the gain down and listen to the recording later and its fairly clean.. I hear a lot of noise in the monitor but get a pretty clean recording. I suppose its good that the noise didn't make it in but it would be nice if the monitor actually gave you some idea of what the recording would sound like. These are actual noises in the environment its picking up strongly in the monitor but not in the recording, for general electronic noise you'll probably need to also get yourself a ground loop isolator.
Blue has great sound quality in both the regular Yeti and the Yeti Pro, the pro, in my opinion does have a crisper sound, but for a lot of things (say YouTube or other sources that will down-sample you) its not going to matter much and you may come out sounding worse than if you used a regular Yeti. Don't get this if you just want to upgrade for upgrade's sake, because even with a definite need (say you want/need to move to XLR) it has a lot of disadvantages to a regular Yeti.
I ended up being pretty unhappy with it unfortunately. You end up paying for a lot of extra interface stuff you wont need if you use XLR and a separate interface, and if you just use USB the cons just outweigh the pros for me, especially considering how much more it costs.
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