Blue Yeti USB Mic for Recording & Streaming on PC and Mac, 3 Condenser Capsules, 4 Pickup Patterns, Headphone Output and Volume Control, Mic Gain Control, Adjustable Stand, Plug & Play – Blackout
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- Tri-capsule array - 3 condenser capsules can record almost any situation.
- Multiple pattern selection - cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo. Frequency Response- 20Hz - 20kHz
- Gain control, mute button, and zero-latency headphone output. Power output (RMS): 130mW
- Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, field recordings, conference calls.
- Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8 (including 8.1), Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Home and Professional), and Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher), and requires a minimum of 64 MB of RAM(remove existing and upload).
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Yeti is the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone available Anywhere. Combining three capsules and four different pattern settings, Yeti is the ultimate tool for creating amazing recordings, directly to your computer. With all new total Blackout finish, Blackout Yeti adds style and energy to your recording or broadcasting setup. Blackout Yeti can capture anything with a clarity and ease unheard of in a USB microphone. Featuring Blue innovative triple capsule array, Blackout Yeti can record in stereo or your choice of three other unique patterns, including cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional. Blackout Yeti utilizes a high quality A-D converter, a built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and direct controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, and microphone gain. With no drivers to install, Blackout Yeti is the most versatile USB mic lighting up the airwaves today. Headphone Amplifier - Impedance - 16 ohms.
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I wanted a mic that would help me increasing the quality of my ASMR videos (please Google what that is) that generally require high quality audio. I was considering Blue Yeti or Zoom H4N and decided on Yeti, mainly because of the price point.
1) Great (!) sound quality
2) Four simple options, really hard to mess up
3) Simple set up, just plug the microphone in the USB port on your computer, and select the mic as a default in the settings (the mic also comes with a simple instruction booklet).
4) No SD card required, this mic records straight into your computer. I use the default sound recorder that comes with Windows, but there are other options available if you want to play with the sound.
1) Not portable. Since it is a USB microphone, you are tied to your computer.
2) Bulky and heavy. This is a tabletop mic.
3) The dial to switch among the modes is really tough to turn
Overall, I really like it! I think portability is the primary issue for me, but I knew what I was purchasing.
Gotta dock a star for Blue's customer service. It took a full week before they replied back to me with a return authorization and they won't even send me a mailing label. I have to eat the shipping cost! I also have to dock another star because they "inadvertently" let me know this was a B-Stock when I registered the serial no. with them! Blue Microphones is selling B-Stock as if they were brand new on their Amazon store! Something was wrong with this microphone to begin with. No wonder it died in less than 7 months with hardly any use at all.
I'm shipping it back at my expense and hope they will honor the warranty. But from my recent experiences with Blue microphones I can't recommend them. Wouldn't buy from Blue again.
In short, they are incompetent thieves. This is pathetic. Avoid this company like the plague.
The Yeti, on the other hand, is a very high fidelity microphone, it has tunable directionality, and maintains balance when even significantly off axis. I set it on my desk and can dictate with the best fidelity and accuracy I have ever experienced with Dragon. Dragon now is actually useful. And...it looks way cool on my desk!
I have submitted a case with Blue Yeti. On their site it says warranty is for 2 years for USB mics, so I hope to get this fix, free of charge...
Will update this once I get a response.
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Einziges Manko meiner Meinung nach sind die Schrauben mit denen das Mikro am Fuß befestigt ist. Diese werden von Zeit zu Zeit locker und man muss sie nachdrehen.
Falls Gesang oder Instrumente damit aufgenommen werden würde ich auch einen Popschutz empfehlen inclusive Mikroarm, da man sonst gern mal Tischgeräusche oder ähnliches mit aufnimmt.
Zum Mikro selbst. Es verfügt über 4Modi', welche ich in den Anhang posten werde :) Ich verwende nur den Cardioid Modus zum Singen und Gamen (TS) - da bin ich sehr zufrieden mit. Die anderen Modi habe ich nicht wirklich getestet.
Weiters gibt es ein Poti mit dem sich der Gain verstellen lässt und das ganze ist auf höhster Stufe dann wirklich sehr empfindlich. Habe das Mikro neben meinem Monitor alos ca 1m weg von meinem Mund und da reichts wenn der Gains ganz niedrig eingestellt ist. Im Teamspeak perfekte Qualität und bei Gesangaufnahmen stelle ich das Mikro etwa 50cm von mir weg.
Für den Hobbygebrauch wirklich zu empfehlen. Wer was professionelles braucht sollte lieber nach XLR Mikros mit passender Peripherie Ausschau halten, jedoch bewegt man sich dann in einer anderen Preisklasse.
Für unter 150€ könnte ich nur noch das USB Mikro von Rode empfehlen. Dieses gefiel mir im Direktvergleich für Sprache besser für Instrumentaufnahmen schlechter. (Rode klarer aber gesamte Klangfarbe etwas zu hoch und daher hört sich für mich das Yeti gesamt besser an - Vorallem bei niederfrequenten Tönen)
Falls die Rezession für dich nützlich war, kannst du gerne ein "Nützlich" dalassen :-D
El micrófono desde el primer contacto se aprecia que está construido con materiales de alta calidad. La estética es impecable, es bonito y el color es como, al menos yo, lo esperaba. El micrófono es muy consistente. Tiene una base grande y pesada, lo cuál hace que sea muy estable y no se tambalee.
La calidad de audio es impecable. No genera ruido de fondo ni ruido blanco. Tiene 4 modos de funcionamiento. Stereo, omnidirectional, cardioid y bidirectional. (Estos modos los he enseñado en el vídeo adjunto)
En el frontal tiene dos botones:
1. Un botón para para silenciarlo (mutearlo). Este botón tiene un led que nos indica si el micrófono está grabando o está silenciado. Cuando está grabando el led es constante, cuando está muteado el led es intermitente.
2. Un botón de volumen. El volumen es para la salida de audio a través del conector jack que tiene en la parte inferior.
En la parte trasera tiene dos botons:
1. Un botón para cambiar la ganancia.
2. Un botón para cambiar entre los 4 modos menionados anteriormente.
Im a gamer, i pretty much only do that and its my main hobby. I play often using headsets with mics, or a cheap desk mic.
I would forever get complaints they cant hear me in game no matter what i tried! Im not a loud speak.
This microphone is awesome, i was sceptical at first as i thought maybe it would obscure my view being large but its fine.
People in game now ask me what mic i use and they love my voice, sadly i live with depression so i dont get to use it everytime as i would like! I think for anyone podcasting or stuff this purchase you would not regret.
I would like to perhaps try it with a pop filter but im not a full time pod caster so not sure if its really needed or worth buying.
Please let me know if you liked my review.
-The provided mount is solid and will not tip over.
-The gain range is massive and the different pickup modes allow for great versatility.
-A cheap pop filter designed to fit around a round portion of a Microphone will happily clamp onto the side of the sturdy Blue Yeti frame.
-Having a mute button is very handy when you need to mute the microphone (E.g. Phonecall).
-This is not an easy microphone to setup, the instructions that come with it aren't great and out of the box it will be too sensitive and pick up absolutely every little noise in the room. (Tip, set it to Cardioid mode and turn the gain (both on the Mic itself and the one on the sound page on your PC) right down).
-This is not a small microphone. At all. Including the stand, it's about 30cm tall and 12cm wide.
-Don't attempt to angle the microphone. It is designed to be used upright and will pick up lots of background noise if you move it (like the quiet hum of your PC, this is not an issue when it is upright).
UPDATE: The microphone has suddenly died (none of the internet's help fixed it, it simply won't record anything except it's own interference, tried assorted different cables, powered USB hub, uninstalling, even trying another computer!) from light use (about 8 hours a week use spread over 3-4 days) after less than six full months. This is extremely disappointing for the price and I'm back on my old cheap microphone I originally bought the Yeti to replace.
CARDIOID MODE - This mode records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone.
STEREO MODE - Uses both the left and right channels to capture more realistic sound range.
OMNIDIRECTIONAL MODE - Picks up sound equally from all around the mic (best for live recordings around a table etc)
BIDIRECTIONAL - Records from both the front and rear of the microphone—good for recording a duet or a two-person interview.
I use this mic attached to a AKORD Professional Adjustable Microphone Fold and pop filter.
This does offer a high quality sound recording but if you wanted to take things to the next level you'd probably want invest in a mic with an XLR connection and mixer combo. However if you want something easy to setup/use with a high level of recording quality then Blue Yeti is highly recommended. As a side note I've been using this for 3 years now and its still going strong!
Why Yeti and not Yeti Pro or something more intense? The truth is, no matter how good you sound through your system, the platform you utilize will downgrade the quality of your mic. For example, you may sound amazing on your own recording program but then mediocre on YouTube because it compresses your raw audio to fit within a certain khz threshold. You WILL sound better, but there's a point of diminishing returns. I think the price point of the Yeti is among the most competitive for what it offers.
•• That's nice, but how does it SOUND? ••
Amazing. It sounds amazing. Rich, warm, and robust are the words I choose. I went from using the microphone on my Logitech G35 to the Yeti. The difference is night and day. My wife's Sennheiser PC 350 mic also sounds thoroughly meh in comparison. To test, I recorded all in Audacity (free audio editing software). I've used "cheap" mics for years and years, and I just didn't think it made that much of a difference. Honestly, I was shocked how flat and robotic the gaming headset mics sounded compared to the Yeti. And keep in mind, these are $100+ headsets. However, you need to make certain considerations. Condenser mics pick up all sorts of sounds. Obviously, a room with muted acoustics is best. I don't have the best acoustics in my living room, but it still sounds awesome. I think this is largely due to my accessories that limit vibrations and movement, but it's also because of my placement (I'll go over my chosen accessories in a later section). I keep the Yeti a comfortable 6-12 inches from my face on Cardioid mode. Cardioid mode is what you'll likely use, as it captures sound from the area roughly in front of the mic.
••Speaking of Cardioid... Where Do I Speak? Into The Top? ••
You might think speaking directly into the top of the mic is correct, but you'd be dead wrong. Instead, you want the mic pointed mainly up or down (I have it down in my setup) with the side of the mic facing you. You can likely see in my picture, but there are many Youtube videos showing how to properly use the Blue Yeti. If you're at all confused, google it, and I promise you'll have it sorted without too much difficulty.
•• Setup and Accessories ••
Overall, I didn't find the setup that difficult, but I'll admit that's likely because I packaged it with most of its expensive accompaniments (RODE PSA1 Boom Arm,Blue Microphones RADIUS II Shock Mount, and Nady MPF-2 Microphone Pop Filter.
My reasoning for the gear I picked was that I didn't want to mess around with customized adapters. I wanted things that simply worked together, so I paid a premium for them. However, they're all great accessories. The RODE PSA-1 doesn't move around at all. I can shove it out of my way after using, and it's perfectly fine. It's stupid easy to install, and I'm definitely glad I didn't mess around with a cheap arm. The RADIUS II shock mount nullifies vibrations from my mechanical keyboard, rambunctious cats, and all sorts of baby rage. Yes, it's expensive, but I purchased it because I live in a place where vibrations were guaranteed. If you don't have that problem, you may not need it. The pop filter was the only area I cheaped out on, and I think I got the best of the cheapies. The Nady does not sag or move at all, installs easily, and it does its pop filtery job perfectly.
•• Tips for Setup - Settings, etc ••
If you further research this mic, you'll learn that fiddling with settings is necessary in order to make it sound great over every medium. For example, I had to do a bit of extra work in Discord because my gain settings were messed up. I was cutting in and out, even though it was being picked up flawlessly in Audacity and OBS. Speaking of Audacity, I highly recommend downloading it. You can record yourself at your leisure to understand exactly how you sound coming out of Windows.
I was watching YouTube tutorials from 2014 and 2015 that were all saying, "YOU HAVE TO TURN DOWN THE GAIN IN WINDOWS," which is done by right clicking your sound device in your task bar, choosing recording device, right clicking into properties, and changing your levels. So I turned the Windows gain down right away, and surprise surprise, I was having issues with the mic being picked up. While that may have been needed in earlier versions of Windows, I suspect it's unnecessary on Windows 10. Regardless, what I did was leave the Windows gain at 100. I reduced the gain on the microphone's physical nob to somewhere between 25-35%. That's an estimation based on position. The point is, fiddle with it until you're not BLAAAAAHRRRR fog horn loud and you're not robotic. It doesn't take much experimentation to find a happy medium. If my recommendations don't work, there are SO many educational sources within googling distance, you'll definitely find a setup that works for you.
Specifically regarding Discord, I found the best results came from disabling the "Automatically determine sensitivity." Set it manually. It'll record you with pristine accuracy.
•• Is an Equalizer Necessary? ••
I personally like the raw output of the Yeti given my particular acoustic situation, but there are free software equalizers you can use to enhance almost every facet of your sound - particularly in capturing or pushing bass. One such program is called Voicemeeter. Amazon hates links, so I'll drop a link to a YouTube tutorial in this review's comments that goes over installation and setup. The YouTube fella might be a bit... intense, but he walks you through a simple way to enhance your sound. Once you've got it installed, I recommend messing around with it. Never take someone's settings as gospel. Again, Audacity is a huge benefit here.
•• Quick Note on Price ••
Consider that the price drops frequently on different colors. I went with Space Gray because it dropped to $129.99. Shop around, and you won't have to pay $150+.
•• Conclusion ••
I love the Yeti. I did a lot of research before buying it. I made sure every piece played nicely together. When I got all the parts, I simply put them together, plugged it all in, and boom... away I went. It took a few days to get the sound exactly where I'd like, so consider that you'll be tinkering with it for a bit. Either way, it's significantly better than what I had before. If you have any questions on the setup or really about anything, please leave a comment. I'll try my best to accommodate.
Update 03/04/2018: I've had the Yeti for just under a year now. I still love it. Zero issues. The Rode boom arm I talked about earlier is the absolute champion of my setup. I couldn't recommend it more. It hasn't moved in a year, and I only have it clamp mounted, not screw mounted, onto my desk. Countless streamers I watch use it, and I keep seeing it on TV shows when people are podcasting or doing radio shows. It's literally the boom arm they use in Trish Talk in Marvel's "Daredevil", and I've seen it pop up countless other places.
05/31/2020: Rode arm literally HAS NOT MOVED in 3 years with zero adjustments. Worth its weight in gold. The Yeti still crushes, and I'm triply happy.
The recordings i did with my blue yeti had no sound captured at all !!! I looked the problem up on internet and most of the comments suggested that my mic must be defective. I became so dejected :( But i decided to look into the settings and it turned out that actually the problem was just because of a few basic settings. To summarize it:
1) I found that my laptop sets yeti as default "playback" and recording device automatically. So basically after recording i was trying to listen the recording from my laptop's speaker when actually i was supposed to listen it through a headphone plugged into yeti itself. When i did just that i found that the recordings were not soundless at all :) :) :) Phew! I am so relieved.
The recordings play fine via the computer's speaker 'after' plugging out yeti from the laptop because it again sets computer's speaker as default playback device ( and that's why it's audible from the normal computer speaker once the yeti is out).
2)Now to listen the recordings even when yeti is plugged in the computer i,
- went to computer's sound control panel
- set computer's speaker as default playback device
- AND THE PROBLEM WAS SOLVED :)
I looked up at a lot of websites but none suggested that this simple thing could be the problem :)
So If anyeone else is facing the same difficulty as me, you can try out what i did. I hope it helps:)
By the way I am super happy with the sound quality i am getting with yeti :) :)
Il en est ravi. Ce n'est pas un pro mais il est impressionné par la qualité et la sensibilité de ce produit. Il le trouve parfait.
Une fonction que mon fils apprécie particulièrement, c'est la possibilité de brancher dessus un casque pour entendre le playback pendant l'enregistrement.
Attention tout de même, il est relativement lourd et volumineux. Il sera difficile de la camoufler. Cependant, étant donné le réglage du gain et la sensibilité, il est possible de le mettre assez loin et de ne pas l'avoir au milieu.
Je le recommande (mon fils aussi).
(Si mon commentaire vous a été utile, cliquer sur le petit rectangle UTILE)
Unfortunately the ARM I PURCHASED IS THE ONE SAID "FREQUENTLY BOUGHT TOGETHER" AND EVEN IT SAYS THAT IT'S NOT SUITABLE FOR THE YETI!
This resulted in me easily overtightening the base of the arm and wrecking it. I only just went back through that documentation that indicates very clearly that it's not appropriate. Amazon should not be linking these two products.
What I can say is that the audio quality is very good considering the price you are paying and this thing has lasted very well. I've used it in a variety of situations, including for gaming as my main microphone and most recently I've mounted it to a Rode PSA1 arm attached to my desk for use for video conferencing at work also. The ability to change the pickup pattern on the microphone is extremely helpful as I've been able to position speakers behind the mic and then use it on video conferences and phone calls (softphone) without any echo at all for the other participants.
Definitely allows you to lift your audio game on a budget for pretty crisp audio with good general range across bass/mid/high frequencies without necessarily over-emphasising any particular frequency.
Of course, your mileage may vary as microphones have a way of suiting certain voices so you may want to try a few different types before committing. But if you find the Yeti suits your voice, there is no reason to hesitate in picking one up.
It is virtually impossible to find a piece of software that will record and manipulate the Surround Sound Data for a reasonable amount of money: many of the vendors offer free trials that do not work properly, and then try to sell you Studio Programs that cost hundreds. I strongly recommend a program called "Audacity"in its various forms as a starting point, simply because it actually works! Unless of course you already Sony Sound Forge and know how to smooth your recordings from stereo mikes into Dolby Surround Sound etc.
P.S. If you have a computer with Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 be prepared for a rocky road with your USB microphone acquisition data drivers. I had to re-install mine several times before I found the correct one (and do a little bit of fiddling around with the system) there is lots of help for this on the interweb. The problem was not the mike, or the drivers in the end - it was yes, you have guessed it with Microsoft Windows.
Make sure that you set ALL of the volume controls to about 10% when you start fiddling about or the Windows will blow everything. There may be some system configuration changes to make.
Great quality of sound, it beats everything I have so far.
It is very heavy, if you leave it on its own mic stand, it is absolutely stable.
High quality build.
Easy to use.
This is not really a minus for this mic, there is a PRO version with XLR port, now I am thinking about it too.
If you buy this mic, you will not regret the money, it does the job and it does it really good. If you are a streamer or YT content creator, your followers will notice the sound quality in few seconds.
Primero, el envío fue rapidísimo, puse mi orden un martes alrededor de las 0:30 horas y llegó el miércoles a las 12 pm, el envío urgente es en verdad urgente. Amazon posee récord perfecto al menos conmigo.
El producto venía bien protegido en una doble caja y llego en excelentes condiciones y en caja cerrada. Dentro viene el micrófono protegido con hielo seco de buen grosor, los cables en una bolsa de plástico y su manual muy detallado y de fácil comprensión (ojo, viene en inglés y francés únicamente).
El mic es de color negro mate y posee una solidez muy buena, es pesado y construido enteramente en metal lo cual transmite una sensación de solidez genial y de justificación de precio. Solo 2 detalles me encontré a nivel de acabado, el primero es el dial de volumen el cual se siente un poquitín suelto y el dial de modo de grabación se siente bastante duro, supongo que se aflojara con el tiempo.
Como detalle negativo, el logo cromado venia despegado pero pues cosa de una gota de pegamento y listo.
Ya una vez conectado, Windows 10 lo reconoció de inmediato y a grabar.
La calidad del sonido es increíble, se compró para un proyecto de producción de vídeos de YouTube y al fallar miserablemente con el micrófono integrado de una laptop, se optó por una solución de este tipo.
El audio es súper claro, capta la voz con todo su cuerpo y escuchas hasta el mínimo detalle. El control de ganancia es bueno aunque bastante sensitivo incluso ajustado a la mitad para mi gusto (incluso capta sonidos de patrullas a dos cuadras de mi casa). Los modos son pocos pero muy completos y funcionan como ellos dicen. La calidad de audio que emite por su salida de audio de 3.5mm es genial, permite monitorear audio en tiempo real con una fidelidad estupenda.
**OJO**, si van a hacer el gasto, les recomiendo se compren un filtro para pop en el audio, son bastante baratos y eliminan el molesto sonido del aire golpeando el micrófono cuando emiten sonidos con la letra "P" o la "S", yo compre el mic junto con uno y si se escucha la diferencia.
Estuve tentado a comprar el pro pero con este creo que me bastará por mucho tiempo, como mencione en el título, si se quiere usar para grabar canto lo más probable es que el pro sea una mejor compra pero si no te alcanza este te funcionará muy bien. Para entrevistas, podcast, YouTube, etc, Blue, se merece cada centavo de lo que vale el Yeti.
I would strongly recommend buying a pop filter if you don't have one, particularly if you're going to be close to the mic for any length of time. Whilst the quality of the mic is good, it does tend to pick up more breathy sounds or lip pops if you're not careful.
Overall, a solid mic for less than £100 - there are many out there that are far better, this is not a studio quality piece of kit, but as a starter it will serve you well until you work out if you want to make that kind of investment.