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Blue Yeti USB Microphone - Silver
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- Tri-capsule array - 3 condesner capsules can record almost any situation
- Multiple pattern selection - cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo
- 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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Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone
Create unparalleled recordings directly in your computer with Blue Microphone's Yeti USB Microphone. The Yeti uses Blue Microphone's proprietary tri-capsule technology to produce pristine, studio-quality recordings. It features four different pattern settings so you can record vocals, instrumental music, podcasts, or interviews in ways that would normally require multiple microphones. With simple controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, and microphone gain, you'll be creating exceptional recordings right out of the box.
- The ultimate professional USB microphone
- Tri-capsule array - 3 condenser capsules can record almost any situation
- Multiple pattern selection - cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo
- Gain control, mute button, zero-latency headphone output
- Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, field recordings, conference calls
- Plug 'n play - Mac and PC compatible
- Unique positionable design
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.
Control Your Recording in Real-Time
With its controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, and microphone gain, the Yeti puts you in charge of every level of the recording process. If you are experiencing distortion or feedback while recording an especially loud source, simply adjust the microphone's sensitivity with the gain control. Or, if you want to take a break in the middle of a podcast, use the instant mute button.
The microphone comes equipped with a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack and allows you to listen to what you're recording in real-time, without latency delays. You can adjust the volume of your headphones using a control on the front of the microphone.
Innovative Design Makes Recording Easy
The Yeti features a visual design inspired by classic recording equipment--a stylish, retro aesthetic that will complement any computer system. Its metal grille and shiny frame recall the look of old-timey microphones.
Because it's built on a hinge, you can adjust and pivot the microphone in relation to the sound source, improving sound quality. Once you have it at a desired angle, you can use the set screws to secure it in place. The microphone can also be folded down for easy portability, or removed completely from its base for field recordings.
- Capsules: condenser, pressure gradient
- Polar Patterns: cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, stereo
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
- Sample Rate: 48kHz
- Bit Rate: 16bit
- Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)
What's in the Box
Microphone, adjustable stand, USB cable and instructions.
Blue Microphone's Yeti requires no complicated drivers to operate—simply plug it into your computer's USB port with the included USB cable, calibrate it with your operating system, and you're ready to record.
Yeti USB Microphone is backed by a two-year limited warranty.
PC: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional, USB 1.1/2.0, 64 MB RAM (minimum).
Macintosh: Mac OSX (10.4.11 or higher), USB 1.1/2.0, 64 MB RAM (minimum).
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|Color options||Whiteout, Silver, Platinum, Blackout||Black|
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|Maximum recording resolution||48 kHz/16-bit||192 kHz/24-bit|
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Top Customer Reviews
Number one, I had to ship the first one back because one of the screws that holds the microphone into place was stripped out. This is not anyone's fault however it shows a possible cheapness in the product quality. Metal screws would not have stripped as easily as these screws. Otherwise the product is definitely sturdy and feels like it's a quality product. It has a nice weight to it and a really nice look to it. I do wish that the microphone had a mute button without a light on it. It actually is a bit confusing as to whether or not the mic is muted because you a red light would make you think it's muted -- not with this mic. It is not muted unless the light is blinking. Also, I really don't want another LED shining at my face while I work.
Number two, the microphone itself sometimes has a hard time connecting with my iMac. Every once in a while the microphone will show up in my sound settings but it will not have any audio coming into the computer. I searched some internet forums and this is not uncommon. One workaround I have found is to open up my sound settings and leave them open - this seems to keep the mic working.
Finally we can talk about the good and what should matter most when you are purchasing an expensive USB microphone and that is the sound quality -- it's excellent. If you are streaming a podcast or recording scratch audio for video production like I use it for, this microphone is really great. It has a great clarity that you would expect from a much more expensive microphone. I actually attended an SNL video editing workshop and the editor from Saturday Night Live said that there's been many occasions where the voiceover used in the spots they air on television were recorded at the editing station using this microphone.
I definitely recommend getting this if you can afford it and you're looking for ways to improve your sound quality in a convenient package.
Another tip, I use this mic while on FaceTime and phone calls from my computer and it sounds really nice and much better than the built in computer mic.
It's easy to set up, merely connect the included cable into both the microphone and usb port on your PC. The instructions are very clear and briefly describes the different modes the microphone has. What I really like about it is that it also tells you what the different modes are recommended for. the "omni-directional" mode is recommended for instrumental recording, or group singing, etc etc. It is very friendly towards beginners, especially me since this is my first dedicated microphone.
Since you now have a dedicated microphone, why need your gaming headset right? The microphone even has a headphone jack so you can throw away that $100 headset and use your apple earbuds or whatever 3.5mm earphone you use. On the front of the microphone there is a dedicated volume knob and a mute button that flashes red, indicating that it is muted. On the back there is the knob for switching between the different modes the microphone can be as well as a knob to turn up or down how loud the microphone projects the sound it records. "Gains" is what the knob is labeled.
Microphone itself is very well made. Heavy steel (I think its steel?) as a base and a lighter, but still metal body. There are knobs for you to adjust the angle of the microphone, or even unscrew the base so that you can mount on an elevated mount.
The quality of the microphone is superb. It pretty much picks up everything. From mechanical keyboard clicks to you swallowing just a bit loudly. Very very excellent.
So in all, was the 130ish dollars I spent on the product worth it? Yes. Considering how well the microphone sounds and the fact that I will be using this when I stream on twitch and record commentary for youtube videos, I feel like this is a very good investment this should probably last me for a couple of years.