Now, out of all of the things that I have reviewed so far,none of them has been as prominent and as ‘ancient’ as the Blue Yeti. Yet again and again, it is praised as one of the best microphones for around £100. Here is my review after 1 year of use.
The microphone has 4 recording modes: Stereo, Cardioid, Bidirectional, and omnidirectional microphone for recording. Stereo records audio from every direction, which is good for picking up audio from all around the room, and with that, picks up unwanted audio.
Cardioid is good for for podcasts and voiceovers since it picks up audio only in front of the microphone. Bidirectional records audio from in front and behind the microphone. Suitable for interviews.
Now, I’m sure you know of the Blue Yeti, but is it still worth buying as a starter microphone to YouTube for example? Simple answer, yes. The reason to this is because it is an established brand. Meaning that it will stay that way for time to come. At £99, this microphone still produces crisp audio even for today’s standards.
The microphone comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can monitor your sound straight from the microphone with zero lag. At the front of the microphone there is a mute switch, and volume control for the monitors. Next to the headphone jack, you will find a mini USB port for powering the Blue yeti. The microphone is very well built, and is predominantly made of premium materials like aluminium.
However, purchasing a pop filter of any sort will help the microphone pick up less background noise, so it is highly suggested that you purchase that too with the microphone.
Pricing And Availability
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- Digital Audio Diffusion:Yes
- Stereo Sound: Yes
- Noise-Cancelling Microphone: Yes
- Frequency Response: 20 – 20000 Hz
- Interface: USB
- Mac/PC PC/Mac
- Skype compatible: Yes
- Skype certified: Yes
- Weight: Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72″ (12cm) x 4.92″(12.5cm) x 11.61″(29.5cm)
- Weight (microphone): 1.2 lbs (.55 kg)
- Weight (stand): 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
Now, the sound it records is fantastic for the price. As said before, it produces crisp, clear audio, and when paired with something like Audacity, you will get some fantastic results. Out of the box, however, the microphone does pick up slightly too much background noise for my liking. Although, why you may have never seen many complain about that is because that can easily be edited out in a program like audacity very easily. However, this is probably my biggest gripe with this product.
The four recording modes and customisation I found to be very useful. I liked being able to easily switch recording modes depending on the situation. I found myself mostly using Cardioid, but obviously your preferences vary.
Pros And Cons
- Amazing sound for the price
- Well built
- Good customisation of sound
- Too much background sound
In the end, I’ve found the Blue Yeti to be an excellent USB microphone for those who are serious about recording quality audio from their PC or Mac computer. The build quality, features, and performance are exceptional for the sub-£100 price tag and provide great value.
If you’re looking to capture higher audio resolutions or want to use an XLR output then you’ll need to spend the extra money on Blue’s Yeti Pro, but for most consumers the standard Yeti model will be more than enough. I am satisfied with my purchase of the Blue Yeti and I would recommend it to any potential buyers as it is likely the best candidate at this price-point.