Blue Microphones Yeti Review

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

It’s BIG, and compared to other USB microphones, the BLUE Yeti has a pretty big sound. The Yeti’s THX-certified sound quality, gain control and multiple recording modes make it a good choice for digital recording think podcast).  Including the stand, the Yeti weighs in at 3.5 pounds and about a foot high (from stand base to the top of the microphone) and looks like its name.  It’s not being marketed as sleek and portable but at $100(ish) it simply gets the job done and does not disappoint in sound quality and capture flexibility.

Blue Yeti ReviewNow, if you’re not in the market for a super-sized microphone, this unit may not be for you.  But if you’re in the market for something that offers depth and detail, something that looks and sounds humongous, then the Yeti may win your heart.

The features include headphone monitoring with no latency whatsoever, headphone volume control, and a mute button.  You can control the Yeti’s gain with knobs on the back of the microphone, and right below that is a multi-pattern selector to switch between four recording modes, a feature which capitalizes on Blue’s triple capsule array. The omnidirectional polar pattern mode picks up sound from all directions.  The cardioid pattern mode picks up sound from the front source and blocks or minimizes sound from the sides and back. The bidirectional figure 8 mode picks up sound from the front and back.  AND there’s also a stereo mode!

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The Yeti’s claim to fame is its incredible audio fidelity, utilizing a state-of-the-art analog-to-digital converter to send the best possible sound quality directly into your computer.  That feature alone has earned Yeti the distinction of being the first THX-certified microphone.

Blue microphones yeti recording modes 2 Blue microphones yeti recording modesThe Yeti comes with a futuristic-looking microphone mount and a two year warranty in case one of those uncharacteristically flimsy knobs happens to come off.  All in all, the Yeti’s a pretty solid piece of sound equipment.

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System Requirements

  • PC: 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)