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BLUE Yeti USB Microphone   

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USB-powered mic with versatile tri-capsule design.

Create unparalleled recordings with your computer using Blue's best-selling Yeti family of USB microphones. Thanks to Blue's proprietary tri-capsule technology, Yeti microphones produce pristine, studio-quality recordings with legendary ease. And four different pattern settings offer incredible flexibility so you can record vocals, instrumental music, podcasts, audio for video, interviews, or even cryptozoology lectures in ways that would normally require multiple microphones. Whether you're recording at home, on the road, or in the Himalayas, Yeti helps you produce studio-quality recordings every time.

Total Recording Control with Yeti
Yeti features studio controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute and microphone gain—putting you in charge of every level of the recording process. If you’re experiencing distortion or feedback while recording an especially loud source—like the deafening sound of an avalanche—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—that means no more hearing a note 3 seconds after you played it. You can adjust the volume of your headphones using the control on the front of the microphone.

Innovative Design Makes Recording Easy
Yeti doesn’t mind getting pushed around—it lets you adjust and pivot the microphone in relation to the sound source, which optimizes your sound quality. Once you’ve achieved the desired angle, simply hand-tighten the set knobs to secure it in place. Yeti is a side-address microphone, so you can capture the best sound by going face-to-face with it. The microphone can also be folded down for easy portability, or removed completely from its base for mounting directly on a mic stand, or on the Radius shockmount.

Hassle-Free Setup
Simply plug Yeti into your computer's USB port with the included USB cable, calibrate it with your operating system, and you're ready to record—rain, shine, or snow. Yeti offers driver-free operation, while the Yeti Pro requires easy-to-install drivers, available from Blue.


Yeti is 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*.

FEATURES
Audio
  • Analog or digital:Digital
  • Frequency response:20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL:120 dB
  • Connectivity:USB
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule:Condenser
  • Polar pattern:Multi-pattern
  • Type:Mounted
  • Applications: Podcasting, studio
  • Diaphragm size:Small
  • Switches: Mute, volume, headphones
  • Phantom power required: No
  • Size and weight
  • Width: 4.72" 
  • Height: 11.61" 
  • Depth: 4.92" 
  • Weight: 1.2 lb.
  • Included accessories
  • Case:No
  • Clip:Built-in stand
  • Shockmount:No
  • Power supply:No

The ultimate USB mic for podcasts, interviews, dialogue and voiceovers, order Yeti today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Yeti USB Microphone

  • Microphone and Performance
    Power Required/Consumption: 5V 150mA
    Sample Rate: 48kHz
    Bit Rate: 16-bit
    Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14 mm condenser capsules
    Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo
    Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
    Sensitivity: 4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz)
    Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)

    Headphone Amplifier:
    Impedance: 16 ohms
    Power Output (RMS): 130mW
    THD: 0.009%
    Frequency Response: 15Hz-22kHz
    Signal to Noise: 100dB

    System Requirements
    PC: Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional
    USB 1.1/2.0; 64MB RAM (minimum)
    Macintosh: Mac OSX ( 10.4.11 or higher), USB 1.1/2.0, 64MB RAM (minimum)

    Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72" (12 cm) x 4.92"(12.5 cm) x 11.61" (29.5 cm)
    Weight (microphone): 1.2 lb. (.55 kg)
    Weight (stand): 2.2 lb. (1 kg)
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BLUEYeti USB Microphone
 
4.3

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (16)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Novice (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid mic

This is a solid, well-performing condenser mic at a very reasonable price. Its character is very clear, balanced, detailed and open, maybe not so defined in the low end, but excellent for...Read complete review

This is a solid, well-performing condenser mic at a very reasonable price. Its character is very clear, balanced, detailed and open, maybe not so defined in the low end, but excellent for anything that lives in the midrange. It's obviously geared more towards vocal recording, which makes it ideal for singer/songwriter types, podcasters, etc.

The different patterns (cardiod, bi-directional, stereo, omni-directional) make the Yeti a very versatile mic. It does just as well on a single person as it does handling an entire room, or two people at once. It also lets you pull in room ambiance on a recording without needing a second mic or dealing with phasing issues. This is a great feature and really does not seem to impact the quality of the audio in any noticeable way.

If there is one thing I would say brings the Yeti down, it's the USB-only interface. While it does sound good, you can't use it with a separate audio interface and its own preamps, and it's limited to 44.1 khz. This means it's "what you see is what you get", which is both good and bad. If you are into more serious recording and already have an interface, there are other mics out there that would do the job better in my opinion. But, on the other hand, not having to have an interface is definitely an upside in certain situations. Obviously that's one way they justify charing extra for the pro model. Just be aware of your needs when buying anything.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Yeti USB Microphone

Bought the Yeti because I thought it would make a good home studio mic. Did not last a month becuse the USB input broke. Emailed the company 3 times with no support or...Read complete review

Bought the Yeti because I thought it would make a good home studio mic. Did not last a month becuse the USB input broke. Emailed the company 3 times with no support or help. Don't purchase this product because company will not fixed the bad design flaws in USB. The USB mount breaks off easy from the internal the chip board. I have several USB mics and this is the worst design I have every seen. There is no strain relief and any pressure will cause the USB to come loose and break inside.

Reviewed by 27 customers

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4.0

Great general purpose microphone

By Bernard

from Lamorinda, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

    Bought as a general purpose, simple setup, versatile microphone. Presently using to capture acoustic guitar ideas on an old Inspiron 1525 running Windows 10....basically plug and play. But this thing has many other uses. I am a little concerned, as mentioned by another reviewer, about the rather wimpy mini-USB connector on the bottom and lack of any strain-relief. Overall I am quite pleased!

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    4.0

    Great sound. Great Price

    By Teisha Marie

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

    This mic is great for home demos! Clients often comment on the stellar sound quality of my sketches/demos. I haven't tested out all of the recording options yet, but this mic is a great investment for the home studio. My only gripe is that this microphone doesn't come with a case for travel.

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    5.0

    Great buy on sale!!!!

    By Lynn

    from Louisiana

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

      I purchased this for my nephew for Christmas. It just came in a week ago. He loves it. Originally asked for the Blue Snowball, but this one was on sale for a fraction above the snowball & he can do a lot more with it versus the snowball. Good weight & sturdy. Definitely would purchase again.

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      5.0

      Worth the buy

      By NigNog

      from Lewiston, Maine

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

      I didn't think it would work because I had the blue snowball and it didn't work on Windows 8 or USB 3.0. This microphone I did not have a problem with. The sound quality is unreal for the price of the microphone. 4 settings make it easier to record in different settings or uses.

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      3.0

      here we go...

      By utakia

      from Queensland, Australia

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • The Product Is Amazing

      Cons

      • Late Arrival
      • Payment Went Through Late

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Skyping

      Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

      The product is amazing, I love it. I just don't like how the payment didn't go through until AFTER I received the product (which was late) so it left me in debt with the bank. Work on that please.

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      5.0

      Great for speaking

      By Annette

      from Bronx, N.Y.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

      Someone in another review said humorously: "I instantly sounded like Barry White". Kinda says it. This mic has a great bassy tone. I'm still working on getting it right on the musical end. I do both speaking and singing videos. On the speaking end, it's excellent. Rich tone that toweres over my webcam mic. But for singing, I don't know yet. I have a Zoom H2n and the options for sound (particularly the MS 4 channel option) allow for a wider stereo sound which is what I like. Anyhow, I can definitely recommend this mic for speaking. Had a clicking sound problem initially (even on the lowest volume) but found out it was my Logitech C310 webcam software. No click anywhere else. Not in Audacity, Cool Edit pro or when I captured video using Vegas Pro's capture and Windows Movie Maker software for capturing. So, if you get a click, try another software.
      Oh yeah, a tip: set your system volume way down at first to see what's good for you. The mic has it's own volume nob, not only for the headset monitoring, but for input into your system so you can adjust your input volume from the mic. I actually have my system volume for the Yeti at 1/3 volume and the Yeti mic nob all the way down and I get ample sound. Got that tip from Youtube about keeping the Yeti volume all the way down. The kid said it reduces room noise. He was right.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great and Easy

      By D from KS

      from Kansas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

        I've never really taken much time to "record" myself although I've had the chance to record in a profesional studio. I wanted something easy to use to record myself at home on Mac using Garage Band. This mic worked perfectly and within minutes I was recording tracks!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Blue Yeti USB

        By Andy

        from Jamestown, ND

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

        I bought this mic for a little at home EP im working on with acoustic guitar and some bongo/conga drums and so far its doing its job wonderfully. i have yet to try and dial it into any distorted guitar or any amplified instruments really so that should be a new adventure soon enough.
        Bottom Line: Good mic for a good price.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Solid for gaming, a few minor issues.

        By K1ckingpplisfun

        from Richmond, VA

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Ease of Use
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • A Little Too Sensitive

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Gaming
        • Home Studio

        Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

        I bought this mic for my home studio which is still being built. Anyway, I've mostly used this mic while gaming, and I appear to always have the best sound quality on the server(not surprising, really). I have yet to do a proper recording with it, but from my experience with this mic so far, it picks up sound pretty well, with no need for an audio interface. On the other hand, with a growing studio, I anticipate outgrowing this mic and getting something with XLR support when I finally need an audio interface.

        The headphone amplifier works pretty well, although admittedly it's not in the best place to avoid accidentally unplugging it. I've heard some complaints about the USB cable, but have had no issues so far, deliberately giving the cable a little bit of slack to avoid any potential stress on the connector.

        Now, I have a couple critiques with the design, but they are by no means deal breakers. First, the "mute" button isn't as sensitive as it should be, sometimes taking a few presses to switch between on and off modes. Second, the gain on the mic seems almost like an unnecessary feature for most purposes, as anything above 1/4 turn of the knob makes the mic pick up literally everything(on servers when I've had my gain above that, I've heard people complaining that it sounded like I was blowing into my mic when it was my computer's fan, and even the lightest of touches with anything on my desk would make a very loud sound). Thirdly, the base of the microphone could be wider and have a little more space for the microphone to tilt, as the usb cable gets in the way with some configurations.

        So, I would recommend this to a friend, but I would also recommend that they get a pop filter and a boom stand with a shock mount for optimal sound quality.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Home Studio (bedroom) Microphone

        By ConsaniT

        from Houghton Lake, Michigan

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Stores Easily
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Sensitive

        Best Uses

        • A Cappella Recording
        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

        I really enjoy this microphone. Yes it's heavier than I thought it would be. IT IS COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS 8. I'm a gospel singer and use this as a recording mic for my voice. It is a little touchy when it comes to the gain and everything. If you are using a program to record with that has a gain feature make sure to turn that ALL THE WAY TO ZERO!!! Just use the microphone gain control. I just recently had latency issues but that was my computer (I HOPE) I got that fixed (I HOPE)!!! Overall this is an excellent microphone very easy to use it's just PLUG AND PLAY/RECORD. One thing that i had to do though is go into the sound settings in my computer and disable the audio jack on the microphone (you can plug headphones into the bottom of the microphone and listen to your voice I personally cant stand that) I just plug the mic into the computer record and play back it makes it much easier for me. If you have the 3.0 USB plug on your computer I suggest plugging this microphone into that USB port (much better audio not very noticeable but still better) Prior to having this microphone I would have to go to my church and record using their sound board that could plug into a USB port on my computer (big pain in the butt) and i didn't get good sound quality now I have much better sound quality and I can record and get my recordings done MUCH FASTER. Overall best (however much it is priced for because they wont let me put how much I paid for it in the review) I've ever spent.

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