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Blue Yeti USB Microphone  

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The Yeti is one of the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphones available anywhere. Combining 3 capsules and 4 different pattern set...Read More

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This versatile USB mic has 3 condenser capsules and 4 polar pattern settings.

The Yeti is one of the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphones available anywhere. Combining 3 capsules and 4 different pattern settings, the Yeti is an ultimate tool for creating amazing recordings, directly to your computer. With exceptional sound and performance, the Yeti can capture anything with clarity & ease unheard of in a USB microphone.

The Yeti features Blue's innovative triple capsule array, allowing for recording in stereo or your choice of three unique patterns, including cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional, giving you recording capabilities usually requiring multiple microphones.

The Yeti utilizes a high quality analog-to-digital converter to send incredible audio fidelity directly into your computer, a built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and simple controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, and microphone gain located directly on the microphone. There are no drivers to install - simply plug the Yeti into your PC or Mac, load up your favorite recording software, and record something amazing.

FEATURES
  • 4 settings: bidirectional, omnidirectional, cardioid, stereo
  • Master volume
  • Mute button
  • Proprietary tri-capsule array
  • Mic gain control
  • Zero-latency headphone output with amplifier & volume control
  • USB mini jack
  • Standard threaded mic stand mount

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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 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (3)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (11)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Microphone

I got the Blue Yeti yesterday for my 19th birthday and was playing around with it today. It is amazing. It picks up everything. Past microphones I used for demos couldn't pick up...Read complete review

I got the Blue Yeti yesterday for my 19th birthday and was playing around with it today. It is amazing. It picks up everything. Past microphones I used for demos couldn't pick up anything unless I was a few inches away from it, but then if I sang above a whisper it would distort and crackle. With the blue yeti, I can just put it in the middle of my recording space and play. It sounds great. It has four settings for recording. My favorite is the stereo setting because it has a great true echo to it that makes it sound like you're in the room. Very professional sounding. It's official: this is the microphone I'm using for my final recordings for my band's new record. It's terrific. And when considering it's less that two hundred dollars, it's a steal.

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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.

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5.0

Great for speaking

By intanet

from New York

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        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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        5.0

        Great and Easy

        By DX from KS

        from Salina, KS

        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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          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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          4.0

          Solid for gaming, a few minor issues.

          By K1ckingpplisfun

          from Richmond, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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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          (1 of 1 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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          (1 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Good mic, horrible software.

          By Terry

          from Shidler OK

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • It's Useless

          Comments about Blue Yeti USB Microphone:

          Looking at the price and all the features that it comes with, this would be an amateur artist's dream come true. However, it turns into more of a nightmare once you reach past the point of returning the thing.
          After ever so long, the software turns corrupt and Blue do not offer a fix for this problem. From one amateur musician to another, DON'T BUY THIS MIC.
          I am serious, it is the worst piece of equipment I've ever seen. If you plug it into your computer and see that the OS is searching for device driver software, it just means it will never work again.
          It will record but when you play it back it is extremely distorted like when you put an old cassette player on fast forward.
          This is the last product I'll ever buy from Blue.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Skype

          By Jim

          from Richmond, Kentucky

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • none
          • There Are No Cons To This

          Best Uses

          • Events

          Comments about Blue Yeti USB Microphone:

          we used this microphone and Skype to present an award to a soldier in Afghanistan with about 120 people in attendance and audio quality was great. he could everything going in the room for the "Night of Distinguished Professionals" at Eastern Kentucky University Law Enforcement. This event was carried live on TV and the internet.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great mic for home recording

          By Daveocity

          from Las Vegas, NV

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Blue Yeti USB Microphone:

            I have had this mic for over 2 years now. I get daily use out of it, not only as a home recording microphone, but I'm on Skype constantly, so people constantly talk about how clearly they can hear me (and I don't have to use a headset).

            The mic sounds clear and crisp - great for recording. My only complaint is that the mini-USB port is prone to break if the cord gets pulled too many times.

            But perhaps the best thing I have to say about this mic is that it comes with a 2-year warranty and Blue has STELLAR customer service. I had owned the mic for a week shy of 2 years. I didn't even have the receipt anymore, so when that pesky USB port broke, I called Guitar Center and they were able to find the receipt number. I provided that for Blue customer service and that was all they needed. I sent the mic back to them and they had a replacement to me within a week. They were in constant contact with me to let me know the status of the repair - I have seldom had such a positive experience with any customer service dept.

            Not only is this a good mic, especially for the price, but my experience with Blue's customer service convinced me that the next XLR mics I buy are going to be Blue also.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great mic for it's price.

            By VA64

            from Detroit, MI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Good sound

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blue Yeti USB Microphone:

            This is a great USB mic for it's price. I record more heavy music and record things like vocal screams. If you do record anything louder than singing that I highly suggest a pop filter because you'll hear a lot of static and distortion. Any pop filter will do, you don't need to company's pop filter as it's a lot more expensive than other standard pop filters. But overall it is a great mic and has a lot of uses. The only down side is that it's a little big compared to other USB mics. But besides that it is great and has a lot of built-in functions directly on the mic. Great with use for Logic and Garageband.

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            (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Poor Volume, Distortion, Awful

            By MH29

            from Chicago

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blue Yeti USB Microphone:

                This USB mic is awful. It distorts constantly and has poor volume levels. Do not buy this mic. Spend a little extra money and get something that is reliable.

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