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Blue Yeti USB Microphone  

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  • 4 settings: bidirectional, omnidirectional, cardioid, stereo
  • Master volume
  • Mute button
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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

      Order this THX Certified microphone today.

       

      Yeti USB Microphone Specifications:

      • 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
       
      4.2

      (based on 19 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (12)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (3)

      70%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (9)
      • Easy to use (7)
      • Versatile (6)
      • Durable (4)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home studio (6)
        • Amateur recording (5)
        • Outdoor events / games (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (6)

        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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        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.

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        4.0

        Solid for gaming, a few minor issues.

        By K1ckingpplisfun

        from South Boston, VA

        About Me Experienced

        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 15 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 8 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.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent quality, great price

              By Da Dude Man

              from New Iberia La

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Low End
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Podcasting

                Comments about Blue Yeti USB Microphone:

                Very easy right out the box. I downloaded Audacity on my pc (free download) plugged in the yeti and was ripping through some vocal tracks in no time at all. Without any EQ at all they sounded professional like they came from a vocal booth in a high end studio. I'm very impressed.

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                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Solid mic

                By Eric

                from Toronto, ON

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events

                Comments about Blue Yeti USB Microphone:

                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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                (10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Yeti USB Microphone

                By MKdigitalStudios

                from Oklahoma, Blanchard

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Works when not broken

                Cons

                • Breaks Easily
                • Bulky/Heavy
                • No Company Support
                • Pricey / Poor Value

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Blue 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 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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