Blue Yeti Microphone Review – Setting it Up & Everything You Need to Know

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What more could there be to add to your gaming arsenal? A pair of blue light blocking shades for your eyes? Perhaps a more ergonomic desk? Or maybe a new microphone because people keep complaining how bad you sound.

Enter the world of crisp, digital, vocal madness because today I’m going to be talking about my Blue Yeti Microphone Review!

It’s a very beloved mic of mine that has been right by my side for over 4 years now! Time sure flies…

I’m going to be going over everything I can think of to help you ask the ultimate question of “Should I really be spending my money on this?” and have you contemplate your whole life on buying this mic or not!

Oh and as always, it will be a journey alright! From the shaft all the way to the top, within the hidden crevices and caves there are to explore.

We will be looking deep into the soul of this microphone and find out what it’s capable of. Let me already tell you, that the potential is definitely something else, but only the chosen one (YOU) can be the one to harness it’s full potential.

You know what they say… “Knowledge is power.” -Francis Bacon.

So start soakin’ it up!

Let’s Get Right to it!

Product: Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Silver

Price: Click here for current pricing on Amazon.

My Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Genius Stars

Bright 4.5 Star

Specifications:

  • Recording Modes: Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional, and Stereo
  • Other Perks: Zero-Latency Headphone Monitoring, Mute Button, and Adjustable Mic Gain.
  • Recording Sample Rates: 16bit / 48kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 120dB
  • Mounting Compatibility (Options): Desktop, Shockmount, Boom Arm, and Mic Stands
  • Output: USB
  • Supported USB Types: 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0.
  • USB Cable Length: Roughly 3 meters or almost 10 feet.
  • Removable Stand Weight: 2.2lbs
  • Microphone Weight: 1.2lbs
  • Capsules: 3 condenser capsules
  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. MacOS 10.10+.
  • Uses: Podcasting, online gaming, streaming, voice chatting/calls, music recording, and voice-overs.

Don’t Drop it!

Seriously, don’t drop it (I have dropped it before… oops, luckily it still works)! This microphone is built like a tank and therefore it is pretty heavy.

Although it’s sturdy with high quality materials, it can suffer damage due to it’s size. “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” -Bob Fitzsimmons.

There are a lot of different colors you can get this mic in. I personally got mine in silver color. There is a headphone jack that you can plug your headphones in.

In addition, there’s an adjustable volume button for cranking the headphone volume the way you need it! Very accessible and convenient might I say!

You’ll notice that this mic gives you live feedback on your voice because you can hear your own voice if you are using the headphone jack on the Blue Yeti.

There’s also a mute button on the front of the microphone. I rarely have issues with it, but occasionally the mute button doesn’t respond and requires an additional push.

The mute button will begin blinking if the microphone is being muted and it will be solid red if it isn’t muted.

How Does That Sound?

This mic sounds great, but it can sound bad if you don’t have it set up correctly. So I will be going over some settings built into the mic and how to properly config them.

I will also leave some external audio mixer related tips towards the end if you are serious about how the mic sounds, but this is more for advanced users.

  1. You forgot the tip!
    1. The Blue Yeti hears sound from the sides and not the top of the mic, so it’s a bad idea to tilt the mic at all.
    2. So make sure the Blue Yeti mic is sitting straight up. Just remember that military posture is good!
  2. Use the correct mode
    1. As shown in the different recording modes within the specifications tab above, there are 4 different recording modes built as a knob on the back of the mic.
    2. Stereo (Symbol looks like two intersecting circles): Great for vocals, instruments and choirs.
    3. Cardioid (Looks like a sideways heart): Excellent setting for gaming, podcasts, voice-overs, vocals, and instruments.
    4. Omnidirectional (Is the circle symbol): Good for conference calls, field type of recordings, events, and orchestras.
    5. Bidirectional (Looks like the infinity symbol or a sideways eight): Great for one on one interviews, vocal duets, and instruments.
    6. Make sure the knob is on whichever setting best suits you! I tend to use Cardioid Mode the most.
  3. Enough is enough!
    1. There is an adjustable gain knob on the back of your mic as well.
    2. Don’t set this too high or your mic will pick up on every little sound.
    3. Don’t set this setting too low or your mic won’t pick up very much sound and others might find it difficult to hear you.
    4. Find the right balance between too high and too low of a gain.
  4. Distance the Mic Based on Preferences
    1. It’s normal for your voice to have more bass the closer you get to the mic.
    2. But if you want a clearer voice be further from the microphone.
    3. Choose whatever works best for you.
  5. Additional Options For Advanced Mic Users (Skip this step unless you want your mic to sound the best and you know what you are doing).
    1. Even out of the box without installing any drivers, this Blue Yeti microphone sounds amazing.
    2. But if you are serious about how good your microphone sounds you will want to get an audio mixer to make it sound even better.
    3. There are virtual and physical audio mixers you can get your hands on, but beware, you must know what you are doing to use these.
    4. These are for advanced microphone users, so do any necessary research to simplify the process.
    5. If I were to recommend a virtual audio mixer though as a valuable resource that you can utilize, I would recommend the VOICEMEETER Virtual Audio Mixer.
    6. This software won’t work unless you have virtual audio cables too, which can also be found on that site.
    7. In addition, you need to configure the software correctly for it to work and to have the correct input sounds.

The Good & The Bad!

Pros:

  • Potential levels are skyrocketing.
  • High quality and strong exterior.
  • High quality sound.
  • Long lasting (As of writing this post, I’ve had this mic for over 4 years and it still works).
  • 2 year warranty.
  • Built-in headphone jack.
  • On-the-fly adjustable headphone volume built on the mic.
  • You can hear your own voice in real-time while wearing headphones connected to the mic.
  • Comes with a stand.
  • Removable mount.
  • Connects to your computer via USB.
  • Instant mute/unmute button.
  • Heavy stand (2.2lbs) + mic (1.2lbs) = less of a chance of the microphone from tipping over.
  • Different recording mode switches built on the mic to get the best out of it for different sound types and directions.
  • Adjustable “gain” on-the-fly.
  • Foam on the bottom of stand to prevent it from scratching or sliding on your desk.
  • Compatible with multiple operating systems.
  • Compatible with multiple USB’s.

Cons:

  • Can be a bit confusing to get the most out of this mics sound, unless you know what you are doing.
  • Very rare, but sometimes my mute button doesn’t unmute or mute on a single press and takes another press.
  • Difficult to attach certain types of pop filters on the stand that the microphone comes with.
  • Some pop filters may scratch the microphones exterior (if it isn’t attached with proper precautions).
  • Doesn’t come with a pop filter unless you buy it as a bundle or purchase it separately.
  • The stand the mic comes with can’t be adjusted when it comes to different heights.
  • However, the stand it comes with can be rotated in different directions (although it isn’t recommended because it can affect the quality of the sound because the Blue Yeti is meant to be pointed completely straight up).

So What’s Up?

I’ll tell you what’s up! I think this mic is one of the best mics I’ve gotten for my money. It’s packed full of features, it’s high quality in sound and design, and it has nearly everything I could ask for in a mic.

Just be careful what kind of pop filter you get. You will definitely want to get a pop filter to maximize the sound quality of your mic.

When you speak it often causes puffs of air to come out with certain words and it causes a pop sound in the mic which can be irritating to listen to for other users. Pop filters also protect your microphone from moisture and saliva damage.

So while I said the solution for fixing this would be to get a pop filter, it can unfortunately be difficult to attach a pop filter with an arm that latches on to the mic’s stand.

It can even cause exterior scratches, dents and damage, unless you put a piece of rubber in between the clamps gripping onto the side of the mics stand.

I’m not saying you can’t get a pop filter with an arm and a clamp attached to the end of it, but what I’m saying is that it’s probably a better idea to get a sponge/foam pop filter.

A foam pop filter can easily be attached to the mic, it’s a great pop filter, and it can prevent moisture damage too. Click here for current pricing on Amazon for an inexpensive and high quality sponge/foam pop filter.

I think that covers everything that I wanted you to know for now! Remember, it’s alright to ask questions and leave comments down below. I’d be more than happy to answer any regards you have in relation to this post.

Happy gaming!

Austin

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