The Blue Yeti microphone has 4 recording modes to suit needs on sound source and purpose of recording. Yeti is a condenser based microphone ideal for studio recordings.
May not be perfect fit to transport while recording outdoors because of its size( 12 inch tall, diameter 3 inches) & weight ( one and a half kg) including stand.
Captures very little ambient noise when recording single person podcast or interview. Ideal for YouTube video creators who shoot indoor, yeti comes with 2 year warranty. Overall good value for money.
After i bought Blue Yeti USB Microphone in January 2015 i realized the difference it created to my recordings. I am listing down every reason that makes me believe that Blue Yeti USB microphone is the best value for money.
Blue Yeti is condenser based microphone, which makes it ideal for studio recordings. It has 4 recording modes that suits almost every aspect of voice recording.
Let’s talk about each aspect of the Microphone:
Body: Microphone has a solid mesh on the top, Stand has rubber grooves at the bottom that provide is firmness on the table. Both stand and microphone make up a weight of one and a half kilograms.
Screws at the corner make it easy to bend the microphone, one may loosen the screws to put it on stand. You may buy radius, which is Yeti’s custom shock mount sold separately.
Inside the box: Apart from microphone you also get a 3 meter long USB cable, I find the quality of the cable to be good. One end of the cable gets into microphone and other end into the USB port of desktop or laptop.
Getting started: Yeti is plug and play – no separate settings are required, no drivers to be installed. Simply load your recording software, Plug USB cable and get going on recording.
Front of the microphone has Yeti logo, Mute button ( Red light blinks in mute mode) and volume knob. This volume knob is to hear your own voice using headphone, useful to monitor latency.
Back of the microphone: Gain control knob – Ideally keep this centered, you may increase or reduce it depending upon the desired level of sensitivity.
Pattern selector knob: This is the most important function, it’s important to select the right mode basis your recording need.
Below the microphone: You have standard thread mount there, if you want to mount it on mic stand. Besides that is the headphone jack and usb port.
Getting good understanding of each of the recording mode will help both a new user and an existing user. Let’s talk about each of these 4 modes.
- Stereo: Ideal for recording vocals, choir or instruments. If sound source is towards the center then equal amounts of sound will be heard from both channels. If you need greater amount of sound from left or right side then move the sound source towards that direction.
If you wish to record from one direction only or from all directions, then choose from other modes.
- Cardioid: This is the most used mode of Yeti, Many YouTube video creators use it. This mode records sound only from front of the mic, very little sound is captured from other 3 sides. I use this mode to record tutorials. It is ideal for one person podcast, Voiceover or for recording vocals.
This mode picks up very little background or ambient sound.
- Omnidirectional: As the name suggests- sound gets recorded from all directions. This mode is ideal for recording choir performance, band performance, group meetings,or conference calls. Any reason you may find microphone to be placed in the center and sound source is coming from all directions.
This mode picks up ambient sound.
- Bidirectional mode: This mode picks up sound from front and rear of the microphone, while sound from the sides is rejected. This works best for recording interviews, two people podcast, vocal duets or any other reason where recording source is opposite to each other.
This mode picks up some background noise but less than omnidirectional mode.
Tips to get best out of Blue Yeti:
- Distance between microphone and recording source: I will suggest you to keep it between 7 to 10 inches.
- Speaking direction: It records from a direction perpendicular to the source. If you face the top of the microphone to the source, you are certainly doing that wrong.
- Selecting the right mode: Test the recording output basis the need, like for recording tutorials cardioid is the mode to go for.
- Portable sound booth: This definitely helps remove extra noise and get better results even at your small office or home office, You may buy one for your Blue Yeti.
Blue Yeti comes with a 2 year warranty, so keep the invoice saved with you.
I wish you good recording success with Blue Yeti, should you still have any doubts about how to best use it or some clarity in the features is sought. Please feel free to write back to me, i will be more than happy to help.