Thursday, May 6, 2021

Blue Yeti USB Microphone Review

In this Blue Yeti Review I will cover some of the key features and functionality of the World's #1 USB Microphone. I've been creating video content for my YouTube channel for many years now.

Most of my videos are tutorial and review videos of products and services that I use. In many of these videos, I do a voice-over and have used many different headsets to record my audio.

For most part, I've used the Logitech USB Headset which has worked pretty well for me. However, it was time for me to create better quality audio and so I researched many different USB microphones and headsets.

My research finally led me to buy the Blue Yeti USB Microphone. I've had it since February 2021 and have been testing it for these past few months.

In this blog post, I will share my honest opinion and experience using the professional mic. You can check my brief video review below, of the Blue Yeti in which I recorded my voice-over using this USB mic.

First of all, it's a very solid mic, built with quality material and craftsmanship. It's very sturdy and has a relatively heavy base and a foam padding at the bottom to absorb vibrations.

Secondly, I found the Blue Yeti very simple to set up. It's pretty much plug and play without any additional software or drivers to install. It's designed to work on Window and Mac computers. I'm personally using it on a Windows 10 machine.

Thirdly, it has several audio settings called pick up patterns. There are 4 pick up patterns which allow you to adjust the audio for various types of recording. I will cover these pick up patters in more detail in the section below.


(1) the CARDIOID mode works best for podcasting, Twitch streaming, music recording, instruments and voice-overs;

(2) the BI-DIRECTIONAL mode records from both, the front and back, of the microphone. This mode is great for recording a duet or a two-person interview;

(3) the OMNI-DIRECTIONAL mode picks up sound equally from all around the mic. This setting works best, for recording a live band performance, a multi-person podcast, or a conference call;

(4) and finally, the STEREO mode uses both the left and right channels to capture a wide realistic sound image which works best for recording an acoustic guitar or choir.


Blue Yeti USB Microphone
The Blue Yeti also comes with a built-in headphone 3.5 mm output jack to which you can connect an external headset. This can come very handy for instant playback.

It also has a volume control nob which enables you to control the volume of the external headset.

There is also a mute button on the front of the mic, which is very useful when you need to mute and unmute the mic during a conversation or meeting. When muted, the red LED light will blink.


Overall, based on my own experience using the Blue Yeti these past few months and recording several voice-overs and on Skype/Zoom calls, I can definitely recommend this USB mic.

That being said, the quality of the audio will also depend on your room set up. For example, if you have a lot of echo in your room, it will easily be picked up because the Blue Yeti is a very sensitive mic.

One thing I found useful for me is to have the GAIN nob set to the 12 o'clock position. If you get background noise, like a hiss, you can use Audacity to remove the background noise. I've created several Audacity tutorials, including one on How to Remove Background Noise using Audacity.

Blue Yeticaster Professional Broadcast Bundle
The standard Blue Yeti comes with a regular desktop stand as you can see from the image posted above.

However, you can also get the Yeticaster Professional Broadcast Bundle which includes the Compass Premium Microphone Boom Arm.

It also includes the Radius III Custom Shockmount which is designed to isolate the mic from noise, shock and ambient vibration.

And finally, you get it comes in three different colors: Blackout, Silver, Midnight Blue, and also a whiteout. I got the midnight Blue color Yeti and love the look and feel.

I'm a happy camper with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone who wants a good quality mic that's easy to use and reasonably affordable.

Do you own the Blue Yeti microphone? If so, what has been your experience with it. How have you used it and for what purposes? Please feel free to share your feedback below. If you're looking to buy this USB mic and still have questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by!

AFFILIATE DISCLAIMER: If you use the link above to purchase the product. I may earn a commission as an Amazon affiliate. This recommendation and review is based on my firsthand experience using this product myself.

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