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Blue Review: Mo-Fi Headphones, Yeti Microphone and Accessories

CJ Miozzi | 20 Aug 2015 21:00
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Blue Yeti

Blue Yeti Microphone

I bought my Blue Yeti last summer, and as a YouTube content creator and occasional Escapist Podcast host, it has been my single greatest investment. The Blue Yeti is a plug-and-play USB mic that is simple to set up and, once you are familiar with the correct way to use it, delivers excellent recording quality.

How difficult is it to use correctly? First, you have to recognize that it is a side-address mic, which means you don't speak into the top of it like a TV mic. Second, you must ensure that you've turned up the mic volume (gain) knob to the correct level for your needs (you shouldn't be too far from 50% in either direction). Lastly, you need to use the right recording setting for your environment. None of these steps are particularly difficult to follow, but I'll admit that I had to look up some YouTube tutorials before these were evident to me. The recording quality can seem a lot worse than the Yeti is capable of if these steps are not followed.

The Yeti has four different recording settings, each ideal for a different recording scenario: stereo mode records audio from all directions and captures it in left and right channels; cardioid mode records only sounds directly in front of the mic, making it perfect for podcasts; omnidirectional mode records equally in all directions, which is great for conference calls; and bidirectional mode records from the front and rear of the mic for those one-on-one interviews.

The mic comes on a mount that lets you pivot it to optimize its position, but you can easily remove the Yeti from its mount and attach it to a shock mount or mic stand. Left in its standard mount, the Yeti will pick up vibrations generated on the surface on which it rests, so a shock mount or otherwise isolating the mic from any vibrations is required to perfect your audio quality.

A mute button with a light indicator allows you to easily silence yourself when you need to sneeze, and a 3.5mm jack and volume knob allows you to conveniently plug headphones directly into the mic.

At $130 (current price on Amazon), the Yeti isn't exactly cheap, but as a thrifty shopper, I can tell you it's worth every penny.

Bottom Line: The Blue Yeti is one of the best mics a YouTuber or Twitch streamer can get a hold of for a reasonable price.

Recommendation: If you are serious about producing YouTube videos, podcasts, or streaming, then you have to recognize that no one enjoys hearing a voice coming through a crappy headset mic. The Blue Yeti is a vetted mic that will tremendously increase the production value of your content.



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