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Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone - Pro Edition
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- Power Required/Consumption: 5V 500mA (USB) 4V DC (Analogue)
- Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo
- Frequency Response: 15 Hz - 22 kHz
- Weight: (microphone) 1.2 lbs/0.55 kg (stand) 2.2 lbs/1 kg
- Dimensions: 12 x 12.5 x 29.5 cm (extended in stand)
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Ultimate USB mic for professional recording
The Yeti is one of the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphones available anywhere. Combining three capsules and four 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 a 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.
The legend of the Yeti continues with the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone roaming the wild today. The Yeti features tools and recording capabilities usually requiring multiple microphones and devices, all with the simplicity of a plug 'n play USB microphone.
4 settings. Endless possibilities
You can quickly select from each of Yeti's four pattern settings (stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional) by simply rotating the pattern selector knob. The chart below shows each pattern's symbol, sound source direction, and suggested recording applications.
For a more in-depth look at each pattern, please refer to the detailed descriptions and frequency response charts further down the page.
The Stereo mode is great for capturing a realistic stereo image. To start, point the microphone at the sound source that you want to record (the ""front"" of the microphone is the side of the microphone with the Blue Microphones Logo). Depending on the instrument and/or sound that you want to achieve, place the grill of the microphone anywhere from 2 inches to several feet in front of the sound source. By centering the sound source, you will get equal amounts of signal in both the left and right channels. If you want a little more of the signal in the right channel, move the sound source a little to the right side of the mic (as if one is behind the microphone), and if you want a little more of the signal in the left channel, move the sound source to the left (as if you are behind the microphone). Alternatively, you can record everything as centered as possible, and easily adjust the position when you're mixing the recording. If you want the sound in the right or left channel only, you should try using the cardioid, bidirectional or the omnidirectional setting, and use your software to hard-pan the sound to the left or the right.
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Blue Microphones Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone
The Yeti Pro is the world's first USB microphone combining 24-bit/192 kHz digital recording resolution with analog XLR output. Featuring three custom condenser capsules and four different pattern settings, the Yeti Pro can capture digital audio with up to four times the clarity found on CDs. Plus, the Yeti Pro features a cutting-edge A-D converter chip and separate analog circuit path for use with professional studio mixers and preamps. You also get a built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and direct controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, mute, and microphone gain. So whether you record at home, in a studio (or in the Himalayas!), the Yeti Pro is your ultimate sound solution.
- Combines 24-bit/192 kHz digital recording with analog XLR output.
- Advanced features with the simplicity of a plug-and-play USB microphone.
- Built-in pattern with four polar pattern settings—stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional.
- Custom base includes a threaded mic stand with cable management.
Four Different Pattern Modes for Versatile Recording
The stereo mode uses both the left and right channels, and is ideal for capturing a realistic, general sound image.
Well-suited for podcasts, vocals, or game streaming, cardioid mode records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone. It delivers a rich, full-bodied sound.
Omnidirectional mode picks up sound equally from all directions. It’s best used in situations when you want to capture the ambience of 'being there'—like a live recording of a band's performance.
Bidirectional mode records from both the front and the rear of the microphone. It’s ideal for capturing the nuance of a musical instrument, or recording an interview between two people.
Control Your Recording in Real-Time
With its controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, and microphone gain, the Yeti puts you in charge of every level of the recording process. If you are experiencing distortion or feedback while recording an especially loud source, simply adjust the microphone's sensitivity with the gain control. Or, if you want to take a break in the middle of a podcast, use the instant mute button.
The microphone comes equipped with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and allows you to listen to what you're recording in real-time, without latency delays. You can adjust the volume of your headphones using a control on the front of the microphone.
Innovative Design Makes Recording Easy
The Yeti Pro features a visual design inspired by classic recording equipment--a stylish, retro aesthetic that will complement any computer system. Its metal grille and shiny frame recall the look of old-timey microphones.
Because it's built on a hinge, you can adjust and pivot the microphone in relation to the sound source, improving sound quality. Once you have it at a desired angle, you can use the set screws to secure it in place. The microphone can also be folded down for easy portability, or removed completely from its base for field recordings.
- Capsules: condenser, pressure gradient
- Polar Patterns: cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, stereo
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- Sample Rate: 48 kHz
- Bit Rate: 16 bit
- Max SPL: 120 dB (THD: 0.5 per cent 1 kHz)
PC: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional, USB 1.1/2.0, 64 MB RAM (minimum).
Macintosh: Mac OSX (10.4.11 or higher), USB 1.1/2.0, 64 MB RAM (minimum).
What's in the Box
The Yeti Pro features a custom base, including a threaded mic stand mount with cable management. A USB cable and a stereo XLR breakout cable are also included in the box.
Yeti USB Microphone is backed by a two-year limited warranty.
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|3 condenser capsules in a Tri-capsule array enable 4 recording patterns||✓||✓|
|Color options||Whiteout, Silver, Platinum, Blackout||Black|
|Adjustable Microphone gain control for varying volumes||✓||✓|
|Zero-latency headphone output with volume control for direct monitoring||✓||✓|
|Adjustable angle on its integrated custom-designed desk stand||✓||✓|
|Driverless installation for both Windows and Mac||✓|
|Professional recording via analog XLR||✓|
|Separate analog circuit path||✓|
|Maximum recording resolution||48 kHz/16-bit||192 kHz/24-bit|
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Gain is tricky to adjust; you either clip or pick up too much background noise. The included stand offers very poor protection against vibrations.
Different problem though - the recording sounds kind of fuzzy/scratchy with it. My last model was quiet, but the recording quality was super crisp and sounded great (but I had to yell to be heard)! This picks up my voice better, but sounds really bad.
I've plugged in my crappy £15 headset to test out the comparison (just in case my PC was being weird) and while the headset isn't the best, it still records clearer than this latest Yeti model! Urgh.
I'm going to give Yeti one last try though - because I hear so many good things about the microphone. So I'm going to send this model back and just go for the original flavour (no fancy packages or colours - all I want is a mic that works!)
ORIGINAL: I bought the Yeti Studio (comes packaged with a couple of pieces of software) and I'm really disappointed. I've always heard great things about the Yeti - but I'm not impressed at all. Especially considering how much it costs.
I bought it mostly for podcasts and game recording - I've previously just used basic headsets which work fine and pick up my voice clearly - but I've found the Yeti barely hears me speak - even when I'm right in front of it. Weirdly though it picks up my mouse clicks and keyboard taps clearly - as though they are right next to it (when they aren't) - never had that problem with my headsets.
And I've even followed several online tutorials to ensure I have the mic in the right place (a lot of people position it incorrectly) and my settings on the PC at the optimum. Still not great. It hears me, but I'm just super quiet.
I've been told that I should buy a mic arm - so it positions above my head - but considering how much I paid for the mic in the first place, I'm hesitant to pay extra for something that may not work still.
It could be a faulty model though... I'm going to keep testing it and see if I can get a better performance out of it. If not, I'm sending it back.
Setting up in windows 10 pro and using it with Amplitube was no problem at all but I did not consider the sound quality high enough for a mic in this price range. Really, it should be no more than £40 for a mic with this build and sound quality.
I have an old Superlux CM-H8A condensor microphone which blows this Yeti away with build quality and sound, it even made a crappy Acoustic sound decent, it came in a quality hard case (Yeti comes with a nice carboard box) and at less than half the price of this!
I have of course returned this mic and ordered an AKG c214 instead.
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