Blue Yeti Pro USB/XLR Condenser Microphone (Discontinued)
The Yeti Pro appeared on our recommended list for USB Microphones from July 2016 until November 2017 when it was replaced by more highly rated mics.
The Yeti Pro is a very flexible Condenser Mic with 3 capsules, 4 selectable polar patterns, and the ability to use it with either USB or XLR connectors.
This is best suited to recording music - the high sampling rates and bit depth are overkill for voiceovers and podcasting but you can use it for those purposes if you don't mind paying a bit extra.
The standout features of the Yeti Pro, and what differentiates it from the standard Yeti above, are the high sampling rates and bit depth - you can record at up to 192 kHz at 24-bits. There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not high sampling rates help or hinder your recordings (see Sound On Sound & Trust Me I'm A Scientist), however if you want to record at these levels with a USB mic then this is currently your best option.
It also comes with a headphone jack for zero latency monitoring and has controls for mic gain, switching polar patterns, mute and headphone volume.
You need at least USB 2.0. It works with Mac OSX 10.6.4 or later, and is officially compatible with Windows from XP to 10.
Windows 10 Update: Blue Microphones have confirmed this mic is compatible with Windows 10 saying, "All of our USB microphones have been tested with Windows 10 and we have confirmed that they are all compatible with Windows 10 (This does include the Driver for the Yeti Pro)."
Unlike the standard Yeti you may need to install drivers to use this - you can get them at www.bluemic.com/yeti-support/.
- Type: 3 x 14mm Condenser Capsules
- Polar Pattern: Stereo, Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
- Sampling Rate: 22 kHz to 192 kHz
- Bit Depth: 24 bits
- Maximum SPL: 120 dB
- Power Requirements: 5V 500mA USB, or 48V phantom power in XLR mode.
This is a good option for anyone wanting a quick and easy to use USB mic that also doubles as a home studio condenser mic.
The Yeti Pro is not currently on our highest rated list - you can see that in our guide to The Best USB Microphones for Recording & Podcasting.