Blue Microphones Yeti USB Condenser Microphone

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86 out of 100. Incorporating 9000+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$129
Blue Yeti USB Microphone Silver
Blue Yeti USB Microphone Silver

USB condenser mic with switchable capsule for 3 polar pattern operation, cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional.

Of the microphones listed on Gearank, the Blue Yeti has one of the highest number of sources of reviews and ratings, having more than 9000 users taking their time to rate and give their review of the product. Getting that many people to spend parts of their busy lives to provide feedback, comments and customer reviews about a mic is a feat on itself, but what's even more impressive is that majority of the reviews have mostly good things. With just that, you can be sure that this is a quality mic that has satisfied if not exceeded the expectations of many.
The design of the Blue Yeti reminds me of R2D2, with the bulky mic sitting on top of the included holder. There's nothing too special about its specs, having a frequency response of 15Hz to 22kHz, Max SPL is a bit low at 120dB and an adequate sample rate of 48kHz at 16bit.

Still not mentioned in the specs is its great sound recording quality, and the versatile controls that allow for a variety of functions. Speaking of variety, another noteworthy feature of the Blue Yeti is its 3 interchangeable 14mm condenser capsules, which allows for cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo pattern.

While its best used on vocals, it also works well on acoustic instruments, and even for capturing multiple instruments.

The small number of negative customer reviews on this mic point to its bulky and non-portable size, but that would not be an issue when you're just going to set it up in one place.

Note that the price of the Blue Yeti can go beyond the sub $100 price range, so if you spot one below $99, you can be sure that it is a great deal.

Below is another Meta-Review for the Blue Microphones Yeti USB

The Yeti is a very flexible USB Condenser Mic with 3 capsules and 4 selectable polar patterns.

Applications

It used for recording music, podcasting and voiceovers.

Features

It has gain control, including a mute button, and a headphone jack with volume control for zero latency monitoring.

Compatibility

Works with Windows Vista or later, or Mac OSX 10.4.11 or later.

Specifications:

  • Type: 3 x 14mm Condenser Capsules
  • Polar Pattern: Selectable - Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Sampling Rate: 48 kHz
  • Bit Depth: 16 bits
  • Maximum SPL: 120dB
  • Power Requirements: 5V 150mA USB

Frequency Response Chart

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Blue Microphones Yeti Frequency Response

Many expert reviewers regard this as the best USB mic available. Positive customer reviews say this has a very clear sound and that it is very easy for beginners to use.

There were several customer reviews that said they experienced build quality problems with things like the mute button or the USB socket breaking after only a small amount of use. Some experienced audio engineers and home recording enthusiasts say that they would only use this mic for recording vocals on demos and not for full release versions of songs.

When it comes to customer reviews the Yeti appears to be more popular with beginners than experienced musicians or podcasters. That said, this is still one of the top selling USB mics.