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The Yeti is one of the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphones available anywhere. Combining 3 capsules and 4 different pattern settings, the Yeti is an ultimate tool for creating am... Read More

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Overview

The Yeti is one of the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphones available anywhere. Combining 3 capsules and 4 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 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.

Features
  • 4 settings: bidirectional, omnidirectional, cardioid, stereo
  • Master volume
  • Mute button
  • Proprietary tri-capsule array
  • Mic gain control
  • Zero-latency headphone output with amplifier & volume control
  • USB mini jack
  • Standard threaded mic stand mount
Specifications
  • Microphone and Performance
    Power Required/Consumption: 5V 150mA
    Sample Rate: 48kHz
    Bit Rate: 16-bit
    Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14 mm condenser capsules
    Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo
    Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
    Sensitivity: 4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz)
    Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)

    Headphone Amplifier:
    Impedance: 16 ohms
    Power Output (RMS): 130mW
    THD: 0.009%
    Frequency Response: 15Hz-22kHz
    Signal to Noise: 100dB

    System Requirements
    PC: Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional
    USB 1.1/2.0; 64MB RAM (minimum)
    Macintosh: Mac OSX ( 10.4.11 or higher), USB 1.1/2.0, 64MB RAM (minimum)

    Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72" (12 cm) x 4.92"(12.5 cm) x 11.61" (29.5 cm)
    Weight (microphone): 1.2 lb. (.55 kg)
    Weight (stand): 2.2 lb. (1 kg)
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BLUEYeti USB Microphone
 
4.4

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Blue Yeti, but not abominable!

What can I say.. first mic to meet the tough THX (Lucasfilms) standard.. 20-20k flat freq response, uses inexpensive USB cable. No buzz, very clear audio. Sensitive, good...Read complete review

What can I say.. first mic to meet the tough THX (Lucasfilms) standard.. 20-20k flat freq response, uses inexpensive USB cable. No buzz, very clear audio. Sensitive, good all around pickup, very flexible, does the work of about $600 worth of different mics. Built-in phantom 48v power for condensor mic capsules. Can use for skype or other voicechat progs, (a bit expensive for that purpose, however!) Built-in soundcard with zero latency headphone monitor port (1/8" jack). I intend to also use it to audition for voice-over acting jobs. Thanks, Blue (and Guitar Center!) Dislikes? A bit heavy, 4 pounds with stand, 1.5 without. BIG! Don't expect much portability. Very sensitive; pop filter recommended. Must be very close to get full, rich sound using directional cardiod pattern. A definite best buy!

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Sturdy, Nice Quality...a couple issues

The mic is heavy and sturdy...I like that! Plug it in and it works immediately....love that! Sound conducts very easily through the base so the usb & headphone cables...Read complete review

The mic is heavy and sturdy...I like that! Plug it in and it works immediately....love that! Sound conducts very easily through the base so the usb & headphone cables that come out of the bottom make a thumping sound if they get touch or moved. I find the mic is clear but feel like I really have to be right up on it. I am 33 year radio vet and I also use a Shure SM7 and so I am spoiled. This is not near that quality but it is still good for voice work and I travel so I'd rather throw it in a suitcase than my Shure. The headphone jack is awesome to have! Overall I am happy with the purchase.

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3.0

Sturdy, Nice Quality...a couple issues

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Sound conducts very easily through the base

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    Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

    The mic is heavy and sturdy...I like that! Plug it in and it works immediately....love that! Sound conducts very easily through the base so the usb & headphone cables that come out of the bottom make a thumping sound if they get touch or moved. I find the mic is clear but feel like I really have to be right up on it. I am 33 year radio vet and I also use a Shure SM7 and so I am spoiled. This is not near that quality but it is still good for voice work and I travel so I'd rather throw it in a suitcase than my Shure. The headphone jack is awesome to have! Overall I am happy with the purchase.

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    5.0

    Awesome Home Mic

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    from Philadelphia, PA

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    Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

    I record just for fun, and this works for everything. Acoustic guitars sound phenomenal on it. The other guy is right though, it is VERY sensitive to movement and background noise. I also use this as single mic recording on my drum set and it works just fine. After a bit of EQing and compression it sounds awesome.

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    5.0

    Do Not Buy This Mic!

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    from Denver, Colorado

    Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

    This is a pretty good microphone, for a USB mic. Unfortunately I cannot express how strongly I insist on NOT BUYING THIS PRODUCT because of one problem. I have had this mic for about 2 months, and it has completely broken. The computer no longer recognizes it as a microphone and it works a little bit, maybe once in one hundred re-plugs. This mic is good, but do not buy it!

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    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    It has one, small purpose

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    from Denver, Colorado

    Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

    The Blue Yeti has one purpose: to give you a desktop-sitting microphone with good quality sound, without the need of any other audio interfaces and stuff. I originally bought this mic to be used for commentaries for YouTube videos. I am now getting really into music production, and am so disappointed that I bought this mic. I can't really use this for any music stuff, cause it is made to sit on a table, not really on a stand or anything else. And because I can't use it with any other equipment, such as preamps or effect amps or even a simple audio interface. If you want this mic I would strongly recommend the Yeti Pro. It's a little more expensive but is basically the Blue Yeti, but with the option to use with other equipment, such as audio interfaces. Bottom line: if you want ONLY a USB microphone, to do nothing other than podcasts, interviews, commentaries, then this is fine. If you are buying this for actual music producing and recording and all that, get a real condenser microphone with an XLR output or some other output, NOT USB!

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    5.0

    My review of the Blue Yeti after using it for about 7 months

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    from Colorado

    Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

    I got this microphone about 7 months ago, and have been constantly using it for recording my voice into various softwares. First of all, if you are going to get this microphone, get a boom arm stand to attatch it to. Even though the mic comes with a stand, I have not been able to use the microphone with it. It takes up too much space on my desk, and is not close enough to my mouth. You should also know that you should be keeping the "gain" knob all the way down, to prevent any fuzzy noises or feedback. This means the mic will have to be closer to your mouth (which again shows why you need a boom stand). A pop filter is not neccessary for this mic, if you keep the gain knob at 0. The microphone has been great, except for the fact that the usb port on the microphone (that connects to the computer), is so sensative and in a way, broken. Whenever the cord gets bumped or moved, the mic starts making popping sounds through the headphone port, and needs to be re-plugged several times. This is a MAJOR flaw and because of this, I have recently started thinking about other mic options. Otherwise, the microphone is great.

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    5.0

    An excellent value

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    from Portland, ME

    Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

    Bought this after trying several different USB mics, all found lacking except this one. I use this for voice recording for pod casting exclusively and have never had a problem with the sound quality or performance.

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    5.0

    Excellent

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    from Alabama

    Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

    Excellent in every way. Quality product. Very versatile.

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    4.0

    Overall very good

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    from NC

    Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

    This mic can have the best quality if you can make the settings right. For a usb mic i would highly recommend for people working in a home studio. However there is a downfall to its greatness. This thing picks up everything, and i mean EVERYTHING. If my dog barks i need to restart my entire track. If a door closes i need to restart the track. I would recommend this for anyone working in a sound booth but not someone just starting out.

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    5.0

    Covers it All

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    from Alabama

    Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

    This is a great microphone for the buck. I have personally recorded singing, speaking, bass through amp, guitar through amp and keyboard through amp. I love the crystal clear sound and I promise there is none greater for the buck. I already had the amplifiers because I gig a lot so capturing the sound that I'm used to hearing exactly how I'm used to hearing was very refreshing. Being a professional musical and teacher of music, I would definitely recommend this microphone. Don't let the price fool you, it has a lot of bang for the buck!!!

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    2.0

    Poor Sound Quality

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    from Ohio

    Comments about BLUE Yeti USB Microphone:

    The only feature that I see on this mic is the ability to switch between the 4 different settings. The overall quality, however; is terrible. All of the settings sounded like I was recording inside of a tin can, even after I manually adjusted the EQ levels in the software. I have a Blue Snowflake USB mic, which has better sound quality than the Yeti for less than half the price. I see that most reviews on this product are positive, so maybe I got a lemon, but I would warn anyone else to stay away from this product. Major disappointment.

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