If you are looking for a very versatile USB mic for recording for YouTube videos, Yeti can be your favorite mic that can fill that role.

There are so many options available today in digital microphones that the selection can be overwhelming. If you are not an audio engineer and just want to get up and running with a cool, easy to use mic, Yeti can do that. Yeti is a USB microphone that features a triple capsule array. The product works on Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac computer systems.

You simply plug Yeti into a USB powered port and insert the mini USB plug into the back and you are good to go! There is zero need to install hardware drivers. It just works right out of the box making it one of the most easiest hardware device installations you will ever do.

Yeti Recording Modes

Yeti is very versatile mic that is capable of recording in several modes:

  1. Cardioid – Podcasts, Voiceovers, Vocals, Instruments
  2. Stereo – Vocals, Ensemble choir, Instruments
  3. Omnidirectional – Conference calls, Field recordings, Events/Orchestras
  4. Bidirectional – Interviews, instruments, vocal duets

If you like recording and leaving commentary during your video game play, setting the mode to cardioid is recommended. Cardioid mics are commonly used for speaking and are super for YouTube dialogue.

Clean Design. Convenient Controls.

Yeti has a very good, modern, sleek design with nice placement of controls. It allows you to conveniently control the microphone gain sensitivity through a knob. Any of the three patterns can also be chosen through knob selection.

The mic can be unscrewed from the desk stand, allowing you to insert it into a professional mic stand/boom arm.

One of the most useful features I like is that you can insert your headphones into Yeti’s microphone jack. It is a 1/8″ (3.5mm) jack that will let you listen and talk without lag or hiccups. So if you got a gaming headphone with a 1/8″ jack, it will be a breeze to install and get working.

No XLR Analog

The standard Yeti microphone does not have an XLR analog connection. So if you really want that kind of interface, you will need to buy the more pricier Yeti Pro. The Pro version records at up to 192kHz at 24 bits while the regular Yeti will record up to 48 kHz at 16-bit resolution.

Blue Yeti Blackout Edition Mic

Sensitive. Picks Up Everything.

Yeti ($115) is a very sensitive mic.If you plan on using this on a desk, there will be some problems that may occur. After I first started using it, Yeti picked up things like me typing into the keyboard, mouse movement, and general thumping on my desk. This doesn’t work well, especially if you are capturing your play of PC video games in video. All of that feedback gets put on the audio track.

To rid of the noise, you are going to need a boom stand and shock mount. Those two items will set you back another $170. You’d be best to get a Rode PSA1 ($100) and the Blue Radius II shock mount ($70) for Yeti.

If you are like me who has a mixer with XLR connectors, Yeti Pro ($250) will be a better product. The standard Yeti only supports USB connection.

Technical Specifications

A brief look at the technical specifications for the Blue Yeti USB microphone.

Microphone

USB 1.1/2.0
Microphone Weight: 1.2lbs
Stand weight: 2.2lbs

Power: 5v 150 mA
Sample rate: 48kHz
Bit rate: 16 bits
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Sensitivity: 4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz)

Headphone Amp

Impedance: greater than 16 ohms
Poser output: 130 mW
THD: 0.009%
Frequency response: 15Hz – 22kHz
Signal/Noise ratio: 100dB

Summary

Yeti is a USB microphone that is versatile and sexy in design, priced to be affordable. It is a sensitive microphone, and being as such, if you plan on putting it on your computer desk to record, it is recommended to get a boom arm and shock mount.

If you have lots of audio equipment with XLR, the standard Yeti won’t suffice. You are better off getting the Yeti Pro.