• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A very very fun mic to work with

    • Written by from Valleyfield

    Sometimes, you buy an objet and you are very pleased with it, more than you expected... That's the YETI for me. I owned a few mics for music. All below 200$. I plug them into a small Mackie and then hook it up to a computer. That setup is bulky. And I never quite get the sound I would like to have. I am not a sound engineer. Just a musician who plays classical guitar and sing for his own pleasure.

    I purchase the Yeti for professional podcasting. I have a variety of devices to record stuff. And my favorite setting by far is this mic hook to a macbook pro. You can record for quite a long time without even bothering to plug into a wall, which make the whole setup totally portable.

    This is not the kind of mic to you put your mouth on... it needs space. If you're looking for a bass boost created by proximity, that is not the thing. If the room your record in is not too bouncy, you can easily record a voice 1,2 or 3 feet away. But it pick up everything... including your mac running. My PC is way to noisy to even try to record.

    The recording patterns are quite fun to play with. (for podcasting and music) it gives a distinctive feel. I found recording with this mic is quite forgiving. You don't need elaborate setting. For the voice, a little bit of compression and a touch of EQing do the job. I do not know much about this THX certification, but the sound is rich, detailed and overall very pleasing to me. Very easy to EQ. Nothing odd or unexpected as it often happen with a mic.

    The design is clever. I am a design freak. I like well designed objets and they are rare. This is one of those. It's beautiful and very functional. The base is heavy so it will not fall. You can position the mic on its stand with one hand. And when you fold the mic into the base for transportation, the capsules are protected. I was a little surprised to see a red led in the mute switch... Hey... Blue people... Make it blue. See my point... Blue... blue. Make sense don't you think. Apart for that tiny detail, I think this mic should received a price for design.

    From my point of view, I don't see the point in shooting for professional studio stuff unless you have a professional room to record. My sound will never be perfect. But this mic makes my work sound better. it's more pleasurable, easier to record and mix. it's by far the best upgrade for the price.

    460 of 480 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beauty, Versatility, Quality

    • Written by from Charlotte

    Blue is famous for their striking microphone designs, and their streamlined Yeti is a worthy addition to their product lineup.

    The first thing you'll notice is what a beautiful, well-designed object this is. The Yeti has a solid built-in desk stand that provides a bit of built-in cable management for headphone and USB cords. It's not the ideal choice for on-the-go recording -- this sucker is really big and heavy -- but the swivel-stand arrangement allows you to rotate the body of the mic upside down into the base if you do need portability.

    On the front: a mic mute button and headphone volume dial. On the rear, mic level control and a pickup pattern selector. (The dials are just a tad jiggly and plasticky for such an otherwise elegant design.) On the bottom are the zero-latency headphone jack and mini-USB connector. The swiveling body makes accessing the USB and headphone ports a snap. Another thoughtful addition is a 5/8 inch threaded hole that allows you to remove the base and mount the Yeti on a standard microphone floor stand.

    The Yeti houses multiple mic elements to offer stereo, omni, cardioid, and figure-eight pickup patterns. The selections give the mic a versatile bag of sound tricks, whether you're recording a solo podcast, taping an interview or group meeting, or laying down some vocals in GarageBand. The headphone amp doesn't exactly go to 11, but the mic delivers a pretty respectable output level. We're talking 16-bit USB audio, so the Yeti doesn't have quite the full warmth and sonic detail of a "real" large-diaphragm condenser like Blue's pro studio models, but the sound is surprisingly good for a USB mic, and noticeably cleaner than noisy competitors like the Samson G-Track.

    To avoid P-pops and breath sounds when working up-close, you might want to invest in a pop screen of some kind, though it seems a shame to put a big foam hat on top of such a beautiful head.

    No drivers needed -- just plug in the included USB cable and select "Yeti Stereo Microphone” for both input and output in the Sound control panel of your Mac's System Preferences. Configuring Yeti in GarageBand's Audio preferences is a snap, too.

    Did we mention how cool The Yeti looks sitting on your desk? The retro-modern aluminum styling matches the finish of Apple's current product lineup quite well.

    The Yeti's sound quality and multiple pickup patterns raise the bar for USB mics, and leave even Blue's much-beloved Snowball playing catchup. For the price, a product that looks and sounds this good is going to be pretty hard to beat. Highly recommended.

    251 of 275 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic USB Mic

    • Written by from Provo

    This mic is fantastic! I tried the Samson G-Track before this one and this one is head and shoulders above it. Sound/price ratio is super high - for anyone that is starting in recording/podcasting and doesn't want to spend 500+ dollars to get into a professional setup, this is a great alternative. A great feature is the no-latency headphone jack.

    227 of 248 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful

    • Written by from Cupertino

    This mic is absolutely wonderful. The recording quality had my wife doing a double-take when I played a short clip back for her - she legitimately thought it was me talking and could not tell that it was a recording. Even I - a self-appointed audiophile, is thoroughly happy with my purchase. The multiple pickups are wonderful and make a tremendous difference based on what you are trying to record.

    Awesomest of all is the beautiful headphone amp built into this. Now owning the mic, I would likely have purchased it for the headphone amp alone. It adds a tremendous level of audio quality to audio playback and provides latency-free monitoring of what the mic picks up. My only gripe with this is that you can't disable the monitoring. Turning the gain all the way down would achieve this effect, but I'd prefer to just be able to turn off the mic while still hearing sound from the computer.

    52 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't miss...

    • Written by from Mukilteo

    I'm a huge fan of Blue products, and this is another winner. I got this to record "demos" of my songs...basically just wanted something simple to get ideas down without having to set everything up (since space is limited, I can't have it dedicated to music all the time). This fits the bill. Plug and play, fantastic sound quality for the price. I can't compare directly to the snowball, since I haven't used it. This is essentially the upgrade to the snowball. But this mic utilizes three capsules instead of two, so it is more versatile with 4 discrete recording modes instead of 2. You can record a podcast, or your whole band. There is a setting for pretty much all your needs.

    If you are looking to take this on the road with your laptop, may not be the best choice. It's pretty solid. Still, it is certainly doable.

    I won't bore you with the rest. I love and trust Blue products. I love and trust Apple products. Put the two together and you can't miss.

    51 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning Audio Clarity!!!!!

    • Written by from LAKE WORTH

    I was looking at this mic online for about a month now deciding between this and the AT2020 USB mic but couldnt make up my mind... so I went ahead and bought both! I recently returned the AT2020 because the blue yeti blew the AT2020 out of the water! just the clarity alone was brilliant! The Yeti fits Perfectly on my desk and looks awesome!
    It feels like a million bucks when in my hands. No complaints at all!!!!

    50 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent! Be sure to turn off the iSight mic...

    • Written by from Poway

    I do professional voice-overs and have a setup that is as simple as the Yeti connected to my MacBook Pro. This is an excellent microphone (for the price).

    ** Be sure to shut off your iSight microphone in OS X or else your recordings may appear to sound very bad. This sometimes does not automatically happen.

    49 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Folk Artists Dream

    • Written by from Barrie

    I initially purchased the Yeti strictly for the purpose of recording vocals as all of my guitar tracks are usually recording using a direct input. Eventually I decided to try recording a live take with multiple musicians along with vocals and the sound was amazing. Plug in and record. Love it!

    49 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    • Written by from Conroe

    I've had quite a few mikes over the years, and this is by far the best I've ever had for home recording. It can be mounted on a mike stand, but the metal base that it comes with is so easy to use that recording with this is easy to do on any kind of table, desk, etc. That coupled with its plug-&-play functionality makes it a snap to use with my MacBook Pro. On top of that, no other pre-amp or similar device is necessary to use this. It truly JUST WORKS! Right out of the box! Nothing to install. Definitely worth the price. (And no, I honestly don't work for the company).

    40 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Recording Mic

    • Written by from Santa Clara

    Ok, let's be honest, unless you're sitting in a professionally mic'ed studio you'd be hard pressed to get a better quality than this. Blue is known for their top quality microphones. Not to throw names around, but if you look, you'll see many professionals using them. I trusted the Blue name and was not disappointed... it can pick up a room conversation with 1 mic like it's two and the people are shotgunning them.

    39 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    UNMATCHED THX QUALITY SOUND

    • Written by from Gillette

    The Blue Yeti USB recording microphone is, in my opinion far superior to conventional condenser microphones for computer recording. The versatility is great and the sound quality, which is what it's all about in the end, is nothing short of phenomenal. Plugged in to the iMac and it worked right out of the box. No driver install. Every mode produces great results and I especially like the true stereo mode. Captures both instrument and vocals with amazing results. I use Apple Logic 9 and find the vocal tracks utilizing the Blue Yeti are extremely easy to EQ. One thing I found a bonus is that, unlike conventional condenser recording microphones, is that you get crystal clear sound of whatever you're recording, but most of the extraneous noise like breathing is somehow filtered out. Most musicians and vocalists tend to breathe quite heavily as soon as they put on a pair of headphones, causing all sorts of problems for the recording engineer. Not so with the THX certified Blue Yeti! The mute button is a really nice feature too. The first thing I noticed though is how heavy the microphone is. It is a super heavy, all metal mic as is the included stand that it comes with. This is a great recording USB microphone, and with the THX Certification, versatility, and great sound you'll get from this mic, it's actually an incredible value.

    32 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great until ios 4.2

    • Written by from Jonestown

    IOS 4.2 upgrade changes the power out put for the camera connection kit, they reduced the power from 100ma to 20ma. I have the 64 gig wifi iPad and recently brought the blue yeti microphone to record my band practices. iOS 3.2.2 powered my microphone and the recordings were great! I was so excited about the new iOS 4.2 that I didn't wait to see if there would be problems, now I cannot go back to 3.2.2 apple will not allow it and my 140.00 dollar mic. Can not be used with my ipad. There are professional photographer that can not use the iPad for their on location shoots because their unpowered card readers no longer work! I hope its just a bug?

    35 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just freaking awesome!!

    • Written by from North Vancouver

    Got the Yeti a couple of days ago and connected it up to my Macbook pro running Lion and had no issues at all. I was recording in a couple of minutes of unboxing. Also works like a charm on my iPad 2 but does need a powered hub (I have a small Belkin one) to work. Word great with garageband and other recording apps. Awesome to have a studio quality mic for the price, especially with all the modes and patterns that this baby has! Definitely a worthwhile purchase.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Blue Yeti Pro USB

    • Written by from Valley Village

    Upgraded to Lion OS X and Blue Yeti Pro. Does not work. When plugged in USB, the cable is loose light blinks. Seems high quality product, but manufacturer skimps on updates and fixes. Spent approx $300, and very upset with Apple and Blue for not resolving before launch.

    A quick search reveals that many others are having this issue. Try to avoid investing in USB microphone until Apple or Blue resolve this issue.

    46 of 67 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Take time to learn how to set it up

    • Written by from Harlem

    I use my Yeti to record sermons at church. I plug it into my Macbook Pro and record directly into Soundtrack Pro.

    It took five weeks to get the right gain and pattern settings for the best sound, but once I did, the only work I have to do with the audio is trim the ends, normalize levels, and reduce background noise.

    Prior to using the Yeti, I would get the audio (from a burned CD) from the wireless lapel mic through a $2000 audio system. Audio from the Yeti is SO much better.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My experience in 2 weeks

    • Written by from Austin

    Blue is definitely a great company who make great products for both consumers and professionals. I by no means am a music professionals, just someone who prides himself in putting in a quality effort, with quality products to produce a quality result.

    The Yeti is very simple to connect. Plug and Play in all honesty. I do voiceover work for footage of video games and publish my content on YouTube. Coming from the built-in mic on my iMac, I decided I needed something that would give my viewers a more pleasing, professional experience. This is it. With the ability to select between different pickup patterns, and the built in input for listening to yourself, this was a purchase I was not about to miss.

    5 stars. Great voice quality with no editing, solid build, hefty but professional feeling. For the money, you can't go wrong.

    29 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Microphone

    • Written by from Delaware

    Excellent Microphone! This mic picks up the clicking of my phone's keyboard from 6 feet. The clarity is unbelievable, it picks up all of my instruments (including what I consider to be a rather soft ukulele) like a charm. It sounds so good, the music almost records itself. My only complaint (which is not really a complaint) the volume knob seems like a cheap plastic material. The different recording modes really help shape the sound to how you want it, and allow for a variety of recording scenarios. Strongly Recommended!

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Mic...cheap knobs!

    • Written by from North York

    I love everything about this mic...not a bad thing to say about it...EXCEPT...it seems like the knobs (especially the mic gain and headphone volume knob) were put together after the budget was already spent on the rest of the unit. The knobs move too freely inside the cavity and as you turn them they often touch the sides almost scraping as they rotate. This makes a perfect USB microphone less than perfect in my humble opinion, and thus worthy of only 4 stars instead of 5.

    27 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful product, highly recommended!

    • Written by from Redding

    After purchase I was surprised to notice the size of this microphone. Once I setup and configured the quality engaged me as if I was a child memorized by large volume of christmas present fantasia. If someone was to ask if I would recommend this product I would not hesitate. If your thinking about purchasing this fine piece of equipment then please go get it now!

    30 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVE this product.

    • Written by from Ypsilanti

    This is my second microphone now. My first was from a completely different company and it somehow developed a terrible tinny, static sound over time and I was so disappointed so I had high hopes for this one. I record music and vocals on a regular basis so I needed a microphone I could really depend on.

    First of all, the design is so beautiful and practical. Turning the mic upside down in the holder is a great way to store it on your desk when it's not in use (whereas with my old mic, I had to store it in my desk drawer in a sock, otherwise it would just lay there and roll around and get damaged). It's very simplistic and it actually feels a bit lighter than it looks.

    The sound quality is impeccable and really not expected from a $150 microphone. I've only had mine for about 3 months now but it really hasn't seemed to age at all. It's also very easy to use on a mac, not complicated at all.

    I would recommend this product to anyone for any reason.

    22 of 22 people found this useful