Combining three capsules and four different pattern settings, the Yeti is the ultimate tool for creating amazing recordings, directly to your computer. It can capture anything with a clarity and ease unheard of in a USB microphone.
Blue's innovative triple-capsule array lets you record in stereo or your choice of three unique patterns, including cardioid, omni-directional and bi-directional - recording capabilities that usually require multiple microphones. All it takes is a twist of the pattern selector knob.
The high-quality analogue-to-digital convertor sends incredible audio fidelity directly into your computer. You also get 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.
Remarkable ease of use
There are no drivers to install; simply plug the Yeti into your Mac or PC, load up your favourite recording software and record something amazing.
- Three precision, 14-mm, tuned condenser capsules
- Proprietary tri-capsule array
- Mic gain control
- Four polar pattern selectors: Stereo, cardioid, Omni, bi-directional
- Mute button and master volume control
- Zero-latency headphone output with amplifier and volume control
- USB mini-jack
- Standard, threaded mic-stand mount
- Customised base with cable management
Did you notice?Thanks to the triple-capsule array, you can easily select from one of four recording pattern settings - giving you the capabilities of multiple mics in one.
Apple Recommends ForCreating superb recordings on your Mac simply by plugging the mic into a free USB port and firing up GarageBand or any other favourite recording software.
What's in the Box?
- Blue Yeti USB microphone
- USB cable
- Frequency Response : 20Hz - 20kHz
- Power : 5V 150mA
- Height : 11.61 in./29.5 cm
- Width : 4.92 in./12.5 cm
- Depth : 4.72 in./12.0 cm
- Weight : Microphone: 1.2 lb./0.55 kg; stand: 2.2 lb./1 kg
- Mac OS X v.10.4.11 or later
- 64 MB RAM
- USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
- Windows XP/Vista/7
- Mfr. Part Number : YETI
- UPC or EAN No. : 836213001950
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Ratings & Reviews
A very very fun mic to work with
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 mi cs 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. …
- Written by Claude L from Valleyfield
391 of 406 people found this useful
Beauty, Versatility, Quality
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. …
- Written by Billy J from Charlotte
211 of 230 people found this useful
Fantastic USB Mic
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. …
- Written by Doug M from Provo
183 of 199 people found this useful
Great sound but cheap corners cut.
This mic has an excellent sound. Recording quality is as good as you can get especially for the price. The build of the base an d mic itself are super sturdy but the knobs are cheap and awful.
The USB connection is at an awkward spot that causes it to bang against the stand when moved. It causes serious damage really quickly with the connection. Its built for quality sound but not built to last. …
- Written by Andrew Y from Port Hope
5 of 7 people found this useful
Wonderful Conference room mic!!
This mic works wonders for me. I have it suspended from my conference room ceiling connected to a mac pro for VOIP calls and vide o conferencing... It has been working great for about 9 months or so. The room is a 20'x25' or so. I wish it came with a baffle or something since I have speakers in the overhead as well, but I just have to fine tune it to reduce any feedback, if I have any. Most of the times it is really an issue on the remote ends. …
- Written by kevin C from Garland
15 of 18 people found this useful
LOVE this product.
This is my second microphone now. My first was from a completely different company and it somehow developed a terrible tinny, stat ic 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. …
- Written by Caitlen L from Ypsilanti
20 of 20 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
It does with an adapter...
- Answered by David N from San Diego
- Oct 31, 2012
I'm going to use the Yeti to record voiceovers for auditions for commercials which software should i use?
- Asked by Charles S from Ithaca
- Jan 2, 2012
Garage Band is fine for this kind of thing - a few tips...
By default, when you first plug in the y eti, its not selected - just confirm you're not recording off your built in laptop mic!
Also when you add a vocal track in Garage Band, you'll note that you can choose male or female- both come with some processing - just be aware of that - you may want to play with things like dynamic range, eq etc..
Finally, with any Mic like this - most Pros will advise you to speak Across the mic instead of directly in it - this will avoid a number of audio problems such as over pronounced "P" and "B" sounds. …
- Answered by Jack F from Lisle
- Dec 4, 2012
i have noticed one review that said the mike stopped working with an os upgrade. anybody used this with ios5 or macs running lion?
- Asked by Leanne C from Toronto
- Oct 24, 2011
This works perfect on my Macs all running 10.7.2, and my iPad 2 running 5.0.1
- Answered by Rusty C from Mcloud
- Dec 4, 2011
- Asked by Pamela T from Clovis
- Feb 14, 2010
Yes, it can be disconnected, but no shock mount is available to my knowledge.
On the other hand, it can be connected to a regular mic stand. …
- Answered by Brian N from Canoga Park
- Sep 14, 2010
- Asked by Barry B from Grand Forks
- Feb 11, 2012
The housing is metal, only the buttons are plasic.
- Answered by Timo S
- Oct 12, 2012