Blue Mic – Yeti Professional USB Microphone

Exciting day today! I went and picked up a new Microphone for video voiceovers, music production and general recording needs. I got the Blue Mic Yeti USB microphone. This Microphone is a beast. It weighs quite a bit which is what you want in a desktop mic, feels nice and sturdy. It looks great and sounds amazing.

With 4 separate polar patterns this is one very functional USB microphone with a lot of different uses. As I mentioned I’ll mainly be using it for voiceover work on screencasts, how-to video’s, etc and music production but if I catch the podcasting bug (it might happen) I’ll be well equipped to tackle the challenge.

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Here’s the specs:
Power Required/Consumption: 5V 150mA
Sample Rate: 48 kHz
Bit Rate: 16bit
Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm 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)

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

Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72″ (12cm) x 4.92″(12.5cm) x 11.61″(29.5cm)
Weight (microphone): 1.2 lbs (.55 kg)
Weight (stand): 2.2 lbs (1 kg)

2 thoughts on “Blue Mic – Yeti Professional USB Microphone”

  1. I purchased this mic from Amazon recently and am absolutely impressed with the sound quality. The package came in way faster than expected under the free shipping arrangement plus Amazon had a great price on it. 🙂

    The mic at first looks big and kinda heavy – once you get over that – you connect it to your favorite laptop or desktop and start your trials.

    I tried several different combos – from close to the mic to singing from a distance of about 2-3 feet – using the 4 polar patterns – and in each case could hear the difference in the sound output in crispness and depth. For the first time ever, I liked my own voice from a mic!

    Ease-of-use : The desktop stand provided with the mic is ideal only for podcasts or speech based recordings. For singing vocals, I’d recommend getting a mic stand along with shock mount. The mic itself has very easy controls and the convenience of a headphone jack from the mic itself is a big advantage (plus the huge advantage of 0 latency of output to the headphones). The mute button is just a click away. Once you set the gain level and polar pattern in the back side of the mic, you are set. I prefer using either the cardioid mode or the stereo mode for singing vocals.

    Sound quality : At 48khz sampling rate 16 bit mode, this is fairly high quality – studio recording mics typically range in the 96 Khz sampling at 32 bit mode but in the end what matters is the audio playback equipment’s ablities – most receivers run at 48Khz. The frequency response range is impressive – 20 hz to 20 khz – most cardioid mics in this price range have a smaller range between 50hz and 15Khz – makes a big difference in the crispness, depth and quality of sound capture. The sensitivity of the mic is another measure of its quality – 4.5mV/Pa at 1 Khz is another indication of high sensitivity at 1 Pa (pascal) – it has a high ratio of sound waves at the diaphragm converting to electrical signals. The Max Sound Pressure Level (SPL) at 120db refers to the pressure the mic can take at less than 1 inch from the mic to the performer’s mic before it distorts and at a THD (total harmonic distortion) ratio of 0.5% at 1 Khz this mic is a great bargain. Most other mics in this range have standard 74 to 94 db max SPL. Many manufacturers use different measures to depict sensitivity and this is often very confusing.

    Ease of thread mount to a stand – I had trouble finding a mic stand that can handle the wider thread mount (typically found in European mics) – most thread mounts are smaller so I needed to get an adapter from Guitar Center.

    Hope you find this review helpful – […]

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