Yeti is a big furry mythical, powerful creature – it is also the name of a big cylindrical USB microphone that bears a striking resemblance.
Its maker Blue has a reputation for designing the world’s best USB connected microphones, and Yeti is gaining a real following with podcasters, journalists and business, the latter if only to record meetings around the boardroom table.
It is USB powered meaning you plug it into a Windows or macOS device and use whatever sound recording software you want – there are plenty of free apps in the Windows and macOS stores offering all sorts of sound editing tools, indexing methods and enhancements.
One of the best free programs is Audacity for Windows, macOS and Linux. It is a digital audio editor, recorder, and mixer. It is a sophisticated software application that comes with an extensive list of features such as:
- recording (from a microphone or mixer)
- import/export of WAV, AIFF, AU, FLAC, MP3 (via LAME encoder) Ogg Vorbis files
- advanced editing (cut, copy, paste, delete commands with unlimited “Undo” and “Redo,” multitrack mixing)
- digital effects (change the pitch, remove background noises, alter frequencies, remove vocals, create voice-overs for podcasts, etc.) and plug-ins (support for LADSPA, Nyquist, VST Audio Unit, including VAMP analysis plug-ins).
If you want to do even more then consider Adobe’s Audition pro software. The more you pay, the more features you get.
And with the right adaptor (mini-USB to USB-A to USB-C and preferably with power charging pass through) and recording software, you can use it on a USB-C or Thunderbolt tablet (not tested on a smartphone).
Out of the Box – Blue Yeti USB microphone
- The Yeti
- USB-A to mini-USB cable
It is a heavy little Yeti – made of metal. With the stand it is 1.55kg and stands 12 x 12.5 x 29.5cm (tall). It is a desk or screw mount – not something to slip in your pocket.
It looks like a traditional microphone from the 60s – almost cylindrical, mesh head, big knurled screws on the stand – love it.
Note that there are different colours and a Studio and Pro edition at extra cost.
Setup is simple
Fit the Yeti into its desk stand or use the standard 5/8” microphone screw mount thread on its underside.
Plug it into a USB-A port, and macOS or Windows (tested) finds it and installs it as a Yeti Microphone and speakers (it has a pre-amp for headphone connection).
The Yeti secrets
It has three Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules that will record
- Cardioid – one direction recording – say a podcast or voice over
- Bidirectional – two directions recording interviews – you and someone opposite
- Omnidirectional – all directions – boardroom meetings
- Stereo – left and right