The second secret is that while the microphone is analogue, a high-quality Analogue to Digital converter feeds a digital signal via the USB port to the computer. Digital signals are easily manipulated by recording software.
The final secret is that it has no finicky digital controls – you can manipulate gain and recording patterns from the mic. It has is a no latency, real-time headphone jack and volume control for that.
How good is the recording?
All tests were using Audacity on a Microsoft Surface Book i7 device with the mic set to 50% gain.
Yeti records 16-bit, 48kHz sound over the 20-20,000kHz human hearing spectrum. It can handle up to 120dB SPL (sound pressure level) – the threshold of pain or thunder.
OK, it is not pro-studio sound but for YouTube, podcasters, budding musicians, boardrooms, and more – it delivers top drawer results. The sound is clean and crisp – there is no colouration at all.
As for the pattern you use – it depends on your use. They are all effective with sound sources up to 20 metres (or more) from the microphone.
What I found extra handy was the no-lag headphone socket that allowed me to hear precisely what I was recording. When using wired headphones to monitor I picked up possibly its only Achilles heel. There can be too much surrounding noise, especially outdoors including wind. It is really meant for indoor use.
For general use, I would recommend only 25% gain as it does pick up every noise!
We announced the Blue Yeti and have been itching to get our hands on a review unit. After all GadgetGuy knows sound!
At A$208 for a microphone, it is not cheap, but it is so good that quality will be remembered long after price is forgotten.
It is for amateurs and prosumers – pro musos need not apply.
- Records excellent audio in four user selectable patterns
- Works in very large rooms like boardrooms
- Very clear, detailed, unadulterated sound
- Incredibly easy to use – plug and play
- If you use an app like Audacity, you will need to learn that
- Very well made and durable
- Suits all amateur use including garage bands and vocalists
- Beats the hell out of webcam and other computer mics
- Fairly large – not a pocket mic
- Uses older style mini-USB connector
- If you are using it, close-up consider a POP filter or outside a wind filter
- Overall: 5 out of 5
- Features: 5 out of 5 – does what it promises in four directions
- Value for Money: 5 out of 5 – really good price for the quality
- Performance: 5 out of 5 – Captured clear voice up to 20m
- Ease of Use: 5 out of 5 – Very easy to set up
- Design: 5 out of 5 – very distinctive Yeti-like