Forget everything you think you understand about sound recording: the original home microphone is dead. Never again should a mini-jack plug need to run its awful buzzing signal into your Mac’s mic socket to record podcasts, dialogue, or music.
The digital domain of USB is here now – and it’s really better. Blue’s Yeti, the beastly sequel to its groundbreaking Snowball USB mic, exudes a retro charm completely at odds using its next-gen makeup.
The heavy 50s-style metal construction – filled with a brilliantly designed large-footprint table stand – lends it an air of seriousness that its little brother (a white plastic orb) missed.
Just how much does it cost?
The Blue Yeti microphone is open to buy for $129.99 (around £100 / AU$180), which is pretty reasonable for a superior quality mic, considering you can spend up to $1000 for high end models.
You can also choose the smaller Nano version for $99.99 (£89.99 / AU$159) if you’re looking to spend less – however small version doesn’t doesn’t support stereo or bidirectional modes (which means you won’t have the ability to sit over the table from a guest on your own podcast.)
Gains for days
One good thing about its 5v-powered USB cosmetic is that the Yeti has the ability to put many of the main recording controls up to speed. There’s an integral gain dial, essential if you are recording quiet or distant sounds and useful for protecting against later processing.
It also includes a volume knob for the live-monitoring headphone amp, a mute button to pause recording, and the main control of most: the pattern switch, which selects between your four operating modes of its triple-capsule array.
The Yeti’s quality was clear and full atlanta divorce attorneys test we gave its multiple patterns, if you may want to choose pop-shield to find the best possible results. Its omni-directional mode captured an area filled with chatting persons evidently and loudly, the cardioid and bi-directional patterns were pleasingly precise (although you will have to lean near the mic to get the very best from them), and its own stereo pattern is simply perfect for podcasting, neatly separating multiple voices gathered around a table.
Whether that selection of functionality does enough to counter the Yeti’s one clear disadvantage – the actual fact you are tethered to an individual mic instead of a multi-head setup – is a matter of taste.
However an external mixer and the relevant microphones to displace its stereo function will definitely cost much more compared to the Yeti, and this can be an unquestionably high-quality mic (THX certified, believe it or not) at a ridiculously reasonable pr