Submitted August 4, 2012 by Emi K
"Great mic for USB!"
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I was really nervous about getting the Blue Yeti (or any kind of USB mic for that matter) because everyone on the internet always talks about how USB mics are a huge no-no and that nobody should ever buy them, EVER. But, after looking through many reviews and researching all kinds of mics extensively, I decided to at least start out with a USB mic because of my budget constraints and current need for simplicity. I was very happy after opening the box and plugging it in a minute later to hear that the audio quality is in fact very decent, and in comparison to other USB mics I've used, very very good. Now, I realize this isn't a pre-amp and interface like everyone says I absolutely need, but for being a USB mic, I think this is one of the best you can get and it does its job almost as well as a pre-amped mic. It is great for my type of people (beginning musicians and actors) especially if you can't afford the whole professional setup.
The only issue is how much audio the mic actually does pick up. I mean of course, it's a sensitive condenser mic, and most people who have done their research on the mic before buying it know that, but I just want to warn everyone who maybe doesn't really know about just how sensitive this microphone really is. I placed it for a silence test inside my closet buried beneath clothes and with my laptop 10 feet across the room (I love how they give you a really long USB cord for that) and it still picked up noises such as the dryer upstairs, the water heater two rooms down, the air moving around inside the closet, and my laptop fan outside my closet. This mic can sound very, very good if you find a way to make a studio-silent atmosphere. I am planning on spending a few bucks and building a box lined with eggcrate foam and insulation fiber to make something at least partially silent. Noise-removal tools remove most of everything though, and I don't have too much of an issue with this mic for its sensitivity.
Another thing people should know is that this does require a pop filter, even though it's supposed to be built in. I mean, if you're just going to talk in it from a foot away, it's fine, but if you're going to get close to the mic like I do then a pop filter will come in handy. I can still make my audio peak by saying "pop party pump" into it.
Also, the DAW you record in makes a huge difference. I tried recording in Audacity and then recording in Mixcraft, and the difference in quality was pretty large. If you can get Adobe Audition, that will probably sound the best. Reaper is a cheap option and a great DAW. So keep that in mind if you're serious about the quality.
Other than that, it's a very good USB microphone. Oh, also, everyone notes how bad the buttons and knobs are. But they're really not that bad. I mean, they're a tad flimsy, but they still look nice and glide smoothly. So don't let that deter you from buying this...
All styles; some voice acting, singing, acoustic guitar, and piano.
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