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Blue Yeti Microphone Review

Posted on | June 13, 2012 | No Comments

We all knew deep down that USB microphones would start to catch up with dynamic and condenser studio mics, and ‘Blue’ microphones seem to be leading the charge. The Blue Yeti Microphone has been on the market a little while now and has certainly caused a stir, but where does it rank, and how suitable is it for your music, vocal or podcast needs?

The first thing that strikes me about this mic, or any mic made by Blue in fact, is just how cool it is! I’m a sucker for all things that look nice and are fun to use, which is one of the reasons I’m such an apple fiend (yes, they’re compatible with mac’s), but these mics look like something a futuristic elvis would hold on stage. The microphone was clearly designed to be ‘plug and play’ and there is very little that is complicated about it when it comes to usability. The mic has simple controls that allow you to adjust Recording Pattern - cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo – and gain.

The different recording patterns you can use are one of the real plus points to these microphones, and they mean that the microphone is one of the most versatile you’ll come across, and is suitable for podcasting, recording instruments, vocals, voiceovers, field recordings, you name it, this bad boy can do it.

So how does the sound weigh up? Well, surprisingly good actually. USB mics have always been pretty substandard, but the Blue Yeti Microphone really challenges that stereotype. Whether you’re looking to record a vocal track, guitar track, some samples, whatever! The versatility of the microphone means that it really does a solid job of absolutely everything, and the sound is absolutely great. I’m not just talking about bedroom demos either, the blue yeti microphone and other members of the blue mic family have been used in real recordings that can be used in real record stores by bands such as Liars, Manchester Orchestra, TV on the Radio…the list goes on. The mic delivers a clean sound that has been trusted by some top musicians and producers, the idea that this is available in the comfort of your own home is exciting for all DIY musicians.

What do you need to get started with the mic? A recent PC or Mac. That’s it. It has ‘plug and play’ functionality, which means you don’t even need to install a driver to get going. Another stunning features is the fact that (with an adaptor) this plugs into an iPad or iPhone, allowing quality recordings while you’re on the go, and just show off to your friends! The package comes with adjustable stand, USB cable, and instructions.

In summary, this is a beautiful Microphone which will cope with all of your home recording needs without even breaking sweat. Blue microphones mark the next step of a recording transition from expensive studio to bedroom. A must buy.

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