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Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone

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Product Description

The multi-pattern Blue Mics Yeti is the most advanced and versatile USB Microphone available anywhere. Combining three capsules and four different pattern settings, the Yeti is the ultimate tool for creating amazing recordings, directly to your computer. Exceptional sound and performance, the Yeti can capture anything with a clarity and ease unheard of in a USB microphone.

The ultimate professional USB Microphone
The Yeti features Blue's innovative triple capsule array, allowing for recording in stereo or your choice of three unique patterns, including cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional, giving you recording capabilities usually requiring multiple microphones.

The Yeti utilizes a high quality analog-to-digital converter to send incredible audio fidelity directly into your computer, a built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and simple controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, and microphone gain located directly on the microphone. The Yeti's exceptional performance and fidelity provide incredibly low distortion, high fidelity, and balanced frequency response. There are no drivers to install — simply plug the Yeti into your PC or Mac, load up your favorite recording software, and record something amazing.

 

Yeti Microphone Features
  • Proprietary Tri-Capsule Array
  • Three premium 14mm, tuned condenser capsules
  • Mic gain control
  • Four polar patterns:
    • Stereo
    • Cardioid
    • Omni
    • Bidirectional
  • Mute button
  • Master Volume control
  • Zero-latency headphone output with amplifier and volume control
  • USB mini jack
  • Standard threaded stand mount
You can quickly select from each of Yeti's four pattern settings (stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional) by simply rotating the pattern selector knob.

Stereo
The Stereo mode is great for capturing a realistic stereo image. To start, point the microphone at the sound source that you want to record (the "front" of the microphone is the side of the microphone with the Blue Microphones Logo). Depending on the instrument and/or sound that you want to achieve, place the grill of the microphone anywhere from 2 inches to several feet in front of the sound source. By centering the sound source, you will get equal amounts of signal in both the left and right channels. If you want a little more of the signal in the right channel, move the sound source a little to the right side of the mic (as if one is behind the microphone), and if you want a little more of the signal in the left channel, move the sound source to the left (as if you are behind the microphone). Alternatively, you can record everything as centered as possible, and easily adjust the position when you're mixing the recording. If you want the sound in the right or left channel only, you should try using the cardioid, bidirectional or the omnidirectional setting, and use your software to hard-pan the sound to the left or the right.

Cardioid
Cardioid is the most commonly used mode and can be useful in most any situation. If you are recording vocals, a podcast, or a voiceover, cardioid is likely your best choice. When recording in cardioid, sound directly in front of the microphone is picked up while the sound at the rear and sides of the microphone is not picked up. Therefore, you will want to arrange the source directly in front of the microphone. Cardioid will deliver the most direct, rich sound, but will not offer as much airiness or presence as the other recording modes.

Omnidirectional
Omnidirectional means that the microphone picks up sound equally from all directions. This setting is perfect for recording a group of musicians all playing at the same time, recording a conversation between multiple parties around a room, a conference call, or any other situations where you want to capture the ambience of ‘being there.' Because sound is picked up from all directions in this mode, the orientation of the microphone isn't crucial, but as a good rule of thumb, start by orienting the front of the microphone at the primary sound source you wish to record.

Bidirectional
Bidirectional means that the microphone picks up sound at the front and rear of the microphone, while the sounds to the sides are "rejected", or not picked up. The bidirectional setting is very useful in achieving a nuanced, pleasant sound when recording musical instruments, and is perfect for recording an interview with two or more guests. By placing the microphone between two or more subjects (front of microphone facing one source, rear of microphone facing another), you can achieve a natural sound without the complexity of using multiple microphones.

Product Specifications
Yeti USB Microphone Specifications

  • Power Required/Consumption: 5V 150mA
  • Sample Rate: 48 kHz
  • Bit Rate: 16bit
  • Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules
  • Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz)
  • Maximum SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)
 
Headphone Amplifier
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Power Output (RMS): 130 mW
  • THD: 0.009%
  • Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 22 kHz
  • Signal to Noise: 100dB
 
Physical
  • Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72" (12cm) x 4.92"(12.5cm) x 11.61"(29.5cm)
  • Weight (microphone): 1.2 lbs (.55 kg)
  • Weight (stand): 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
 
System Requirements
  • PC:
    • Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional
    • USB 1.1/2.0; 64 MB RAM (minimum)
  • Macintosh:
    • Mac OSX (10.4.11 or higher)
    • USB 1.1/2.0
    • 64 MB RAM (minimum)
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  818-879-5200 Warranty:  1 year, tubes 90 days
Jeremy Duncan from Houston, Tx
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Very good purchase
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Your general opinion of this product.
I purchased this microphone mainly for the cardiod direction. Although I've already used several of the other settings. I like it a lot. It gives a good clean recording, and the gain control helps reduce unwanted noise. I mainly use this to make tutorial screencasts, and I have two young daughters who like to make loud noises at unexpected times. When they are home, I just set the gain all the way down. The audio is still recorded well when I speak in a normal voice, and I don't need to be super close to the microphone. Unless you turn the volume up very high, you can't even hear my daughters in the recording.
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