I do a lot of audio recording so I needed to have something more focused on vocal work. My Snowball was great but due to being omni-directional it wasn't best suited to individual sound sources. This Yeti has 4 different modes; omni-directional, stereo, cardioid, and bi-directional. It's so easy to switch between the different modes with the built in dial. I love how the most important features are built into the hardware of the mic so I don't have to do a lot in my audio software.
There are additional controls on the mic for gain, volume, and mute. The mute button is lit with a red led. It's easy to install. All I had to do is plug the micro USB into the bottom and into my laptop. It installed itself to my internet connected Windows 8 system within minutes. The only thing I had to tweak was the input/output settings of my pc audio. This is something I'm accustomed to, otherwise you can find tutorials online on how to do this. I was recording within minutes of opening the box.
It's incredibly sensitive as well. I have to say; Blue makes some darn good mics. I think it's worthwhile to invest in a wind screen after using it and seeing the input in my audio program. I'll be getting a wind screen for it next. This mic cuts back on a lot of the work I had to do with the other mic by recording precisely in the directions I need it to. Sometimes I want the ambient sound that omnidirectional recording provides, and other times I can save time I would have spent in editing by using cardioid, stereo, or bidirectional, not having to edit out/eliminate the background sound.
The design of the mic also allows you to adjust it in the stand or turn it facing down when it's not in use. The pegs on the side twist to tighten and hold it in the desired position. I noticed, like many others, that the upright position puts some minor stress on the micro USB port. It's not enough stress for me to see it as an issue but I'll certainly treat it with care and unplug the cord when it's not in use to reduce stress on the port. The swivel design of the mic makes it really easy to get to the USB and headphone jack. It can also be taken off the base and screwed into a boom stand because there's a screw port on the bottom. Placing it in a boom stand would likely reduce some of the bending of the cords but I will be using it as came, in its original stand, as a tabletop mic.
I love the Blue Yeti and highly recommend it to others. With the 4 different directional recording modes it's appropriate for just about any type of audio recording; I can't think of anything else I could possibly need. I'm all set now... Although I love my Snowball and got a ton of use out of it, I should have just saved up for the Yeti right off the bat. I wasn't sure before, but now having used it, I feel it's well worth it for both hobbyists and professionals alike. It's great for podcasts, voice overs, interviews, music, and more. If I have any issues with it over time, I will certainly update my review, but my Yeti has been working great for all my audio needs.