Blue Microphones - Yeti USB Multi-Pattern Electret Condenser Instrument and Vocal Microphone

Record a song or podcast with this Yeti microphone. Its integrated headphone amp minimizes latency to capture real-time vocals at up to 120dB, and it's adjustable, so you can record from a comfortable position. This Yeti microphone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, letting you listen to your voice as you record.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Blue Microphones Yeti
  • Microphone stand

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1182 out of 1220)

Features


Compatible with Mac and Windows

For use with your existing device.

Electret condenser microphone

Enables recording of voiceovers, narration, interviews, reports and presentations.

Microphone controls

For one-touch operation of mute and volume functions.

Stereo pattern

Picks up your voice and insulates it from other signals.

Microphone stand

For optimal positioning.

20Hz - 20kHz frequency response

For faithful sound reproduction.

USB plug-and-play connectivity

Enables simple digital recording.


Overall customer rating

4.7
97%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best bang for your buck, and more.

    Posted
    MysticMagicks
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    The Blue Yeti professional USB microphone is by far one of the best microphones I've ever used that don't exceed $300 in price. As a little bit of a background, I use this microphone solely for livestreaming (think podcast w/ video), and having a microphone that is both rich in sound quality and easy to use is essential. When people join my stream, one of the things they're primarily looking for is great sound quality, and the Blue Yeti hits up and above the expectations people come with. Although I haven't used it for recording any singing, I have also heard that it's great to use in that area as well. The price on this product is also great. If your Best Buy offers a price match, I would highly recommend you price match it on Amazon ($50 discount). With this discount, I gladly paid the extra cost for a warranty which I haven't needed as of yet. I've heard reviews stating that the microphone picks up unwanted sound, and coming from someone who lives in a quiet house, I can say that it does pick up the sound from my chair rolling on the hard ground, along with sounds from my (mechanical) keyboard and mouse. However, if you really want to eliminate that extra sound, a filter is definitely needed. A friend of mine just puts a wool sock over his microphone as a cheap alternative. The only aspects of this microphone that I don't like are the size, and the knobs to tighten the mic. Both are VERY small details, and it definitely doesn't affect the way I use this microphone. The size was a LOT bigger than I expected; it's almost 12 inches upright, and blocks a portion of my monitor when in use. This is easily overcome by sitting in a better more upright posture, and tilting the microphone back a little bit, facing upwards towards my mouth. The second thing I've noticed about the microphone, is the little knobs on the side to tighten the mic from falling and tilting come loose pretty easily. I often have to re-tighten them when I adjust my microphone. All in all, there is no better alternative for this great microphone when in use with podcasts. The sound is rich and fulfilling, picking up the bass tones and higher tones with ease. It'll pick up your whispers and your yelling, all keeping it roughly the same volume. I get comments all the time on my livestreams about my microphone, and I've already recommended it to a few friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I Love My Yeti! Multiple Modes to Meet All My Reco

    Posted
    YouTubeuLowiHai
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic choice for Dragon Dictation!

    Posted
    MovieMD
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Compared to just a few years ago, dictation software has vastly improved (especially on the Mac). After a horrible experience 3 years ago, I decided to give it a second go when Nuance released the new version of Dragon Professional for Mac. I started out using a cheap headset microphone, but it was uncomfortable and made me feel tethered. After hearing from other Mac users of Dragon, the Blue Yeti came highly recommended and was also "officially" supported by Nuance. While $130 initially felt a bit pricey, after getting my hands on it and using it for a few weeks I consider it to be an absolute steal for the price. This mic is a legitimate professional mic that can used in so many different ways - Podcasts, Skype / FaceTime, Google Hangouts, GarageBand, YouTube Blogs, conference calls, and dictation just to name a few. Initially I thought I would have to have the mic sitting pretty close while I dictated, but I just leave it sitting next to monitor facing towards me at an angle. Despite being nearly 2 feet away, it performed leaps and bounds better than the original plastic headset mic I used initially (which sat about an inch away from my mouth). The Yetti is nearly perfect, but I do have 1 major complaint. I really wish it had an on/off switch because if you leave it plugged into your computer, it has a red LED that is constantly lit up (if it is muted the LED will blink). The only way to turn it off is to unplug it which can be inconvenient. However, I ended up just buying a cheap $7 USB adapter that has an off/on power button so I can leave the microphone plugged in and just press the button on the adapter when I need to use it. Despite this one drawback, I still give it 5/5 stars and my full recommendation!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid build quality and crisp sound

    Posted
    1DoctorGenius

    I read several expert opinion and literature about USB microphones. I tested 4 standalone microphones, 1 webcam microphone and laptop integrated microphone together before settling for Yeti. If you are interested in listening to sound comparison on YouTube, Just lookup - Multiple microphone unboxing and sound test Little background regarding why we bought Yeti: My son has setup his recording station in his bedroom (i.e. home environment) and it is not a recording booth. We already own ATR2100 which is a great microphone but my son did not want the microphone in the video so he needed something that can record his sound clearly from 20 Inches and ATR2100 is not meant for that purpose. Many people will argue to use XLR + USB Audio interface (to add gain). They are right but with inexpensive USB Audio interface devices (anything below $100) also add unpleasant white noise. So, let us get back to our beloved YETI. Yes, you figured it right – Yeti can capture clear and crisp audio from 16-20 Inches distance. It is an awesome microphone for YouTubers who post gameplays and do not want the microphone in the video. It is also without a doubt an awesome mic. for singers and podcasters as well. They can bring it upclose (like 3-4 inches) with a pop filter for pleasant recording. The best part about it is that you can switch between various patterns to record or avoid surrounding sounds as you desire. Another HUGE HUGE plus is it has a physical “GAIN” knob which when turned clockwise increases the recording volume. As per YETI manual I left it on default (which is right in middle) but we did test it at upto 75% of max and found that there was no distortion in sound quality. Other great feature is a sensible mute button and headphone volume control in front (yup you can monitor your recording with onboard headphone jack). All standalone mics that I bought recorded sound with great clarity but Yeti was clearest and most crisp from 16-20 inches distance. It is very nice from upclose as well. Basically we are very happy with our decision to buy this beautiful beast - YETI. Thanks for taking time to read this review 

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great, crisp, and clear sound.

    Posted
    fra1z3r
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I have been looking for a great mic to do music recordings on Garageband. I ironically spent a lot more money than the Blue Yeti Cost on trying to find an affordable recording mic to fit my needs for recording acoustics and vocals. I always overlooked the Yeti because of its $149 price tag, but recently got fed up with trying to find exactly what I need... lucky for me the blue yeti was on sale for $129 so it caught my eye. I returned a mic I had recently bought that just didnt work and applied the money from the return to the blue yeti, Never been so relieved to find a musically involved product. When I opened the box I was caught by surprise at the size of the Yeti, it was not too big and not too small and it had a very nice sturdy weight to it. The design is awesome, its sleek, modern with a touch of retro and fits perfectly on my desktop. I plugged it into the USB on my iMac and it was instantly recognized, better yet, when i opened Garageband it ask me if the blue yeti is what i wanted to use. The only thing that i had to do was go into Garageband Preferences and turn the output back to "built in output" in the Audio/MIDI tab as it routed everything to the blue yeti when i clicked yes to use it in Garageband, trying to use it as the output along with the input. Other than that, it was very accessible. Last but not least, there are four settings to choose from for recoding and the quality of recordings, whether with an acoustic guitar or vocals, are the greatest I have been able to produce and I couldn't be more satisfied with how things sound when lay down a track. The only thing is now, that I may have to leave Garageband behind and move on to a better song writing/recording program...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pro Sound Quality with Live Playback Audio

    Posted
    TJB429
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    As a hobbyist singer, I did not want to invest too much into recording hardware. After reading several reviews of many different types of microphones that were PC compatible that could run without additional hardware, I decided to try this Yeti and have fell in love with it. There are three different recording settings for Solo (front), Duet (front and back), and Band (360 degree) recording that gauge which direction(s) to record the sound for the best input quality. It also gauges the gain of input directly on the mic. With the port to plugin headphones directly into the mic allows for almost absolutely no lag in live playback where as many of the mics that I looked into purchasing relied on the recording software which could cause a noticeable lag in live playback. The recording sound quality is fantastic, more that I would have expected from a less than $150 microphone. If you are looking to purchase this mic, I do suggest going to Blue's (the manufacturer) site to learn more on the functions of this mic, they do an excellent job laying out and explaining everything about this product. I am 100% happy with this mic and would recommend this to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Blue Yeti: insane amounts of echo, or just me?

    Posted
    Brazilian
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I picked up a Blue Yeti for some not-really-professional demo stuff we need to do at work (I work at a place that makes Web videos from time to time, and while we always hire a pro to do the final recording, it's useful to have a decent mic to record VO for our demo work for clients as we make progress on a project). I'm recording in a small (10' x 10') office, with drywall and furniture, so it's *far* from an ideal environment, but the Yeti is *shockingly* echoey, regardless of the mic pickup pattern. I've gone as far as to make a "cave" around the Yeti with a winter coat so it's nestled in a thick down coat with only about a 8" "window" facing me as I record, but I can't discern any difference between that and no baffling at all. I see videos online of people recording on the Yeti, doing podcasts and so on, with no special equipment, in a "normal" room, and it sounds nothing like the echo I'm getting here. Even with the gain way down and me speaking about 1 cm from the mic, it still sounds like a bathroom stall. How can I first diagnose if this is normal, and second, do something about it without building a whole recording studio just to accommodate one microphone? Mac OS X and Audacity, if it helps. I'm pretty new to all of this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good

    Posted
    MarcGtown
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I got this to do mostly podcasts and voice recordings. It is easy to set up and worked without any driver installs. All you have to do is plug it in and select the Yeti as microphone in your recording software. I didn't realize I had to set the speaker to the yeti also to get the monitoring right. Adjusting the volume and sensitivity settings are not really straight forward and take some time to optimize using the OSX sound settings. There are a lot of factors you have to consider, like backgrund noise, vibration of the mic on the table, objects around the mic reflecting sounds, distance from the mic, volume of your own voice, etc. Not really specific to this mic, but nevertheless something you have to do to get the recordings right. The settings the vendor suggested didn't really work for me and I found the documentation a little scarce in that regard. Also, it does not come with any recording software, so you are on your own there. I went with Audacity for sound-only, still looking for the right screen casting software. I like the solid build quality, but it is fairly large and definitely not something I would have sitting on my desk in front of me all the time. So I set it up when I need it and store it off my desk otherwise. I'm overall happy with it, but it didn't really blow me away upon first use. It took quite some time to get set up right, so I didn't experience the initial "wow, this is so much better than the built-in mic".

    I would recommend this to a friend




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