Best USB Microphone! Blue Yeti Review + Mic Test

Why Blue Yeti is still the best USB microphone after all this time. Here’s my full review + audio tests.
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For years the Blue Yeti has been referred to as the best USB microphone from many different bloggers, podcasters, and YouTubers, and it has a nearly perfect 5-star rating almost anywhere you look.

The Blue Yeti is currently $129 on Amazon, but some colors are cheaper than others. Blue Yeti is made of a sturdy metal and stands almost a foot tall & weighs about 3.5 lbs. It comes with a USB cable and is compatible with Mac and PC right out of the box. No drivers or software needed. Just plug it in and start recording. Even though the Yeti can fold down to make it a little better for storing or packing, it’s still mainly designed to stay put on your desk because of its fairly large size and solid build.

At its price range the Blue Yeti is the best choice for most people. If you look at mics below $100 you’ll see they often lack a key feature that the Blue Yeti has, and if you want something that sounds better than the Blue Yeti you’ll most likely spend a lot more money on a complicated setup of an XLR mic with a separate audio interface. The advantages of having a USB mic like the Yeti are USB mics are cheaper & simpler. The Blue Yeti has an internal preamp and analog-to-digital converter that takes the incoming signal, amplifies it, and converts it to digital, and sends it directly into your computer. That means you don’t need any other gear to start recording.

The headphones jack allows latency-free real-time monitoring of your microphone so you can make sure your recording levels are just right and you’re not peaking. There’s also a standard thread mount for attaching the Yeti to a different mic stand or boom pole. The bottom of the mic stand has firm foam on it that allows the mic to stay in one place really well. Under the mesh top there are actually three condenser microphone capsules which make the Yeti versatile for almost any recording situation. It has a pattern selector where you an choose up to 4 different recording settings.

Cardioid mode records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone, delivering a rich full bodied sound. It minimizes the pickup of noise from the sides and back of the microphone. It’s perfect for recording your voice, whether it’s a voiceover for a video, podcast, gaming commentary, singing/rapping vocals. Cardioid mode is also great for recording solo instruments.

Stereo mode uses both the left &right channels to capture a wide, realistic sound image so it’s good for when you want the listener to hear the movement from one ear to another and also ideal for recording things like acoustic guitar or a choir.

Omnidirectional mode picks up sound equally from all around the mic. It’s best used in situations when you want to capture the ambient noises and want the listener to have the feeling of “being there” like recording a band’s live performance, a multi-person podcast or a conference call.

Bidirectional mode records from both the front and rear of the microphone while the noise from the sides are not picked up. It’s good for recording a duet or a two-person interview or two-person podcast episode. It comes in handy when you don’t have multiple microphones for multiple people.

Blue Yeti records in 16-Bit 48 kHz and is perfect for voiceovers, podcasts, YouTube videos, video chats, live streams, and musicians. The Yeti just does an excellent job at capturing a voice the way it sounds in real life with clarity.

To get good audio quality:
Be sure you’re speaking into the front of the mic (not the top) when you’re in cardioid mode.
Get fairly close to the mic for it to capture that richness of your voice. If you’re super close, invest in a pop filter.
Set the correct gain level using the gain control knob. The more gain, the louder and more sensitive the mic will be.

Also try to eliminate as much background noise as possible (if you don’t want the background noise to be picked up). The Blue Yeti does a fairly good job at not picking up a lot of background noise, but no mic will absolutely eliminate all background noise.

Even though I think the Blue Yeti is the best USB mic overall because it has professional studio sound quality, very solid and attractive design, multi-pattern recordings and tri-capsule microphone array, if your budget isn’t enough for the Yeti I recommend the Audio Technica ATR2100. It’s almost half the price of the Yeti and it is one of my all time favorite USB microphones.

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david gohl says:

Good mic. Good rap.

Dark says:

Am I able to use it to talk on Skype and in games to?

Maxbax8 says:

hmm is it good for earape ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

BlvntFX says:

The best USB Microfon is the Auna 900b!

Chto Zaviduyesh says:

nice review, wanted to throw my Yeti, but decided to give a try again

What is Life says:

The gain is so good, you can ear rape ur friends

Alfredo Vasquez says:

Really in-depth review, but I couldn’t wait for you to stop talking about it to hear your rap. Sorry, I skipped to the end. 🙂

GD FR says:

would this work for a 4 person podcast?

ZOIDZEID Tech says:

Good review dude,keep making good vids

JorEl says:

Andy Slye – Blue Yeti Mixtape (2018)

S'morez _ says:

Is it good for YouTube gaming like commentary

PaxeGames says:

you made me want to buy this mic right away

Seth Koch says:

I liked the Blue Yeti, but later I found it picked up too much unwanted noise. Now I have the SM7B.

Maxbax8 says:

yep, approved by a *cat*

CashWithBob says:

The mic is awesome I just got one, but the rapping was off the Hook.. lol…

JohnnyL REACTS says:

Hi there. I have a very simple but important question. I have been doing reaction videos on my new channel. Always by myself with a lav mic hooked up to my phone, no issue. I want to bring in guest speakers, and don’t want to tie them down with Lavs (I only have one, but would have to buy a couple more). Looking at this one, blue yeti or snowball. If I buy one of these (most likely usb version) and put it down on the table in front with omni-directional mode, will it pick up the sound of our voices clearly and crisply? Close to what my Lav does? We would be in front of a desk. Any advice for people in a room so they can speak and sit freely and still record good audio would be greatly appreciated. Or is it that we must sit in a very specific proximity to the mix, and not move very much so as to not decrease quality..

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Jürgen Kaßnitz says:

Hi Andy, good job and a good sounding mic – but the link to the cheaper Audio Technica mic shows a different one than in your video (Audio Technica AT2020USB)

Andy Slye says:

Do you agree that the Blue Yet is the best USB mic? Let me know!
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carapungo says:

Here I use a Yeti USB mic with Garageband

LogicalSuppository says:

I was thinking about the blue yeti. This just made my decision for me. Thank you so much for this informative review. I subbed and liked because of quality content. Keep up the good work!

Drawing With Jude says:

lol. I love the part where you go “Sweet, hot nutella”

Reggie Maddox says:

Great video extremely helpful

Brad HD Gaming says:

pls sub to me

Zombie Sexbot says:

A Big L reference… You’re doing a good job, my friend…

Ziv Viz says:

Awesome review dude! I bought the yeti today. Your video really helped me out. 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Thumbpin productions says:

This was really helpful I m a big fan of ur wrk

Armor King says:

You qouted Big L so ill like the video

Filtroox says:

The things that will make buy this instead of the audio technica at2020 usb+ is the mute button and being cheaper too.

tdo7125 says:

Good review and cool rap bro

TechnoGenuine says:

I had Blue Snow Ball and I returned it because it wasn’t as good as my old microphone Logitech, will this do the job?

Brad HD Gaming says:

just sayng, it works wit ps4

OMGitzCacti says:

that rap was 2 good

Mikecrosoft99 x says:

very useful video, learned a lot about the blue yeti, thank you!! Will be getting this microphone one day. Happy New Years.

Vash Koi says:

Everyone is talking about the microphone and here I am, amazed by how cool and neat your computer setup is and that Himalayan Salt lamp (?). ^^ Cool review, I’ll receive mine soon. But it’s the black one.

Michael Einstein says:

Hi the rap was amazing thanks

JojoTV says:

i want to cringe but this guy seems nice. How do you get your yeti out of your webcam shot and maintain audio quality?

Kimberleywenya says:

Thanks so much for this! It was super useful and so direct! 🙂

Cameron Ackerknecht says:

Also great for asmr… hahaha xD

Good Guys Gaming says:

Hey, great video. Is this a sponsored review?

Ultra Speedy says:

What if the usb cord is too short?

Farinho says:

Blue yeti or Razer serien x

Clay Robert says:

So for an interview or dialogue between two people, only one of these would be needed?

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