When I first purchased my 27 Inch Imac and started to record video and audio I noticed how it sounded like I was recording in a bathtub. Don’t get me wrong its better than a kick in the butt but I knew if i wanted to take my audio recordings to the next level I needed to get a real deal USB microphone.
I started to do my research online and kept coming across microphones from a company named Blue Microphones. At the time they were making this very popular USB microphone called the snowball which was selling for around $99. Than I noticed they just came out with something called the Yeti, a pretty substantially sized USB condenser microphone. I found a few very favorable reviews and liked all the specs that I was reading from Blue’s web site and decided to place my order with Amazon. I decided to go with the larger more expensive microphone because I saw it as the 2.8 lens and the lower end microphone was like the kit lens.
When this microphone landed on my door step I knew I had made the right decision in going with the more expensive model. The weight behind the microphone is substantial and the build quality of the mic and stand are amazing. The only minor concern which I had read online before making the purchase was that the buttons on the front and back of the microphone seemed a little flimsy. The buttons do feel a little wobbly when you are turning them but like I mention in the video this unit is meant to stay on your desk and you should never have any issues with the buttons.
Setting up the microphone was a breeze. There is one USB wire to connect to the computer and no drivers needed. As soon as I plugged it in my Imac recognized and allowed me to select it as my input option of choice. You will want to test out the adjustable levels and find that sweet spot for your speaking, singing or music playing. It really is as simple as it sounds, plug it in an you have a professional USB condenser microphone ready to record your next podcast, interview or musical masterpiece.
I had one minor issue that was not the fault of the microphone but a software issue with SKYPE on the Mac. I sent a quick help e mail to the Blue Yeti support staff and in no time I had a response back. It means so much when you ask a question and a real person responds to help you solve your issue and is even willing to pick up the phone to help you.
Who is this microphone for. This microphone is for your everyday computer user who has a need for a better solution to getting their audio into the computer. I use this microphone exclusively for all my skype calls and voiceovers in my videos. The Blue Yeti makes my voice go BOOM like Lightroom makes my contrast go BOOM. With 4 patterns to chose from there is a selection for every conceivable audio recording need. What sweetens the pot even more is the price of this product. For under $100 you have a microphone that should last you for many years to come.
This microphone will make a great gift for the holidays even if it is a gift you purchase for yourself. I know there is one person who will be getting one of these for the holidays as a gift, his name is Greg, but no one tell him.
I love my Blue Yeti and will continue to use it for all of my SKYPE calls and voice overs. If you would like to pick one up please click the photo below.