During the last couple of years, there has rarely been a microphone that has been so “hyped up” and popular as the Blue Yeti. With the Blue Yeti, we quickly understood that there was no smoke without fire. After having done a thorough research about its sounds properties, design and quality of manufacturing, we realized that this microphone is probably one of the best on today’s market (in the entry-level range). Without further ado, here is our Blue Yeti review.
- overall rating 95% 95%
- Performance & Sound Quality 100% 100%
- Features 95% 95%
- Design & Connectivity 90% 90%
Pros & Cons
Blue Yeti Key Features
Tri-capsule array | 3 condenser capsules for multi-purposes
4 pattern selection (cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo)
Gain control, mute button, zero-latency headphone output
Plug’n play – Mac and PC compatible
Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, gaming, field recordings, conference calls…
Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8 (including 8.1), Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Home and Professional), and Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher), and requires a minimum of 64 MB of RAM (remove existing and upload)
Blue Yeti Review
Performance & Sound Quality
The most important characteristic of a microphone is definitely its performance and sound quality. Blue didn’t do a half job here. With a 48 kHz sample rate and a 16-bit rate, recordings will be accurately defined. The 20Hz to 20Khz frequency response is wide and will capture all the befitting frequencies meticulously.
In our opinion, it is the great quality capsules of this microphone (3 Blue-proprietary 14mm Condenser Capsules) that really make a difference. These are “Tri-capsule array” which means that the 3 condenser capsules can record almost any situation with the same accuracy.
It is worth knowing that sound-wise, the “Blue Yeti” is especially good at recording vocals, and musical instruments. This microphone is one of the richest sounding, sonically flexible USB microphones at an entry level. An overall good dynamic range is supported by a excellent frequency response and low noise.
In terms of features and possibilities, this microphone is very all-round. Even though it is a professional recording microphone, it can also be used for podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, gaming, field recordings, conference calls and more which makes it a valuable asset for you on the long-term.
Furthermore, selectable pickup patterns are available with this microphone. A qualitative pre-amp is included and the real particularity of the product is that it doesn’t offer only one polar pattern but 4! Indeed, alongside the traditional cardioid polar pattern for condenser microphones, the “Blue Yeti” provides an additional three polar patterns; Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo which all extend recording possibilities.
Additionally, we wanted to emphasize on the stereo mode, which uses both the left and right channels, and is ideal for capturing a realistic, broad sound image.
Design & Connectivity
Blue offers impressive color panels. Indeed you have the possibility of 9 different colors (Blackout, Platinum, Vintage White, Silver, Midnight Blue, Satin Red, Slate, Space Grey, Whiteout). The Blackout version which is the most popular one is very classy and appealing. In terms of manufacturing, the product proves to be solid with a unique positionable design. However, some critical parts such as the knobs are made of wobbly plastic which makes us wonder about the durability of the microphone.
Connectivity on this microphone provides for all the connections you need: a gain control, a mute button and a zero-latency headphone input. Nonetheless, the microphone is rather large and difficult to set up. And finally, the Blue Yeti is really heavy, requiring a stand. However, these are the only downfalls in terms of design.
How Does The Blue Yeti Compare?
With the AT2020, sound-quality is taken to the next level thanks to its cardioid pattern that features high-resolution audio. This microphone has an A/D converter with 24-bit/96 KHz which deliver outstanding performances. Connectivity will also satisfy the user since this microphone includes a USB and lighting cables.
Just like the Blue Yeti, the AT2020 is compatible with Mac and PC. When it comes to sound, it features a wide and clear frequency response between 20Hz and 20,000 KHz. You will be pleased by a very warm sound coming out of this microphone. A balanced lower mid-range warmth that will suit most singers and a very subtle presence peak in the high frequencies adds appropriate amounts of air and clarity. Overall, the Blue Yeti might be a little more high performing.
The AT2035 is amazingly innovative and qualitative for such a reasonable price. This model has the particularity to have a larger diaphragm compared to the AT2020. Its sound can be described as balanced. It delivers a smooth response which is somewhat less bright than the previous model. Moreover, remarkable detail is present with low undesired noise.
It can handle high sound pressure levels with ease. In terms of accessories, it comes with a shock mount, and a pop filter to eliminate the annoying sounds from your recordings. Moreover, a 10 feet XLR cable that connects the mic to the mixer/audio interface is also featured. Finally, the At2035 is specifically appropriate for professional studio applications and live performance. Compared to the Blue Yeti, the AT2035 is very similar. For more info about the AT2035, check out our review.
To conclude, the Blue Yeti combines all the sound properties you would expect from a quality microphone. It offers an excellent frequency representation, a good dynamic range and a low unwanted noise. It features selectable pickup patterns and additional polar patterns, which is a rather rare thing for a microphone of this price range.
The great thing with this microphone is that it is all-round. If you are producing music, needing a microphone for interviews or for podcasts, this microphone will suit pretty much any endeavor. One of the few criticisms we could make is that the Blue Yeti is heavy and cumbersome, but not more than its competitors. Moreover, you would mostly use this type of microphone in a static position.