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Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone

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The Yeti is one of the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphones available anywhere. Combining three capsules and four different pattern settings, the Yeti is an ultimate tool for creating amazing recordings, directly to your computer. With exceptional sound and performance, the Yeti can capture anything with a clarity & ease unheard of in a USB microphone.

The Yeti features Blue's innovative triple capsule array, allowing for recording in stereo or your choice of three unique patterns, including cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional, giving you recording capabilities usually requiring multiple microphones.

The Yeti utilizes a high quality analog-to-digital converter to send incredible audio fidelity directly into your computer, a built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and simple controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, and microphone gain located directly on the microphone. There are no drivers to install - simply plug the Yeti into your PC or Mac, load up your favorite recording software, and record something amazing.

The legend of the Yeti continues with the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone roaming the wild today. The Yeti features tools and recording capabilities usually requiring multiple microphones and devices, all with the simplicity of a plug 'n play USB microphone.

You can quickly select from each of Yeti's four pattern settings (stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional) by simply rotating the pattern selector knob. The chart below shows each pattern's symbol, sound source direction, and suggested recording applications.

The Stereo mode is great for capturing a realistic stereo image. To start, point the microphone at the sound source that you want to record (the "front" of the microphone is the side of the microphone with the Blue Microphones Logo). Depending on the instrument and/or sound that you want to achieve, place the grill of the microphone anywhere from 2 inches to several feet in front of the sound source. By centering the sound source, you will get equal amounts of signal in both the left and right channels. If you want a little more of the signal in the right channel, move the sound source a little to the right side of the mic (as if one is behind the microphone), and if you want a little more of the signal in the left channel, move the sound source to the left (as if you are behind the microphone). Alternatively, you can record everything as centered as possible, and easily adjust the position when you're mixing the recording. If you want the sound in the right or left channel only, you should try using the cardioid, bidirectional or the omnidirectional setting, and use your software to hard-pan the sound to the left or the right.

Cardioid is the most commonly used mode and can be useful in most any situation. If you are recording vocals, a podcast, or a voiceover, cardioid is likely your best choice. When recording in cardioid, sound directly in front of the microphone is picked up while the sound at the rear and sides of the microphone is not picked up. Therefore, you will want to arrange the source directly in front of the microphone. Cardioid will deliver the most direct, rich sound, but will not offer as much airiness or presence as the other recording modes.

Omnidirectional means that the microphone picks up sound equally from all directions. This setting is perfect for recording a group of musicians all playing at the same time, recording a conversation between multiple parties around a room, a conference call, or any other situations where you want to capture the ambience of 'being there.' Because sound is picked up from all directions in this mode, the orientation of the microphone isn't crucial, but as a good rule of thumb, start by orienting the front of the microphone at the primary sound source you wish to record.

Bidirectional means that the microphone picks up sound at the front and rear of the microphone, while the sounds to the sides are "rejected", or not picked up. The bidirectional setting is very useful in achieving a nuanced, pleasant sound when recording musical instruments, and is perfect for recording an interview with two or more guests. By placing the microphone between two or more subjects (front of microphone facing one source, rear of microphone facing another), you can achieve a natural sound without the complexity of using multiple microphones.


Power Required/Consumption: 5V 150mA 
Sample Rate: 48 kHz 
Bit Rate: 16bit 
Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules 
Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo 
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz 
Sensitivity: 4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz) 
Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz) 


Impedance:16 ohms 
Power Output (RMS): 130 mW 
THD: 0.009% 
Frequency Response: 15 Hz - 22 kHz 
Signal to Noise: 100dB 


Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72" (12cm) x 4.92"(12.5cm) x 11.61"(29.5cm) 
Weight (microphone): 1.2 lbs (.55 kg) 
Weight (stand): 2.2 lbs (1 kg) 


PC: Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional 
USB 1.1/2.0; 64 MB RAM (minimum) 
Macintosh: Mac OSX ( 10.4.11 or higher ) 
USB 1.1/2.0 
64 MB RAM (minimum) 


Is Yeti compatible with Windows Vista? What about Windows 7?

Yes, Yeti is compatible with both Vista and 7!

Do I need any special software to use Yeti? Do I need any drivers?

Technically, no. Depending on your application, your OS may have sufficient features to utilize the capabilities of Yeti. But, to get the most out of your Yeti, you'll want to have some kind of software that allows for digital signal processing and non-linear editing that will accept audio from the USB port. Some examples of these programs are listed below.

Does Yeti need batteries? I've heard that condenser microphones require something called "Phantom Power". Do I need to concern myself with this?

No. Yeti does not require batteries. Yeti derives its operating power from something called bus voltage, which is always present on your USB port. As long as the red LED is glowing, you've got power.

Can I use Yeti with a traditional analog audio mixer?

No, the Yeti features digital output only. It must be connected to a USB port in order to function.

What sample rate and word length does Yeti use?

The Yeti's digital output is set to 16 bit/48 kHz.

How can I select a different sample rate?

Because Yeti is designed for the greatest ease of operation and setup, sample rate / word length are not user-definable. Sorry, geeks.

Can I use more than one Yeti at a time?

Some audio editing software allows for multiple USB connections. Check with your software vendor-- they should have technical support staff who can answer all of your questions about your product.

What does polar pattern mean? Why should I care?

If you think of polar patterns as the shape of the area that a microphone "hears" omnidirectional hears everything at equal volume from all angles (in a 360 degree sphere surrounding the mic), while cardioid only hears what's right in front of it at full volume and other sounds at increasingly diminished volume as the sound source moves further away from the center of the mic (audio techs call this off-axis). You should care because one of the most useful features of a microphone is the ability to control its pickup. We like polar patterns so much, that some of our professional studio microphones have as many as nine different patterns!

Why doesn't my Yeti have a THX logo?

The THX microphone certification program helped establish the audio input performance standard for which the best-selling Yeti microphone family is known. However, the microphone certification program will be discontinued over the coming months as THX will be focusing on its core home theater program (TVs, speakers, etc). Regardless of the discontinuation of this category, Yeti and Yeti Pro will continue to be manufactured to the same specification and standards.

My microphone doesn't seem to be working.

Ensure your USB cable is properly connected directly to your computer's USB port. Also check that the status light is illuminated. Open your computer's audio menu and verify that Blue Microphones Yeti is the selected sound source

What part of the mic do I talk into?

The Yeti Pro is a side address microphone. A side address microphone accepts sound from an angle perpendicular to the mic as opposed to a front address mic where you speak into the "end" of the microphone.

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