Can’t think of the mic you should buy or own? Let me suggest Blue Yeti to you. It’s currently the leading mic for both professional and non-professional singers. And it’s the safest choice out there. If you want to know why just keep reading, my friend.
The World’s #1 USB Microphone
It actually is the “#1 USB mic,” but if you lump it together with the usual microphone using 1/4″ jacks and XLR, its ranking normalizes. It’s primarily made for people who want to use a high-quality mic with their desktop, laptops, and mobile devices. You can use it for different purposes depending on your intention or goal. Practicing and reviewing songs, especially on a portable device.
- Singing with your karaoke app
- Recording your songs in a digital audio workstation (DAW)
- Talking with your friends and family members through social media and messaging apps
- Streaming, narrating, or recording audio for your videos
I’d like to focus and guide you on how useful it is when it comes to your singing. By the end of this review, you will have more clarity and understanding of this microphone and whether this meets your needs or otherwise.
I have held numerous shapes and sizes of microphones in my hand over many years of speaking or singing into them. Never did I know that there are also types.
In terms of pattern, regular mics usually provide one pickup pattern. A mic’s pattern is the range and direction it can “hear” you. It can greatly affect how loud and clear you sound on the speakers or recording. Knowing about a mic’s pattern can let you control what gets picked up and what doesn’t.
The Blue Yeti microphone has four patterns you can pick from. You pro’ly just need one or two of these:
- Cardioid: This pattern makes the mic pick up any sound in front of it. This mode is typical of mics you use on stage and karaoke bars. If you’re singing solo and you don’t want to complicate things, stick with this.
- Omni: Instead of restricting sounds from any direction, this will pick up everything around it. It’ll give you a “live” vibe. However, you wouldn’t want to use it if your backing track or accompaniment is playing through the speaker. It’ll definitely start an annoying feedback loop. I’m positive, you know what I’m talking about, you’ve been there before, haven’t you?
- Bidirectional: If you want to sing a duet, this is the perfect choice. It makes the mic pickup sounds from its front and back, but not the sides. I suppose you could also use the following mode below if you and the other singer both use the front and side while singing.
- Stereo: Lastly, this pattern will receive sounds from the sides and the front. You can still use it on a duet to add some depth to your vocals. You can definitely use it when you’re singing in a three-man group or with lots of people. Also, singing solo in stereo mode can let you control the panning of your voice from left to right, which actually is not a bad idea. You can always experiment which suits your taste when you get hold of one of these microphones.
You can easily switch the pattern using the mode knob behind the mic.
Swag And Performance
I don’t use the word swag to describe things, but it was the first thing that comes to mind when I first saw this microphone. It looks portable and easy to move around since it comes with its own stand. The Blue Yeti also looks sleek and will blend with anything you have on your desktop or work desk. It also comes in multiple pastel colors: midnight blue, prime red, teal, space gray, and etcetera.
Performance-wise, its pick up range is fair enough for you to sing two feet away from the mic regardless of the mode you choose. And it definitely blocks any sound out of its pattern. All because it’s actually housing three condensers.
And thanks to the built-in volume/gain knob combined with its variety of patterns, you have full control of the mic sensitivity when it comes to picking up sound and noises. The headphone volume knob and mute button are quality of life features you’ll definitely appreciate.
Yes! You can actually connect your headphones on this mic. It makes it easier and simpler to use with your computer and phone. Note that you definitely need a USB adapter to connect this device on your phone. The type of adapter you need depends on the make and brand of your smartphone.
The greatest thing about Blue Yeti is that you don’t need anything else. It works great on its own. Its mesh is enough to eliminate pops (not entirely, but it does it significantly). It has its own stand, and you can just place it on top of your desk. And as long as you don’t shake the furniture where it’s placed, you wouldn’t need a shock mount.
You also don’t need to connect it to a preamp. It already has one inside it and uses electricity through USB, so it doesn’t need to get it from batteries, preamps, or a wall socket. And since it connects through USB, you can virtually connect it to any laptop out there in the market, and you won’t need to get a separate USB sound card device, either.
The internal preamp and only having a USB port makes it a bit complex to use with regular audio gears and consoles that mainly use XLR and 1/4” jacks.
Another thing to note is that you can’t mount it on most regular mic stands since its adapter is non-standard.
Basically, this becomes a microphone built for home and studio use. If you want to use it on stage or an event, you’ll need to come up with an intricate set up in advance and get some of its intended accessories. Nonetheless, if that’s not your intention of getting a mic like this, you should be good to go.
There you go. After all said and done, do you think this fits your bill? This mic is perfect if you just want to sing and record at the comfort of your home or private studio. If you think about it, you’re getting four microphones in one. After all, most microphones mainly differ in the pattern they offer since they usually have a single membrane.
Besides, the features and knobs on it are very convenient if you ask me. I have clarified what this microphone is for and hoping you now have an understanding of what it is capable of.
Anyway, if you want to check it out, you can visit its product page here: Blue Yeti Microphone.
If you have any further questions, hit me up and I’d be glad to help you out.