Setting up a home studio can cost a lot as it requires money, space and pro-level microphones that may cost four digits. It is fortunate that there are affordable mics that give great audio quality, such as the Blue Yeti microphone. The mic is great with podcasts, playing musical instruments and gaming with just a fraction of the price of professional equipment.
The Blue Yeti device offers an extremely clear sound and four recording modes. Priced at $149.99, it is well-built and has a lot of features for those who are not ready to build for themselves a home studio yet.
Blue Yeti Overview
The three-pound, foot-tall beast of a USB Blue Yeti microphone is dull silver-plated. Had it been with gold, it would look like a trophy for broadcasters and not a USB mic. This solid, good looking microphone for gaming consists of a stand and the mic itself. The former is a 7-inch-tall solid steel piece that keeps the mic from tipping over. It features a big adjustable axle for the mic to pivot down and up. Meanwhile, the mic is 7.5-inch long and has fat silver body hulk with a chrome tip. It has a Mute button, three dials, 3.5mm jacks at the bottom, a USB and a screw-mount when the microphone for gaming is off stand.
The Blue Yeti microphone is appealing not only because of its build quality and size, but also of its many patterns. A dial allows switching between cardioids, stereo, bidirectional or omnidirectional geometries that make the equipment versatile. The various settings can change the sound of the recording, which can be either lesser ambient noise or an open recording area that allows many people to play instruments or talk.
For individual and small group type of users, the Yeti provides excellent voice quality. For voice calls and podcasts, the cardioid mode is best while the bidirectional and omnidirectional modes work well with group discussions and interviews. Reviewer tests showed the Yeti microphone for gaming captured the voices clearly without fuzziness and interferences. The adjustable gain is useful to lessen the ambient noise while maintaining clarity.
Cons, pros and conclusion
The Blue Yeti microphone has an overbuilt stand which makes it awkward to mount the mic. Some of its buttons and controls feel flimsy and the only parts which seem to easily wear out. Hence, it is recommended to use them only when needed in order to prolong the life of this microphone for gaming.
Overall though, the Blue Yet USB microphone delivers excellent sound and comes in flexible design with lots of mic patterns. It is a THX certified model and provides high-quality recording, making it great for home-recording setup. It does not need additional equipment but easy setup and brings out a handy output from the headphone. For a tool with a lot to offer, the friendly price tag makes it more appealing and brings it on the top of the list of reviewers and potential buyers eyeing for a microphone for gaming.