We’re going to do something a bit unusual for this site… I’ve been sent this microphone from Blue for review.
That’s right: a mic! No movie, game, comic book, Star Wars thing-a-ma-jig or some snack. A real professional microphone.
After all, audio is a nerdy thing and I’m sure tons of audiogeeks will agree with me.
After carefully unboxing the Yeti, I set it on the table. There it stood, in all it’s jet-black, bulky glory.
The mic is made from metal and has a good weight to it. it can be swiveled and screwed tight in any desirable position and can even be detached from its stand and screwed onto a traditional stand. On the front are a mute button and a volume knob for attached headphones. At the back are two more knobs, one for selecting a pattern mode (more on that later) and one that controls gain. All of these function brillantly, with the exception of the headphone volume. The dial feels loose and cheap. As if it’ll break of at any given moment. Weird…
At the bottom are the headphones jack and the mini USB plug. And this is the real brilliance of this mic. You simply connect to your PC’s USB port and you can start recording using any recording soft.
I did just that. I plugged in the mic, downloaded some freeware audio recorder and happily recorded away. First test: blabbering.I put the mic directly in front of me and started talking. it recorded everything very clearly, I could even pick up banter from my wife and son in the next room. While this is pretty impressive, it’s not something you’d want during a professional recording. That’s where the pattern modes come into play.
There are four of them:
-Cardioid mode records sources directly in front of the mic.
-Stereo mode records in (big surprise here) stereo.
-Omnidirectional mode records from all around the mic.
-Bidirectional mode records from front and back.
Choosing cardioid, I recorded another minute or two of inane banter and voilà! No more spousal or offsprung noise to be heard anymore.
Next up: the music test! I picked up an acoustic bass, switched to stereo mode and started plunking. The resulting bassline was recorded nicely, although I needed to turn up the gain ever so slightly.
Last test proved to be the hardest. I took the Yeti along to my band’s rehearsal space. Five Across plays hardcore, and we play it loud. Right off the bat, I suspected the Yeti would be in for a shock…
Undaunted, the black beast sat in the middle of the space. Drums, PA, Marshall stacks and Crate amps surrounded and dwarfed it. I set gain as low as possible, switched to cardioid (with the recording side facing away from the drum kit) and hit record on the laptop. We blasted into our new tune “Fortress”. This is a snippet from that recording.
A bit muted, but still ok if you ask me. I switched to omnidirectional, hoping for an even better result…
And it worked! Good sound overall, maybe a bit too crisp… I bet if a professional sound person would set this thing up and recorded using a mixing table with a thousand switches, knobs and faders it would sound fenomenal!
So yeah. Pretty satisfied with this impressive little microphone. Does what it advertises, and damn good too!
A++ for Blue!