Blue Microphones Yeti Blackout

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Good mic, but not for everything.
Nick T, 12.03.2015
I bought this mic to make some demos and record with my acoustic guitar. The mic quality is excellent, just as good as condenser with an audio interface. However there are a few issues that stand out to me as well as some really good features.

First off, the different polar patterns are brilliant, I love the idea of that. I wanted to use this to record my acoustic in stereo but the stereo setting isn't as strong as I'd hoped for. That said It's not rubbish, and with a bit more experimentation, I could probably get it to sound quite good.

There are quite a few controls on here and they're all nicely layed out but they aren't great quality and the polar pattern switch can be really hard to change.

I think one big warning that everyone should know about is the optional shock mount. Blue recently changed the design from bad to worse. The old one struggled to hold the weight of the mic but it could be sorted by changing the plastic washers with the rubber ones from the metal base that the mic comes with, simple. However the new design has no washers and there is no way of fixing the poblem, several times, I've been recording my guitar and the shock mount has given out during the take.

Despite my ranting, I should say, this IS a good microphone but not for everything, if you're recording an acoustic guitar look elsewhere, if you want to record podcasts and voiceovers where it'll be sat in the stock metal stand, it'll be really good and a lot less complicated to set up compared to a studio mic and interface that required drivers etc.
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Nice piece of equipment
Lars5128, 12.10.2014
From opening the box to unpacking it - the feel of quality is ever present. The Yeti is heavy, with a good and solid stand. Connecting the Yeti to the computer was really simple using the included USB cable. No drivers needed(at least on windows 8). You got a dial for setting the sound characteristic (sound field) and one dial for setting the gain. The built in mic amplifier is really good, no noise, only clear sound. If I where to wish for something, it would be the ability to crank up the gain a bit more. If you are sitting 3-4 people around a table using it as a POD mic, you could use some more gain(but this is no big problem, just add some more gain in the recording software).

No external powersource is needed, just a USB port with the standard 500ma.
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Excellent mic
Fergus N., 19.07.2013
My only negative is that the gain control is not accurate but for the money - fantastic mic.
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Blue Yeti is a workhorse
JariN, 04.12.2014
I wanted a good microphone for vocal sampling for my ambient music and Blue Yeti delivered what I expected. If I was to do serious vocal harmonies, say, for a pop song, I'd probably buy a more high-end vocal mic. I like the robustness: in my set-up I have to place it quite near the table's edge so the fact that it is rather heavy makes it more stable and not likely to fall off. The mute switch is handy but I would have wished for a on/off switch too: now the mic is on - I'm reluctant to disconnect cables - whenever the computer is on.
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Worth the money
08.07.2015
This is a very versatile mic, albeit a bit chunky. Suits podcasts and voiceovers very well. It tends to get a bit in the way when recording a song for example, also the hinge/pivot is a bit weak. Overall very happy with the purchase, and as always Thomanns customer service.
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