The Blue Yeti microphone, my favorite for ten years for podcasting and streaming!

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The Blue Yeti microphone, my favorite for ten years for podcasting and streaming!

My old Blue Yeti.

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About ten years ago, when I was embarking on a podcast project, I found the perfect microphone to meet my needs: the Blue Yeti. What makes this microphone so special that so many podcasters have adopted it for so many years? If you read a list of the “best microphones for the podcast”, you will inevitably come across the Blue Yeti. The reason for this is threefold: its amazing, unique look and good cost.

For its price, currently at € 130 at the time of writing this text, the Blue Yeti is almost a given. And that’s why.

I have a feeling that this spectacular price drop is partly explained by the fact that Logitech (the company that bought Blue some time ago) is getting rid of the Blue brand and that it will sell the microphones under the Logitech G gaming brand. For the price, you won’t find a better microphone for podcasting. One point is all.

The specifications

Here are the technical characteristics of the Blue Yeti.

  • Three capsules.
  • Four sound capture modes: cardioid, omni-directional, bidirectional (front and rear) and stereo.
  • Integrated audio controls: headphone volume, configuration selection, instant mute and microphone gain.
  • The microphone pivots on a sturdy stand.
  • Can be screwed onto a traditional microphone stand.
  • Micro USB connection.
  • Dimensions : 12.45 x 11.94 x 29.46 cm

  • Weight: 1.45kg

The back side of the original Blue Yeti.

You can adjust the gain and the microphone configuration on the fly with the Blue Yeti.

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I have used the Blue Yeti on Linux and macOS and it still works as expected. It is plug-and-play that does not require the installation of drivers. I used the microphone with Audacity and I had no problems with the microphone.

The beauty of the Blue Yeti

At first, you might be attracted by the appearance of the Blue Yeti. It has an old sci-fi look and, I must admit, it looks cool in my opinion. But in fact, the real beauty of the Blue Yeti is the sound. You will not find a better microphone for current price. It’s done. And although some prefer a headset-type microphone (especially for gaming), if you are recording a podcast, you will find it difficult to find a microphone that surpasses the sound reproduced by the Blue Yeti.

He’s really, really good. In fact, whenever someone asks me which microphone they should buy for their podcast, the Blue Yeti is always the first recommendation that comes out of my mouth. It was true when it was my only microphone and it still is, even if my favorite microphone is now the CAD E100 (which costs considerably more, however).

Seriously, if you are thinking of buying a new microphone for your podcast, the Blue Yeti is what you need.

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