How to Use Yeti Microphones: Make the Most of the Best Mic Out There
The Yeti is arguably the world most advanced and versatile micro-USB microphone. Besides capturing high-quality recordings in multiple environments, this mic is compatible with different sources. Its standout feature is Blue’s triple capture array, which allows you to record stereo audio clips in three polar patterns, unidirectional, bidirectional and omnidirectional. This eliminates the need for purchasing multiple microphones.
Additionally, this microphone has a high-end converter that transforms analogue signals to digital format without losing quality. It also has an inbuilt headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring and simple controls for volume adjustment. There is an instant mute button, and you can always control your recordings using the microphone gain button located at the mic’s middle.
With this microphone, you do not have to install drivers on your computer, regardless of the operating system. Whether it is Linux, Windows or Mac OS, it opens an interface once you plug in the device.
Here are the top features of the Yeti microphone by Blue.
- Triple Capture Array – this enables you to capture stereo audio clips in three polar patterns: unidirectional, bidirectional and omnidirectional.
- Pattern Selector Knob – this allows you to configure your mic to the desired polar pattern.
- Headphone Volume Control – the volume knob allows you to adjust the volume to the desired level.
- Headphone Output – Yeti included a standard 3.5 mm output jack that is compatible with most headphones.
- Microphone Gain – this knob controls the microphone’s sensitivity.
- Mute Button – this button has a status light that blinks when the mic is disconnected from the computer but not when the connection is on.
- USB Port – this connects your mic to the computer through a USB cable.
- Standard Thread Connection – this connects your mic to a standard microphone mount, in case you do not want to use your computer.
Connecting Your Yeti Microphone to a Computer
Once you unbox your new microphone, position it such that the Blue logo and the volume control knob faces you. After adjusting it to your preferred angle, tighten the screws at its base. Then, connect the mic directly to your computer’s inbuilt USB ports. Using USB hubs and multipliers hurts performance.
Below is a systematic guide on how to configure the Yeti microphone for the first time.
- Turn Off Your Computer
Close every running program and shut down your computer.
2. Plug in the Microphone and Restart the Computer
After the computer goes off, plug in your headphones to the Yeti before connecting the mic to the computer using the included USB cable. Then, restart the computer.
3. Configure Your Yeti Microphone
Start by selecting the Yeti microphone as the default sound output and input device in your computer settings.
For Windows, go to Sound Settings in the Control Panel. After this, select Yeti as the default device in both Playback (output) and Recording (input) menus.
If you are using Mac OS, go to the Sound tab under the System Preferences menu. Then, select Yeti and double-click on both input and output tabs.
4. Select Yeti As Default in Your Preferred Programs
If you plan to use Yeti while running recording programs like Adobe Audition, Skype and Zoom, ensure that it is selected in the application’s audio settings. This step is dependent on the program you are using.
5. Set Your Preferred Polar Pattern
Using the pattern adjustment knob, set your preferred recording mode. You can choose from stereo, unidirectional, bidirectional, and omnidirectional.
6. Adjust Gain and Volume
The volume adjustment knob is located on the front side of your Yeti and it regulates the amount of sound you hear in your headphones. On the other hand, the microphone gain button is at the back and it controls the mic’s sensitivity. For example, if you want to record a loud voice, you reduce gain by turning it counterclockwise.
Using the Four Recording Modes of the Yeti Microphone
The Yeti has for recording modes – unidirectional (cardioid), bidirectional, omnidirectional, and stereo.
Unless you have specific needs, you need to use the unidirectional recording mode most frequently. This is because it eliminates unwanted noises coming from the back and the sides of the microphone. It is ideal for recording podcasts, voiceovers, and instruments.
The bidirectional mode picks up sound from the mic’s front and back while cancelling the noises coming from the sides. This makes it useful for recording duets and one-on-one interviews.
As the name suggests, the omnidirectional recording captures sounds from all directions. Its best use cases include conference calls, multi-person interviews and podcasts, and live band performances.
The stereo recording mode uses left and right channels to capture a wide area without impacting the quality of the output. As such, it is useful for acoustic guitars and choirs.
Yeti Microphone: Best Practices
Never put your mouth too close to the microphone – the closest you should be is at least 10 inches from the mic. Being too close often results in a distorted output that can be a nuisance to your ears.
If you can, invest in a pop shield filter. Besides improving the quality of the output, it reduces the plosives that occur when you pronounce words containing letters B, K, P, T, etc.
For safety reasons, always keep power cords away from the microphone, headphones, and connecting cables.
Lastly, set the microphone gain as low as possible. If your gain is too low, the mic will not capture any sound. On the contrary, a gain that is too high increases sensitivity such that the microphone picks up lots of unwanted sounds. You can also avoid distortion by turning off appliances that tend to be noisy, such as fans and gaming consoles.
Besides having several impressive features, the Blue Yeti microphone also has an excellent visual appeal. You can choose between four recording modes, depending on your needs.
However, its sensitivity means that you need to be careful about the recording environment. If you set it a high level, you are likely to pick up lots of unwanted sounds. Also, speaking too close to the microphone often results in the distorted output.