The Blue Yeti is the best-seller in the USB microphone category. It’s a great mic for conference calls, since it uses a standard USB connection, so you can use it on any computer. It’s big, but it’s got great sound quality you won’t be disappointed by. The bottom line is that the Blue Yeti is a solid investment for your tech needs.
The Blue Yeti USB microphone is a premium studio microphone that can be used for multiple applications, including podcasting and live streaming. If you need to connect to Skype and other VoIP services, you’ll need a headset or a microphone with a built-in headset. The Blue Yeti works as an external microphone and headset combo, allowing participants on conference calls to hear you loud and clear — without sacrificing any audio quality.
Using Blue Yeti for Conference Calls
Blue Yeti is a great microphone for conference calls. It has four different recording patterns: stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional, each of which is useful in a different situation. Additionally, the Blue Yeti is connected to a base station that includes a headphone jack and volume level control dial which makes it easy to control your call’s audio quality.
One of the stand-out features of the Yeti is the ability to change polar patterns.
Blue uses a proprietary tri-capsule microphone array that allows you to switch between 4 different polar patterns, customizing how the Yeti picks up sound.
They are Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional, and Stereo:
Omnidirectional mode picks up sound from all directions equally. It will sound more distant, but is great for conference calls or other situations where sound quality isn’t critical but you need to record multiple people.
Bidirectional is great for interviews, although using one microphone is not going to be the best option.
If you’re regularly doing in-person interviews, I’d recommend looking into the 2+ person kit here.
Stereo mode can be a good choice if you need clear separation of left and right channels – and will also work well for recording instruments, although cardioid is usually a better choice.
Headphone jack and volume control
No matter which USB mic you end up getting, make sure it has a headphone jack.
This allows you to monitor your recording or streaming without delays.
A nice touch with the Blue Yeti is that it has a headphone volume knob right on the front.
The mute button is another nice feature not found on many other USB mics.
It also has a red LED that goes from solid when not muted to flashing when muted so you know which position it’s in at a glance.
You won’t need software or drivers to use the Blue Yeti. Just plug the included cable into a USB port, select it in your audio settings, and start recording.
Blue recently came out with software that lets you get updates and adjust settings (see Blue Sherpa below) but it’s optional.
The stand that comes with the Blue Yeti is nice and solid. It allows you to rotate the position of the mic, but since you should really be speaking from only a few inches away, I would skip the stand and get a boom arm or mic stand right away.
Check out the accessories toward the bottom of this review.
Size & weight
Blue Sherpa Software
It’s important to realize that the Yeti is a heavy microphone. Because of that, it won’t work with just any stand. Then add the weight of a shock mount and it’s no joke!
Blue Sherpa is free desktop software that lets you update any of their USB mics, control settings such as gain and pickup patterns.
With the Yeti microphone, I was able to update firmware, control gain, monitoring volume, headphone volume, and mute: