Blue Microphones Yeti USB Mic review: Blue Microphones Yeti USB Mic

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0

Average User Rating

4 stars 1 user review
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The Good Whether you're recording a podcast, an interview, or a concert, the Yeti's THX-certified sound quality, integrated gain control, and four recording modes (including stereo) make it a top choice for a USB microphone.

The Bad If you're looking for something subtle and portable, the Yeti is not for you. Plus, the wobbly plastic knobs make us wary about durability.

The Bottom Line The Yeti is one of the richest sounding, sonically flexible USB microphones money can buy, but its large size makes it inconvenient for portable applications.

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From the company that brought you the Snowball, and the Snowflake, comes the Yeti--a $149 USB microphone destined to ravage and plunder desktop-recording studios.

If you're wondering why Blue Microphones would name its microphone after a mythical abominable snowman, then you should see the Yeti in person. This thing is huge--like, disturbingly huge. It measures a foot tall, weighs 3.5 pounds, and makes most microphones look like Happy Meal toys.

But beyond its intimidating size, the Yeti moniker is just as fitting a way to describe its sound. Compared with similar microphones, such as the Samson G-Track or even Blue's own $99 Snowball, the Yeti's sound quality offers noticeably better depth and detail. It produces a big sound from a big microphone.

From a features perspective the Yeti offers zero-latency headphone monitoring, headphone volume control, and a handy little mute button that's perfect for those times when you need to clear your throat. On the back, you have a knob that allows you to directly control the mic's gain. Beneath the gain dial is the real crown jewel of this mic: a multipattern selector switch with four recording modes. Like the Snowball, you have an omnidirectional mode, for picking up sound from all directions, and a cardioid pattern, for focusing on sound directly in front of mic. Because the Yeti uses a unique, three-capsule design (instead of the two included on the Snowball or the single capsule used by most other microphones), the microphone offers two more recording patterns: a stereo mode, and a bidirectional mode that pulls sound from directly in front or behind the mic.


To give a better sense of the stupefying size of the Yeti, we photographed it with two of the more common USB mics on the market: the Snowball (left); and the Samson G-Track (right). The Yeti towers over both.

While not as flashy a feature as capsule count, the solid-metal man-shaped stand does a better job than the G-Track or Snowball at placing the microphone at mouth level. That said, if the cutesy-ness of the stand is overwhelming, a standard mic mount is also included on the bottom of the Yeti.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Dec 9, 2009
  • Weight 19.4 oz
  • Additional Features built-in amplifier
  • Type microphone