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Is the Yeti Pro mic too good for home use?

The Yeti Pro is Blue Mic's professional-quality USB microphone for the Mac and PC. However, this piece of gear may actually be too good for the average consumer.

The Blue Mic Yeti Pro Blue Mic

With ever-increasing numbers of people turning to VoIP services, online video chats, and even personal podcasts or Webcasts, top-shelf audio equipment like headsets and desktop microphones are becoming as common as the computers they complement.

The Yeti Pro is an attempt by veteran audio-peripheral maker Blue Mic to offer an elite-function microphone at a price accessible to consumers. An upgrade over the Yeti, the Yeti Pro proclaims itself to be the "world's first USB microphone combining 24 bit/192 kHz digital recording resolution with analog XLR output." It allows the warmer sound of that analog to emerge from the 1s and 0s of its Mac or PC hub.

The Yeti Pro promises to "capture digital audio with up to four times the clarity found on CDs." It also provides a built-in headphone amplifier and direct controls for headphone volume, mute, and microphone gain. This all means that the microphone records professional-quality audio through computers any average consumer can snag. With its suggested price of $230 to $300 (depending on outlet and extras), the microphone is not outside the reach of amateur audio enthusiasts looking for a professional home microphone.

Crave got a chance to try out the Yeti Pro with a MacBook Pro and two separate PC set-ups (one desktop and one laptop) with software including Skype, Garageband, Avid Pro Tools, and a selection of online chat packages.

In every case, the Yeti Pro cruised along and munched any software or function thrown at it.

However, the elite function of the microphone makes it very unforgiving outside the confines of a professionally equipped sound studio. If there's a problem with your acoustics or noises interfering with your recording, the Yeti Pro won't just pick them up, it will amplify them.

So, it's an unusual case of a product working so well it might not be for the widest possible audience that could buy it. If your work or personal use truly requires a studio-quality microphone, you can't go wrong with the Yeti Pro. But for casual use, you may want to try a model like the Snowball or the Snowflake.