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Hands on with the Yeti microphone (photos)

Take a closer look at the Yeti, a USB microphone made by Blue Microphones.

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Here's the Yeti USB microphone in all its packaged, preunboxing glory.

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With a name like Yeti, we should have known this microphone would be huge. Still, the imposing size of the Yeti was a bit of a shock, measuring a full 12 inches in height. It's like the SUV of USB microphones.

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The Yeti microphone is meant to be used in the upright position, but we couldn't resist angling it forward like some kind of crazy alien raygun.

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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 (right); and the Samson G-Track (left). The Yeti towers over them both.

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The bottom of the Yeti includes a headphone jack for direct monitoring, and a mini USB port for transmitting audio to your computer. There's also a place to screw a standard mic stand if the whole integrated desk stand thing isn't working for you.

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The front of the Yeti includes a large plastic (somewhat wobbly) headphone volume knob and a mute button, which is perfect for dropping out audio for coughs or sneezes.

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Knobs for gain and pattern adjustment are found on the back of the Yeti. Patterns include omni, cardioid, stereo, and bidirectional.

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The Yeti microphone folds down into its integrated stand for storage. Of course, it's still larger than most microphones, even while folded.

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What makes the Yeti so special (and uniquely large) are the three microphone capsules it uses for recording audio. The capsules are arranged in such a way that both mono and stereo recordings can be made.

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Did we mention how cool the box is? You'd think there would be an adorable Yeti action figure in here.

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Creating our test recordings for the Yeti, Snowball, and Samson G-Track.

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