Twelve years after its release, the Blue Yeti is still at the top of its game. It’s a recording staple and has found a place in every corner of the home studio.
Released in 2009, the Blue Yeti USB mic was immediately recognised as a game-changer in home recording. Its killer point? Ultimate versatility that enabled anyone from recording novices to pros to capture incredible sonic imagery via the simplicity of a USB to computer connection.
Founded in 1995, American owned company Blue Microphones are known for manufacturing cutting-edge, studio-worthy mics and upon its release, the Yeti swiftly became one of their most iconic and sought-after products.
Known for creating high-quality recordings via its simple and intuitive design, the Blue Yeti has abilities that far outweigh its modest price point. Utilising tri-capsule technology, this microphone produces pristine, studio-quality recordings with unrivalled ease and flexibility.
With different recording modes, there really isn’t much this creature can’t do. Its cardioid setting is perfect for podcasting, streaming and music recording, taking in sounds directly in front of the microphone and producing those rich, full-bodied recordings we all know and love.
Stereo mode captures realistic sonic imagery as the left and right channels seamlessly transition between each other, whilst its omnidirectional setting captures the sound equally from all around, occupying the ambience of your surroundings to the fullest extent. Finally, with its bidirectional recording properties, the microphone takes in those sounds from both the front and back of your space, perfect for duets and multi-voice podcasts.
This undeniable versatility with capabilities covering the entirety of the recording spectrum has translated into success for this humble device. It has a setting for every purpose and if you consider yourself a novice, there’s ample opportunity to experiment without fear of failure.
And now, moving on from its OG purpose in podcasting and music recording, the Blue Yeti has found its footing within another acoustic space — the often controversial — community of ASMR.
In fact, it has become its own type of ASMR, allowing content creators to get up close and personal with your ears, channelling soft whispers into the mic with absolute precision, picking up the finest of sonic detail, giving you those chills that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand tall.
Blue Microphones, like so many other commercial success stories, got in at the right time. Spotting a gap where it could insert itself and dominate, the Yeti became a pioneer of the USB microphone. By circumventing the need for an audio interface, it opened up a new world of content creation that was frictionless, even by today’s ultra-convenient standards.
With continued innovation, flexibility and unparalleled ease of use, it’s sure to remain close to the top of many USB Microphone lists for a while to come.
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