Blue Yeti USB Microphone Blackout Edition Review – Great Mic For YouTube, Podcasts, & YT Voice-Overs

I wanted to give you my review of one of
my favorite things I use when making YouTube videos. And that is my Blue Yeti
Microphone! This is the Blackout Edition, which just simply means the color. It’s
kind of a matte black, but they make several different versions of the yeti
microphone. This is the standard version. There are upgraded versions of it that
cost more. This one costs right around $100. You can get it on Amazon, Walmart.
I’m sure Best Buy. eBay, for sure. In a lot of different places. So to shop around
for the best price. And on the package, it calls it the, “Ultimate USB Microphone For
Professional Recording.” And I’d have to agree with that, with the qualification
that it’s the best microphone for the money. Because admittedly, there are
better microphones out there. That’s just how it is. If you’re gonna spend three,
four, or five hundred dollars. you’re gonna find a better microphone than this.
But for most people’s use, this is probably above and beyond what they
really need. I’ve had another Blue microphone before, and that was the
Snowball. And it’s, you know, adequate, but it didn’t have much control. Or really
not anything you could control about it. This one has several features, several
controls on it where you can set more of the volume and quality of the voice. And
this makes it easier to record with it. This is definitely an upgrade. Not to say
anything really bad about Snowball, but this is way above it. I’ve used it quite
a bit. I mainly use it for voiceovers over b-roll on my videos, or just to add
a little voice to a still picture, or to kind of narrate an instructional video.
So it has really come in handy. And I want to show you some of the features. On the front it has a Volume button. And that volume button is for the headphones.
It’s really nice. It has a headphone jack on the bottom that fits a standard
three-and-a-half millimeter plug. What’s nice about that, is while you’re
recording, you can hear yourself in real-time. There’s zero latency on this
microphone. So if you don’t like the of sound your voice, you can change your
tone, re-say something, because you heard what it sounded like going in.
There’s also a Mute button on the front. If you were doing like a podcast or
something and you’re about to sneeze, for example, you could push that button and
you wouldn’t record that sneeze. Nobody wants to hear that. There’s the mute
button. When the microphone is plugged into your computer, it lights up. And when
it is actually muted, it’ll flash. You’ll know it’s muted, because you won’t hear
anything through your headphones either. On the back of the microphone is a Gain
button. Now gain effects the sound of your voice going into the recording,
going into your program. It affects the quality of the sound going in, and you
need to adjust that so it suits your ear. And they say to start it out in the
middle and then play with it from there to get the sound that you like. And
that’s a good thing to do while you’re wearing the headphones plugged in. And I
ended up where I liked it about 90 degrees to the right. And back here is a
Pattern button. Ahen there’s four separate patterns you can set. And that
has to do with how the microphone head picks up sound. The first setting is
Stereo. That means it’ll pick it up from the left, right, and in front of the
microphone. That’ll give you a good stereo separation. Next one is
Omnidirectional. That way, if you’re in a room with a bunch of people sitting
around, like a bunch of people talking or a bunch of musicians, it’s gonna pick
them all up equally well. The next one is Cardioid. That’s the one I usually use.
That picks up mainly just from the front of the microphone. So if you’re just
doing voiceover, or some narration, that’s really what you want. And the last one is
Bi-directional. That would work if you’re sitting across the table from somebody
and you’re interviewing them, like in a podcast. Because it picks up from the
front of the microphone, and the back of the microphone. And I’m
really pleased with the results. It comes on a swivel base. You can take it off of this base. And it has a mount on the bottom that’s threaded to go on
to a microphone stand. Very versatile. And it’s very high quality. The microphone
weighs a little over three pounds, so it’s good and sturdy. It has three
condenser capsules under this screen here. And they call it a proprietary capsule array. It comes with a cord that’s ten feet long, so that’s nice and
long. And depending on where you buy it from, you can get it in different types
of bundles. I got mine with a pop filter that cuts down on some of the noise from
your mouth that you say when you make p’s or s’s, or different letters. And an
extendable recording stand arm. It can hold the microphone out and position it
right in front of your face. But just by itself, this is a great microphone. And it
is a USB microphone, so it’s easy just to plug in and get going with it. And I want
to show you a little bit how it works with my editing software on my laptop. This side, where it has the Blue logo, is the front of the microphone. And this is
how you want to record with it. With it standing straight up, more or less. And
your speaking into this part of the microphone. That’s where it picks up your
voice the best when you’re recording. You’re gonna be facing it like this. It’s
gonna be upright. You don’t want to tilt it and speak into the top of it. You want
it standing straight up and you’re speaking into it from the front, straight
into this screen. Setup is really very simple. A specific set of instructions for different operating systems is
available at So mine’s all set up and ready to go. But once you’ve installed the Blue Yeti microphone on
your computer, it should show up in your video editing program. And I’m gonna find
it here. Says Device, Select an Audio Device. It’s already in there. “Microphone
Yeti Stereo Microphone.” The input volume is low. And I can change that here. So I’m
gonna bump it up to about 85. But so it’s all set and ready to go. You can see it
registering my voice, and I can hear my voice loud and clear in the
headphones connected to the microphone. So that’s perfect! It’s ready to go. It
was such a big step up from what I had before, and I am happy with it. I’m gonna
keep it. I don’t see right now a need to upgrade. So there you have it. I really
love this Blue Yeti microphone. It does everything I need it to do. I think it
would be great for most of you watching out there. But if you’re in the market
for a microphone or to upgrade the microphone you have, seriously consider
the Blue Yeti microphone. Great price, great performance, and great features.
Thanks for watching, have a great day! Please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe to my channel, if you would. See ya!


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