The New Blue Yeti Microphone Is the First Thing You Need to Start Your Podcast Empire

The New Blue Yeti Microphone Is the First Thing You Need to Start Your Podcast Empire

Blue Yeti X USB Microphone
> $170, Buy now at Best Buy

If you’ve ever listened to a podcast, streamed a Let’s Play, or watched an ASMR video, you’ve likely heard the Blue Yeti Microphone. Among the Twitch and YouTube-set, the Yeti is basically as ubiquitous as AirPods.

And with good reason, honestly. It’s pretty difficult to get solid sound out of most of the things we can usually carry with us, like our phones and most headphones. But clear audio really matters for any creative project that’s supposed to hold someone’s attention for longer than a Vine (RIP, obviously). If someone can’t understand what you’re saying, they’ll move on pretty quickly. The unassuming Blue Yeti solves most of these problems quickly and on the cheap. It offers decent sound quality and simple adjustment controls. And it’s basically plug and play, as long as you have a USB-A port, you can record really great audio with the Yeti. It’s pretty much become universally accepted as the most essential tool for an earnest new Content Creator™ with a good idea.

Blue has launched a new product that attempts to serve this audience as they’re ready to graduate to a more premium experience. The Yeti X, which is available for preorder now, has striking matte black finish (much like the recently updated new Bose noise-cancelling headphones), a more squared off design, a new adjustment interface, and comes packaged with a software that allows you to calibrate the sound the microphone records.

It took me some time to get used to the changes. I’ve been using the Blue Yeti Microphone for various personal projects (please do not ask) and the occasional conference call since college. The Yeti X features a completely revamped series of buttons and dials. The dial that allowed you to switch between different pickup patterns (stereo, omnidirectional, cardioid, and bi-directional) on the Yeti is now a button. Pressing the button to toggle the setting on the Yeti X is a bit more pleasant than turning the original Yeti’s dial, which is a bit small and sometimes sticks.

The original Yeti’s other small usability issue stemmed from the placement of its gain adjustment knob, which was a little awkward to reach on the back of the microphone. It made it harder to adjust gain levels on the fly. The new Yeti skirts this problem entirely by combining the three previous functions into one new interface on the front of the microphone. The interface features a wheel of colored indicator lights surrounding a central combined dial and button. The new light wheel means that the Yeti X can provide real-time audio metering. When you find yourself screaming about how good Cardi B was in Hustlers, the Yeti X will flash red indicating that you should probably turn down the gain. (It won’t remind you that basically everyone is good in that movie, but it should!) A lot of recording software, including budget programs like GarageBand, have this built-in. But it’s much easier to actually manage these adjustments on the microphone itself.

Combining the three functions does lead to some awkwardness. In order to switch between gain adjustment, headphones volume, and blend control (which allows you to change the balance between computer audio and microphone audio in your headphones) you long press the button on the dial. This would work flawlessly, if it wasn’t for the fact that a short, one second press mutes the microphone. While using the microphone, I’ve found myself accidentally muting myself when I was trying to adjust the volume in my headphones. This is happening less and less as I get used to the microphone, but it really shouldn’t happen at all.


Source : Daniel Varghese Link

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