Blue Yeti Pro, Multi-Pattern Microphone

blue-yeti-pro-microphoneThe Yeti Pro from Blue just might be my favorite mic ever. Right out of the box it’s a great looking mic, which granted, has nothing to do with audio quality, but is nice if it’s going to be sitting on your desk.

This mic model has been out for a while, but since we hadn’t published a formal review before I still wanted to put one up because it’s such a great mic.

The thing I most love about this mic is the warm sound. When you hear something recorded with it you feel like the person is sitting right next to you (listen below for an example).

The Yeti Pro is also very diverse. It has USB and XLR inputs so you can hook it straight up to your computer, to a mixing board or into a device like the Zoom H4N recorder (something GeekBeat highly recommends).

I use the device extensively for my audio podcast, Relentless Business, if you want to hear it in a multi-user set up. Even when recording video interviews I tend to plug the Yeti into my computer to give me the best possible audio.

Features of the Yeti Pro

The Yeti Pro has four recording patterns:

  1. Stereo
  2. Omni
  3. Cardioid
  4. Bi-directional.

So it easily works in a number of circumstances and environments.

The Yeti also has a built in adjustable gain control and mute buttons for easy management of levels while recording.

If you’re an audiophile you’ll dig the Yeti Pro’s 192 kHz/24-bit maximum recording resolution.

Whether you’re considering a mic for your podcast or other voice recording, give the Yeti Pro from Blue Microphones serious consideration. I know at a little over $200 it’s not cheap but the quality is well worth it.

Comments

  1. says

    Make no mistake. $200 is still a cheap microphone, especially considering that it has a USB audio interface built into it. The Yeti Pro shares the same capsules as the $100 Yeti, though the gain stage and audio interface are improved.

    To be honest, it sounds like any other cheap cardioid microphone to me. One man’s “warm and rich” is another man’s “rolled off treble and overall cloudy presentation lacking in presence”. This is an improvement over the standard Yeti though, because the Yeti Pro’s cheaper sibling has a hyped treble and is more prone to sibilance.

    Recording at 24/192 with any audio interface under $1,000 is pretty pointless. With cheap audio gear, recording at higher resolutions often leads to WORSE sound. It’s because the demands for precision at those higher bit depth and sample rates are so much greater. That’s not to say that the Yeti Pro doesn’t have a better quality converter than the standard Yeti, but it’s not worth recording at 24/192 due to the very large file sizes.

    At the end of the day, if it’s just for podcasting (or Skype, or Hangouts), the Yeti Pro will probably do the trick. Podcasting isn’t the most demanding audio recording application, considering that most podcasts are destined for low-bitrate mp3s. All you need is something with low self noise that picks up your voice clearly.

    If you’re upgrading from $15 desktop mic, headset, or webcam mic, the Yeti Pro is an enormous improvement. What it is not though, is a professional microphone.

    • Profile photo of Scott Ellis says

      Richard – I’d generally agree. I’ve got a pair of ElectroVoice RE20’s in my office as well but I can’t recommend them for the average podcaster at $450 a pop (and I only use them on occasion). And even those aren’t horribly expensive by pro mic standards. I actually love the voice sound of the Yeti Pro though. It’s perfect for what it’s meant to do, certainly better than most mics I’ve heard podcasters use, and to me the improvement makes is a solid viable option for someone looking to do podcasting.

  2. Richard Amable says

    I have been using this mic for over a year for the webcasts we do at work. I use the XLR output. Very sensitive mic. Great pickup. Presenters love the retro look of it.