Blue Microphones Yeti Pro Reviews3.9/5.0 based on 6 customer reviews
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from New Ulm, MN
June 6, 2011Music Background:
College Student Musician and Amateur Engineer
Ultra-versatile, Phenomenal sound for USBUSB microphones are coming in strong, with some pseudo-professional podcasters and Youtubers looking for great quality sound. The Yeti Pro, in particular, shines brighter and sounds better than any other USB microphone I've encountered.
The Yeti Pro is big, and feels very sturdy. The knobs don't feel cheap (the 'polar pattern' knob is almost difficult to turn). The gain knob stays put where you set it. The built-in headphone amplifier is loud and beefy.
Technically, the microphone is not as dummy-proof as I hoped it would be. Most USB mics are installed as external sound cards, which makes them plug-n-play. The Yeti Pro requires special drivers. But I'll overlook this because the utility sits in my task manager with a nice small footprint of 1,188 K.
The sound of the microphone itself is certainly the best I've personally heard from any USB mic. The highs are crisp but not delicate, and vocal sibilance is not painful. The lows and low-mids are about as strong as you could get from small-diaphragm condensers. The overall sound is crisp and fairly accurate, but not overwhelmingly smooth. There's surprisingly little self-noise; this is a quiet microphone (laptop users may want to be unplugged to avoid noise from their charger).
Cardioid mode: nothing spectacular. I've used it on a clean guitar amp, solo trombone, and solo alto sax. It can handle brass and woodwind instruments pretty well.
Stereo mode: a glorified XY configuration, with not a narrow stereo field. It's sounds good with acoustic guitar or vocals, but don't try to use it with a choir.
Omnidirectional mode: smoother response curve, but picks up too much room ambience to be used for music recording (except in well-treated rooms). This mode would probably work well sitting on big teleconference table.
Figure-8 mode: smooths out the response curve pickup at the expense of more room ambience. This mode could be used in an interview setting, even though its output is mono.
Bottom line: A very versatile mic, with a great sound the closest to studio-quality you can get from a USB mic. But it specializes in nothing: so it's not best for studio applications.
from Melbourne, Australia
June 2, 2011Music Background:
Recording and Live Sound Engineer
Blue Yeti ProThis mic sounds great I've been using it to record our Open Mic nights the sound quality is brilliant, Well worth the money for the versatility.
Helio Chissini de Castro
May 31, 2012Music Background:
Impressive mic with a few small quirksSo far so good, the mike is a straightforward setup, even if you consider to use USB part in Linux machines. Quality is undeniable good.
The only part that really is annoying is the all-on part. When connected to the USB, light and mike is on full time. Would be ok if have a on-off switch. I always end up disconnecting the cable for this reason.
Is the only thing prevented me to add 5 start rate.
from SF Bay Area
April 12, 2013
Great for VoiceOver & NarrationGreat sound and flexibility make this the best overall mic I have used for voice-over and narration work. USB when I need the simplicity and portability and full stereo analog when I have the need. The only downside is that when it was first removed from the packaging, it had an odor from which I presume comes from some manufacturing oils. It dissipated quickly.
from Baton Rouge, LA
January 15, 2013Music Background:
Good-sounding mic - but too sensitiveWhile the Blue Yeti Pro sounds good, it has two drawbacks: it's sensitivity and its weight. Using it as a desktop mic, it will easily pick up the slightest accidental bump or tap made under the table. I tried to use it in the shock mount on a boom stand, but it was so heavy it fell over. If you try this configuration, be sure your boom has a heavy counterweight.
from Mount Prospect, IL, USA
December 14, 2012Music Background:
Music Producer, Sound Engineer
Sounds just barely OKI bought the yeti Pro one year ago
it is a very sensitive mic, I tried to use it for vocals in a non acoustic environment - it sounded horrible!! no mid range - no low mids
my shure KSM-32 was 1300% better
also, when I connected The Yeti to Macbook Pro, there was some connection inconsistencies. the mic might not be recognized, and later for no reason at all - being recognized
the headphones amp is OK
if you record just sketches - It'll be fine - but will not sound great
I tried also to record special effects for video's - it was OK but won't sound great as well.
something sounds " Plastic " with this mic. hopes to get some better USB mics in the future.