Field Report: Blue Microphones Yeti Pro

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Use with table-top stand or shock mount

Use with table-top stand or shock mount

This mic came in handy when recording music because of the versatility of the settings: stereo for instruments or live recording, cardiod for vocals. The bands I recorded seemed impressed with the quality they were getting from just one mic. All we had to do was move one mic around rather than have several different mics to manipulate. I really liked the portability that the USB connection provides, in that I could just hook it up to my computer and do a multi-track recording literally in the field.

The omnidirectional mode was a feature I used while conducting an interview. When I heard the playback I was impressed by the entire ambiance sounds captured without over emphasizing the hisses and buzzes around the room. Even better was when I switched the mic to bi-directional figure 8. I conducted an interview with the mic between the subject and myself and nearly all ambient sounds were excluded and the interview sounded as if I was using two different mics.

When I recorded musicians I found out the mic was being limited to 16-bit/48Hz by the software. I quickly changed it to 24-bit/96Hz and the difference hit me like a brick wall. The sound coming out of the finished recordings with the higher resolution was a wall of sound hitting me.

Blue Microphones

This microphone is a pure professional microphone. Whether at home podcasting, producing audio via the USB connection, or in a studio using the XLR stereo out (with phantom power required), it reproduces true sound, looks good and is durable. This mic will be the choice mic for any production professional.

Wilson is an announcer, producer, webmaster and promotions guy at WAKO-AM/FM, Lawrenceville, IL, and an independent producer/voice talent.

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