The Yeti Pro is the world's first USB microphone combining 24 bit/192 kHz digital recording resolution with analog XLR output. Featuring three custom condenser capsules and four different pattern settings, the Yeti Pro can capture digital audio with up to four times the clarity found on CDs. Plus, the Yeti Pro features a cutting-edge A-D converter chip and separate analog circuit path for use with professional studio mixers and preamps. You also get a built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and direct controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, mute, and microphone gain. So whether you record at home, in a studio (or in the Himalayas!), the Yeti Pro is your ultimate sound solution.
The legend of the Yeti continues with the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone roaming the wild today. The Yeti Pro features tools and recording capabilities usually requiring multiple microphones and devices, all with the simplicity of a plug 'n play USB microphone.
You can quickly select from each of Yeti Pro's four pattern settings (stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional) by simply rotating the pattern selector knob. The chart below shows each pattern's symbol, sound source direction, and suggested recording applications.
For a more in-depth look at each pattern, please refer to the detailed descriptions and frequency response charts further down the page.
The Stereo mode is great for capturing a realistic stereo image. To start, point the microphone at the sound source that you want to record (the "front" of the microphone is the side of the microphone with the Blue Microphones Logo). Depending on the instrument and/or sound that you want to achieve, place the grill of the microphone anywhere from 2 inches to several feet in front of the sound source. By centering the sound source, you will get equal amounts of signal in both the left and right channels. If you want a little more of the signal in the right channel, move the sound source a little to the right side of the mic (as if one is behind the microphone), and if you want a little more of the signal in the left channel, move the sound source to the left (as if you are behind the microphone). Alternatively, you can record everything as centered as possible, and easily adjust the position when you're mixing the recording. If you want the sound in the right or left channel only, you should try using the cardioid, bidirectional or the omnidirectional setting, and use your software to hard-pan the sound to the left or the right.
Cardioid is the most commonly used mode and can be useful in most any situation. If you are recording vocals, a podcast, or a voiceover, cardioid is likely your best choice. When recording in cardioid, sound directly in front of the microphone is picked up while the sound at the rear and sides of the microphone is not picked up. Therefore, you will want to arrange the source directly in front of the microphone. Cardioid will deliver the most direct, rich sound, but will not offer as much airiness or presence as the other recording modes.
Omnidirectional means that the microphone picks up sound equally from all directions. This setting is perfect for recording a group of musicians all playing at the same time, recording a conversation between multiple parties around a room, a conference call, or any other situations where you want to capture the ambience of 'being there.' Because sound is picked up from all directions in this mode, the orientation of the microphone isn't crucial, but as a good rule of thumb, start by orienting the front of the microphone at the primary sound source you wish to record.
Bidirectional means that the microphone picks up sound at the front and rear of the microphone, while the sounds to the sides are "rejected", or not picked up. The bidirectional setting is very useful in achieving a nuanced, pleasant sound when recording musical instruments, and is perfect for recording an interview with two or more guests. By placing the microphone between two or more subjects (front of microphone facing one source, rear of microphone facing another), you can achieve a natural sound without the complexity of using multiple microphones.
These charts are only a starting point for the sound provided. How the microphone reacts in a particular application will differ greatly because of many variables, like room acoustics, distance from sound source (proximity), tuning of instruments, mic cabling and other factors. For more tips on miking and recording techniques, check out the Blue website.
What is the difference between Yeti and Yeti Pro?
In addition to the Yeti, Yeti Pro offers the ability to record at 24 bit/192 kHz, and the ability to use the features of Yeti in a more professional setting via the stereo XLR output.
Does Yeti Pro need batteries? I've heard that condenser microphones require something called "Phantom Power". Do I need to concern myself with this?
USB: No. Yeti Pro does not require batteries. Yeti Pro derives its operating power from something called bus voltage, which is always present on your USB port. As long as the red LED is glowing, you've got power.
XLR: If you are using the Yeti Pro in analog mode (via XLR), you will need to ensure that your Yeti Pro is connected to a reliable phantom power source.
Is Yeti Pro compatible with Windows Vista? What about Windows 7?
Yes, Yeti Pro is compatible with both Vista and 7.
Why can't I use Yeti Pro with a Mac OS X that is lower than 10.6.4?
USB 2.0 Audio Class supports 192 kHz/24 bit. This was not supported on Macs natively until Snow Leopard.
Can I use Yeti Pro with a USB 3.0 port?
Yes, you can use Yeti Pro with a USB 3.0 port. The USB 3.0 specification requires that USB 3.0 ports be completely backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and earlier protocol. However, in some VERY rare instances, there have been issues with some USB 3.0 bus drivers that may cause some USB 2.0 hardware to perform inconsistently. In addition, using any USB 3.0 hubs, adapters, or cables may cause performance inconsistencies. It is recommended to use only the provided USB 2.0 cable plugged directly into your USB 3.0 port.
Do I need any special software to use Yeti Pro?
To get the most out of your Yeti Pro, you'll want to have some kind of software that allows for digital signal processing and non-linear editing that will accept audio from the USB port. Some examples of these programs are listed below.
Do I need any drivers?
For Mac users (10.6.4 and up) you will not need to download any drivers. For Windows users, you will need to download the appropriate driver.
Can I use Yeti Pro with a traditional analog audio mixer?
USB: No, the Yeti Pro features digital output only. It must be connected to a USB port in order to function.
XLR (analog): Yes! you can connect your Yeti Pro to a phantom power-capable microphone preamplifier.
Can I use both USB and XLR at the same time?
Yeti Pro should only be plugged into one source (USB or XLR) at a time. All mic functions operate in digital mode, while in analog mode, the mute and headphone out functions do not operate (these are not useful in an analog recording situation).
What sample rate and word length does Yeti Pro use?
From 16 bit/22 kHz up to 24bit/192 kHz and common sampling rates in-between.
How can I select a different sample rate?
Please reference the Yeti Pro manual for detailed instructions on setting sample rates.
Can I use more than one Yeti Pro at a time?
Some audio editing software allows for multiple USB connections. Check with your software vendor -- they should have technical support staff who can answer all of your questions about their product.
What does polar pattern mean? Why should I care?
Think of polar patterns as the shape of the area that a microphone "hears". Omnidirectional hears everything at equal volume from all angles (in a 360 degree sphere surrounding the mic). Cardioid only hears what's right in front of it at full volume and other sounds at increasingly diminished volume as the sound source moves further away from the center of the mic. Bi-directional (figure-of-eight) hears from both the front and the rear of the microphone. Stereo hears everything like we do, left and right. This creates a realistic stereo image. You should care because one of the most useful features of a microphone is the ability to control its pickup. We like polar patterns so much, that some of our professional studio microphones have as many as nine different patterns!
What part of the mic do I talk into?
The Yeti Pro is a side address microphone. A side address microphone accepts sound from an angle perpendicular to the mic as opposed to a front address mic where you speak into the "end" of the microphone.