If You're Going to Use a Blue Yeti, Please Use it Right
I have read, over and over, and over and over how people should use a Blue Yeti microphone. This is typically done by “Experts” who haven't recorded episode one, and have opted to “Google best podcasting microphone” and the Blue Yeti would often come up (based on other people who also failed to do any research). So for years I've listened to a few podcast done by people who I know use a Blue Yeti.
Instead of having this intimate “I'm in you head” sound, these podcasters sounded like they were recording in a small closet. Not a BOOMY noise (like a bathroom) but enough of a “room noise” to sometimes be distracting. Now there is one very keen point.
I listen through the ears of a podcaster and we don't listen like normal people.
I've heard some podcasts like Podcast 411, and they sound fine, and I've heard other where they didn't. So what was the deal?
With all the focus on “fake news” this week, I decided to take one for the team fork over the $90 and get one myself. It's a little thing I call “integrity” that every podcaster starts with, and 12 years later I believe I still have mine (although I am sounding a bit like the Church lady right now – almost ready to bust into a superior dance).
So here is the deal.
The Yeti has four different settings. The one you want is the “Cardoid” pattern. This means it only picks up from the front of the microphone.
So make sure your microphone is set on this if you are recording solo. it looks like this:
To avoid sounding like you're in a tunnel you need to turn the gain down, and get close the the microphone. When you do this, you will have what most people call “popping p's” when you say worse that start with P's, B's, H's, etc as the from your mouth goes into the microphone. The solution is to purchase a pop filter. Due to it's unique size you need a specialized pop filter. You can purchase the Blue Pop Filter for $59, or you can grab a perfectly good one for $22 from Auphonix . The other thing you need is a shock mount. The reason for this is ANY touching of the desk that the Yeti is sitting on will pick up the vibrations. So you can purchase the shock mount from Blue for $56, or this one from for Auphonix for $30. So the price of a Yeti goes from $89 to somewhere between to $$141 to 204. The shock mount is going to need a stand so I recommend either the Rode PSA1 ($99) or the Heil PL-2T ($130)
The sad truth is with spending all this money, if you somehow want to record two people with two yeti's it's not not that easy as the Yeti (not the Yeti Pro) is usb ONLY. This also means that any kind of processing (compression, noise gate, etc) will be HAVE to be done in software. Unless you want to purchase the Yeti Pro (which has the ability to plug into a mixer) which costs $199.
This is why the Audio Technica ATR2100 is the Best Podcasting Microphone NOT the Blue yeti.
The Audio Technica us a dynamic microphone (which means it will pick up less noise than the yet)
Because its more of a “traditional” microphone you are a little more open to pop filters and shock mounts.
The ATR2100 works via USB and XLR ( can work with a mixer) so if you're flying solo, or need to plug into a mixer you're good to go.
So to get the same features you would need a Blue Yeti ($199), Pop Filter ($22), Shock Mount ($30), so would be out $251. Where is the ATR2100 is $77, the pop filter shock mount is $9, so you would be out around $86.