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The Blue Yeti Pro is a broadcast quality stereo Podcasting mic which is accessible to anyone who wants to have their voice heard online.

Yeti Pro integrates an entire recording system into the microphone body so you can either use it as a standalone system (just connect it to your computer via USB) or as a normal analog microphone. The sound quality on the Yeti Pro is nothing short of stellar and will add that extra dimension of quality to your podcast (or any other recording). 

The Yeti Pro is specially designed to be used on a desk or a broadcast mic stand making it really easy to get going right out of the box, whatever your application.

Laptop, mic stand and cables not included.

Here's what Blue say about the Yeti Pro Mic

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 usewith 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.

Features

Settings

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.

Microphone Specs

  • Power Required/Consumption: 5V 500mA (USB)/48V DC (analog)
  • Sample Rate: 192 kHz
  • Bit Rate: 24bit
  • Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules
  • Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz)
  • Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)
     
    Headphone Amplifier
  • Impedance: >16 ohms
  • Power Output (RMS): 130 mW
  • THD: 0.009%
  • Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 22 kHz
  • Signal to Noise: 114dB
     
    Specifications
  • Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72"(12cm) x 4.92"(12.5cm) x 11.61"(29.5cm)
  • Weight (microphone): 1.2 lbs (.55 kg)
  • Weight (stand): 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
  • Cable: 12" Y-Cable and 3M USB cable
     
    System Requirements
  • PC: Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional
  • USB 2.0 High Speed; 256 MB RAM (minimum)
  • Macintosh: Mac OSX ( 10.4.11 or higher )
  • USB 2.0 High Speed; 256 MB RAM (minimum)
     

    Steve | Purchase date: 23 January 2012
    Rating

    The Blue Yeti Pro microphone has done everything I wanted it to do. I am using it with a Tascam US-144 interface into Cubase and it works perfectly. It took a little while for my PC to "see" the Yeti, but once established it has been brilliant. I have been using the mic mainly for vocals and acoustic guitar and it has been accurate, bright and nicely detailed.

    Phil Skinner | Purchase date: 21 April 2011
    Rating

    This mic, simply put, is stunning. The simplicity of plugging it into a USB port combined with the capabilty of 4 times CD quality recordings, is something I thought would be impossible to find.

    Not only is it fantastic value for your money, but also rivals and in many case perfoms better than, an XLR mic into a firewire interface with preamp! The sound is clean, crisp & high definition. With the addition of a pop filter, my home studio sound vocals sounds are on par with a £150 p/h studio!

    The stand that comes with it is incredibly sturdy, as is the mic capsule. It looks stylish and whilst it is large, it isn't too bulky.

    The 4 different pickup patterns that you can control really do make a difference. Recording instruments on the wrong pickup setting can reduce quality and also recording vocals on the wrong setting can pick up background noise. However, the correct settings are all explained very clearly and the mic is so simple to use for anyone.

    I hugely recommend. 5 stars!

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