Both excel in many of the same recordings situations, including voice-over and podcasting stuff primarily. Both also do well with vocals and instruments of various types. I was actually surprised how well the Yeti did with my guitar and vocals together on stereo mode with no effects or EQ. I will have the clip towards the end!
Both will need a Pop Filter or Windscreen of some sort. I use the Samson PS01 which I have had since 2007! Do be aware that it’s a bit of an adventure situating a Pop Filter for the Yeti, as it doesn’t really have a good place to attach one.
Both the Yeti and Apogee Mic can be used with your phone, though the Apogee is only compatible with Apple, while the Yeti can be used with both Apple and Android. Here is a link showing you How to connect the Blue Yeti to a Samsung Smart Phone. To use the Yeti with an Apple device you will need the lightning to USB adapter.
The Yeti has live, no latency monitoring features, while the Apogee Mic does not. What is Latency?
David & Goliath. The Apogee Mic is compact, portable, and about the size of a fat piece of sidewalk chalk. The Yeti? Yeah, it’s about the size of mini spaceship. It could probably be used on the go as it feels like a dumbbell, but for the most part you’ll want to clear out some desk space for this big puppy. It’s gigantic!
The Apogee Mic is not compatible with Windows, while the Yeti is.
The Yeti has 4 different polar patterns, while the Apogee Mic does not.
The Yeti has a mute button while the Apogee Mic does not.
It seems as though the Yeti is much more flexible and versatile, while the Apogee Mic is more specialized. In my opinion, the Yeti is the best USB microphone on the market today, because of everything mentioned above, plus:
If you have an Apple device, and need something compact and portable, the Apogee Mic is a pretty darned good choice. It is a bit pricey, but will get the job done admirably. Much praise has been heaped upon this thing, and if I had a Mac or iPhone I would definitely consider it.
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