This is a really popular USB condenser mic, and for good reason. Standing about a foot tall on your desk, it’s got a great sound, is really solid, reliable, and most importantly it’s convenient. I know many of you don’t really want to bother with the whole XLR setup. You just want to be able to plug and play. If that sounds like you, then this may be a great option.
At it’s price, it’s a quality investment due to performance and convenience. Being that it’s USB, you won’t have to tinker around with extraneous XLR gear. What is XLR? Some folks get scared off from USB set ups because they seem cheap and easy, but not satisfying. What you’re getting here is a versatile piece of equipment with great sound quality.
Called exceptional, this mic handles a variety of applications very well. I’ve seen it endorsed mostly for Skype, conference calls, pod-casting, you-tube, and any thing that requires voice over. You may not want to pick this up as your primary vocal mic, but it has been known to handle that as well.
It has a very nice build, is made of metal, and feels solid in your hand 🙂 Some have complained that it leaves a rather large foot print on your desk, because of the fact that it stands about a foot tall. It can also detach from it’s stand and fitted to a separate stand for added versatility.
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Sound quality is exceptional.
Solid build (made of metal) and a great mic stand that comes with it.
Convenient, just plug and play.
Recognized by all windows platforms.
Has a mute button, with simple knobs and design.
Good USB cable provided.
Versatile. you can record almost anything in any type of circumstance.
4 different polar patterns for amazing versatility.
gain control and headphone jack for zero latency live monitoring. What is latency?
Needs to be plugged directly into a USB port on your laptop/computer. Some say it doesn’t do well plugged into a separate USB hub.
Mic does not actually have a switch to turn it off.
So many people rave about it’s sound quality, build, convenience, and versatility. It’s really an all purpose mic that is super easy to use. Complaints include size (a bit large), and you can’t include a standard pop filter unless you Jerry rig it. People were also saying it’s hyper sensitive, but recording in the right environment greatly helps.
This is one of the best options you can go with if you’re looking to record with skype, doing any pod-casting, you-tube videos, video conferencing and any thing similar. I wouldn’t recommend it much for vocals, although it can be done. The 4 different polar patterns, it’s rugged build, and remarkable versatility make it an affordable and valuable option…
What a weird sounding mic huh? As I said in the open, it just makes me think of that old classic TV show Lassie. Man am I getting old or what? It’s all nostalgia all the time these days. 😛
Anywho, this baby is one of Blue Microphones’ entry level mics. Like the Yeti, it’s a really convenient plug and play USB mic that delivers exceptional results sound wise. Some people have complained about it’s plastic build, although the base is very sturdy.
Also similar to the Yeti, you will primarily be using this for pod-casting, and voice over type application. It’s got a headphone jack on the back, and adjusts up and a down. It’s range of motion isn’t that stellar, so you may want to keep that in mind before purchase.
On the plus side, it’s got a built in pop filter and shock-mount, so no extra accessories are needed. Some reviewers weren’t too impressed by either however. It’s at it’s best doing single recordings, but has 3 different modes:
Raw (voice-over, etc.)
So in that sense, it’s very versatile, and has been praised in all 3 different scenarios
Versatile with voice over, instruments, as well as vocals.
Headphone jack on the back. Works well with live monitoring.
design is economical & compact. It sits nicely on your desk, leaving a small footprint.
Clean audio recordings. full and bright reproduction of the voice.
Mute button is in essence a touch pad (no button).
LED ring indicates when it’s on (solid) and when it’s muted (flashing).
Good for pod-casting, and voice over type stuff.
Easy to use, plug and play USB (micro).
Works well with adobe audition.
Mostly plastic, build quality isn’t up to par with reviewers expectations
No recording software is included or recommended for novices. I will recommend something overall though! I use the free Audacity in a pinch. While not a professional tool by any stretch, it will get you started in the right direction. Meant to get your feet wet, and works great!
I’ve seen numerous complaints on the headphone volume knob. People are saying it’s hard to turn (requiring both hands, one to anchor the mic).
Must UN-plug from USB port to turn off, no on/off switch
Swivel head is poorly designed and will not stay up-right in certain positions
You may have audio problems with it soon after you buy it. A few people mentioned some different issues with the mic just quitting on them, clicking sounds, static, and weird background noise.
built in shock-mount and pop filter are essentially useless by many accounts
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Who this mic benefits?
People looking for versatility and convenience out of their purchase. The 3 modes all sound really good.
What you will need?
Hard to say. It comes with a built in shock-mount and pop filter, but you may not be satisfied with either.
Very mixed reviews, so be weary. It’s really hit or miss. It’s an amazing mic sound-wise, with a ton of potential flaws. The build quality is a bit suspect (all plastic), and it feels a little underwhelming in many respects. A lot of people are saying it won’t hold up in the long term.
Similarities & Differences
Both the Yeti and Nessie do very well with pod-casting and any type of voice over work.
Both are very versatile and can handle a variety of applications.
Neither have an on/off switch.
Blue microphones is known for great customer support.
Build. The Blue Yeti is an extremely solid and rugged piece of equipment. It’s built like mini spaceship. The Nessie by contrast feels like a paper air plane, but made of tissue paper. Haha, it’s not that bad, but side by side? No comparison.
Extras. The Nessie comes with a built in pop filter and shock-mount. The Yeti has it’s own stand, but will need to be fitted with that windscreen that I mentioned. It doesn’t really need a shock-mount though, as it’s base is about as heavy as a boulder 🙂
Mute button. The Nessie’s mute button has a that touch pad type of feel, while the Yeti’s is a traditional push button.
Volume Knob. The Nessie has a slick built in volume knob around it’s base, but it doesn’t feel that great to turn. The Yeti’s by contrast is very standard, and functions well.
Footprint. The Yeti is known to leave a giant footprint on your desk, and does take up a lot of space. The Nessie by contrast is more compact and unassuming.
Looking at as many reviews as I have, I can’t recommend the Nessie in good conscience. It may be versatile, and did sound really good in the review. However, there were just too many similar complaints regarding very specific aspects of the mic, and it left a bad taste in my mouth. A lot of people recommended the Yeti over this..
And I will too
The Yeti is an extremely solid piece of equipment, and delivers proven results as an all purpose mic. It is very versatile, and utilizes 4 different polar patterns for added flexibility. Just be aware that it stands a foot tall, and will leave quite a big foot print on your desk. Would you like an in depth and informative review concerning the great Yeti? Check out my official:
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