Keep reading to see how you can make the Blue Yeti sound better with just a few simple tips!
What is the Blue Yeti?
So if you’re reading this blog post, I’m assuming you have already bought a Blue Yeti and are looking to make it sound better.
But just in case you don’t know, the Blue Yeti is a microphone that is perfect for podcasting! 🤩
It comes in three great colors that will have you looking amazing behind the mic!
It’s a USB mic, which means that it can plug straight into your computer, making it super easy to use. 💻
However, if you’re finding that your recordings are a bit quiet or muffled with your Blue Yeti, the chances are it’s not broken, it’s just not being used correctly…
Why is the Blue Yeti a good podcasting mic?
The Blue Yeti is great for podcasting, especially if you’re just starting out and don’t have the budget for a super expensive and highly professional mic at the beginning.
It requires no extra equipment, you can simply plug it right into your computer. 💪
You can also get a special adapter for your iPhone or iPad that allows you to record directly there! 📱
Another feature that is super helpful is that you can adjust the gain of your mic directly from the Blue Yeti.
The gain is the level at which your mic is recording. 🎙️
So for example, if you have the gain set high, it means that it will pick up more (and sometimes unwanted) sounds, and if you have it low, not so much…
When first using your Blue Yeti mic, I recommend starting with the gain as low as possible, where your voice is still easy to hear, but where you won’t be picking up excess noise.
Do some test runs before you start your actual recording so that you can find the perfect setting. 👌
The Blue Yeti also offers many different polar patterns that you can choose from, depending on how many people you’re recording and where you’re recording.
What are the polar patterns of the Blue Yeti and how can you use them?
The Blue Yeti offers four different polar patterns so that your mic can be used for every situation. (Making it even more worth it, by the way!)
The first polar pattern is the bi-directional setting. ✌️
This is when the Blue Yeti is picking up sounds on two sides of the mic, on opposite sides from the other.
It’s great for interviews, or podcasts with two people that are sitting across from each other.
The next is the omni-directional setting. 🙌
This is when the Blue Yeti is recording sound from all sides.
It works when there are a few people sitting around the mic, having a group discussion for their podcast.
But be careful, because with this setting the mic will pick up ALL sounds, including any background noise. 😬
The third setting is the stereo setting. 👈 👉
This uses the left and right sides of the mic to capture wide sounds. Not the best mode for podcasting, unless you’re trying to record music or specific sounds for your show.
Finally, and most importantly, we have the cardioid setting. 👍
This is THE setting that you should be using for your podcast.
It makes the main part of the mic very sensitive to sound and tries to block any sound from being recorded from the other sides of the mic.
This is perfect for one person recording a podcast. Or if you have a few people, the ideal way is to have one microphone per person. 👆
I know, I know, I just told you about all the settings for having multiple people…
And yes, you can use those if you’d like but if you want top-notch quality for your podcast, have one microphone per person, just throwing it out there.
Making sure that you choose the right polar pattern will drastically change the way your recording sounds, so pick wisely! 🧐
Another tip that you can use to make the Blue Yeti sound better is to use headphones. 🎧
By using headphones, you can hear yourself recording and know how the sound quality will be right away.
Should you raise the gain of the mic, or lower it because of too much background noise? … you’ll be able to tell easily.
And another great feature about the Blue Yeti… you can plug your headphones straight into it! Could it be any easier! 👔 😉
Find the right recording space
As with any microphone, you need to make sure that you find the perfect place to record your podcast.
This should be somewhere that is carpeted, well-insulated, and that has lots of furniture. 🛋️
All of these things will absorb any echoes to ensure that they don’t make it into your audio recording.
If you have a studio, even better! It’s already sound-proofed! 💪
What accessories can you use to make the Blue Yeti sound better?
There are a few accessories that can be game-changers when it comes to the quality of your recording with the Blue Yeti.
The first that I recommend is a pop filter or windshield. 🌬️
These will protect your mic from plosives, which are small puffs of air that come out of your mouth when you say certain consonants, like “P” or “B”.
They aren’t expensive and can be found very easily online!
Another accessory is a mic stand or arm.
And there are a few options here:
The first is a traditional mic stand that sits on your table or desk and holds your mic.
The second is a boom mic stand, which will suspend your mic from a stand that sits on the ground.
And the third is a scissor arm, which can clip to your table/desk and suspend your mic. ✂️
If you use any of these, you have to be very careful about vibrations that can be picked up in the mic from hitting the desk or bumping into the table.
So I recommend that you get a shock mount that will protect your microphone from the unwanted vibrations in your recording.
Little tip: A small rubber mat that you can put under the mic stand to absorb any vibrations is another great accessory to have!
What position will make your Blue Yeti sound better? 🧘♀️
One of the first things to remember is that you should be about 6 to 12 inches away from your mic. 📏
You can choose the stand that you want, whether it’s on your desk, on the floor, or clipped to your table, just make sure that it’s clear from any excessive vibrations that could disrupt your recording. (Again, do a test run!) 🏃♀️
Position your mic where you want it, and make sure that it’s not too close to your computer or it could produce unwanted feedback.
And if you find that the USB cord that comes with the Blue Yeti is too short, get a USB extension cable to make sure that your setup is perfect!
And most importantly, to make the Blue Yeti sound better you need to speak into the side of the mic, where it’s the most sensitive, if using the cardioid setting.
Specifically the side with the Blue Yeti logo on it. 🔵
Do NOT speak into the top of the microphone, or the quality will not be what you want at all! ❌
So is the Blue Yeti worth it?
Yes, for the price that you’re paying, the quality and versatility of the Blue Yeti, it’s worth it because if you know how to use it correctly you can get great audio recordings.
Basically, it offers great value for money! 💸
And it looks super cool, like a true podcaster’s mic.
I hope that this blog post has helped you learn all you need to know about how to make the Blue Yeti sound better so that you can make amazing podcasts! 💜