Blue Yeti Manual
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Congratulations on your purchase of The Yeti, the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone
roaming the wild today. The Yeti is the ultimate tool for creating amazing recordings, no matter what the source
or environment. Best of all, this Yeti can capture anything! The Yeti features Blue's innovative triple capsule array,
allowing for recording in stereo or your choice of three unique patterns, including cardioid, omnidirectional, and
bidirectional, giving you recording capabilities usually requiring multiple microphones.
The Yeti utilizes a high quality analog-to-digital converter to send incredible audio fidelity directly into your
computer, a built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and simple controls for headphone volume,
pattern selection, instant mute, and microphone gain located directly on the microphone so you are always in
control of your recording. The Yeti delivers exceptional performance with low distortion, high fidelity, and balanced
frequency response. There are no drivers to install — simply plug the Yeti into your PC or Mac, load up your favorite
recording software, and record something amazing.
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR YETI 4
TRIPLE CAPSULE ARRAY * Three condenser capsules in an innovative configuration to enable great recordings in most
any situation.
MULTIPLE PATTERN SELECTION * You can quickly select from each of Yeti's four pattern settings (stereo, cardioid,
omnidirectional, bidirectional) by simply rotating the pattern selector knob. See pages 12-19 for more details and pat-
tern suggestions.
MICROPHONE GAIN + Use this knob to control the gain (sensitivity) of Yeti's microphone elements. Begin recording
with this knob centered. If you are experiencing digital distortion with a very loud sound source, simply decrease the
gain counterclockwise. If you desire higher sensitivity, simply increase the gain by turning clockwise.
BLUE LOGO + The Blue logo indicates the front of the microphone.
SET SCREWS e Turn each of these knobs clockwise to tighten and secure the microphone at the desired angle. To
remove the microphone from the included desk stand, simply unscrew both set screws entirely while supporting the
microphone with your hand. Carefully remove the Yeti microphone by lifting directly up and out of the desk stand.
MUTE BUTTON/STATUS LIGHT e Press this button to mute the output from the microphone. When
the mute button is flashing, the microphone is muted and no signal will be sent to the computer.
To end microphone muting, simply press the button again. The status light will illuminate solid
during normal operation to indicate proper function.
HEADPHONE VOLUME CONTROL + Easily control the volume of Yeti's headphone output by adjusting
the volume knob — no need to click through software menus to find the right headphone volume.
HEADPHONE OUTPUT - Yeti includes a standard 1/8" (3.5mm) headphone jack for monitoring and
playback. Use Yeti's headphone output to monitor your microphone recording in real-time, without
latency delays. Or, use the Yeti's headphone amplifier to reproduce music, movies, or tracks from your computer with the
incredible fidelity and detail provided by the dedicated headphone amplifier and high quality digital-to-analog converter.
USB CONNECTION « Yeti connects to your computer with one simple USB cable. Plug the mini USB (small connector) into
the USB port on Yeti, and plug the other end into an available USB port on your computer. To perform at its best, Yeti
should be plugged directly into a powered USB port, so avoid connecting through USB hubs or other USB multipliers.
STANDARD THREAD MOUNT e If you would like to mount your Yeti to a standard microphone studio mount, remove Yeti
from the included desk stand and thread in a standard threaded mount for maximum versatility.
GETTING STARTED WITH YETI
After unpacking your Yeti, rotate the microphone 180 degrees so that the Blue logo and headphone volume control is
facing you. Tighten the set-screws on the left and right of the base after adjusting the microphone for your desired angle.
Connect the Yeti to your computer with the supplied USB cable (avoid plugging Yeti into USB hubs or multipliers — plug
directly into your computer for best performance). See below for installation instructions for your operating system:
Windows XP
1. Plug the Yeti microphone into a USB port on your computer using the provided USB cable
2. From the Start Menu, open the Control Panel
3. From the Control Panel, select Sounds and Audio Devices
4. From the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties menu, select the Audio tab
5. Select Yeti Stereo Microphone as the default device in the Sound Playback pull-down menu
6. Select Yeti Stereo Microphone as the default device in the Sound Recording pull-down menu
7. Press “Apply” and exit the Control Panel.
Windows Vista
1. Plug the Yeti microphone into a USB port on your computer using the provided USB cable
2. From the Start Menu, select the Control Panel
3. From the Control Panel, select the Sound icon
4. Select the Playback tab and select Yeti Stereo Microphone as your default device
5. Select the Recording tab and select Yeti Stereo Microphone as your default device
6. Press OK and exit the Control Panel
Windows 7
1. Plug the Yeti microphone into a USB port on your computer using the provided USB cable
2. From the Start Menu, select the Control Panel
3. From the Control Panel, select the Sound icon
4. Select the Playback tab and select Yeti Stereo Microphone as your default device
5. Select the Recording tab and select Yeti Stereo Microphone as your default device
6. Press OK and exit the Control Panel
Windows 8
1. Plug the Yeti microphone into a USB port on your computer using the provided USB cable
2. From the Settings Menu, select the Control Panel
3. From the Control Panel, select Hardware and Sound
4. From the Hardware and Sound menu, select Manage Audio Devices
5. Select the Playback tab, and select Yeti Stereo Microphone as your default device
6. Select the Recording tab, and select Yeti Stereo Microphone as your default device
7. Press OK, and exit the Control Panel
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Apple-Macintosh OSX (10.4.11 or higher)
1. Plug the microphone into your computer's USB port using the provided USB cable.
2. From the main Apple menu, select the “System Preferences.”
3. Select the “Sound” icon.
4. Now select the input tab and select “Yeti Stereo Microphone.”
As a starting point, set the “Input Volume” to about 80%. If you decide you want to record something that is very loud,
like a drums or a band practice, you will want to turn this setting down. If you are recording something that may be
quiet, like an interview with a person who speaks softly, you may want to turn this setting up.
5. Select the output tab and select “Yeti Stereo Microphone.”
6. From this screen, you will want to set the “Output Volume” to 100%. Once you've selected the Yeti as your
output device, you can control the headphone volume with the knob on the front of the Yeti.
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Now that your Yeti is connected, verify that the microphone gain knob is centered, select your desired recording pattern,
and get ready to record.
For installation instructions for other operating systems, visit www.bluemic.com/yeti
So WHAT CAN I Do WITH YETI?
In short, anything! Remember that there are no rules in recording — only guidelines. If it sounds good, then it is good!
On the following pages we've provided suggested uses and a description for each of the recording modes (patterns)
available and how you can use them to get great results, every time. If this all seems a bit much, just remember you
can always try a recording while switching through each of the recording modes to dial in your favorite sound.
RECORDING MODES AT A GLANCE 12
PATTERN PATTERN SOUND SOURCE / RECORDING
MODE SETTING SYMBOL DIRECTION APPLICATIONS
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PATTERN PATTERN SOUND SOURCE / RECORDING
MODE SETTING SYMBOL DIRECTION APPLICATIONS
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STEREO
Description: 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.
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These charts are only a starting point for the sound provided. How the microphone reacts in a particular
application will differ greatly because of many variables, like room acoustics, distance from sound source
(proximity), tuning of instruments, mic cabling and other factors. For more tips on miking and recording
techniques, check out the Blue website.
CARDIOID
Description: 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.
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These charts are only a starting point for the sound provided. How the microphone reacts in a particular
application will differ greatly because of many variables, like room acoustics, distance from sound source
(proximity), tuning of instruments, mic cabling and other factors. For more tips on miking and recording
techniques, check out the Blue website.
OMNIDIRECTIONAL
Description: 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.
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These charts are only a starting point for the sound provided. How the microphone reacts in a particular
application will differ greatly because of many variables, like room acoustics, distance from sound source
(proximity), tuning of instruments, mic cabling and other factors. For more tips on miking and recording
techniques, check out the Blue website.
BIDIRECTIONAL
Description: 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 record-
ing 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 micro-
phone facing another), you can achieve a natural sound without the
complexity of using multiple microphones.
Tips, TRICKS, FAQ’s AND MORE!
Above all, feel free to experiment with Yeti's advanced capabilities
to find your favorite sound. For more tips on getting the most out of
your Yeti, as well as more information on general recording techniques,
be sure to check out the Yeti on Blue's website, www.bluemic.com/Yeti.
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These charts are only a starting point for the sound provided. How the microphone reacts in a particular
application will differ greatly because of many variables, like room acoustics, distance from sound source
(proximity), tuning of instruments, mic cabling and other factors. For more tips on miking and recording
techniques, check out the Blue website.
SPECIFICATIONS
Microphone and performance
Power Required/Consumption: 5V 150mA
Sample Rate: 48kHz
Bit Rate: 16bit
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): 130mW
THD: 0.009%
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Frequency Response: 15Hz - 22kHz
Signal to Noise: 100dB
Specifications
Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72" (12cm) x
4.92"(12.5cm) x 11.61"(29.5cm)
Weight (microphone): 1.21bs (.55kg)
Weight (stand): 2.21bs (1kg)
System Requirements
PC: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home
Edition or XP Professional
USB 1.1/2.0; 64 MB RAM (minimum)
Macintosh: Mac OSX (10.4.11 or higher)
USB 1.1/2.0
64 MB RAM (minimum)
WARRANTY
Blue Microphones warrants its hardware product against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of TWO (2) YEARS from the date of original retail
purchase, provided the purchase was made from an authorized Blue Microphones dealer. This warranty is void if the equipment is altered, misused, mishandled,
maladjusted, suffers excessive wear, or is serviced by any parties not authorized by Blue Microphones. The warranty does not include transportation costs
incurred because of the need for service unless arranged for in advance. Blue Microphones reserves the right to make changes in design and improve upon its
products without obligation to install these improvements in any of its products previously manufactured. For warranty service or for a copy of Blue's Warranty
Policy including a complete list of exclusions and limitations, contact Blue at 818-879-5200.
©2011 Blue Microphones. All Rights Reserved. Yeti and Blue Oval Logo are registered trademarks of Blue Microphones. Macintosh is a registered trademark
of Apple, Inc., registered in the US and other countries. Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP are registered trademarks of Microsoft, Inc.
Skype is a registered trademark of Skype Limited. All rights reserved.
In keeping with our policy of continued product improvement, Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics (BLUE) reserves the right to alter specifications without
prior notice.
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