If you're a podcaster or any type of recording professional, you know that onboard microphones don't cut it. This is where the Yeti comes in. With its classic design and 4 recording modes, the chrome-toned microphone wants to fill in the gap where hobbyist meets professional grade equipment. Does this stylish package deliver? Let's see if they put their money where their mouth is.
First off, build quality. This thing is a beast! The entire body is made of a solid, aluminum construction with built-in cable management and a swivel ability for portability (although because of the sheer weight of it, we don't really recommend taking this one out on the road).
Being touted as the world's first THX-certified mic, the Yeti has some expectations to live up to. Testing it with vocals and live music, we found the Yeti not only toppling over some of our other 'pro-grade' stuff (Logitech's webcams and headsets, for instance), but the USB connectivity made it a seamless addition to our pseudo-GarageBand recording studio.
We invited Allie Hillman, a singer friend of ours for a theater production, and a rock-pop band, Heliotropes, over to our offices to test out the Yeti mic. Both segments are recorded in cardioid and really showcases how clear you can get, even with background traffic noise and bloggers typing away.
Pros: Perfect for amateur podcasters, plug-n-play, extremely affordable
Cons: Not as portable as they make it out to be, quite heavy, slight bumps make lots of interference noise
Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did loan us the product for testing and review purposes.