Since getting the ball rolling on my Let’s Plays in the last month I’ve really been working to make the highest quality videos that I can. Recently I purchased a number of things that should help greatly to that end, but here I wanted to talk about my new favorite.
The main piece of equipment that I’m excited about is my new microphone, the Blue Yeti. I picked this mic out after reading a good number of reviews, but more importantly after listening to a lot of comparisons on YouTube of different microphones. The fact that it’s USB is also important, as I didn’t need to purchase or learn how to use any additional equipment outside of my computer.
After using this mic for one extra-long recording session I have a few initial thoughts. First, I love the sound this mic captures. It’s strange to me, having used headsets for so long, to have the mic out of my way and simultaneously getting amazingly improved sound, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it easily.
Second, the zero-latency headphone jack on the mic, which I thought I would hate and never use, I actually like a lot. It lets me hear the balance of my voice mixed with other sound coming from my computer, and is also useful for just straightforward keeping track of whether I’m accidentally talking into a muted mic.
Lastly, the Yeti can be extremely sensitive. Depending on the setup, and in my case, this might be a downside. I discovered during my first real session using this mic that because it was sitting next to my laptop every single keystroke I made was captured as a moderate “thump”. This happened as the vibration from my moderately vigorous typing was transmitted through the desk and mic stand (as pictured). So fair warning to take precautions as the included stand offers almost no isolation from vibrations.
So there is my informal review of the Blue Yeti. In the end I really love this mic and will be using it for the foreseeable future. The first Let’s Play episode I recorded using this mic will be up later today, Episode #08 of Bricks ‘n Sticks with Maqt. Keep an eye on my YouTube channel, or here on my blog for when that episode goes up! Thanks and Happy Gaming!