The Blue Yeti is a high quality USB microphone. There is a reason that it’s the number one USB microphone in the world.

Let’s take a look at the 5 most common mistakes that we see people make with the Blue Yeti USB Microphone.

1 – Cardioid Microphone Mode

Blue Yeti Cardioid Mode
The Blue Yeti is set to cardioid mode.

The Blue Yeti comes with four microphone modes, all used for different purposes:

  • Cardioid
  • Bidirectional
  • Omnidirectional
  • Stereo

Unless you’re doing something particular, the microphone should be set to cardioid mode. This tells the microphone to only listen to what is coming from the front of the microphone. It will do it’s best to ignore everything coming from all other directions. This will eliminate a lot of echoey room noise, delay, reverb, etc., from your recording.

2 – Microphone Direction & Orientation

Blue Yeti Microphone Front
This is what you should see when you are recording with the Blue Yeti

When you are recording with the Blue Yeti, it’s important to make sure that it’s pointing the right direction.

You should be looking at the Blue logo when you are recording with this microphone.

It is not a good idea to speak into the back of the microphone or the top of the microphone because it will sound very muddy and will lack the tone that you are looking for with your recording.

3 – Microphone Distance

The microphone gets the best results when it is within 4-6″ of the subject that it’s recording.

If the microphone is too close it will sound inconsistent and boomy.

If the microphone is too far away, you will hear a large amount of distracting background noise.

We recommend some type of microphone stand or boom arm to help get the microphone closer than the factory stand that comes with the microphone:

Microphone Desk Stand:
Microphone Boom Arm:

4 – Pop Filter & Windscreen

Pop Filters and Windscreens do a great job of filtering the air coming from your mouth and preventing “plosives’. A plosive is when you make a “P” or “B” sound and a large amount of air is released into the diaphragm of the microphone creating a distorted “pop” sound.

5 – Shockmount

Blue Yeti Shock Mount
Shock Mount For Blue Yeti Microphone

A shock mount is the easiest way to “air gap” the microphone so taps, bumps, and shuffling don’t get transferred into the microphone.

If you’re hearing a lot of tapping, we highly recommend a shockmount.

Blue Yeti Shockmount:

Bonus Tip – Room Treatment

Even if you follow all of the tips in this video, there is a good chance that your recording will still sound boomy and echoey. This is likely do to the environment that you are recording in.

We highly recommend that you apply some room treatment to absorb soundwaves so they don’t bounce around your room as much.

Common solutions include:

  • Velour Drape
  • Foam Sound Panels
  • Towels
  • Moving Blankets

Blue Yeti Microphone Pricing

Blue Yeti – Common Mistakes Topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:35 – Pricing & Specs
  • 0:46 – Cardioid Microphone Mode
  • 1:55 – Microphone Direction & Orientation
  • 3:46 – Microphone Distance
  • 5:14 – Pop Filter & Windscreen
  • 6:52 – Shockmount
  • 7:36 – Bonus Tip
  • 8:35 – Summary
  • 9:10 – Final Thoughts