Blue Yeti Accessories Guide: How to Upgrade Your Yeti
As you'd expect with one of the most popular microphones on the market, the demand for Blue Yeti accessories is huge. It's a versatile little beast right out of the box with it's multiple polar patterns, built in stand and various other features. But, add a few choice accessories, and it can be even better.
You can read our full review of the Blue Yeti, but let's cover the highlights here.
On the plus side, it's simple, good quality, and helps you get up and running in minutes. Those three factors are why the majority of podcasters on our gear survey claim the yeti as their mic of choice. But, on the negative, the Blue Yeti's short stand makes for a less than ideal recording position, and its sensitive condenser-mic innards pick up pops like no-ones business.
Luckily we'll cover a range of yeti add-ons here that can solve for both! So, let's get into it – here are some of the best Blue Yeti accessories if you're looking to upgrade your mic.
And if you're not yet committed, and still shopping around, you can see the full range of Yeti competitors in our USB microphones roundup.
Question: What Blue Yeti Accessories are most Important?
This post was prompted by an email I got from Brian Flaherty about upgrading his Yeti.
Hi Colin – thanks for all the advice. I do have some questions about gear. I did a few episodes of a podcast with 2 other friends (so 3 of us in all) and we all shared the Blue Yeti which as long as we were close enough to the mic sounded great. So now I want to take it to a new level with an interview podcast and I plan on using the same Blue Yeti and buying a second one for my guest.
My question is: can you recommend a stand or holder that works with the Yeti to allow me and the guest to sit normal and get right up on the mic? Same with the filters/windscreens. DO I need those for a quiet office situation?
So, thanks Brian, good questions, and they highlight the most common downsides of the Blue Yeti, when used in the wild. So, let's look at a few things we can do to improve the performance of our Yeti.
The Trouble with the Yeti's Stand
On the microphone mounting question first – this a great step to take. The Yeti's stand is fine as a stop-gap, but in reality, it's too low to get your mouth in the right position when it's placed on a normal table or desk. Speaking and recording is a whole lot easier if you can mount your microphone a little higher up, more at natural mouth level.
When you bend, it has a pretty dramatic effect on your sound, after all. Your voice becomes strained as it forces it's way through a bent windpipe, emanating from squashed lungs and a crushed diaphragm. Sounds dramatic, right? But those parts of your body are soft, fragile, and they're really strongly affected by the position you sit it. If your spine is straight and your chin high, then you'll almost always sound better.
Blue Yeti Shockmount Options
A shockmount is a tool that attaches your microphone to the microphone stand, but protects the mic from the vibrations and noise passing up through the stand or the table. Without a shockmount, you'll often hear banging, rubbing or rustling which is conducted right through the stand into the mic. But, a shockmount holds the microphone in a soft mount – often rubber bands – so that the noise can't reach the mic itself.
There is an official Blue Yeti Shockmount, created by Blue themselves, and you can find it here: Blue Radius III. It's not the cheapest in the world, but it should be guaranteed to work great with your mic. The Blue Yeti pro is pictured here, on the right, mounted in one of the same.
There's a decent alternative yetiblue yeti shock mount by Auphonix which is worth a look if you're on a lower budget. It might be a little less long lasting but it's well thought of on the whole.
I know you can make other shockmounts work with the Yeti too, but it might be a little hit and miss in terms of fit. If you have a music store close by, though, then by all means take it in and try it out with a few. You can get normal shockmounts a fair bit cheaper than that one from Blue. For pure ease of use, though, you can't beat Blue's offering, and the Auphonix one is sure to fit too.
Blue Yeti Microphone Stands: The Flexible Mounting Option
Next, you'll need a microphone stand to attach that shockmount to. I did a post on microphone boom stands a while back, or you could just get a tripodtripod stand like this. Be warned, the tripod stands take up much more room, and just tend to get right in your way. I've always found it well worth paying a bit extra for a boom arm stand for real ease of use.
If you do go the boom arm route, you'll need a good quality one to take the weight and, again, Blue have an on-brand blueBlue boom arm for you. Again, not cheap, but good quality, and (should be…) guaranteed to fit well. If you want to go for an alternative, my favourite top quality pick is the PSA1 from Rode.
Either way, boom arms are amazing for keeping your mic handy, but just out of the way. Just pull the boom arm around to your mouth when you want to record and push it back when you're finished. Easy!
Using a Pop Filter with your Blue Yeti
Lastly, for the windscreen/pop filter question, a pop filter is great for reducing speaking noises called plosives. A plosive is the popping sound that happens when you say a ‘P' or a ‘B' or similar – when you blow air from your mouth and it hits the microphone with force.
Good mic technique means getting right up close to the mic, so that your voice is much higher than the background noise. But, as a result, that will increase plosives since the air you're expelling from your mouth has far less distance to travel to the mic.
Pop filters are ten a penny, and most come with pretty universal screw mounts that clamp onto your mic stand or shockmount. This one from auphAuphonix is a decent choice, or, again, you could go with the slightly overpriced Blue pop filter.
These are pretty un-technical bits of kit, though, so don't overthink it. You can even make a pop filter from a hanger and a pair of tights!
Conclusion: What Blue Yeti Accessories are Worthwhile?
That sums up the most useful Blue Yeti accessories that we've used, but I'm sure there are more around. Drop us a comment below if you use something different!
If you have the budget, it's well worth getting the whole shebang – Yeti, plus shockmount, plus boom arm, plus pop filter. In fact, you can buy the whole package as a bundle, here, so that's worth checking out: Blue Yeti, mount, stand and filter bundle.
Your neck and back will thank you for saving them from the constant leaning over, and your audio quality will jump as a result!
Using Your Yeti to Record Online Calls?
If you're already using your Blue Yeti to interview people online, then check out our big guide to recording online calls. If you're recording Skype, then we might have some better suggestions for you here: How to Record Skype Calls with a USB Mic, Like the Yeti!