The Blue Yeti Microphone remains one of the most popular mics out there, and for good reason. There are certainly better quality bits of kit around, toting better sound and more technical specs, but the Blue Yeti wins hands down on ease of use and versatility.
The simple plug-and-play USB interface combined with a great in-built stand mean you can be up and running in minutes, not the hours it takes to hone your Condenser mic setup. And the Yeti is no slouch on quality – for all but the audio professional, the Blue Yeti is more than up to the task (have a look at my podcasting microphones article for other options).
I received a question from Brian Flaherty just recently about upgrading his Yeti – not the mic itself, but the setup surrounding it – so I thought I’d cover a few of the things that can make this excellent mic even better. If you’re looking for mic stands, shock mounts, windscreens or similar, then you’ve come to the right place. Let’s see how we can power up our 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 – there are a few things we can do to improve the performance of our Yeti.
Blue Yeti Microphone Stand Options
On the mounting question first – this a great step to take. Recording and speaking is a whole lot easier if you can mount a microphone a little higher up, more at natural mouth level. This means you don’t have to bend over to get right up close. The bending actually ruins your sound quite a bit – your voice is strained as it forces it’s way through a bent windpipe, emanating from squashed lungs and a crushed diaphragm. If your spine is straight and your chin high, then you’ll always sound better.
There is an official Blue Yeti Shockmount, created by Blue themselves, and you can find it here: Blue Yeti Shock Mount. It’s not the cheapest in the world, but it’ll work great with your mic. The Blue Yeti pro is pictured opposite mounted in one of the same.
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 a normal shockmount a fair bit cheaper than that one from Blue. For pure ease of use, though, you can’t beat Blue’s offering.
A lot of people ask about the possibility of a Blue Yeti boom arm setup, and it’s definitely feasible. You’ll need a decent quality one to take the weight (my favourite top quality pick is this one from Rode), and the shock mount above for attachment, but it does make recording very easy. 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 – you don’t need a pop filter or a windscreen to combat background noise – they’re 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.
If you’re getting right up close to the mic, then that’ll reduce background noise naturally because you can record at a lower level. But, on the downside, it’ll increase plosives since the air you’re expelling from your mouth has far less distance to travel to the mic. So yes, if that’s your plan then you might want to think about getting one.
To be honest, they’re pretty basic bits of kit so any that’ll fit your mic and stand will do the trick. You can even make a pop filter from a hanger and a pair of tights! Have a look at a general search for some ideas: pop filter.
Let Me know How You use your Blue Yeti Microphone
I’d love to hear what extras you’re using with your Blue Yeti, or how you’ve modified it in some way. Please do pop a comment in below to tell me – I’m sure the other readers of this article would love to hear it. Thanks!