Blue Yeti Microphone Accessory Guide: How to Upgrade Your Yeti

Blue Yeti Microphone Accessory Guide-How to Upgrade Your Yeti

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.

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Blue Yeti Microphone Stand Options

blue yeti microphone shockmountOn 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.

You’ll also need a microphone stand to actually attach that shockmount to – I did a post on microphone boom stands a while back, or you could just get a normal stand like this one from jamstands.

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!

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24 Comments

  1. Thanks for the write up Colin. Very useful. Just wondering if you have tried out the blue yeti pop filter from Auphonix. It looks like they made it specially for the Yeti. But it can also be stuck to the desktop. Any thoughts?

    It’s this one here

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    • Hi Brian,

      Good pointer there – yes, I’ve used that pop filter before and it’s pretty decent. The only issue I have is that it’s quite heavy, so it can cause a bit of trouble with lighter boom arms. But with a good stand it’s good.

      And for the desktop mounting, I’ve found that the arm isn’t long enough to make it work with most desktops – it ends up a little low. But it would definitely depend on your setup, so it could work for you if your microphone tends to sit less than 12 inches above your desktop. Hope that helps!
      Colin

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      • The Auphonix and Knox Audio pop filters clamp to the standard Blue Yeti Base. (The upper potion of the stand not where the arms emerge from the base. Some Amazon reviewers seem to have difficulty with this attachment.)

        I can see why boom arms would be useful, but I will wait a bit longer before I buy the setup.

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        • Thanks for the tips Richard – that’s great to know another couple of pop filters that’ll fit a Blue Yeti. I know what you mean about figuring out whether they’ll work or not – the reviews aren’t terribly useful most of the time. Usually it’s just a case of get it, try it and send it back if it’s no good. Which is pretty inconvenient!

          Colin

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  2. Hi Colin. Good stuff bud. I have a question. I recently purchased a Blue Yeti mic, and have read the horror stories about the Radius shock mount not functioning properly. I noticed you appear to be using one, and was just curious about your experience with it. I also saw you mention that other mounts will work with the Yeti. I read that there’s a Spider shock mount that’s great with the Blue Yeti. The only problem is, I can’t seem to find one anywhere (and to compound the issue, I can’t even find a Radius mount anywhere other than a couple of idiots wanting $165-$200 for one). Can you recommend any other mounts that you know will work with the Blue Yeti? Or maybe point me in the direction of one of the previously mentioned ones that aren’t grossly overpriced? Thank you very much Colin! I really enjoyed the article, and I appreciate any help or advice you might have. Thanks again!

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    • Hey Brent, thanks for the question. I hadn’t actually heard the bad things about the Radius, so I’m sorry to hear that. I used one only briefly and it seemed fine to me. I’ve not used either for a while though and moved over to a MXL990 on it’s own shockmount. I’ve heard tell that the Ringer shockmount fits a Yeti OK, but that’s from Blue too, so if you don’t trust the Radius then you might feel the same about the ringer. Other than that, I’d recommend popping into your local music shop with your yeti. I bet you’ll find a shockmount that would fit if you try a few – just a matter of going through the sizes. If all else fails, I’ve seen a few DIY options out there. Search on YouTube for DIY Blue Yeti shockmounts and you might find something useful!

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      • Thanks Colin! I appreciate the response! Yeah, I’ll try to find one that fits, or just make one if I have to. It’s crazy… it’s about a 50/50 split on whether the Radius does the job or not, but, including you, I’ve seen pics/video of people using it, and not having any problems, so if I can find one (everybody seems to be out of them at the moment), I’m definitely gonna give it a try. Thanks again my friend!

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  3. Hello, we are new to podcasting and we recently purchased this Mic. I was wondering if it would be possible to hook up 2 sets of headphones to the same Blue Yeti Mic? I tried a regular splitter and it doesn’t seem to be working. Just curious if this were a possibility for a two person interview. Thanks for the info!

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    • Hi Kyle, there’s no reason a standard headphone splitter shouldn’t work with the output, so that’s a bit strange. I’d go through a bit of testing to see what’s at fault.
      Try both sets of headphones in the Blue Yeti individually – that’ll tell you whether they work OK with the device, and whether the Yeti’s headphone output is OK. If both of them are OK, then test the splitter with another device, such as your phone or an MP3 player. If the splitter doesn’t work, again, with any other device, then splitter could be faulty.

      Hope that helps!
      Colin

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      • Thanks Colin!

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  4. Does the mic stand have a USB cord, or is the Yeti USB long enough for use with a mic stand, OR do I need to buy some type of male/female/converter/adapter thing?

    Thanks!

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    • To be honest, it depends a lot on where you place your Yeti relative to your computer. A USB extension cable will cost pennies anyway, so could be worth investing in. Hope that helps!

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  5. Hi Colin. I was wondering if you would know why my Yeti keeps disconnecting and reconnecting randomly from my computer. It will still be plugged in while I’m recording, it then disconnects for a second, and then reconnects, but this usually stops the recording. My computer has plenty of RAM and every other USB device doesn’t do this when I use them; only the Yeti. I have tried different cables and still I have this problem, I have tried multiple USB slots also. I have a Windows 7 computer and have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver for the Yeti multiple times. If you’re not sure what’s going on that’s okay, I’m just trying to find a solution to my problem. Thanks.

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    • Hi Dyson. The mic itself may be faulty. Are you able to try it on another computer? That way if it still happens you can eliminate your computer from the list of potential problems. Let me know how you get on with this, cheers.

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  6. Hi guys. As always, this is a great article. I just got my Yeti and am planning to get the shockmount soon. My question is more of a set up question so I am not sure if it fits on this post or not but any help would be extremely appreciated.
    I know the Yeti has its own gain control and I was trying it out yesterday and really love it. But what I am trying to figure out is what are the best settings to have with the Yeti when it comes to the actual sound setting on the computer? For example, when I have used my cheap USB headset mic I often set mic volume on the settings to 100% but I have heard people setting the volume at 20% even when using the Yeti. Does that make any difference on the Yeti’s ability to pick up audio or does that basically become a useless setting to worry about given the Yeti’s individual gain controls?
    Now, back to actual gear…the kit I purchased includes a Knox Pop Filter for Yeti Microphones but I am having a hard time figuring out how to put this on. I know there are probably pictures out there but as you may recall from reading on my other posts I am actually visually impaired and cannot see the pictures out there. Should I clip it to the base or to that flat curved part on the stand of the Yeti? The slightly curved spot on the stand seems to make more sense but just wondering if you have a better way to explain that to me.
    Thanks again for continuing to always give us great information!

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    • Hi Maxamiliano, I’d just keep the computer input volume at 100% and adjust the gain on the mic to your taste. As for the pop filter, there should be a hole in the arms that hold the main part of the mic up, this hole is usually where the pop filter screws into.

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  7. Hi! I was totally convinced that I should get the Blue Yeti mic but there have been multiple reviews on amazon in the last little while that it’s no longer working well with the new mac updates. I’m so disappointed and hoping this isn’t true! Do you know anything about this?

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    • Hi Lily. I’ve not heard anything about this but I’ll look into it and let you know if I find out more.

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    • I help VO students get started, the majority of them buy the Blue Yeti, and lots of us use Mac (myself included). Never had an issue. It’s a great workhorse mic, I’ve used mine for 3 years almost daily.

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  8. Hi there, I’ve been doing youtube videos for a bit (mostly gaming stuff), and I’ve been using a USB Logitech headset with a mic, which is literally flaking away into pieces. I’m about to buy the Yeti so I can have a dedicated mic, and already have a new headset that uses a regular audio plug. Going to get a pop filter too because that looks like a necessary addon for quality. Any recommendation on size for the filter? I see 4″ and 6″ ones and don’t want to overspend even though pop filters all seem to be fairly inexpensive. Every dollar counts, right?

    And what exactly is the benefit to plugging the headset into the mic? Is it more a feature you’d use just recording audio? For what I use the hardware for, I don’t know if it would really work because (afaik) I wouldn’t be able to hear the audio on my computer/friends on Skype or whatever if I’m plugged into the mic. I also use a noise gate program, but does the nicer mic here eliminate the need for something like that?

    Also, how necessary are a shock stand and mount? The Yeti appears to have a base I could just set on my desk and angle it how I need, but if it’s essentially imperative to get them, I’d like to know so I can work them into my budget.

    Sort of stumbled on your page here trying to find info on accessories for the Yeti, and after seeing how you interact with all the commenters, I’ll definitely be looking around the site some more.

    Thanks in advance!

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    • Hi Rich,

      If you have headphones plugged into a mic you’ll be able to hear anything played on the computer as long as you’ve set the mic to be your primary playback/output.

      With noise gating, I wouldn’t record your audio with any sort of gate on. That means you can apply it in post-production if you still feel you need it, but you’ll have more flexibility with your source material.

      And the Yeti sits well on the desk on its own. As long as you’re not banging and thumping the table it’ll be absolutely fine there.

      Hope that helps!

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      • Thanks! It was just some small concerns I wanted to iron out, and that helps.

        And I decided to go with the 4″ pop filter that was recommended by someone in one of the first comments. Looks like larger is maybe more useful if a couple people will be in front of it, but it’s just me using this.

        Thanks again!

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        • You’re welcome Rich! Good luck with your endeavours.

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          • Just wanted to say thanks yet again. I’ve been using the mic now for a couple months, and sound is sooo much better in my recordings now.

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