So this wee boy says “dad, why is my Blue Yeti fuzzy” and the dad replies “it’s to keep him warm, son”. The dad laughs but the boy doesn’t. “I mean it, dad. My podcast sounds terrible. I’ve had 631 one-star reviews already this morning.”
The dad has an idea. “Why not type it into your Google machine, son?” The kid does. He lands on this post. You are that kid. Welcome.
Why Is My Blue Yeti Fuzzy?
Let’s get to business, then. You have a Blue Yeti mic (check out our review of this popular Blue Microphone) and something doesn’t sound quite right with your audio. Why might that be? Here’s are 3 places to look. The answer will likely be in here somewhere.
1. How It’s Set
The first port of call is the 2 dials on the back of your Yeti. “Gain” and “Pattern”. Pop the pattern one to the heart-shaped setting, which is optimal for recording your voice.
Gain is essentially your input recording volume, and having it set too high can also make the audio sound fuzzy or distorted.
The headphone volume dial on the other side won’t affect your audio (only how you hear said audio) but if you’ve been listening to everything through the same headphones you might want to try another pair too, just to make sure they’re not the issue.
2. Where It’s Put
Next up, we need to think about the location of the mic when you’re using it. This is a big factor in how to make your Blue Yeti sound better. There are 2 parts to this.
Mic Technique & Positioning
Are you too close to the mic, or too far away? Optimal distance between mouth and mic depends on your own unique voice and delivery style. Start with the maximum span between the tip of your pinkie and the tip of your thumb, then adjust accordingly.
Is the Yeti in a stable position where it isn’t being moved, brushed against, or handled during a recording? All of this will create unpleasant sounds in your audio.
Are you “popping” on the mic with your plosives? Add in a pop-filter to help protect the mic from these little blasts of air. Mic technique is a whole subject of its own, so I’ve linked to our full guide for a deeper dive on that front.
Is your Yeti’s fuzzy audio potentially coming from environmental noise? It’s a sensitive mic and laptop or computer fans can end up being picked up and sound louder than they ought to. Try moving the mic further away from your machine and see if that helps.
The culprit might also simply be an over-enthusiastic heating or air-con system, so be sure to rule that out too.
3. What It’s Running In To
The Yeti doesn’t work in isolation. It’s reliant on its collaborators – things like cables, computers, and software. Maybe one of them is letting the side down?
USB cables can get worn or damaged and this can cause problems with your audio. Do you have another cable you can swap in to check it out? Also, avoid using a USB hub with your Yeti and make sure it’s running directly into your computer.
There may be a setting or glitch in your recording software that’s causing your Blue Yeti to sound fuzzy. There is no shortage of things that this might be, so a quick way to check is simply to try something else and see if the issue remains, or goes away. If you’re not already using Audacity then that’s a free one you could try.
And make sure you’re actually recording with the Yeti, and not by accident on your computer’s built-in mic. Check your “Input” or “Microphone” settings in your podcast recording software to rule this one out.
Finally, do you have access to another computer or laptop you could try out? If you’re still getting the issue on a different machine then it’ll help narrow down the cause.
Sometimes, having your laptop plugged in during a recording session can cause background hum or static in your audio. It’s definitely worth checking this out, too.
Fixing a Fuzzy Blue Yeti: Summary
Troubleshooting and problem-solving in any walk of life will often be achieved by process of elimination. The more factors you can rule out, the fewer places the issue has to hide from you.
Of course, unhelpful dad jokes are a big part of it too, so let’s bring him back in to have the last word on the matter.
“Here, son.”, he says, walking in with a wry grin on his face – “I have an idea about that fuzzy Blue Yeti of yours. Why don’t you take him down the barbers for a wet towel shave and a haircut?”
But the room is empty. The kid has left home.
So has his Blue Yeti…
Tune in on the next episode where we ask the question: Is the Blue Yeti worth it?