updated 12:10 am EST, Fri January 28, 2011
Mic brings higher recording resolution
MacNN had a chance to check out Blue Microphones' latest offering, an upgraded version of the Yeti. The updated design, named the Yeti Pro, brings the same form factor as its predecessor, but with several features that may prove appealing to musicians. Both mics share the same arrangement of three condenser capsules, but the Pro variant adds stereo XLR outputs alongside the existing USB option.
The additional connection option allows users to connect the mic to separate preamps or other gear that takes advantage of analog input. The company has also made a significant jump in recording quality, bringing the original Yeti's 48kHz/16bit capabilities all the way up to a 192kHz/24bit signal when using equipment capable of recording the higher-quality signal.
Aside from the XLR outputs, the mic now communicates with computers to control the volume level of both the mic and the computer. As the user turns the volume knob, the input level on the computer changes accordingly.
We were already impressed with the original Yeti, which represents a great microphone for direct recording to a computer without any additional gear. The Yeti Pro expands the possibilities to include a wide range of standard setups that require XLR input. The upgrade will be an attractive option for users who switch between a small-scale home setup and gear at dedicated studios.
The Yeti Pro is now available for $249. Considering that the original Yeti integrates the same condenser capsules in a $149 package, customers may want to determine if their gear can take advantage of the better sample rate and XLR connections before paying the $100 premium.