How to set up the Blue Yeti microphone?
A good sound recording is essential for a good podcast. As such, we really like the Blue Yeti multipurpose mic.
It costs less than 200€ and is very versatile and self-sufficient. Indeed, many microphones will need a stand or an external sound card to connect it to your computer. Here, the microphone arrives on its stand, the design is nice and it looks professional.
Some people might say that it is too big and might scare neophyte guests… That’s why we’re explaining today how to configure it very simply!
In order to use the blue yeti microphone properly, there are 5 rules
Tip #1: Change the recording mode
The first rule, which is the great strength of this microphone, is the possibility to change the sound recording mode.
There are 4 of them:
– The first one is called cardioid and is made to talk in front of the microphone when you’re alone. This is the mode you will mostly use as a podcaster
– The second mode is a very practical Stereo mode for recording music or ASMR, where you need to have a real differentiation between the right and left channels
– The third is the omnidirectional mode, which allows a 360-degree sound recording, very practical when you record a discussion around a table with several people, or when you want to capture ambient sounds
– The last mode, the bi-directional, which gives a very good sound recording during face-to-face interviews for example
Tip #2: Set yourself at the right distance
Rule number 2: Set yourself at the right distance. So now I’m at a good distance but if I move away a little you hear me less if I get too close it will be too loud, so there’s a need of adjusting your distance
You need to know that the Blue Yeti is also made to be positioned in front of you while recording, and you don’t have to talk into the top of the the mic as we may do with other types of microphones
Tip #3: Adjust the gain with the rear knob
Rule number 3 is to adjust the gain with the rear knob. This way you adjust the overall volume of the sound recording, no need to raise your voice too loudly. All you have to do is play with the manual gain knob. Very convenient to go with the adjustment of a good distance
Tip #4: Plug in headphones
By plugging headphones at the bottom of the mic, you can actually listen to yourself while recording and then check if you’re satisfied with the volume and distance settings. You can also make sure there is no background noise
Tip #5: Do a test!
The final rule, well it’s time to do a test! to make sure everything is ok, listen again to the audio and once you’re good, you can start the real recording!
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