Being able to tell when your voice levels are too low or high on the spot is handy. If all 11 LEDs light up into the red, then you are producing distorted audio. If you have tiny humans or other things that like to make noise running around (including any misbehaving friends), you must be able to quickly mute your USB microphone. I would like to receive mail from Future partners. It was great to have a usable option for omnidirectional recording. This mic has become the go-to microphone for budding podcasters, streamers, musicians, and gamers.. It uses four condenser mic capsules as opposed to the Yeti’s three capsules. Essentially, it works like a series of plugins in a DAW and brings 11 presets (though you can save and share your own custom presets) to your fingertips. You can hear the difference in the first few tracks on of my microphone playlist below: But what really sets the X apart is the excellent Blue Voice integration in the Logitech G Hub software. Most USB microphones require you to log into a software program to adjust the gains. It was the go-to mic for a reason, earning its stripes for full-bodied, punchy sound that delivers vocals sitting in the mix perfectly and instrument recordings that sounded close enough to, if not discernible from, studio mic samples for $130. The question is whether the Yeti X is $40 better than the original Yeti, and, frankly, we think the Blue Vo!ce suite and ease-of-use brought on by the new multi-function dial cover that. For example, most products like this contain only one polar pattern (recording pattern). Its Blue Yeti USB mic is the go-to option for anyone looking to add some quality audio to a video or a podcast. New York, De Blue Yeti X is een toonaangevende, uiterst geavanceerde USB-microfoon voor gaming, Twitch-streaming, podcasting en YouTube-producties op professioneel niveau. Most of the time I used the cardioid polar pattern, designed to pick up whatever’s directly in front of the mic and, thus, the best option for recording a lone voice. Bath Headphones allow you to monitor exactly what your mic is recording in real-time. However, for musicians or other creatives who need to connect to soundboards, mixers, or pre-amps, the addition of the XLR connections mean that this model does it all. But the Yeti X fits visually in a number of scenarios beyond streaming, from podcasting to music recording. The design is overall different and appealing. And once you find that sweet spot, you just tighten down the screws on either side of the stand to hold it steady. The control button on the flip side of the microphone allows you to switch between the four included polar patterns — an LED will let you know which one you have selected. Sound quality will be improved every-so-slightly, but that may not be worth the purchase of another microphone. But the Yeti X fits visually in a number of scenarios beyond streaming, from podcasting to music recording. Logitech's software is also very good at allowing you to fine-tune how the microphone is configured too. While it comes with a couple of polar patterns, the Snowball is not as versatile as the Blue Yeti. Microphone Basics is supported by readers. A word for image-conscious streamers: all the surfaces on this Yeti X show some degree of smudging when they’re touched, so you’ll need to keep a cloth and some polish handy if you want pristine streams. What that means in practical terms is that the Yeti X has a broader language for different loudness levels and is able to capture a much wider dynamic range than the original model. No matter which USB microphone you ultimately choose, make sure it has a headphone jack — ideally one with a volume knob. Blue sent a sample unit to GamesBeat for the purposes of this review. All these modes sounded fantastic. No spam, we promise. The Yeti X offers an almost middle ground between the base Yeti and Pro. The Yeti X brings welcome updates to its controls and light customization for aesthetically minded streamers. At the rear, a single button switches between cardioid, stereo, figure-8 and omnidirectional polar patterns. A microphone’s gain describes how sensitive the equipment is to sound. Blue Yeti vs Blue Yeti Pro: Pros & Cons and Verdict. At the front, the smart dial controls everything from gain and headphone volume to blend and mute. If I try to move the microphone, it’s not unusual for the jostling to cause the cable to come loose enough to lose its connection. This is a high-grade microphone, and it certainly proves that the Blue Yeti can come in an advanced version! And record in comfort with Yeti’s side-address operation—just speak, sing or play into the Yeti on the same side as the Blue logo to capture pro sound. If you want to jump right into recording without needing to purchase a bunch of extra software, the Yeti Studio ships with it in the box… so you’ll be all ready to go from day one. A USB Condenser mic with 4 switchable polar patterns, the Blue Yeti absolutely lives up to the hype. And long-pressing the control knob button does exactly the same thing. Immediately more at home among pro audio equipment than rival mics from gaming-first companies like Razer, the Blue Yeti X lacks RGB zones and garish branding. In case you don’t know, a polar pattern describes from which direction a microphone captures sound. Even better the software gives you a handy explanation of the point of each of those tools. Logitech (or Blue) includes everything you need to get started, including a quick-start chart showing off some of the features, a USB cable, and the microphone itself. Monster Blue Yeti X review: Improved audio and features matched by great Logitech software Blue's first microphone under Logitech is a solid attempt at refining an already brilliant Yeti. This device comes with a multi-purpose control knob and customizable LED lights that indicate if your sound levels are too high. That can be problematic for most creatives. The Blue Yeti X carries over the same build quality, smooth sound and easy operation from the baseline model, and the new features really do add value. Blue Vo!ce applies a number of out-of-the-box filters, which Blue profess to be “studio-grade’” and to tighten up audio quality, reduce noise and bring you closer than ever to a super-professional, broadcast quality sound. BA1 1UA. This time, four capsules comprise the Yeti X’s internal workings, and while the original could still manage four polar patterns -- cardioid, stereo, omnidirectional and figure-8 (also known as bidirectional) -- just the same as this one, in theory having an extra condenser capsule could improve the sensitivity and smoothness of the sound across those configurations. Targeted at gaming, streaming and podcasting for $170 at the time of writing, the Yeti X is supposed to be a significant upgrade over the Blue Yeti ($130) and the smaller Blue Yeti Nano ($100). And at least most people probably have 50 microUSB cables in their homes already. With Sherpa you can: Thanks to the company’s innovative design, it’s simple to position the microphone in any direction. Yeti benötigt keine gesonderten Treiber, während das Modell Yeti Pro einfach installierbare Treiber nutzt, die Sie auf der Blue-Webseite finden. Thank you for signing up to Tom's Hardware. Dit betekent dat je geen externe geluidskaart nodig hebt om het geluid op te nemen met je computer. But they also, however, come packed with features that are hard to find on many USB mics. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, The latter works like a ChatMix scroll wheel on a gaming headset but instead of balancing vocal and game audio, it balances mic versus computer audio. It has the potential to make you sound more professional and more commanding without having to spend more money than you are making from your content. So even pressing the mute button can often show up as a pop or a boom on a podcast. As you can see, whether you’re streaming on a YouTube video or laying down a sweet track with your band, one of these microphones from Blue can definitely help you to take your game to the next level. The sample rate has also been bumped to 48Hz at 24-bit instead of just 16-bit. Versatility and plug-and-play quality for social media videos, zoom, YouTube, recording music, podcasts, and more are the necessary demands from a top microphone. The satisfyingly weighty base has a chrome finish that’s also around the band below the mic’s diaphragm and the Blue inset logos on the front and rear. If you’re a creative that likes to have extra control over your mix, and you want to keep a constant eye on your levels, the Yeti X is the one. But just as headphones designed to reproduce hi-res audio still seem to sound better at CD quality, the Yeti X has a mildly fuller sound even when it’s been compressed slightly. But owners of the already-excellent standard Yeti don’t have much incentive to upgrade. Blue Voice gives you full control over how the software processes your voice. With any one of the Blue Yeti mics, however, this task is fast and easy. Of course it is. In audio terms, the Yeti X’s biggest improvement over the Yeti is in its improved recording quality, up from 48 KHz/16-bit to 48 KHz/24-bit. Visit our corporate site. The Blue Yeti X also has a different shape than the standard Yeti. But that extra cost is going to get you a better microphone with active visual monitoring of your audio level.