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515 posts
Mar 07, 2019
4:21 PM
I see some older posts on the Blue Yeti USB mic that indicated mixed reviews (some problems with hissing and miscellaneous noise were noted). Am curious if those who are using the Blue Yeti now are satisfied.

My technical situation is listed below. Do those of you experienced in such things feel that a Blue Yeti would work with the following set-up?

1: I have only an old Mac laptop. No smart phone or other doo dads (my definition of high tech is a power miter saw).

2: I have Garageband version 6.0 for Mac. I don't want to update it, as I know how this version works, and newer versions (based on reviews) appear to have some problems.

3: I was previously able to record using a Shure mic (SM 58) and an ancient M-Audio interface. Sadly, the interface no longer works (it quit when I updated my operating system to Mac High Sierra . . . big mistake).

4: I'm leaning toward a USB mic as I don't play out, but I do enjoy recording. It appears that with, the USB mic, no interface is necessary. Is that true?

Thanks do anyone who (A) made it through this post and (B) can provide some insight.

The Blind Doughboy Music Factory

Backwoods luthier specializing in resonator guitars
351 posts
Mar 07, 2019
6:32 PM
I don’t know about the Blue Yetti but the Blue Snowball, available on Amazon, works well under pretty much the same conditions you described.
1728 posts
Mar 07, 2019
8:21 PM
I think the blue yeti is a great mc. I used to use it with garage band and it worked very well.

And yes, it's just plus and play.

I think you'll be happy with it for what you are describing.

10070 posts
Mar 08, 2019
10:00 AM
I use a Yeti. It's a great mic. It's got different sound patterns you can set it for (basically directional stuff). It's got a gain knob, volume knob, mute button and the directional recording knob as well as a headphone jack. It's very versatile.

There are three versions. I've got the regular model. If I was replacing it I would probably get the Yeti Pro, but only so I could plug it into my amp. For recording into your computer the regular Yeti is probably what you want.

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516 posts
Mar 08, 2019
12:00 PM
Thanks all . . . good info there.

I appreciate the video, Nate. I like that Yeti Pro, as I sometimes mic my guitars and record (most of the guitars I build are acoustic resos). The stereo mode the guy mentions in the video might be nice.

A little pricey . . . I'll have to ponder the piggy bank
The Blind Doughboy Music Factory

Backwoods luthier specializing in resonator guitars
1082 posts
Mar 10, 2019
11:04 AM
If you already have an SM58 you better buy an audio interface.

You can buy a Focusrite Solo for about $100, and Behringer make even cheaper models.

An interface is by far more convenient for musicians than a usb mic. Whit the interface you can plug your mic direct into the interface and use a virtual amp to quiet practice or recording. Amplitube works great for this, and it is a lot of fun!
Sorry for any misspell, english is not my first language.

Last Edited by rogonzab on Mar 10, 2019 11:04 AM
517 posts
Mar 11, 2019
6:14 AM

Thanks. A couple of questions for you.

Are there some specific advantages of using an interface instead of a USB mic? Whereas you can plug a traditional mic straight into the interface, it seems like that is adding an extra step (since the USB mic plugs directly into the computer).

I'm using Garageband (and don't plan on changing from that) but am curious as to why you prefer the interface.

Is there a difference in the quality of the recording? Or, are there other factors of which I'm unaware (and those could be legion. I'm not a big fan of anything but the most simple and user-friendly of technological options)

The Blind Doughboy Music Factory

Backwoods luthier specializing in resonator guitars
1084 posts
Mar 15, 2019
6:40 AM

The pro of an usb mic is that you plug in the mic and you are ready.

The con of a usb mic is that it is only one microphone. You can't choose another sound, another polar pattern (like if you need to record the entire room for band practice, an omnidirectional mic is way better for that), and with the usb mic you can't plug in you harp mic into the computer.

Whit an audio interface you can try different mics, with different flavors and different applications. Also, you can record more than one microphone at the same time.

Plus, you can't beat practicing with an amp emulator to keeping the joy with your family and neighbours!
Sorry for any misspell, english is not my first language.

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