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Blue Microphones Yeti Pro review

It's big and it's bad, but is Blue's latest microphone abominable?

Our Verdict

For

  • Clean, warm sound
  • Great low-latency monitoring
  • More flexible than the first one

Against

  • Not cheap if you don't need XLR

There's no debate, really: the original Yeti, unleashed last year, is the best USB microphone going. We gave it a well-deserved five star review and since then it's dropped to an average price of under £100.For such an accomplished mic, that's frankly astonishing.

The Blue Microphones Yeti Professional version doesn't actually mess with the formula at all.

It has the same proprietary three capsule sensor with on-board gain control. It has the same quartet of operating modes, making it suitable for close-range, conferencing, stereo or mono recording.

It carries the same old-school looks, this time with a matte black finish to the body. And it's equipped with the same two-way USB interface which features the same latency-free headphone/Mac output monitoring.

It's still as compatible and straightforward as its older sibling where it counts. The big change that's been made in the transition from standard to professional is the addition of a stereo XLR jack, which means the Yeti Pro can be hooked up to any industry-standard mixing console and used as a standard condenser mic.

This really solves the big deficiency of the original model; attempting to run a jack through its headphone monitoring port and hook it up to a desk was awkward at best.

Here you run the included Stereo XLR to 2x XLR cable directly into two mono tracks, switch on phantom power, and you're done.

But that luxury comes at a price. Shop around and you might find the Yeti Pro for £210, over twice the price of the original, which stings a bit for the addition of a single feature.

Podcasters who have made the jump to a mixing desk will rejoice at the flexibility on offer: the consistency afforded by the ability to take the same mic you use in the studio out on the road is not to be sniffed at. But that XLR socket is going to be wasted on most of us.

It's the one thing that was missing from the original; now all that's missing is a drop to a reasonable price.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeMicrophone
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Brand NameBlue Microphones
Microphone TypeDesktop
Host InterfaceXLR
Minimum Frequency Response20 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
ManufacturerBlue Microphones
Product ModelYeti Pro
Product NameYeti Pro Microphone
Manufacturer Part NumberYeti Pro
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.bluemic.com
Marketing Information

The Yeti Pro is the world's first USB microphone combining 24 bit/192 kHz digital recording resolution with analog XLR output. Featuring three custom condenser capsules and four different pattern settings, the Yeti Pro can capture digital audio with up to four times the clarity found on CDs. Plus, the Yeti Pro features a cutting-edge A-D converter chip and separate analog circuit path for usewith professional studio mixers and preamps. You also get a built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and direct controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, mute, and microphone gain. So whether you record at home, in a studio (or in the Himalayas!), the Yeti Pro is your ultimate sound solution.

Sound ModeStereo
Weight (Approximate)544.3 g