Hardware Setup

Yeti is plug ‘n play with MAC and PC systems and is compatible with Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher), Windows 8 (incl. 8.1), Windows 7, Windows Vista,XP Home Edition, and XP Professional. Simply connect the Yeti directly to your computer with the supplied USB cable (avoid USB hubs or multipliers), and you are good to go. For more specific information about how to setup Yeti with MAC and PC, please see below.*

* For information about how to set up Yeti Pro, please visit the Yeti Pro Specifications page


Macintosh Setup Procedure
(OS X Yosemite)

  • Connect Yeti with the supplied USB cable.
  • Click Apple menu -> System Preferences.
  • Select Sound.
  • Click the Output tab, and select Yeti Stereo Microphone under Select a device for sound output.
  • Click the Input tab, and select Yeti Stereo Microphone under Select a device for sound input.
  • Exit System Preferences

WINDOWS 8.1 Setup Procedure

  • Connect Yeti with the supplied USB cable.
  • Move your mouse to the lower-right side of the screen to open the Windows 8.1 Charms Bar menu, choose Settings, select Control Panel, and click on Hardware and Sound.
  • Click on Sounds.
  • Select the Playback tab, choose Yeti Stereo Microphone, and click the Set Default button.
  • Select the Recording tab, choose Yeti Stereo Microphone, and click the Set Default button.
  • Press OK.

WINDOWS 7 Setup Procedure

  • Connect Yeti with the supplied USB cable.
  • Under Start Menu open Control Panel, click on Hardware and Sound, then select Sound.
  • Select the Playback tab, choose Yeti Stereo Microphone, and click the Set Default button.
  • Select the Recording tab, choose Yeti Stereo Microphone, and click the Set Default button.
  • Press OK.

SOFTware Setup

As there are so many different software packages that are compatible with the Yeti, we suggest consulting your software's manual, user forums and technical help lines. Here are a few to get you started.


GARAGEBAND
(Mac)

  • Make sure Yeti is connected directly to your computer with the included USB cable.
  • Open up GarageBand
  • Select New Project, and double click Vocal
  • Go to the GarageBand drop down menu, select Preferences..., and click Audio/MIDI
  • Select Yeti Stereo Microphone as the Output Device and Input Device. Close Preferences.
  • Make sure the Mute button on the Yeti is solid red and not blinking.

STUDIO ONE ARTIST
(OSX)

  • Make sure Yeti is connected directly to your computer with the included USB cable.
  • Open up Studio One Artist.
  • Go to the Studio One drop down menu, choose Options… and select Audio Setup
  • For Audio Device, select Yeti Stereo Microphone, press Close.
  • Press Create a new Song from the Studio One Artist start screen, choose a template or Empty Song. Go to Track menu -> Add Tracks, press OK.
  • Make sure the Mute button on the Yeti is solid red and not blinking
  • Press the Record button on the new track you just created, then press the Record button on the Transport at the bottom of the Studio One Artist screen.

AUDACITY
(PC)

AUDACITY
(PC)

  • Open Audacity.
  • Go to Edit menu -> Preferences… and select Devices
  • Under Interface, select Host: MME
  • Under Playback, select Device: Yeti Stereo Microphone
  • Under Recording, select Device: Yeti Stereo Microphone, press OK.
  • Make sure the Mute button on the Yeti is solid red and not blinking, then press the Record button on Audacity.

STUDIO ONE ARTIST
(PC)

  • Make sure Yeti is connected directly to your computer with the included USB cable.
  • Open Studio One Artist.
  • Go to Studio One drop down menu -> Options… and select Audio Setup
  • For Audio Device, select Windows Audio, click Control Panel
  • Under Playback, select Yeti Stereo Microphone
  • Under Recording, select Yeti Stereo Microphone, press Close.
  • Press Create a new Song from the Studio One Artist start screen, choose a template or Empty Song. Go to Track menu -> Add Tracks, press OK.
  • Make sure the Mute button on the Yeti is solid red and not blinking
  • Press the Record button on the new track you just created, then press the Record button on the Transport at the bottom of the Studio One Artist screen.

FAQ


Is Yeti compatible with Windows Vista? What about Windows 7 and 8?

Yes, Yeti is compatible with Vista, Windows 7and Windows 8!

Do I need any special software to use Yeti? Do I need any drivers?

Technically, no. Depending on your application, your OS may have sufficient features to utilize the capabilities of Yeti. But, to get the most out of your Yeti, you'll want to have some kind of software that allows for digital signal processing and non-linear editing that will accept audio from the USB port.

Does Yeti need batteries? I've heard that condenser microphones require something called "Phantom Power".
Do I need to concern myself with this?

No. Yeti does not require batteries. Yeti derives its operating power from something called bus voltage, which is always present on your USB port. As long as the red LED is glowing, you've got power.

Can I use Yeti with a traditional analog audio mixer?

No, the Yeti features digital output only. It must be connected to a USB port in order to function.

What sample rate and word length does Yeti use?

The Yeti's digital output is set to 16 bit/48 kHz.

How can I select a different sample rate?

Because Yeti is designed for the greatest ease of operation and setup, sample rate / word length are not user-definable. Sorry, geeks.

Can I use more than one Yeti at a time?

Some audio editing software allows for multiple USB connections. Check with your software vendor— they should have technical support staff who can answer all of your questions about their product.

What does polar pattern mean? Why should I care?

If you think of polar patterns as the shape of the area that a microphone "hears", omnidirectional hears everything at equal volume from all angles (in a 360 degree sphere surrounding the mic), while cardioid only hears what's right in front of it at full volume and other sounds at increasingly diminished volume as the sound source moves further away from the center of the mic (audio techs call this off-axis). You should care, because one of the most useful features of a microphone is the ability to control its pickup. We like polar patterns so much, that some of our professional studio microphones have as many as nine different patterns!

Why doesn't my Yeti have a THX logo?

The THX microphone certification program helped establish the audio input performance standard for which the best-selling Yeti microphone family is known. However, the microphone certification program will be discontinued over the coming months as THX will be focusing on its core home theater program (TVs, speakers, etc). Regardless of the discontinuation of this category, Yeti and Yeti Pro will continue to be manufactured to the same specification and standards.

My microphone doesn'tseem to be working.

Ensure your USB cable is properly connected directly to your computer's USB port. Also check that the status light is illuminated. Open your computer's audio menu and verify that Blue Microphones Yeti is the selected sound source

What part of the micdo I talk into?

The Yeti Pro is a side address microphone. A side address microphone accepts sound from an angle perpendicular to the mic as opposed to a front address mic where you speak into the "end" of the microphone.

DO

DON'T

TROUBLESHOOTING


I'M NOT HEARING ANY SOUND COMING THROUGH THE HEADPHONES PLUGGED INTO MY YETI.

  • Verify that the Yeti microphone is properly connected to your computer, and ensure that Blue Microphone's Yeti is the selected sound source
  • Verify that the indicator light on the Yeti is lit, and that the headphone plug is fully inserted into the headphone jack at the underside of the Yeti
  • Confirm that the headphone volume knob is turned up, with the tab pointing up to start. Also confirm that the microphone is not currently muted (indicator light should be solid, not flashing)
  • Check your computer's onscreen menus to verify that Blue Microphones Yeti is selected as your output.

MY MICROPHONE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE WORKING.

Ensure your USB cable is properly connected directly to your computer's USB port. Also check that the status light is illuminated. Open your computer's audio menu and verify that Blue Microphones Yeti is the selected sound source.

WHY DO MY SPEAKERS FEEDBACK WHEN I PLUG IN MY YETI?

Anytime you use a microphone in conjunction with live speakers or open back headphones, there is a potential for feedback. When using a microphone with live speakers or open back headphones, you need to make sure that the speakers are not pointed directly at the microphone. Also, you should make sure that your speaker/headphone volume isn't loud enough to be picked up by the microphone. When your speakers/headphones are emitting the sound from a microphone directly into the same microphone, it will cause, what is referred to as, a feedback loop. So, when you plug in your Yeti, make sure that the speaker/headphone volume is turned down, and your speakers are far enough away from the microphone to avoid a potential feedback loop. Once you've plugged in the microphone and established a signal, adjust your speaker/headphone volume to an appropriate level.

MY RECORDING IS DISTORTING.

Decrease the microphone gain by turning the microphone gain knob counterclockwise or try increasing the distance between your Yeti and your sound source.

MY RECORDING IS NOT LOUD ENOUGH.

Increase the microphone gain by turning the microphone gain knob clockwise or try decreasing the distance between yourYeti and your sound source.

MANUALS & DRIVERS


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