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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 use with 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.


The legend of the Yeti continues with the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone roaming the wild today. The Yeti Pro features tools and recording capabilities usually requiring multiple microphones and devices, all with the simplicity of a plug 'n play USB microphone.


You can quickly select from each of Yeti Pro's four pattern settings (stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional) by simply rotating the pattern selector knob. The chart below shows each pattern's symbol, sound source direction, and suggested recording applications.

For a more in-depth look at each pattern, please refer to the detailed descriptions and frequency response charts further down the page.


The Stereo mode is great for capturing a realistic stereo image. To start, point the microphone at the sound source that you want to record (the "front" of the microphone is the side of the microphone with the Blue Microphones Logo). Depending on the instrument and/or sound that you want to achieve, place the grill of the microphone anywhere from 2 inches to several feet in front of the sound source. By centering the sound source, you will get equal amounts of signal in both the left and right channels. If you want a little more of the signal in the right channel, move the sound source a little to the right side of the mic (as if one is behind the microphone), and if you want a little more of the signal in the left channel, move the sound source to the left (as if you are behind the microphone). Alternatively, you can record everything as centered as possible, and easily adjust the position when you're mixing the recording. If you want the sound in the right or left channel only, you should try using the cardioid, bidirectional or the omnidirectional setting, and use your software to hard-pan the sound to the left or the right.


Cardioid is the most commonly used mode and can be useful in most any situation. If you are recording vocals, a podcast, or a voiceover, cardioid is likely your best choice. When recording in cardioid, sound directly in front of the microphone is picked up while the sound at the rear and sides of the microphone is not picked up. Therefore, you will want to arrange the source directly in front of the microphone. Cardioid will deliver the most direct, rich sound, but will not offer as much airiness or presence as the other recording modes.


Omnidirectional means that the microphone picks up sound equally from all directions. This setting is perfect for recording a group of musicians all playing at the same time, recording a conversation between multiple parties around a room, a conference call, or any other situations where you want to capture the ambience of 'being there.' Because sound is picked up from all directions in this mode, the orientation of the microphone isn't crucial, but as a good rule of thumb, start by orienting the front of the microphone at the primary sound source you wish to record.


Bidirectional means that the microphone picks up sound at the front and rear of the microphone, while the sounds to the sides are "rejected", or not picked up. The bidirectional setting is very useful in achieving a nuanced, pleasant sound when recording musical instruments, and is perfect for recording an interview with two or more guests. By placing the microphone between two or more subjects (front of microphone facing one source, rear of microphone facing another), you can achieve a natural sound without the complexity of using multiple microphones.

These charts are only a starting point for the sound provided. How the microphone reacts in a particular application will differ greatly because of many variables, like room acoustics, distance from sound source (proximity), tuning of instruments, mic cabling and other factors. For more tips on miking and recording techniques, check out the Blue website.


Power Required/Consumption: 5V 500mA (USB)/48V DC (analog)
Sample Rate: 192 kHz
Bit Rate: 24bit
Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules
Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Sensitivity: 4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz)
Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)
 

Impedance: >16 ohms
Power Output (RMS): 130 mW
THD: 0.009%
Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 22 kHz
Signal to Noise: 114dB
 

Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72"(12cm) x 4.92"(12.5cm) x 11.61"(29.5cm)
Weight (microphone): 1.2 lbs (.55 kg)
Weight (stand): 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
Cable: 12" Y-Cable and 2M USB cable
 

PC: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional
USB 2.0 High Speed; 256 MB RAM (minimum)
Requires downloadable driver
Macintosh: Mac OSX (10.6.4 or higher)
USB 2.0 High Speed; 256 MB RAM (minimum)
 


 

 


What is the difference between Yeti and Yeti Pro?

In addition to the Yeti, Yeti Pro offers the ability to record at 24 bit/192 kHz, and the ability to use the features of Yeti in a more professional setting via the stereo XLR output.

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

USB: No. Yeti Pro does not require batteries. Yeti Pro 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.

XLR: If you are using the Yeti Pro in analog mode (via XLR), you will need to ensure that your Yeti Pro is connected to a reliable phantom power source.

Is Yeti Pro compatible with Windows Vista? What about Windows 7?

Yes, Yeti Pro is compatible with both Vista and 7.

Why can't I use Yeti Pro with a Mac OS X that is lower than 10.6.4?

USB 2.0 Audio Class supports 192 kHz/24 bit. This was not supported on Macs natively until Snow Leopard.

Can I use Yeti Pro with a USB 3.0 port?

Yes, you can use Yeti Pro with a USB 3.0 port. The USB 3.0 specification requires that USB 3.0 ports be completely backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and earlier protocol. However, in some VERY rare instances, there have been issues with some USB 3.0 bus drivers that may cause some USB 2.0 hardware to perform inconsistently. In addition, using any USB 3.0 hubs, adapters, or cables may cause performance inconsistencies. It is recommended to use only the provided USB 2.0 cable plugged directly into your USB 3.0 port.

Do I need any special software to use Yeti Pro?

To get the most out of your Yeti Pro, 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. Some examples of these programs are listed below.

Do I need any drivers?

For Mac users (10.6.4 and up) you will not need to download any drivers. For Windows users, you will need to download the appropriate driver.

Can I use Yeti Pro with a traditional analog audio mixer?

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

XLR (analog): Yes! you can connect your Yeti Pro to a phantom power-capable microphone preamplifier.

Can I use both USB and XLR at the same time?

Yeti Pro should only be plugged into one source (USB or XLR) at a time. All mic functions operate in digital mode, while in analog mode, the mute and headphone out functions do not operate (these are not useful in an analog recording situation).

What sample rate and word length does Yeti Pro use?

From 16 bit/22 kHz up to 24bit/192 kHz and common sampling rates in-between.

How can I select a different sample rate?

Please reference the Yeti Pro manual for detailed instructions on setting sample rates.

Can I use more than one Yeti Pro 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?

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). 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. Bi-directional (figure-of-eight) hears from both the front and the rear of the microphone. Stereo hears everything like we do, left and right. This creates a realistic stereo image. 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!

What part of the mic do 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.


 

Please note: as there are so many different software packages that are compatible with the Yeti Pro, we are compiling a list of software we've tested and assured compatibility. We will publish that list shortly along with detailed instructions explaining how to use the Yeti Pro with each package because, as you can imagine, they are all different! In the meantime, we suggest consulting your software's manual, user forums and technical help lines. Here are a few to get you started:

How to get audio from my Yeti Pro with...

Garage Band

  • Go to Preferences->Audio and select the Blue mic as the input device (it will only show up when the Yeti Pro is plugged in).
  • Create a vocal track and select the Blue mic as the input device for that track.
  • You may need to adjust the Yeti's input level in the control panel if you experience any distortion (crackling).

Logic 7

  • Open the Audio and MIDI setup program in your Apps->Utilities folder.
  • Create an Aggregate Audio Source (Audio menu - open Aggregate device editor).
  • Add the devices you want to use to the aggregate device (Built in audio and Blue mic).
  • Change the audio device in Logic's audio preferences from Default to Aggregate.

Sonar

  • Select "USB Audio Device" (1, in, 0 out) from an audio track.
  • From within that subcategory, there are 3 selections: Left USB Audio Device, Right USB Audio Device, and Stereo USB Audio Device.
  • Select Left or Right for mono audio tracks.
  • Press "R" to arm the track for recording.
  • Roll disk.

Adobe Premiere Elements 4 (Windows Vista/XP)

  • If you should experience any problems getting the program to recognize the mic, Adobe recommends the following: If the device does not allow you to record, then your microphone is not being detected as a valid input device in Premiere Elements. You can use an open source program called ASIO4ALL, which is a device driver that essentially wraps existing WDM devices, like USB microphones, as ASIO- compatible sound devices. Use the following steps to utilize this tool:
  • Quit Premiere Elements.
  • Visit the following web page and download the latest available version of ASIO4ALL: http://www.asio4all.com/
  • Install the software, and restart the system if asked to do so by the installer.
  • Make certain that your microphone is plugged in.
  • Launch Premiere Elements. Go to the 'Edit->Preferences..>Audio Hardware' menu option. For the Default Device, choose the ASIO4ALL option. Click the ASIO Settings button, then select your microphone from the list of devices, click Exit, and then click OK on the Preferences dialog. Close and then restart Premiere Elements.

Pro Tools 9

There are 2 main ways to make the Yeti available in Pro Tools 9--

The easy way to make your Yeti Pro the input and output device in Pro Tools 9:

  • In Pro Tools
  • Setup
  • Playback Engine
  • Select BLUE USB Audio 2.0 in the Current Engine drop down menu
  • You will be prompted to save and restart your session. Click Yes and close the playback engine window.
  • Yeti Pro will now be your default in and out 1-2

If you do not see audio metering on your track, it may be necessary to reestablish communication with the device.

  • Open Finder-> Applications-> Utilities-> Audio/MIDI Setup
  • In Audio Devices Window, select BLUE USB Audio 2.0
  • Adjust all input volumes to 100%. Move the Sliders to the right to help establish communication with the device.
  • Close Audio/MIDI setup and navigate to Pro Tools

Make the Yeti Pro available in your I/O set up:

  • In Pro Tools
  • Setup
  • Hardware setup
  • Launch Setup App (Audio/MIDI setup)
  • In Audio Devices Window
  • Select BLUE USB Audio 2.0
  • Adjust input volumes to 100%
  • Select Pro Tools Aggregate I/O
  • Check BLUE USB Audio 2.0
  • Make sure Resample is not checked
  • Close Audio/MIDI Setup
  • Select OK in Hardware Setup

NOTE: The following instructions will assist you in I/O set up. I/O setup may vary in appearance depending on your template settings. The Following instructions assume you are using the Stereo Mix I/O setting, and you have a good understanding of Pro Tools.

In I/O Set Up, you will now be able to assign your desired inputs and outputs:

  • In Pro Tools
  • Setup
  • I/O...
  • You will now note 2 extra inputs

For Input, Yeti Pro will be labeled as a different input (1-2, 5-6, ect.). You can confirm Yeti Pro's input designation by record enabling your track and selecting inputs until you find the Yeti Pro.

For Output, you will likely need make a new path, and assign your destination.

  • In the I/O window under output.
  • Highlight L and R on your new unused path. (this might be labeled as Output/Analogue)
  • In the Audition Paths drop down menu, select Stereo -> Output (stereo) via bus Output.
  • In the Default output buss drop down menu, select Stereo -> Output -> Output 1-2 (or Output/Analogue).
  • Select OK.
  • Yeti Pro is now available as a selectable output on your tracks I/O path selector.

 


Windows 7 Setup Procedure

  • Under START MENU open Control Panel, then select Hardware/Sound.
  • On Hardware/Sound page click Sound, then choose Recording tab.
  • Insure that the Blue mic selected as the Default input device.
  • Set your volume in the Levels menu.

Windows Vista Setup Procedure

  • Under START MENU open Control Panel, then select Sound.
  • Select Recording tab; insure the Blue mic is selected as Working with check mark next to the icon. (Disable alternate mic if necessary)
  • Click on Properties; select the Levels tab, set your input level, click Apply, then OK.
  • Exit control panel.

Windows XP Setup Procedure

  • Under START MENU open SOUNDS AND AUDIO DEVICES control panel.
  • Select AUDIO tab; ensure the Blue mic is selected as DEFAULT DEVICE.
  • Click on VOLUME; select appropriate volume level.
  • Exit control panel.

Macintosh Setup Procedure

  • Open Apple menu -> SYSTEM PREFERENCES.
  • Double-click SOUND preference file.
  • Click INPUT tab.
  • Double-click the Blue mic under CHOOSE A DEVICE FOR SOUND INPUT dialog box.
  • Set input volume to the appropriate level.
  • Exit SYSTEM PREFERENCES.

 

I'm not hearing any sound coming through the headphones plugged into my Yeti Pro!!!!

  • Verify that the Yeti Pro microphone is properly connected to your computer, and ensure that Blue Microphone's Yeti Pro is the selected sound source.
  • Verify that the indicator light on the Yeti Pro is lit, and that the headphone plug is fully inserted into the headphone jack at the underside of the Yeti Pro.
  • 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 Pro is selected as your output.

NOTE: The headphone volume and instantaneous mute are digital controls and are, therefore, not functional when using the Yeti Pro in analog mode. Blue recommends monitoring your recording directly from your preamplifier of choice, for simple, no-latency monitoring.

My microphone doesn't seem to be working.

USB: 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 Pro is the selected sound source.

XLR: Ensure that your Yeti Pro is connected to a reliable phantom power 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 Pro, 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 Pro 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 your Yeti Pro and your sound source.


Yeti Pro is legendary! But don't just take our word for it...

 

"We loved the original Yeti -- especially as a terrific addition to any podcaster's arsenal. For the sequel, Blue Microphones made a great mic even better." Go
 
"I highly recommend the Yeti Pro if you are into podcasting. It has everything you need if you are just starting and allows room to grow when you decide to add a mixing board and other audio equipment." Go
 
"The flexibility of using this microphone as a USB mic in casual settings, and then turning around and hooking it up to a professional sound board should be appealing to pros and semi-pros." Go
 
"The Yeti Pro oozes quality. From its construction to the clarity of the recordings it produces to the flexibility afforded by the dual USB and XLR connections, it's head and shoulders above the competition." Go
 
"The Yeti Pro is a perfect mic for serious semi-professional recording, whether you're a podcaster or a musician. At £200, it's a serious investment, but if you need both quality and flexibility for studio recording, it's perfect, and a worthy winner of our Ultimate award." Go
 
"...the Blue Yeti Pro is a real workhorse that you'll find useful in the studio and on your mobile recording adventures. Most importantly, the sound quality is so good that it sets a new standard for this type of microphone." Go
 
"... if you seek a professional sound or are recording audio-- voice or instrumental -- that needs the best possible reproduction, then the Yeti Pro is a splendid choice and its ability to also interface with XLR audio equipment makes it a must-have for any digital roadie too." Go
 
"It worked on Windows and OSX without any faffing around, though on the Mac, the monitoring jack also worked as a 24bit/192kHz audio output for the computer, which is nice." Go
 
"Here's the bottom line: in most situations, the Yeti Pro is going to perform like a champ... Want to do a podcast or voiceover work for a video? Boom— Yeti Pro all day long, baby." Go
 
"... there is a discernible difference between the Pro and the original, and it's all thanks to the 24 bit support. But that's to be expected. Why release another model if it's not actually better?" Go
 
"We're happy to live in a 2011 that has the Yeti Pro, a seriously serious smooth operator that's likely to tickle grandma's fancy just as much as it will a jaded engineer's." Go
 
"... the results are quiet, clear audio recordings without the hiss associated with cheaper mics." Go
 
"The Yeti Pro is a great old-school microphone with a ton of capability and enough pick-up options to satisfy even the pickiest professionals." Go

All manuals are downloadable in Acrobat PDF format.

 

Yeti Pro Manual   ::   English

Yeti Pro Manual   ::   French


New Yeti Pro driver is NOW AVAILABLE!

This driver is compatible with:

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7 Home/Pro
  • Windows 8 Home/Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Home/Pro

 

 

 




 

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