You'll notice in the photo that when I flew to meet up with Paul Colligan and learn how to create a podcast, there's a Blue Yeti microphone sitting right there between us.
This is the same microphone that we used to record the latest IMTW podcast (episode #45) when we recorded it live in San Diego.
I have a Plantronics Wireless Headset that I currently use to host my webinars, do interviews, participate in the IMTW Podcast, etc - and I love it. It's been an awesome headset. It's great for web-based audio, but I really admired the Blue Yeti mic and asked Paul why I might want that over my Plantronics headset...
An obvious benefit is recording audio live with multiple people. In the IMTW episode, there were 5 of us sitting around a table, for example. And of course the Blue Yeti worked beautifully sitting between Paul and I during our recording session as well.
All I need is my Macbook Pro (or any laptop) and the Blue Yeti, and I can record a high quality interview or podcast live on the spot anywhere. A definite perk!
Paul explained the quality differences to me, something about digital vs analog, and also the hardware differences between something like the Blue Yeti and built-in or headset mics. I can't remember it well enough to repeat it, but suffice it to say I was convinced to upgrade.
One of the things that convinced me, other than the option to record "on location" with other people in the recording, is the fact that I may want to take my audio off the web at some point - to CD or DVD quality production.
Plus, you gotta admit - the thing just looks good!
I left the Expert Studio that day, and ordered the Blue Yeti USB Microphone from Amazon as soon as I returned to my hotel room.
It arrived yesterday Amazon is fast!
I really expected it to be a high dollar gadget, but I discovered it was barely over 100 bucks. That really sealed the deal for me, as it seemed like a small but great investment into this new podcast that I fully intend to take to pro level.
I just unboxed the Blue Yeti this morning, and I was especially curious how it would perform compared to my Plantronics Wireless USB Headset. So I decided to record from both, and share those two recording with you here so you can check out the comparison as well.
Mic Comparison Audio File:
This one audio file starts with audio recorded from my Plantronics Wireless USB Headset, and leads into audio recorded from the Blue Yeti USB Microphone.
I turned up the volume and listened to the playback. The first thing I noticed is that the headset is catching my breath and creating an audible noise in the recording, while the Blue Yeti has a much smoother playback.
There's definitely a difference in the audio quality. I'm sold!
I'm still very happy with my Plantronics Wireless Headset, especially for Skype conversations and other web uses where I can listen & talk without being attached to my desk. But for professional quality recording, the Blue Yeti is definitely IT
p.s. One of the things I love most about the Blue Yeti USB Microphone so far is that it comes with an extremely long USB cable. This gives you plenty of room to work, and... no limitations!