Blue Yeti Nano Review: Your Favorite Microphone Just Got Better

– [Michael] If you’ve watched
even a few YouTube videos featuring a host talking to the camera, then you’ve probably laid eyes
on a Blue Yeti microphone. This iconic desktop capsule
carried me through four years of podcasts and voiceovers
back at Pocketnow, and about the only things
I’ve found to complain about where its extreme size and weight. So when Blue Microphones
announced its smaller and lighter sequel just before
the IFA 2018 trade show, I knew what I was saving
space for in my bag to Berlin. I’m Michael Fisher, and
this is the MrMobile review of the Blue Yeti Nano. (energetic dance music) Let’s kick it off with
a word on sound quality, the old Blue Yeti was
perfectly serviceable for podcasts and YouTube and especially given the
audience expectations for those media back in 2012. But it was the simplicity
that really sold it. No preamp, no separate shock mount. You just dropped it on the
table, plugged in the USB cable and started recording. Well, the Yeti Nano makes
things even simpler. The front mounted controls
have been condensed into a single knob. If you’ve got headphones plugged into the port on the bottom, you turn this to adjust their volume. You can also click it to
temporarily mute your audio. The ring light will
switch from green to red to tell you it’s safe to cough. Around back, there’s a single button to control the pickup pattern, cardiod if you wanna
focus on sound coming in from the front, omni if
you wanna record sound from all directions, as in a podcast. I had the opportunity to test
both modes during IFA 2018. Almost every video I shot there featured a voiceover recorded
on the Blue Yeti Nano in cardiod, and episode 395
of the Android Central podcast was recorded in omni. (energetic dance music) I tell you that so you
can get a rough sense of how the Yeti Nano sounds, but please keep in mind that
those recordings were done in straight up bad recording environments. The voiceover for this video was recorded on a Blue Yeti Nano here in
my sound booth back in Boston. While it’s not quite up to the level of my regular studio microphone, that’s because it’s about $900 cheaper. Yeah, the Blue Yeti Nano costs 99 bucks, and if you’re using it for
podcasting or voiceovers from, say, an acoustically
balanced bedroom, well, its dual 14 millimeter
condenser capsules will probably give you
more quality than you need. In my case, I found the
Yeti Nano did much the same for my voice as the older Yeti. It gives me a warmer and bassier tone than some other mics with
fairly good resistance to pops from plosives
even without a pop screen. What’s more, just like the previous Yeti, you just take the USB
cable, plug and play. There’s no setup required
on Windows or Mac OS. Do I have my complaints? Sure. Blue had to cut some corners
to get under 100 bucks, and yeah, it shows. The tilt knobs on the side,
they take a lot of turns to tighten, and they never
feel quite firm enough. There’s no rubber of any kind to protect the mic from
bashing against the legs in the folded position, so you gotta do something stupid like stick a balled up sock in there. Two recording modes from the
big Blue Yeti were eliminated in the Nano. I never used those alternate modes, but it’s worth mentioning. I’m not a big fan of Blue’s decision to remove the gain control knob though. It’s just simpler to use a knob than it is to use an app. Second to last ding is
the obligatory complaint about micro-USB in 2018 (grunting). And finally, the Blue
logo popped off of mine right after I un-boxed it. It just took some super glue
to get it back in place, but still, not an encouraging sign. Oh, crap. Are those shortcomings
enough to get in the way of a recommendation? Heck no. The Blue Yeti Nano is an
easy to use microphone that packs away nicely in a bag, delivers very good audio
quality for the price and looks great doing it. It comes in four colors, includes everything you need in the box, including a tripod mount
and adapter for a mic stand, and at $99, I expect
it to dominate desktops in the YouTube and podcast
space just as thoroughly as did its venerable predecessor. This video is brought
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microphones do you use to get your voice to the masses? Lemme know in the comments, and be sure to check my other videos from IFA 2018 and that Android Central
podcast number 395 for more audio from the Blue
Yeti Nano out in the field. Until next time, thanks for watching, and stay mobile, my friends.

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