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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.*
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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.
Yes, Yeti is compatible with Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8!
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.
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.
No, the Yeti features digital output only. It must be connected to a USB port in order to function.
The Yeti's digital output is set to 16 bit/48 kHz.
Because Yeti is designed for the greatest ease of operation and setup, sample rate / word length are not user-definable. Sorry, geeks.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Decrease the microphone gain by turning the microphone gain knob counterclockwise or try increasing the distance between your Yeti and your sound source.
Increase the microphone gain by turning the microphone gain knob clockwise or try decreasing the distance between your Yeti and your sound source.