In an age of social media where it is so easy to get content out there, musicians, podcasters, YouTubers, Instagramers and TikTokers etc. want their own channels to tell their stories, create their own unique videos, record professional sounding music and monetise their work. Whilst lots of people will use their phones to record their audio and video, the more serious people out there will use a variety of equipment and part of being more professional is going to be a good microphone and the Blue Yeti Nano USB microphone is absolutely perfect for the streamers, the podcasters and the musicians.
In a world now packed with technology for all aspects of life from work to leisure, professional audio equipment is getting better and more affordable all the time. In an age of gamers, vloggers/bloggers and YouTubers good equipment is essential, especially if you are planning on monetising your channels, but you want real quality without the studio price tag. The Yeti Nano USB Microphone from Blue Designs is perfect for broadcast-quality podcasting, YouTube productions, online gaming, streaming and even those all-important Zoom and Teams meetings.
The Yeti Nano USB Microphone is a desktop microphone that boasts premium audio quality suitable for streaming, podcasts, music and creators.
In the box:
- Yeti Nano Microphone
- Desktop Stand
- USB Cable (2 metres)
- 1/4-inch to 5/8-inch adapter (for fitting to a microphone stand)
- Quick-start Guide
It is available in several colour options: Grey, Black, Blue, Red, and Gold. It weighs approx. 0.63kg, stands approx. 8.31” (21.1cm) tall, is powered by USB (5V 150mA) and is plug-and-play compatible with Windows and Mac OS.
It features 2 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules, which support sample rates up to 24-bit/48KHz. It has 2 switchable polar patterns: Cardioid (recording sound in front of the microphone) and Omnidirectional (recording sounds from all around the microphone) – the different modes can be selected by pressing the button on the rear.
The microphone is on a stand mount (you can also install it on to a microphone stand or boom arm) and it is equipped with a volume control knob on the front (it allows you to control the volume level and also mutes the microphone). On the base is a 3.5mm no-latency headphone port, along with the micro USB port.
There is very little setup required to start using the microphone as it is plug ‘n play, just plug it into the USB port (supports USB 1.1/2.0/3.0) on your laptop/desktop computer (avoid using a USB hub if possible) and change the recording device on your system setup to the Yeti Nano. You can also download the free Blue Sherpa app for Windows (Windows 10 or higher) and MAC (macOS 11 Big Sur or higher) to control the microphone easier, manage firmware updates, customise microphone settings such as adjusting EQ settings and applying different pre-set effects to customise the sound.
The Yeti Nano microphone has a small footprint on the desktop and takes up very little space but packs a professional sounding punch. It is made of metal rather than plastic and looks professional.
Operating it is extremely simple using the volume/mute buttons and the polar pattern button to easily change setting (or use the Blue Sherpa software). All you need to do is sit in front of it and talk as normal, you don’t need to talk into the top of the microphone. Recordings are clear, crisp and clean, it picks up sound extremely well in both cardioid and omnidirectional modes. This is a very powerful and professional little microphone – it not only looks like a premium quality microphone, more importantly it also sounds like one.
Overall, the Blue Yeti Nano USB microphone is the perfect microphone for beginners and more advanced/professional users that want a better-quality sound to their recordings, there is nothing worse than a sub-standard recording. It very accurately picks up speech when using the cardioid pattern and is great for multiple voices using the omnidirectional pattern. The quality of the recordings is very noticeable over using the inbuilt microphones on a phone or laptop, very noticeably superior and more professional sounding.
The only small negative, and it maybe a bigger issue for others, is that the volume control knob has no numbers/indicators for the level you are using so volume consistency could be a problem.
As the microphone only measures approx. 8.31” (21.1cm) tall and is reasonably lightweight at 0.63kg (approx. 1.4lbs) it also makes it reasonably portable.
The Yeti Nano is small and neat, packs a punch, delivers great audio and all a very affordable price. Perfect for professional sounding streaming and music on a budget.