There are faults in everything, no matter what. When it comes to the Blue Yeti microphone, one of the industry favorites when it comes to vocal output, the results aren’t always stellar. We’re talking about muffled sound like you’re stuck inside a barrel recording the sound, or underwater. Just pure horror.
We have good news and bad news. The bad news is that this is a significantly common complaint. On a brighter note, you can upgrade the sound the Blue Yeti makes.
Why is your Blue Yeti not performing up to the mark? The most common reasons include equipment conflict and user error.
Listed are all of the reasons alongside how to make Blue Yeti sound better in every occasion.
1. User Error: Choosing Wrong Settings
This is the number one reason why users report bad audio output from their Blue Yeti microphones.
If this is your first time handling an equipment like this, it’s easy to mess the settings up and potentially harm the entire recording. The Blue Yeti has four interesting (and complex for rookies_ sound recording modes. Below are the four recording modes and what they should be used for to ensure best results:
- Cardioid: Our personal favorite, the cardioid setting is best for singing, live streaming, recording your instruments, and podcasting. This mode only picks up the sound coming in straight in front of the mic.
- Stereo: Stereo mode records on both the right and left channels and aims to create a natural, more “realistic” tone. Ideal for recording a choir or acoustic guitar.
- Omnidirectional: As the name suggests, omnidirectional setting allows the microphone to record sound from all directions. Best for multi-person interviews, live band performance, or shooting things in a busy environment for your YouTube channel (given you want to showcase the entire scenery).
- Bidirectional: This mode picks up sound coming “bidirectionally” – from two directions, front and back. You’ll want to use this for two-person interviews.
It’s possible that you’re using the wrong mode for your particular recording activity. Check if changing the mode helps makes the sound quality better. This is where the issue lies most of the time, especially with newbies who are still getting the hang of a mic.
2. User Error: Bad Location
Again, most of these user errors are performed by rookies since they have np prior experience with recording equipment. If you’re a beginner using this mic, you may not be aware of how far away or close you have to position the Blue Yeti to get best sound.
Placing it too far away from the face when speaking leaves you with the kind of sound we mentioned at the start of this article – like you’re inside a barrel. This is what gives that unwanted underwater sound effect to the recording.
On the other hand, put the mic too close to your face when recording and you get a little static crackling in the background as well as the occasional “pop.”
The ideal position for your microphone is 1” to 2” away from your mouth or the source of the sound.
It’s best to perform a few test recording to locate the exact sweet spot, but this is the general best position. Ideally, keep the Blue Yeti stationary, preferably strapped to a mic stand so it doesn’t move around or pick up surrounding noises.
3. Equipment Problems: Poor Connection
Tried the two solutions mentioned and nothing has helped? Still getting the awful garbled, crackling sound? This is when your errors start and we start considering that there is an issue occurring with the microphone.
First things first, make sure the microphone is directly connected to your desktop computer’s USB port. There needs to be a direct connection.
Get to a different computer (if possible) and test the microphone so you can isolate if there’s any issue with your past computer’s USB port.
How to make Blue Yeti sound better if the problem stems from the USB cable provided with the microphone? Switch it out.
If you’re using a Mac, a PRAM reset might end your concerns as well. Sometimes, a Mac device refuses to connect properly to an exterior device. This is when a PRAM reset can help bring things back on track.
4. Equipment Problems: Software Incompatibility
After you’ve exhausted every single way with which you could allegedly fix the muffled sound of your Blue Yeti, it’s time to consider that there might be simple clash happening between the software and hardware. You may have a recording software that’s incompatible with the Blue Yeti.
Open up your DAW or recording software to make sure the microphone is listed as the “microphone” or “input source” in the software settings.
One unique issue Macbook users have reported is the Mac OS automatically selecting the in-built microphone every time as the input source. They would have to manually select their Blue Yeti each time they opened the software. It can be annoying since it’s that repetitive, but it’s a simple solution.
Furthermore, your choice of software might just need a driver update. This, however, seems to be a common issue with Windows OS. If you’re a Windows user, make sure all the drivers have been installed and updated from time to time.
As you can see, there are multiple answers to “How to make Blue Yeti sound better.” And all of these originating due to common errors here and there. By trying out the troubleshooting tips mentioned above, you can expect to resolve the poor audio quality problems and improve your recording experience.
That being said, if none of the tips are working out for you, then there may actually be a conflict with the microphone itself. Make sure to reach out to Blue’s customer service with your dud product and hopefully they will assist you.
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