The Yeti X brings real-time level monitoring to the popular USB mic

It’s clear why
Logitech bought Blue
back in July 2018. The Southern
Californian audio company (an acronym for “Baltic Latvian
Universal Electronics,” incidentally) has become synonymous with
USB microphones since releasing the first Snowball back in
2005.

What seemed like a niche at the time has since become a cultural
touchstone, positioning the company well to be embraced first by
podcasters and then Twitch streamers. Blue’s USB mics aren’t
the highest quality one can purchase for these purposes, but the
plug and play functionality felt fairly revolutionary when it first
hit the scene.

The company recently issued a long overdue update to its
best-selling Yeti. The Yeti X is, for most intents and purposes a
pretty subtle update. I’ve been using it a bit here and there for
a couple of week now. I recorded the
outro to the latest episode of my podcast
on the thing and lent
it to Anthony for a couple of episodes of
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Blue Yeti X

Aside from from the spiffy black paint job, the biggest
aesthetic change is the addition of a real-time LED meter that’s
housed around the illuminating volume nob. It’s a small touch,
but an important one for live streamers. This matter of monitoring
is largely missing or a pain to access in many streaming apps, so
there’s a lot to be said for being able to your levels on the
fly, adjusting things back down if you peak into the red.

The sound has been improved, from three to four-capsule
condensers. Yeti’s sound was already solid for the world of USB
microphones, and it’s nice to see the company continue to up its
game there. Some of its recent mics like the Yeti Nano have
honestly felt like a step backward. The X sounds crisp, and I fully
plan to use it for an upcoming remote podcasting project I have in
the pipeline.


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Likely I’ll look into some sort of pop filter as well —
those Ps can sound pretty harsh.

It still can’t replace a good quality studio microphone, but
that’s never really been the point. If you have the means and
desire to create real a home podcasting studio, you’re probably
looking elsewhere for your mic needs. The Yeti exists for a large
and broadening category of home broadcasters — part-time Twitch
streamers and podcast hobbyist will find a lot to like here.

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Blue has its own software for tweaking setting, but the key is
honestly the ability to essentially use it straight out of the box.
Per the instructions, however, make sure to point the top of the
mic straight up, rather than toward your face as you might
otherwise logically do.the standard four settings on the back:
stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional. For most
podcast style applications, you’re going to want to go with the
second. The oddest oversight here is the decision to stick with
microUSB over the USB-C. Shipping with a dual sided USB-C cable
would go a ways toward future proofing the product.

At $169, the Yeti X is positioned pretty reasonable for
beginnings and is certainly a better long term investment than the
$70 Snowball.

Source: FS – All Tech News 2
The Yeti X brings real-time level monitoring to the popular USB mic