In the 21st century, when you go out questioning the teenagers and the young generation about their choice of career, you are sure to find some of them wanting to be either YouTubers or streamers or podcasters. These things have gained a lot of fame among the young generation, and two out each ten people in the world have a dream to become any of the three above. And to be frank, these jobs are not bad either!
So, if you are among those who want to become a You Tube or Twitch streamer, what all do you need for a start? The things you will need are a good gaming smart phone or PC, a face cam, some nice lighting, and yes, a good microphone. Because I do not personally feel that streaming is something to be looked upon without the streamer’s voice. So it does not matter if you possess a good face cam or not, but it surely matters if you have a good microphone.
And when it comes to microphones and when you ask the experts, many of them will recommend the Blue Company. Blue is one of the top manufacturers of microphones and the Yeti series of Blue is one you can really rely on. And in the year 2019, Blue presented before us its new product, the Yeti X – a bigger and badder microphone.
So here is the review of the one of the best USB microphone – Blue Yeti X after some rigorous usage of 3 months –
- Enhanced quality of sound
- Various useful pickup patterns like stereo and cardiod
- DSP free
- On-mic LED Live metering and controlling
- Included recording software
- High price as compared to the regular Yeti
- Big size
- The sound made by the buttons are picked up by the mic
- Not-so-good LED lighting in low light conditions
WHO SHOULD BUY
- The ones who do not have any Blue Yeti microphones!
- The ones who want a handy and on-the-go microphone
- The ones who are satisfied with less advanced gears.
The Yeti X comes as a four-capsule condenser mic in black and silver design and has a sturdy desktop stand included. The mic can be swiveled to be set at an upward direction when in the included stand. It can also be removed and used in a standard mic stand, but you have to buy an adapter externally for connection.
Like other regular microphones, the top is covered in mesh metallic grille (the color depends on the model you buy) and behind it is present the four 14mm capsule mic array. Below the grille is the multi-functional knob which controls the volume and gain of the voice with LEDs highlighting each level. The knob can also be used as a controller for the computer audio and the audio you hear in your microphones. And you have to set these externally.
The lower panel houses the two connection ports – the micro USB connection port with the included USB cable and the 3.5mm headphone jack. The Yeti X also comes with a recording software known as BlueVoice that requires either Logitech’s G Hub or Blue’s official Sherpa software in order to operate.
Yeti X requires Windows 7, 8.1or 10 and Mac OS 10.10 or higher in terms of compatibility factor.
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THE YETI X?
There are numerous reasons to make you buy the Yeti X if you are in to streaming or podcasts. So here are some reasons why you should buy it –
1. Controls and lighting
The Yeti X features some really easy controls which are simple to operate. And the basic and probably the only one controller is the knob and it used to control almost everything. It can be pressed like a button to mute or unmute a being played and long pressing it will cycle the modes for you. The mic sensitivity, volume of the headphones and the computer and the blend of the audios are the various modes which can be controlled by the knob.
Coming to the LEDs, there are a lot of multicolor LEDs just like you will find in the gaming hardware. Once you have Logitech’s G Hub software, you can control the lighting virtually for all conditions like the mic settings and the show modes. It can especially be used by streamers to make some really nice background effects.
You can find only one demerit when it comes to the lighting. Some lights look a bit too harsh in low light conditions. So if you choose the lights accordingly, you are good to go.
2. Advanced audio processing and controls
Yeti X comes with some amazing audio processing systems, if you want them. And of course if you want them, you need to have Logitech’s G Hub installed. Yeti X comes with an in built software named the Blue VO!CE (do not be shocked, the name is just what you are reading!). The Blue VO!CE contains various audio processing effects which you can manually configure through the G Hub.
Do not think that these are those filters which you get on Instagram when you take a selfie! These are legit tools which can tune the audio sound and quality for a better input. May be you can also get those underwater bubbling sounds if you really want them!
The Blue VO!CE has the following features –
- Voice Equalizer
- Noise Reduction (not Cancellation though!)
- Audio Limiter
- Audio Compressor
- Audio Expander
- High pass audio filter
3. Other features
There are many other features which make the Yeti X an ideal choice for the streamers or podcasters. Let us start with the four capsule condenser system. With the Yeti having three condensing capsules, the Yeti X has four of them to enhance and modify the sound and audio. You may not feel the difference among the two capsule systems, but it surely filters out much of the background noises.
Yeti X also has an upgraded audio system, an upgraded 24-bit system as compared to 16-bit of Yeti. How is this upgrade useful? The 24-bit audio system amplifies the audio quality, giving it more depth, just like the color depth you get when you click pictures through a camera of better megapixels. While the 16-bit microphone works well for streamers and podcasters, the 24-bit helps those who do regular voiceovers, record music or add sound effects (like beat boxers).
The one problem that most users report is that Blue has not still upgraded from the USB port connection system. Most of the people favor the Type-C connection, so they want an upgrade in the microphone too. But it depends on you if you are bothered by the connection anyway!