Why the Blue Yeti Sucks


(2:35) Probably the biggest issue is that I claimed, “In the case of USB microphones, it’s the embedded sound-card of the motherboard that handles the converting”. This isn’t correct; the analog to digital conversion takes place within the USB microphone itself. However, the same principal still applies. The analog to digital conversion of the soundcard embedded in the microphone pales in comparison to the analog to digital conversion of a dedicated, standalone device (the interface.)

(4:26) I say that, “You’ll go nowhere as a creator or artist as long as you’re using one”. In saying this, I was referring to growth in quality as a creator as opposed to growth in channel size. You can absolutely produce good quality videos / streams without XLR equipment, however I want to push fellow creators for “great” as opposed to “good enough”. In hindsight, I should’ve phrased this differently to make it clearer.

(6:25) Not all interfaces are USB, the two other most common types are firewire and thunderbolt respectively. There are also some big boys that require their very own unique PCI slot in the motherboard. All the interfaces I show in this video are USB because they’re by far the most common, however there are plenty of great firewire / thunderbolt interfaces out there as well. Just make sure you have the correct ports on your motherboard before springing to buy one.

(6:45) This one is honestly just a misspeak. I accidentally say “quieter mics like *condensers* and ribbons” instead of “quieter mics like *dynamics* and ribbons”. I still strongly recommenced preamps for condensers, though.

(7:07) Not all interfaces with sufficient embedded preamps cost $7,000+ with $3,100 mics, that was more of an exaggeration for comedic effect than anything.

(7:26) I don’t think anyone was seriously holding this against me, but I accidentally mixed up the images of the interface and preamp in this section. Just a silly editing error I felt I might as well point out.


Today we tackle the most infamous part of the audio world: The Blue Yeti. It’s very bad. If you know someone who uses a Yeti / USB microphone, you NEED to send them this video.

This is by F A R the most work I’ve ever put into a video. Literal weeks worth of work went into writing the script and editing everything, so that’s why uploads have been slow. Now that my magnum opus is complete, expect more content to come out regularly.

How to be an Online Voice Actor (I actually quote and reference to this series a couple of times throughout the video because the info is spot on, go sub to this dude) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sjZJ9i_mH0&index=1&list=PLGUJF8aG_m7t38BbdQVf505fH0MJT5hTQ
Sweetwater – https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/category/reviews/
HomeRecording – http://homerecording.com/bbs/
Recording – https://recording.org/

My Home Recording Setup – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egNaZ2yj32I
Advanced Audio Microphones Factory Tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnTfmAkqVUs
Kung Fu Panda 3 Voice Acting Behind the Scenes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4zgXBvM8BM
Do You Need a Sound Card? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFBvvlebSmw
Top 5 Best Budget Mics Under $50 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgU4xOXMNR8
Make USB soundcard from 1$ mic ? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYltxwqt3lA
How to choose the best mic for your vocal performance [EN version] – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPB4LqMxb88
Soldering XLR – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtlEUDyPdx0
MUS 493 – Dynamic Microphone – Exploded View – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSLz-VNr4wc
Shure SM58 Durability Test – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95U7wxPQZdE
How a Neuman U87 Microphone is Manufactured – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvtjHhtxmpI

Riff That Gap – Hip Hop Backing Track in G Minor 2014 NRS ⅘ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyHaYxYrx5M
Nujabes – Aruarian Dance – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYRDgd3Tb44
Nujabes – Tsurugi No Mai. [Only intrumental] – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8t6DOSCXxY
Tsutchie – Sincerely – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-otqHW9iQug
Nujabes – Counting Stars – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-tTmSY4m4M
Imaginary Folklore – Nujabes [Best Quality] – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbMvYk4LILo
Nujabes – Worlds End Rhapsody – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDK_3VkkYRE
Blue in Green – Rainy Streets – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNSe9nOMLIg

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Moonlit Mage says:

why are people hating so much?
i seriously wanna know

Elijah Dickerson says:

24 thousand sore losers who are just butt hurt that their stupid stereotypical microphone was just proved that is sucks with facts

Brandon McDonnell says:

I also highly recommend twatting about with the levels and EQ of the audio in post. It really adds a warmth and glow to anything that you are producing, in my case music. There are plenty of online tutorials that will show you how to do this but my assumption is that everyone looking at this is going for a vocal route so you would really want to mess around mid frequencies and do away with the higher and lower end stuff. Compression can also help massively make your audio sound decent and mastering is a must if you have more than one track going at once. Messing with this kind of stuff in post can really make whatever it is you are creating glow and really helps if, like myself, you cannot currently afford a pre amp. It will keep you going until you can afford one. I hope this also helps anyone who may be passing through comments of this video. Also top job I couldn’t agree more Blue Yeti can eat my entire ass everyone needs a decent set up

Nbdj101 says:

Hey dude, do you know dashiegames? He uses a blue yeti and he sound good.

Nintendo fanboy 345 says:

The blue yeti is for starters no one is gonna pay close to $500 for slightly better audio

SilverCat YT says:

Shut the fuck up Cade

Troll says:

its a big prob because look at my profile Picture

d3tach3d says:

you talk about quality and youre using a scarlett. lol

D4rkBlu3 says:

WOW, did you know his mic cost 400$, his audio interface costs 200$ , and the cloudlifter CL-1 cost 150$?
you are comparing a 750$ setup against a 115$ mic……..

Burz says:

Not everyone can afford a “real audio set up”

MUSH says:

This is exacl’ what I’m talking about! Up men!

Kaui says:

Yeah lol too bad the shure is $400

SABRE says:

nice vid and all but… i feel like you’re over exaggerating too much

Tarek Abed says:

This is more depressing than leafys socialblade

Darrny H. says:

Well, i got a blue yeti when i was around 11, and i’ve used it ever since. But i’m glad you made this video so now i know how to get better quality and the reason why i didn’t have good quality before. Great educational video, that’ll help me quite a bit.

The Magic Of Football says:

Blue yeti does sound different to the snowball and has more options on the mic

Jarrod Bennie says:

$500 setup sounds better than $100 setup. Who could have guessed?

Vernon green says:

Not only break out your pen and paper but also your wallet, not everyone has the money to go that route man, and quality costs.

Wojciech Kwietniewski says:


Dave Kennington says:

“But be sure to call it… research”


Frostz says:

15 k likes and 24k dislikes bahhahahhha fuck off mate

Circle O' Trap says:

Hmmm…. This explains why your channels so small…. Why am I wasting my time giving this dude veiws

Admiral General N.N. says:

yeah sure but I don’t have the money…. I could buy a non USB mic but I can’t afford an interface or preamp

Alex miller says:

Bro it sounded the same

Shae M says:

Not everyone’s a rich boy mate

TheCheezWizz says:

1:31 actually your setup sounds fuzzy and muffled and the yeti while introducing some kind of anomaly still sounds pretty crisp and clear.

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