It doesn’t matter if you’re a podcaster, gamer, or someone who does a lot of voice-overs, one thing’s for sure is that you need to have a great microphone to use. While you can find a cheap mic to get by with your tasks, we’re definitely sure that you’ve also searched for good mics from Blue.
If you watch various videos on Twitch or YouTube, you’ve also probably seen a ton of the same recording and broadcasting equipment; and when it comes to mics, we can’t deny that there are a large number of people who use the Blue Yeti or even the Audio Technica AT-2020, the former being quite difficult to miss due to it being quite huge.
Thing is, Blue did something about this and it can be seen in their new Yeti Nano. The line of Blue has a long list of quality microphones and now, another one is joining.
Today, we’re going to talk about the new Blue Yeti Nano which will be a very familiar device for those who are big fans of microphones from Blue. The Yeti is just like a smaller version of the original Yeti, but is it just as great and effective as its bigger sibling? Let’s find out if it’s also worth investing in; so sit back, relax, and read on to get more details about this brand new mic from Blue.
Blue Yeti Nano Review – What’s in the Box?
The Blue Yeti Nano is kept in a fairly large package. In front, you’ll see the image of the product, together with the product and company’s name. On one side, there are a couple of details about the Yeti Nano’s double polar patterns while at the back of the box, you will find the mic’s key features and their details.
When you start opening the box, you will find two little pieces of paper right at the top of a piece of foam. One of the pieces of paper displays some details about the device while the other has information about the software used for the Yeti Nano – this is the Sherpa application.
Beneath the black piece of foam, you will find the instructional manual and the mic itself. The device is tucked nicely on foam that takes the shape of the mic. We think that this is adequate enough to keep the Yeti Nano safe, and it won’t move from side to side while being transported to you.
Other accessories that are included in the package are the ⅜ inch – ⅝ inch adapter and a USB cable.
Metal makes up most of the Yeti Nano’s body, and because of its construction, it gives you a very solid in-hand feel. Rotating the top portion of the mic and moving it down makes it more compact if you need to have this tucked away. Along the bottom portion, a notch can be found towards the back of the rounded base, and this works as a cable routing channel.
For the controls of this mic, these remain minimal; the Yeti Nano features a single multi-purpose button right at the front, together with another button on the back. Once you plug in the Nano, the front button lights green. When you press this, the microphone will be muted and the button will shift to a red light. If you rotate the knob, it will adjust the volume which is independent of the computer’s volume.
On the rear, the second button allows you to easily switch between the different capture modes which are the omnidirectional and cardioid modes. You’ll have a light to give you feedback of which one is selected. Not only that, but by simply pressing the button for two seconds, it will automatically switch the voice monitoring mode on or off.
Directly beneath the mic is a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack which will provide you with lag-free and seamless audio monitoring; there is also the presence of a micro USB port specifically for connectivity.
Between the USB port and headphone jack is the quarter-inch threaded mount. Additionally, a metallic quarter-inch to five-eighths threaded adapter is included; this is actually quite handy but a lot of microphone creators seem to overlook this. The inclusion of the adapter allows the device to function with almost every microphone mount right out of the box.
Speaking of these mounts, this Yeti Nano from Blue is quite easy to detach from its desktop mount; and when it comes to its reinstallation, it’s just as easy. The original Blue Yeti can be a little tricky when it comes to this, so it’s really very nice to see that Blue has improved on the installation with the Yeti Nano.
The Yeti Nano has a power requirement of 5V 150mA with a sample rate of 48kH & a rate of 24-bit. The microphone features two Blue proprietary 14-millimeter condenser capsules, plus a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. Microphone sensitivity is 4.5mV / Pa (1kHz) with an impedance of > 16 ohms; its max SPL is also 120dB which 0.5% 1kHz. Power output is 130mW, THD is 0.009%, and its frequency response is 15Hz to 22kHz. The signal to noise of this Yeti Nano is 100dB.
A Small Device with Big Sounds
Yeti Nano comes with everything you’ll need to clearly broadcast your messages. Two new mic capsules were tuned for your voice to have clear, crisp detail; also, this microphone supports high-quality 24-bit / 48kHz recording to provide excellent production value to your videos, podcast, and even your live streams. With the Yeti Nano from Blue, your voice will be heard loud and clear, whether you’re gaming, calling, or recording.
Made for Easy Recording and Streaming
Everything about the Yeti Nano is made for you to stream and record easily. Its compact design makes it look great on camera and it is also a perfect match for any desktop. It comes with a built-in metal stand that will allow you to easily adjust the angle of the mic wherever and whenever you need it.
Record One or More Voices
With the Yeti Nano, you can also record sounds from single or multiple sources all at once. This microphone gives you flexibility with two types of polar patterns to choose from – the cardioid or omnidirectional modes. Simply tap the pattern selection button to configure your microphone based on what you need specifically for your project, and you’re good to go.
For easy and direct configuration, the Blue Sherpa is the Yeti Nano’s companion app that allows you to get the most from your microphone. You can mute or unmute your headphones and microphone, adjust gains and levels, change pattern modes, and alter sample rates. The app will also download firmware updates directly to your Yeti Nano to keep you up to date.
The Blue Yeti Nano comes with two microphone patterns which include the cardioid and omnidirectional – the two patterns that would be necessary for most podcasters and voiceover artists. The cardioid option is for recording voice from the front and is mostly used for voice overs, vocal performance, game streaming, or messenger calls. This mode records sound sources that go directly in front of the microphone.
On the other hand, the omni-directional mode is designed for multiple speakers since it equally records sounds from all directions. This polar pattern is best used for a conference call if you’re with multiple participants in the same room or for podcasts with multi-person view.
Using the Product
Setting up the Blue Yeti Nano was simple; we just hooked this mic up to our desktop computer via USB and everything went smoothly. We didn’t even encounter any issues. In fact, the Blue Yeti Nano gives you everything you would look for in a USB microphone.
When connected to a Windows 10 desktop, we were required to set the microphone as default input which was really simple. For the MacBook Pro, the Blue Yeti Nano immediately jumped in Garage Band; plus, the entire setup process was also as seamless and easy as using Adobe Audition. Honestly, you won’t need any technical expertise to set up the device.
The Yeti Nano can record audio in a 24-bit, 48Hz format which is a great update from the 16-bit that the original Yeti is capable of. From what we’ve recorded, the Nano really sounded excellent. When it comes to the cardioid mode, the microphone was able to flawlessly record audio and the sounds were completely crisp and clear. Just like the original Yeti, even the high and mid-range tunes were recorded adequately.
For low-end tones and deeper voices, the Yeti Nano also recorded these perfectly. Basically, the high and mid-range tunes sounded absolutely clean and this is what almost everyone would look for and need in a well-performing microphone.
Aside from flawless recordings, we noticed that the Yeti Nano was able to omit vocal pops – the puffy noise that you hear when a person says a word that starts with the letter “P”. In most cases, it is recommended to use a pop filter but the Nano was able to handle this problem without it which we think is really impressive.
When it comes to the Sherpa app, it was really easy to install and use. Although we also think that the microphone itself works perfectly without the app, it might be useful for others. It has a clean and simple menu where you can choose the polar pattern and a slider for adjusting the volume. The app also makes updating firmware easy.
We’ve tried and tested the Blue Yeti Nano for a week or so, and we can definitely say that the mic produces excellent sounds just like the original Yeti. We were extremely surprised with how similar the two microphones were: the sound was crisp and can be picked up easily even from a distance. Though gain can’t really be managed on the microphone, you’ll be able to control this with the Yeti Nano’s included software.
The Blue Yeti Nano has one of the most vital features that you’ll need and want from an excellent performing microphone – this is high recording quality and crisp sounds.
If you’re someone who is planning to get into creating Twitch or YouTube content and wants to improve and step up from the integrated microphone on your laptop, then this Blue Yeti Nano is a great option. Throughout the tests, we were able to get excellent audio thanks to the side-address mic, as well as the strong hypercardioid mode.
Our voices were really clean and without sounding distant; the sounds were also excellent even if background tunes were being played from YouTube, something that we’ve included as an element for you and others who usually record audio specifically for podcasting. Gains sound were balanced and we really loved this about the Yeti Nano. All in all, we’re giving this microphone from Blue two solid thumbs up.
Blue continues to produce the best USB podcasting microphones and they’ve shared with us their latest Yeti Nano. Despite it having lesser features and a much smaller size compared to the original Yeti, it offers the excellent sound quality that cannot be matched by other microphones within its price range.
So if you’re usually streaming and podcasting or planning to do so, then we highly recommend the Blue Yeti Nano for you.
Where to Buy
You can add the Blue Yeti Nano to your streaming rig for around $149AUD. For more information on where to purchase one, head on over to the official Blue website.