What you know about sound recording has significantly improved, and the traditional home microphone that we know of is long gone. Today, we don’t have to bother having the mini-jack plug running a horrible buzzing signal in your mic socket for recording dialogue, podcasts, or even music.
Just recently, Blue launched another new product that aims to serve its audience as they shift to a more premium experience. The Blue Yeti X comes in a striking matte black exterior that appears much like the recently enhanced noise-canceling Bose headphones. Aside from its finish, it also has a more square-like design, a fresh adjustment interface, and it comes with a software that lets you calibrate sounds that the mic records.
Today, we’ll check out the Yeti X from Blue and learn more about it, its specifications, features, and if it performs as good as what Blue claims it to be.
Blue Yeti X Review – What’s in the Box?
The Blue Yeti X comes in a classy box that sports an all-black theme. An image of the microphone is available on the box’s front with the product’s name is on the right. Above the microphone’s name, you will find “Blue” on the upper-right corner of the package.
Looking at the sides and back portion of the box, you’ll find more details about the Yeti X such as its features, and functions. There is also other essential information written to give you more insights about the microphone.
Inside, you will find the Yeti X fixed securely in place. Blue ensured that the product is packed nicely and securely, preventing it from acquiring any unnecessary damages. Aside from the microphone, other items that are present in the package include a desktop stand, a 2-meter USB cable, and a quick start guide.
Blue Yeti X Review
The Yeti X from Blue is a sleek and more premium looking microphone than its predecessor. Its peripherals feature a neat two-toned appearance, while its black body is slimmer with a layer of shiny silver coating its base and grille.
The thing is, this new microphone from Blue is unique, which sets itself apart from the original Yeti. You will see the difference once you plug the mic and see it shine with a flurry of LED dots along the volume knob.
One of the most notable upgrades of the Yeti X are the customized LED lights that act as an eleven-dot volume meter, which notifies how loud your speaking voice is. One long press on the volume knob lets you utilize the button to adjust the volume of the Yeti X. Another long press allows you to observe the levels so you can hear as little or as much of your voice.
Like its predecessor, the Yeti X has four recording modes: Stereo, Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Bi-directional modes. The Stereo mode picks up sounds from the right and left channels, while Cardioid mode gets sounds straight from the Yeti X’s front. The latter is excellent for streams and podcasts.
For the Omnidirectional polar pattern, it acquires sounds from all around the Yeti X, which makes it perfect for group sessions. When it comes to the Bi-directional mode, it records sounds from the rear and front parts of the mic for two-person podcasts.
Between the two microphones, what changed is the original’s rear-facing Record mode knob. With the Yeti X, it instead has a single button that makes use of LED indicators. These lights inform you about the current mode you’re using.
The Blue Yeti X also ditched the rear-face gain control switch. It’s because you’re allowed to control gain from the mic’s front with the current model.
Four-Capsule Condenser for Improved Clarity and Focus
The Yeti X comes with a four-capsule condenser array which allows the microphone to deliver focused pickup patterns with clarity. You can choose from four polar patterns, which include Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional, and Stereo modes.
High-Resolution 11-Segment LED Meter
The 11-segment LED meter of Yeti X gives you full control of your on-stream audio. At a glance, you can check how high or low your voice level is so you can adjust it when necessary. It’s a handy upgrade for live streamers to maintain professional audio quality in real-time.
Broadcast Vocal Effects in Blue VO!CE
You can control the Blue Yeti X microphone using Blue VO!CE – an audio software in Logitech G Hub. It comes with a suite of vocal effects for broadcast, which makes it easier to achieve professional sound quality for streaming.
This software allows you to make the Yeti X sound how you want it to with the use of available presets. You can choose from classic radio voice, warm & vintage, crisp & modern, or create a unique signature sound.
Blue VO!Ce also has other various settings such as expander, gate, de-esser, de-popper, EQ, noise reduction, compression & limiter, and presets from pro-streamers.
Customizable LED Lights
What’s notable about the Yeti X is that it’s a plug & play mic when used on the PC and Mac. However, it also deeply integrates with the G Hub from Logitech.
With G Hub, you can customize the shades of the microphone’s LED lights to match your current on-screen aesthetics perfectly. Not only that, but you can also utilize the G Hub to organize your mic gain, monitoring preferences, headphone volume, and pickup pattern selection. You can manage all of these from your desktop.
To use the Blue Yeti X, you’ll need 62mA to 203mA to power up the mic, while its sample/bit rate is 48kHz, 24-bit. There are four Blue proprietary 14-millimeter condenser capsules, plus polar patterns, namely Bi-directional, Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Stereo. Its frequency response is 20Hz to 20kHz with a max SPL of 122dB.
For the Blue Yeti X’s dimensions [extended in stand], it is 4.33 x 4.80 x 11.38 inches and weighs 1.28 kilograms for both the stand and microphone. However, the Yeti X alone is only .519 kilograms.
Yeti X’s headphone has an impedance of 13 Ohms min, while the power output [RMS] is 72mWrms per channel. THD is 70dB, while its signal to noise is 100dB.
System requirements for the Blue Yeti X include Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 for PC, while those who use Mac need to have a 10.10 or higher macOS. USB requirements are 1.1 / 2.0 / 3.0.
Using the Product
The Blue Yeti X utilizes a four-capsule condenser array, which is an upgrade from the three capsules that the previous model has. It sounds excellent in its default state and is similar to the original Yeti microphone.
The Yeti X still picks up a little background noise such as tapping on our keyboard, which is common in a lot of sensitive condenser mics. Despite that, we found that our voice recordings were loud, crisp, and clear after listening to them.
Also, our voices were audible and full even when we spoke while loud music played. When we tried out some online games while chatting with friends, they reported that our voices were loud and clear.
When we enabled the standard Broadcaster preset on the Blue VOI!CE app, our voices became significantly fuller. It also became louder compared to our previous tests. The AM Radio preset sounded like the audio source was from an old car stereo. For the Classic Radio Voice, it made our voice crisp with a higher pitch, making it sound like the speaker was close.
Overall, the Blue Yeti X performed excellently. It captured sounds perfectly in all four modes, which delivered audible sounds for us to enjoy. For adjusting the settings and presets, it immediately gave a sample of how our voices sounded like, so we were able to make the necessary changes. It also showed if we needed to increase or decrease the volume of our voice to achieve the best audio levels.
Overall, the Blue Yeti X performed well, and we consider it as a wonderful choice for podcasters, gamers, and streamers. It offers high-quality audio and a user-friendly app, plus it packs a ton of excellent features to note. With that, we’re giving this microphone two thumbs up for how well it works.
Blue VO!CE App
With the company targeting gamers, podcasters, and streamers who want to record professional audio, the Blue Yeti X now comes with the Blue VO!CE application, which you can find in Logitech G Hub. With this app, you can fully customize the microphone’s vocal presets, sound quality, as well as its LED lights.
Blue provides several presets in the VO!CE app, and it’s also easy to hear how these affect your voice. When you use presets, the first step is to set the input gain then record a voice sample. After that, you can enable the application, which will display a wide selection of effects.
You can choose from various filters like gate/expander, noise reduction, and compressor. With these filters, you can attain a professional audio quality when using the Blue Yeti X.
We highly appreciate the VO!CE app since it lets you record a voice sample then also saves you a lot of time when selecting presets. It makes the configuration process easier since you get real-time playback of what your audio would sound like. And what we love is that you can hear this while adjusting the settings.
Aside from vocal presets, the Blue VO!CE app also offers presets for various types of sounds. Although the Classic Radio Voice or AM Radio presets may not be necessary, the software provides Broadcaster 1 & 2 and High Voice – Loud/Soft is available. This preset is excellent when you start adjusting your mic’s audio to deliver professional-quality sound.
If you want cartoon voices, activate the manual controls to tweak the settings based on your preference. Once done, you can save and recall your custom presets.
As mentioned earlier, there are other presets such as Warm & Vintage, Crisp & Modern, and different modes for low and high voices. While there are numerous options available, we found these to be slight variations only. Despite that, we still appreciate that Blue provided multiple options and presets to meet the needs of everyone. However, we think that the standard Broadcaster preset is great enough for streamers and podcasters.
Another nice touch in the app is the full equalizer that allows you to customize any pair of headphones connected to the Yeti X. Like all equalizers on other devices, you can individually adjust each sound or select presets such as Cinematic, First Person Shooter (FPS), Bass Boost, or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA).
Aside from audio configurations, you can adjust the microphone’s color settings. You can set a custom color for the button, the LED lights around it, as well as the buttons for the four polar buttons at the mic’s rear.
Additionally, you can select from various adjustment modes for these lights. If you have a particular color scheme for your broadcast, you can adjust these settings to match. These color settings are tiny aesthetic bonuses, but can also be useful when you color-label every recording mode to make things easier. It’s a convenient setting, especially when switching from one polar pattern to another.
While all Blue mics are already good enough for recording and delivering premium-quality audio, the Blue VO!CE app is an excellent addition to the Yeti X microphone. It has a user-friendly interface that provides a handful of efficient settings that are fully customizable to make the most of your streams and broadcasts.
Blue is a well-known company for its audio products that deliver excellent sound quality. Today, they continue their tradition of excellence with the release of the Yeti X.
The microphone delivers a professional yet natural sound. And since it supports the Blue VO!CE app, adjusting the audio is easy if you want a different tone.
Also, it’s a perfect addition for your streams and podcasts because it can quickly and effectively deliver clear and high-quality sounds. But aside from the audio quality and advanced customizable settings, it adds to the aesthetics of your broadcasts. It’s because the app allows you to personalize your Yeti X by changing the LED’s colors.
If you’re in the market for a top-notch USB microphone that works for content creation, we highly recommend the Yeti X from Blue. It’s an excellent choice that comes at an affordable price, so you won’t regret purchasing this mic from Blue.