Blue has been making microphones for a while now. Not a day goes by when I don’t hear someone make reference to the Snowball, the mic that seemed to take YouTubers content and shoot their quality right up. So what would their latest effort turn up, with the Blue Yeti Nano? Let’s find out?
I feel like I should preface this with the fact that I’ve been desperate to replace my Logitech G430 since I got it. It makes my giant head hurt and the mic isn’t great. Coupled with the fact that I kinda wanted a desk mic for our weekly video series, the Blue Yeti Nano seemed like a great replacement on all fronts.
The Blue Yeti Nano comes with a USB to micro USB cable so you can connect the microphone to your computer for ease of use. There’s also a pre-fitted stand which adds some stability to it and means that the thing isn’t going to be rolling around your desk while you scream incoherently at Discord. If you’d rather seat the Yeti Nano in an arm or anything else, then you can mount it multiple ways as shock mounts and boom arms are supported, as well as microphone stands and tripods. Essentially, if you want to mount it on something, you’re gonna be hard pressed to find something that you can’t mount it on.
Clicking the lovely little button on the back changes whether the Blue Yeti Nano takes its input from directly in front of it, or whether it captures everything. It’s unfortunately not as direct as you’d probably like it to be, but the distinction is clear between the two settings. If you’re going to be using it for multiple voices, you’re likely to see a drop in quality than if you just used it for yourself.
The quality overall is very good for the price of the microphone. It’s crisp and clear. You don’t have the pseudo-underwater sound that you get from some cheaper microphones. While it doesn’t come with a pop filter, there doesn’t seem to be too much popping through use, though the way you speak may affect the mileage there.
Zero latency monitoring is a wonderful feature if you wish to hear yourself in realtime, but this also allows something that I find really cool. There’s a headphone jack in the bottom of the Blue Yeti Nano for monitoring purposes, but because of this you can set it as an output device, meaning you can wack in your favorite headphones in and have game audio piped into your ears. It’s the little things, right?
There’s a headphone volume control on the front of the Blue Yeti Nano which is beautifully color coded. It’ll glow green when there’s audio to be had. Push it in and the green becomes red and your headphones will be muted. What’s weird is that the button feels cheap. It’s a little loose, so you can wobble it around and it’s seemingly made from cheap plastic. Also, you can turn the volume button infinitely. There’s no way to tell whether you’re at max volume or not as the thing keeps turning. While this point may only really apply to me, it’s still a point I wish to make and it’s that there’s no resistance when you turn the headphone volume. Maybe I’m odd in that regard, but there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of grip.
While there’s a headphone volume setting built on to the Blue Yeti Nano itself, there’s no actual microphone volume setting built into it. You can control it via the Blue Sherpa app, but you’re limited in your options and honestly, it’s weird that they made the choice to not include a volume dial for the microphone itself.
The Blue Yeti Nano feels like, and pardon my French, a fucking tank. The thing is small and compact, yet picking it up in the stand makes it feel like a true chonky boy. It definitely feels like you could easily travel around with it and it’d survive more than a few dings. The stand it comes with has enough stability to kill any intruder, should you need to and I feel that the Blue Yeti Nano could be used as a decent projectile, should the end times arrive.
Obviously, the Blue Yeti Nano is smaller than Blues other microphones, the clue is in the name, and it feels compact enough that you could travel easily with it with no issue.
Overall, the Blue Yeti Nano is a wonderful microphone. It feels very high end without having that price tag attached to it. There are a few cut corners, like the lack of a microphone volume knob and the headphone volume knob is a bit cheap, but ultimately the sounds quality is great.