The Blue Yeti Nano is a small USB microphone and the first one that the company Blue has released since the announcement that Logitech was buying them.
The Nano is a new rendition of the yeti line. It looks very similar to the original yeti; it has the same design, same stand, just a lot smaller, and the stand is ridiculously low to the extent that no one will be able to use this in a regular game streaming or even podcasting set-up.
Fits Standard Boom Arm
In the box you get the microphone itself pre-attached to the stand, it just attaches via two screws to the side, then it comes with an adapter to go from the quarter twenties, if you want to put it on a standard tripod, it should fit.
Then it also comes with a relatively long micro USB cable, though, if you’re trying to do some behind your monitor runs or something you may need a longer cable, and that could cause some problems with USB stall out.
Don’t use hubs or extension cables because those could cause problems.
Blue Yeti Nano Premium USB Mic for Recording and Streaming – Shadow Grey
On the back, there is an LED indicator for which pickup pattern mode you’re in, as well as a switch to switch between the two modes.
The Nano has cardioid, which is meant for most streaming and YouTube related recording situations,
Great for Live Streaming Podcasts
and then the omnidirectional pattern, which picks up everything around the microphone and is more for streaming a group conversation in a podcast.
Over on the front of the microphone, you have a mute switch, and it has a green indicator for when you have monitoring enabled on the microphone, so whether or not you can hear it in the headphone output.
You can hold a button on the back and switch off the monitoring if you want to use it as a sound card.
Unfortunately, it has a sound card, but it’s not that great. The issue with USB microphones is that you can only fit so much in a small form-factor and without sacrificing too much quality, so the sound card isn’t so great.
The internal sound card doesn’t do an excellent job of powering higher-end headphones; we believe you’re expected to control the volume of the microphone from Windows.
Then on the bottom, you have a standard 3.5 Millimeter headphone jack, the quarter 20 thread that we mentioned earlier, and a micro USB port.
Voice Sounds Great
As far as how this microphone sounds and our testing just briefly, it sounds reasonably good. The issue is, it comes down to how streamers use it.
Our favorite thing about this microphone release is the color options. This comes in a variety of different colors. The Blue and the red Onyx look great; we figured a lot of people would be getting the blue, so we went ahead and got the Onyx.
For 99 bucks, it is a reasonably high-quality microphone. But we do have a couple of issues with it.
Blue does include its software to manage the levels and update firmware, so we updated the firmware before we started streaming.
The software shows you which polar pattern you’re in, it shows your mic gain and can help you adjust that, and you can change your playback level, which is just reflected in the Windows audio control panel.
Our issue is: is that there is no limiter or compressor in the microphone which, in most cases, is a good thing, we usually wouldn’t ask for that in typical professional microphones.
An issue with a lot of these USB microphones is that if your talking levels vary too much, then it is super easy to start peaking and clipping and causing audio distortion and things like that, based on how loudly you’re talking for individual syllables, which is a natural human thing to do, but most microphones usually are held back in a way that prevents that from happening.
Cardioid Pickup Pattern
The Nano sounds the best when it’s in the cardioid pickup pattern mode, and up next to your face, because otherwise, it starts picking up a lot of weird stuff.
The stand is also nano-sized and utterly useless for most applications because to get the best possible audio out of this microphone, you have to hold it right by your mouth.
You want to set up the microphone close to your mouth using a microphone arm; otherwise, it’s just not going to be a great experience.
This is a $99 microphone which is only about 30 bucks cheaper than the average, not sale price of the full-size Blue Yeti, but Amazon even has Blue Yeti, plus assassins creed and other game streamer bundles for only 120 bucks, and that is a much better value per your dollar than the microphone itself, so the price point is a little weird for us.
If you do up close voiceover with this, we would recommend picking up a pop filter of some sort, or you could get a little windscreen to put on top.
If you’re a streamer on a budget and need a microphone, then the Blue Yeti Nano may be the option for you, but you will need a microphone arm to use it.