Blue Microphones Blackout Yeti is the gaming industry's #1 premium USB microphone that delivers unparalleled depth and clarity for your Twitch streams and in-game communication. Yeti features studio controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute and microphone gain—putting you in charge of every level of the recording process. If you’re experiencing distortion or feedback while recording an especially loud source—like the deafening sound of an avalanche—simply adjust the microphone's sensitivity with the gain control. Or if you want to take a break in the middle of a podcast, use the instant mute button.Easy to Control FeaturesFeaturing 16-bit sound quality and plug 'n play operation for instant streaming with your PC or Mac, this microphone is ready to go whenever inspiration strikes. The Blue Yeti microphone comes equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack that allows you to listen to what you're recording in real-time, without latency delays—that means no more hearing a note 3 seconds after you played it. You can adjust the volume of your headphones using the control on the front of the microphone.Design That Makes Recording EasyYeti doesn’t mind getting pushed around—it lets you adjust and pivot the microphone in relation to the sound source, which optimizes your sound quality. Once you’ve achieved the desired angle, simply hand-tighten the set knobs to secure it in place. Yeti is a side-address microphone, so you can capture the best sound by going face-to-face with it. The microphone can also be folded down for easy portability, or removed completely from its base for mounting directly on a mic stand or Radius II shockmount.Hassle-Free SetupSimply plug Yeti into your computer's USB port with the included USB cable, calibrate it with your operating system, and you're ready to record—rain, shine or snow. Yeti offers driver-free operation and is compatible with Windows and Mac OS (requires a minimum of 64 MB of RAM).Start Recording QuicklyYeti was designed with a convenient, no-hassle workflow in mind. It is a side-address microphone that accepts sound from an angle perpendicular to the mic—as opposed to a front-address mic, which accepts sound from the end of the microphone. You can set up the Blue Yeti within seconds using the included desktop stand or connect it directly to a mic stand. Adjust microphone gain, pick up pattern, headphone volume, or mute/unmute with easy-to-reach controls.Four Pickup-Pattern ModesWhether you plan to record a single source or multiple sources, the Yeti mic gives you flexibility with four pickup-pattern modes to choose from. The stereo mode uses both the left and right channels, and is ideal for capturing a realistic, general sound image. Cardioid mode records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone and delivers a rich, full-bodied sound—well-suited for podcasts, vocals, or game streaming. Omnidirectional mode picks up sound equally from all directions and best suited for situations when you want to capture the ambience of being there—like a live recording of a band's performance. Lastly, the bidirectional mode records from both the front and the rear of the microphone. It’s ideal for capturing the nuance of a musical instrument, or recording an interview between two people.