We’ve listed common problems for the Blue Yeti below. Below each problem is a solution. We formatted it this way to make it easier for you to find your problem and fix it as fast as possible.
We hope this helps!
Why your Blue Yeti Sounds Muffled
Microphone positioning determines 20% of the overall sound that gets recorded. When the microphone has muffling, you first need to find the “sweet spot.”
The sweet spot just means placing the mic where you sound best. All this takes is tinkering with the mic. But, there are specific methods you can use to help you find that spot.
These methods depend on the type of mic you have. Since Blue Yeti is a versatile microphone, it has different polar patterns which means you should go over each method below. These methods should help you with the muffling.
We’re starting with cardioid mode first since it’s used for music recording:
- Cardioid-type: Close one ear and make sure you can listen clearly with the other. Then, move the mic around until you find the right position.
- Omnidirectional: Exact method as a cardioid-type mic. Just close one ear and listen intently with the other while moving the mic around until you find the sweet spot.
- Stereo-miking: When placed near a pair of stereo speakers, cover both ears and move the mic around until you find the right spot.
The general rule of thumb when it comes to mic placement is to keep it 1-2 inches away. Speaking into the mic will cause popping while speaking farther away causes background noise to come in.
Reasons why your Blue Yeti sounds Bad
The connection is a common problem to have. This is one of the first things to check as it’s one of the easiest to fix.
Make sure the mic has proper connection. If it’s connected correctly, but is still having problems, disconnect it and reconnect it again.
Another solution is to try another USB port. Or, if you have a Mac and it has no USB port, try looking at external ports.
If you’re plugging your mic into a desktop, then try the USB ports in the back. Or, on the other hand, try a different USB port than the one you were using.
Blue Yeti mics have a reputation for being too sensitive. This sensitivity causes it to pick up background noise even if the gain is turned down.
The key is to tinker with the gain knob on the back of the Yeti and plug in your headphones so you can hear the differences.
Next is to go to the “sound settings” and find “input devices.” Then, select your Blue Yeti and click “device properties.”
Adjust the volume until you don’t hear any background noise. A lot of people suggest bringing it down to 50, but different inputs/outputs makes the levels different.
There isn’t a specific software you need to use for the Blue Yeti. All you need is a USB port and cable.
There are some apps and software problems which can cause errors though.
Here’s a solution if you have Windows as an operating system:
- Go to the volume icon in the taskbar and make sure the Blue Yeti is disabled
- Right-click on the volume icon
- Click “recording devices”
- Right-click on the empty space
- Click to see if your Blue Yeti is in “disabled devices” or “disconnected devices” to make sure your computer picks it up
- If you can’t find it, right-click on the Windows icon and select “device manager” to find your Blue Yeti
- Then, right-click on the device and select “update driver”
- Select “search automatically for updated driver software”
Sometimes the mic’s driver is the problem. It can’t function properly if the mic’s driver isn’t up-to-date.
To update the driver, go to the manufacturer’s website to find the software. Download it and install it on your computer. But, remember to download the correct driver or else you’ll have more problems.
You might now even know if gain is the problem causing your Yeti mic to sound bad. A common reason is people confuse gain with volume. Snce our music tools have changed from analog to digital, it has caused even more confusion.
The most popular definition for gain basically means how loud something is before it gets processed. Having too much gain causes distortion. Another problem is not having enough gain. Not having enough sound to process means you won’t have anything to output.
The solution is to find the sweet spot for your gain. Similar to mic positioning, you have to adjust the gain knob to find the right setting.
It’s better to have less gain than more gain if you have to pick. The reason is you can polish the finished sound later. Too much gain causes clipping and there’s no going back from that.
Looking at the hardware should be your last option for troubleshooting.
After you have tried all the solutions above to make sure the problem isn’t the mic, try hooking your Blue Yeti to another computer.
If you find that the mic works, it’s time to start thinking about another device to use your mic in. It’s also a good idea to try another mic (if you have one) on the same computer. This will help you determine if the problem is your mic or the computer.
Make it Better
Solving your mic issues doesn’t mean you can’t optimize your mic. Here’s a small list on how to improve the sound input of your mic:
- Record in an acoustic-friendly environment
- Treat the room you’re recording in
- Buy a pop filter
- Adjust the settings whenever you record somewhere new
If you don’t know where to start then we suggest going down the list. There are a lot of great resources on this topic as well. You shouldn’t have a problem finding a solution.