For anyone looking to start a successful podcast or streaming show, one of the most important factors that will determine the success of your new enterprise will be the quality of the audio. Having engaging, informative or even entertaining content will count for next to nothing if your audio quality isn’t clear and crisp. For the listener, good quality audio doesn’t distract them from the content of the show. Rather it welcomes them in. However, the daunting fact is that most microphones on the market fall far short of providing you with that essential broadcast quality you’ll need for your show. And those that do tick the audio quality box are priced beyond the reach of most mere mortals. Yet there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon.
Quite recently we were told of the Yeticaster Pro Bundle from Blue Microphones which claimed to solve all the aforementioned audio problems in one fell swoop. Intrigued, we decided to give the Yeticaster Pro Bundle a road test and decide if their sound claims were…well, if their sound claims are indeed sound.
After two weeks trialling the Yeticaster we were converted. Here’s why: As the name implies the Pro Bundle comes with a number of products all presented in one easy to use product offering. First, and most importantly, is the microphone itself. The Yeti USB Microphone is probably one of the most advanced next gen microphones available in its price range and is widely considered to be Blue’s flagship product. The Yeti’s handy multiple pattern selection is nothing short of a godsend. With a simple turn of a knob we were able to switch from each of the Yeti’s four pattern selections of stereo, cardiod, omnidirectional and bidirectional. These are ideal if you’re recording just yourself, with another person or in a room full of people. We would have liked to have had a pop-shield thrown in here to improve the single recording experience. But even without the shield, the Yeti did an admirable job during all of our tests.
We were also pleased to find a microphone gain option that allowed us to control the Yeti’s sensitivity, so when we were speaking louder than we realised (and experiencing a level of distortion) , we were able to quickly compensate by reducing the gain and, when the audio was lower, we could dial the knob in the opposite direction to increase the mic’s gain. The Yeti also boasts a mute button, a headphone volume control and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack for monitoring and playback.
As well as its first class microphone, we were pleasantly surprised to find the Pro Bundle also provided a Compass premium microphone boom arm. The boom arm included a handy cable management feature that allowed us to tuck the microphone’s cable away inside the Compass itself while recording. A nice touch for anyone concerned about having stray cables trailing across the desk. Finally the icing on the Pro Bundle cake was the Radius III Custom Shockmount for the Yeti microphone. The Radius III has a wonderfully vintage design that really made you feel that you were in a real recording studio.
Apart from its aesthetics, it also did a brilliant job of isolating the Yeti microphones from noise, shock and ambient vibration. All in all we found the Yeticaster Pro Bundle not only met our expectations but, in many categories, it exceeded them. For anyone taking their first tentative steps into the world of podcasting or even streaming or recording voice overs, the Yeticaster Pro Bundle is an excellent product offering. And priced at just £179.99 it’s probably the most ‘sound’ investment you’ll make for your recording career. Highly recommended.
Kizzi Nkwocha is the editor of Business Game Changer Magazine and publisher of The UK Newspaper, Money and Finance Magazine, the net’s fastest growing wealth creation publication. Kizzi Nkwocha is chair of The Ethical Publishers Association and co-chair of The Logistics Association. Kizzi made his mark in the UK as a publicist, journalist and social media pioneer. As a widely respected and successful media consultant he has represented a diverse range of clients including the King of Uganda, and Amnesty International. Nkwocha has also become a well-known personality on both radio and television. He has been the focus of a Channel 4 documentary on publicity and has hosted his own talk show, London Line, on Sky TV. He has also produced and presented both radio and TV shows in Cyprus and Spain.