MMi at Macworld: Blue Microphone Shows off the Yeti Pro and More
was in full force at this year’s Macworld Expo. They had a full assortment of mics and recording gear to satisfy the most avid podcasters and musicians. Their latest creation is the Yeti Pro, the follow-up to the popular Yeti mic. Not only does this mic get a new darker exterior, but this mic has gotten a full upgrade under the hood as well.
“The Yeti Pro
is the world's first USB microphone combining 24 bit/192 kHz digital recording resolution with analog XLR output.” The previous Yeti
, while being an impressive mic in it’s own right, only records at 16bit/48kHz or CD quality. The Yeti Pro features a stereo XLR analog output and includes an XLR breakout cable. You can also record directly to your computer with the USB output. There’s a convenient mute button just above the master volume, which can be handy if you need to cut someone off mid-sentence. This mic also includes a proprietary Tri-Capsule Array that gives you 4 polar patters to choose from including stereo, cardioid, omni, and bidirectional. These settings allow you to setup the mic so that you can get the best possible sound quality in every recording situation. The Yeti Pro will cost you $249 when it comes out later this month.
Also on display was the Blue Mikey
, an assortment of Snowball
mics, and the Icicle
. If you’ve ever wanted to record audio on you iPhone then the Blue’s Mikey 2G ($79.99) is right up your alley. For now it’s only compatible with the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but the company is working on a follow-up that will be compatible with the iPhone 4 and iPad. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long for its arrival. The iPhone may be capable of recording CD quality audio, but the built-in mic leaves something to be desired. Also new for Blue is the Mikey for Flip
The Snowball is a desktop microphone that is designed to be easy to setup and use, while sounding great at the same time. It’s a professional USB mic that records CD quality audio. It comes with a tripod stand and is available in black, white or grey. You can get them now for a hundred bucks.
“The Icicle is Blue's new stylish USB converter and mic preamp combo that allows you to connect any XLR microphone directly into your computer via USB!” It also features a studio quality mic preamp and includes phantom power. With the Icicle you can now use your high-end mics to record audio without having to go through an Mbox or similar device. If you want to travel light and need to record audio on the go with the best mic available, then the Icicle is just what you’ve been waiting for. It retails for $79.99.
Source: Blue Microphones