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Blue De­signs’ award-win­ning Yeti plug-and-play USB mi­cro­phone—the flag­ship model in this US com­pany’s con­sumer mi­cro­phone lineup—is now avail­able in Aus­tralia. The Yeti has three 14mm con­denser mi­cro­phone cap­sules in the one en­clo­sure, which are switch­able to en­able car­dioid, om­ni­di­rec­tional, bidi­rec­tional or stereo record­ing pat­terns. Be­cause the Yeti is a plug and play de­vice, there’s no need to load any driv­ers—it will work with any com­puter.

Car­dioid is a great choice when the sound source is di­rectly in front of the mi­cro­phone; bi-di­rec­tional is per­fect for record­ing in­ter­views or duets, om­ni­di­rec­tional is the per­fect pat­tern for the cen­tre of a con­fer­ence ta­ble, and stereo de­liv­ers a stereo record­ing with­out the need for an ad­di­tional mi­cro­phone. The Yeti has a built-in head­phone jack to en­able zero-la­tency mon­i­tor­ing, and con­trols that en­able you to ad­just head­phone vol­ume, mi­cro­phone sen­si­tiv­ity (gain) and pick-up pat­tern se­lec­tion. There’s even an ‘in­stant mute’ but­ton to mute mo­men­tary un­wanted sounds, such as cough­ing, ex­ple­tives or in­ter­viewer prompts.

Blue De­signs rates the fre­quency re­sponse of the Yeti as 20Hz to 20kHz with THD at 0.5%, due to its sam­pling rate of 48kHz (16-bit depth). Max­i­mum SPL is rated at 120dB. (Also avail­able is the Yeti Pro mi­cro­phone, which is USB and XLR and of­fers 24-bit/192kHz record­ing res­o­lu­tion.) Avail­able now in a wide range of colours, in­clud­ing Black, Mid­night Blue, Plat­inum, Sil­ver, Space Grey, Vin­tage White and White, the Blue De­signs Yeti USB mi­cro­phone re­tails for $229 (RRP).

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Blue De­signs’ Aus­tralian distrib­u­tor, Paci comm Aus­tralia on 1300 856 823 www.paci

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