Blue Yeti Nano

Good things come in small pack­ages

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - Alex Blake

£89.99 FROM Blue, bluedesigns.com fea­tures Car­dioid and om­ni­di­rec­tional modes, vol­ume/mute but­ton, Mi­cro-USB ca­ble

Blue has made a name in the world of mi­cro­phones. Its lat­est of­fer­ing is a shrunk­down ver­sion of the Yeti.

Au­dio qual­ity is ex­cel­lent: crisp and clear with no hint of fuzz. In our side-by-side com­par­i­son with the Yeti, the Nano per­formed very well in­deed, with au­dio ac­tu­ally a touch crisper than its larger cousin.

How­ever, you may want to mount it on a boom arm – its small frame puts it fur­ther from your mouth, af­fect­ing record­ing vol­ume. The Yeti, in con­trast, is the ideal height to talk into when sit­ting. On the other hand, the com­pact size of the Nano is bet­ter for travel (but the dif­fer­ence in box sizes isn’t much).

There are some other trade-offs com­pared to the Yeti, but not many. The Nano has two con­denser cap­sules ver­sus the Yeti’s three, but records in a higher bit-rate (24-bit to the Yeti’s 16-bit).

The Nano only has two record­ing pat­terns: car­dioid (from di­rectly in front) and om­ni­di­rec­tional (from all around the mic). That’s fine for gen­eral use, but you lose the Yeti’s stereo (which cap­tures front, left and right chan­nels) and bidi­rec­tional (front and back) modes.

The Nano looks great and is very im­pres­sive for its size, but you’ll need a USB-A to USB-C adapter if you want to use it with re­cent Mac note­books.

De­spite its smaller size, the Nano com­petes with the larger Yeti’s sound.

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