The Blue Yeti is one of the most popular microphones in the industry. It is the number one choice of podcasters and sound recorders due to its ease of use, excellent performance, and long-lasting durability. The Yeti has a place among content creators that no other microphone can replace.
Gauging the publicity of the Yeti, Blue improved the already hit formula and tried to tackle the few issues that podcasters have with Yeti. The two concerns were its high price and bulky size. Though the Yeti can be considered one of the affordable microphones in the market, still the price can be daunting for beginners. To counter all these issues, Blue brought another of its masterpieces in the form of Blue Yeti Nano.
The Yeti Nano is a shrunken form of Blue Yeti and a miniature size of the microphone from the same flagship. It is reduced in size and price to make it more affordable and convenient for end-users.
In this article, we will discuss both microphones highlighting how similar and different both microphones are. We will try to clear the picture to understand better if Blue Yeti or Blue Yeti Nano is the microphone you want for your studio.
Blue Yeti VS Blue Yeti Nano
The Blue Yeti is a sturdy microphone with a solid build. It comes with a bulky look. The microphone is not small by any means and is larger and heavier than almost all microphones of its kind. It features a heavy-duty metal build body, which is a blend of a contemporary and retro look. The microphone has a strong visual presence and looks great in video recordings.
The Yeti comes with all-metal construction. It feels secure and strong in hands due to its metal construction.
The microphone also features a metal grill that does a decent job of filtering out unwanted noise. The double layer of metal mesh cancels the noise and gives cleaner and crisper audio. It still does not work like a pop filter, and you still need a pop filter to eliminate the plosive completely.
Meanwhile, the Blue Yeti Nano comes in a smaller form. Like the name Nano suggests, Blue has considerably reduced the size and weight of the microphone making it more portable and easy to handle. In this way, it is a good option for traveling.
The microphone can be folded to a more compact form, which makes it a great choice for packing. A notch is located towards the back of its round base for cable routing.
The Blue Yeti is available in many stunning colors. You can choose one that suits the color scheme of your studio. The color blending looks great on videos.
The Yeti Nano comes with even more color choices. You can buy in blue, grey, silver, red onyx, gold, and black. The color choices are richer here, and will certainly cater to a wider audience.
Both Yeti and Yeti Nano are USB microphones. The microphones offer a simple plug and play system. Plug a USB cable with your system, and it is ready to go.
The Blue Yeti comes with four polar patterns. Whether you have one host or speaker, or multiple people speaking around the microphone, Yeti, is suitable for all recording types. Here are the four polar patterns of Yeti that distinguish it from the microphones in this range.
- Cardioid Pattern: The pattern makes the microphone like any other cardioid microphone. It picks up the audio from the front ignoring the back, sides, and the front. You can use the pattern for one person hosting the podcast when you want to eliminate the surrounding sounds.
- Bidirectional Pattern: The bidirectional pattern picks up the audio from the front and the rear. It ignores the noise coming from sides and helps you have cleaner audio of two people facing each other with the microphone.
- Stereo: This pattern picks up the audio-only from the back, ignoring the sides and front.
- Omni-directional Pattern: As the name suggests, the pattern picks up audio from all around the microphone. It’s for the situation when you have a group of people sitting around the microphone. The Yeti picks up the audio from all sides equally well.
- Stereo Pattern: In this mode, the microphone is able to catch only audio from the two sides. It picks up audio from the left and the right.
It’s an excellent option for discussions or even gaming where you can include the sound from all around into your video or audio recording.
These multi-patterns make the Yeti a very versatile microphone. It is good for almost all types of applications, and you can do any recording with convenience. Selection of patterns is also easy and needs a tap of a finger.
As Yeti Nano cuts short the price of the microphone, we see absences of full features of Blue Yeti as well, which is very understandable.
In the Yeti Nano, we don’t have these four patterns. The microphone offers only two polar patterns for recording audio. The microphone features a cardioid pattern and an omnidirectional microphone. It suits beginners who have a limited goal and have no use for all the four patterns of Yeti. They don’t have to waste money on all four patterns and go for Blue Yeti Nano with two fundamental polar patterns. It keeps the cost under control.
The Yeti provides onboard control. You can select and change patterns from the microphone. It offers a 20 dB gain control knob that reduces noise from your audio and makes it smooth and pleasant. The microphone features a headphone jack at the bottom for zero-latency monitoring. You also get a knob for volume adjustment in real-time. There is a mute button as well for turning off the recording whenever you need to immediately. A red light indicates when the microphone is muted or recording.
When we look at the Yeti Nano, the control here is slightly diminished. It does not have too many buttons. Only two buttons on the front and back of the microphone. One for pattern selection and one for turning off the microphone. The button on the front has a green light around it when the microphone is on. You can press the button and turn off the microphone, which turns the button red. So it’s a pretty simple interface. The button on the rear is for pattern selection. White lights help you to know which polar pattern is activated.
Like Yeti, the Nano also features a headphone jack under the microphone and volume control. You can monitor the audio with zero latency. Right with the headphone jack, you have a USB port for connectivity. Theirs is a microphone mount in between the headphone jack and USB port.
Both Blue Yeti and Blue Yeti Nano feature excellent audio quality. Both give broadcast-quality audio that is perfect for podcasting and other such recordings. Both microphones offer high-quality audio, but if we have to compare, Yeti gives a little clearer audio than Yeti Nano, but the difference is hardly noticeable.
One of the main differences between the Yeti and Yeti Nano is that Yeti only records audio in 16 bits. Simultaneously, the Yeti Nano provides more flexibility and can record in both 16 bit and 24.
The Blue Yeti provides a 20 dB gain control knob that makes the audio crisp and smooth. Blue Yeti Nano does not feature a gain control knob on the microphone, and you don’t have that control here. However, the Nano comes with software that allows you to control the gain.
There is a difference between the warranty as well. Blue Yeti has a more solid build and is more durable than Yeti Nano. Blue Yeti comes with two years warranty, while Blue Yeti Nano offers only a one-year warranty.
One of the main differences between Blue Yeti and Blue Yeti Nano is the price.
Blue Yeti is reasonably priced and costs above $100. It is not a very pricey microphone, but for beginners, even that can seem rather expensive.
This is where the Blue Yeti Nano comes in, which is less pricey and easy to afford than Blue Yeti. It is truly a cut down Blue Yeti that is affordable yet retains the original Yeti’s signature features.
Advantages of Blue Yeti
Quality of Recording
The microphone looks premium and gives excellent results. It gives clear audio. The microphone gives deep broadcast-quality audio that suits the format of review videos, podcasts, news channels, and other live streaming setups.
The four patterns of Yeti makes it a very versatile microphone. All these patterns allow you to use the microphone for different applications and stand out in every work performance.
The microphone offers a gain control knob right on the microphone. Gain control boosts signals on the microphone and help you produce professional-quality audio. Blue Yeti Nano does not provide a gain control button on the microphone.
The microphone offers two years of warranty.
Disadvantages of Blue Yeti
Blue Yeti is a strong microphone but that can be considered its biggest disadvantage as well. It has a rugged and heavy build. The microphone weighs more than Yeti Nano and is difficult to pack and carry around with its bulky appearance.
Although the microphone is reasonably priced still the price may be out of range for many of us who cannot afford a high-end microphone in the beginning.
Advantages of Blue Yeti Nano
Those who cannot afford Blue Yeti can buy Blue Yeti Nano. It is more affordable and, thus, easy to afford. It features almost all the Yeti value at less price, excluding some features where Yeti takes the lead.
Two Polar Patterns
Buying the Blue Yeti just for two polar patterns seems like an extravagance if you don’t need those polar patterns. It lacks the stereo and bidirectional modes that are very useful but not a solo host and don’t need these patterns. The Yeti Nano offers cardioid, and Omnidirectional patterns do the job well at less price. So unless you actually need those polar patterns, it’s hardly a disadvantage.
Smaller in Size and Lightweight
The Yeti Nano takes the lead in being more portable. Though slightly less in features than the Blue Yeti, it is easy to pack in a small bag, and you can keep the microphone with you while on the go conveniently. Blue Yeti is a beast in this regard and weighs more than Nano or some of the other leading microphones in the market.
Disadvantages of Blue Yeti Nano
The Yeti Nano offers excellent audio quality, but when we compare the audio recordings to Blue Yeti, it slightly lacks the clarity and has less smooth mid and high notes. With that said, the Yeti Nano still offers great clarity and detail in its own right.
Both Blue Yeti and Blue Yeti Nano are excellent microphones and equally good in recording professional-quality audio. The Blue Yeti is the more capable option of the two, but comes at a higher price with a bulkier footprint; The Yeti Nano is just a cut down version of Blue Yeti, where they have tried to incorporate all the features within a smaller body and at a lower price.
The slight difference between the audio quality is only noticeable to pros, and common listeners may overlook that. The Blue Yeti is an excellent choice for music, gaming, podcasting, live streaming, and conferences. Its different polar patterns fit in any situation where more than one, two, or a group of people are talking.
The Yeti Nano is smaller in size and lighter, making it not only easier to travel with, but also easier to mount on smaller microphone stands. It has a clear edge over the fill sized Yeti in terms of versatility. While it lacks extra polar patterns, gain controls, and onboard controls like the Yeti, it’s priced lower and still offers decent sound quality.
So everything boils down to the price of microphones and your personal needs and preferences. For beginners, the Blue Yeti Nano is perfect; those who need a little more customizability in the microphone should go for the Blue Yeti.
Jeremy has been running several online businesses behind his laptop for the past 5 years and he has worked as a freelance web developer previously. A trained marketer by profession, he also has Ruby on Rails and web development knowledge. His forte lies in eCommerce, SEO and content marketing. He’s been featured on Vice, Thrive Global, YFS Magazine, Forbes and several other publications. He prefers to connect with people on LinkedIn.