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The New YETI X USB Microphone Improves On A Classic

The perfect mic for content creators that want to step up their sound quality and control, but still avoid a full XLR setup

If you are working from home and skyping/zooming/uberconferencing for business, a decent USB mic is an essential part of your setup. This type of mic is even more critical if you are podcasting, doing interviews, or any content production that requires good sound - the mic on your computer just does not cut it, and if you think it does, you should listen to the difference.

Blue Microphones has been a pivotal player for content creators since it became a "thing" and has one of the more diverse line up of USB mics around, including the industry-standard Yeti. So how can this mic get any better? The Blue Yeti X is a significant upgrade and rounds out the Yeti lineup as the new top of the line at an MSRP of $170. The original Yeti ($130) and newish Yeti Nano ($100) round it out for every possible scenario and budget.

The Yeti X is overall a better microphone and offers some features that more pro-level users will appreciate. Along with the better sound, you get active visual monitoring of your audio and integration into Logictech's GHub software, which allows you to tweak your sound with Blue Voice software.

The audio level visualization is essential for semipros or professionals who want to make sure they never hit the red and compromise the output. Peaking on your mic is not a good sound for the receiving end and makes you look like an amateur if you are doing a podcast or any content. 

This mic is for people that don't want to jump into a significant professional XLR rig but still sound as pleasant as possible.

The Yetix X brings an extra condenser mic capsule for a total of four versus the standard Yeti's three capsules. The additional capsule does make a difference and creates a beautiful professional sound that is rich and robust.

Where things get cool is the Blue Voice interface in the GHub software, which you get access to as Blue is owned by Logitech now (just in case you were not aware of that, now you know.) Simply put, you now get a piece of software that will let you process your voice to get it just the way you want it, and it's straightforward to use. You have the choice of manipulating sliders (noise reduction, compressor, etc.) or using their presets to dial in your output. You can easily get sidetracked here, as it's a lot of fun to tweak your voice and pretend you're a sportscaster - not that I would do anything like that, yeaaaaah sure.

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The software lets you run quick tests on the different filters, so it's easy to record and playback your voice and then layer in different presets or settings on the sliders. You can also download other presets that people have created if you want to explore more that direction.

The other features that more experienced users will love are the ability to customize control knob LED lighting, live mic monitoring, and easy to switch recording patterns via a button on the rear of the mic.

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The primary control knob can toggle between controlling your mics gain, headphone volume, or both at once by holding it down with a long press to rotate through the functions. You have complete control here and visual cues, so you never peak out and distort again - because that's for the JV squad. The Yeti X connects via the standard MicroUSB cable, which can also be easily detached for storage or travel.

Pro Tip: When setting up your mic, make sure to have the cable firmly connected and tucked away, so you don't accidentally pull it out, which is easy to do if you are fumbling around your desk.

Should you get the Yeti X?

If you are trying to up your sound game and get a little more control over your mic, this is one of the best options on the market. It allows you to hover just below an XLR quality rig at a reasonable price point and brings pro-level features that are essential for podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, or even high-pressure conference calls. It's also a great mic to take on the road if you need to do professional-level content on the go, this is much better than lugging an XLR rig around.

If you are using it for basic stuff and are more of a hobbyist, the Yeti and Yeti Nano are also great options and will save you a little money.

More Here - Blue Yeti X $170.

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