If you want to start a career as a video game streamer, voice over artist, or a podcaster, there has been one go-to microphone for maximum performance per dollar: the Blue Yeti. They Yeti gave users a professional quality condenser microphone with easy USB connectivity and smart features for a bargain price. The only real problem with the Yeti has been its relative size and weight. Now the company has launched its newest microphone, a shrunken iteration of that microphone dubbed the Yeti Nano.
For anyone looking to snag a microphone, the Yeti Nano seems to be a really smart choice. It takes everything good about the Yeti, but cuts extraneous features that most won’t need, and in turn it shrinks the size and the price tag. Instead of the Yeti’s four recording modes, the Nano cuts down to two, cardioid and omnidirectional. Unless you are a serious studio musician or do lots of one-on-one interviews, you won’t notice the missing pickup patterns.
Another alteration was the removal of the 3/8” screw mount in exchange for a G1/4 tripod mount. This should make it easier for new users to mount the microphone to various stands and mounts, but for anyone with large mic stands and more professional gear, this could be a point of contention.
The final major change on a technical level is the move from the Yeti’s mini-USB connector to the smaller and more common micro-USB. It would have been nice to see a USB connection, but we’ll take any progress we can.
As for features that they kept, you’ll still find a nice sturdy stand in the box, there is a headphone jack complete with volume knob for monitoring your audio, and we still have Blue’s iconic dual-condenser microphone array. Like we said, it seems you get all of the good stuff, and you don’t lose much in the way of usability or quality. When you factor in the new, lower $99 price tag, we expect the Nano to be the new #1 choice among amateur and online creators.
Heck, we might even considering getting rid of our own Yeti in exchange for a new Nano. Especially in that stunning new blue color.