Blue Yeti vs. iRig Mic HD

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Written By Sarah Barlow

Chief Music Officer

Yeti has studio settings for headset volume, pattern choices, quick mute, and microphone amplitude, giving you total control over the recording process. In addition, a 3.5-millimeter headset connector on the Yeti desktop microphone lets you listen to what you’re recording in high definition, with no response delays—no more hearing a note three seconds after you played something.

On the other hand, iRig Mic HD is designed to put all of the power of high-resolution sound in your hands, allowing you to produce outstanding professional entertainment on any device, anytime.

Blue Yeti

Since Yeti is a corner condenser microphone, you can simply record the most fantastic sound by putting your face to it. The mic may also be placed horizontally for easy travel or entirely removed from the base for immediate installation on a microphone stand or Radius II shock mount. Additionally, Yeti enables you to make studio-quality recordings every moment, even if you’re playing at home, on the trip, or in the Mountains.

Pros of Blue Yeti

  • Sound quality is adequate for a wide range of amateur applications. Podcasting and live streaming are two of their most popular uses.
  • Multiple pick-up configurations – it really can record in all angles, including to the front and back.
  • Simple to use – just put in the USB connection and start recording, like other USB mics.

Cons of Blue Yeti

  • The Blue Yeti is significantly more extensive and heavier than it should be. 
  • A lot of sibilant noise is picked up.
  • The controls are frail and difficult to use.

iRig Mic HD

The iRig Mic HD 2 seems to be the only mic of its kind that comes in a compact, comfortable handheld feature set, making it perfect for recording voice, singers, acoustic instruments, guitar amps, and other activities.

The iRig Mic HD 2 has a headset output with audio system control that helps in monitoring the sound’s direct impacts or transmit it to a PA or mixer for routing options. 

Pros of iRig Mic HD

  • Exceptional audio capture
  • Amplification and isolation are both controlled.
  • Includes USB-A to micro-USB and lighting to micro-USB

Cons of iRig Mic HD

  • There isn’t a hard case to transport it in.
  • The Micro USB connection isn’t the most sturdy of all the connectors.

Blue Yeti vs. iRig Mic HD

Blue YetiiRig Mic HD
INPUTS1 x 1/8″ (headphones)1/8” TRS jack
OUTPUTS3.5mm Mini-Jack Connector3.5-millimeter headphone jack
CONTROLSYesYes
CONNECTION TYPEUSB Micro-B, Micro USB
MONITORING
COMPATIBILITY• Mac
• PC
• iOS Devices
• Android
• Mac
• Windows
SIZE4.72″ (12cm) x 4.92″(12.5cm) x 11.61″(29.5cm)188mm/7.4″ x 49mm/1.93″
WEIGHT• Mic: 1.2 lbs (.55 kg)
• Stand: 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
325g/11.46oz
INCLUDED APPS• Adobe Audition (music and voice recording)
• Adobe Premiere Pro CC (video production)
• Adobe Premiere Rush (mobile and desktop video creation)
• Audacity (music and voice recording)
• Blue Sherpa (Yeti mic control app)
• iRig Recorder FREE App (iOS, Android)
• VocaLive FREE App (iOS, Mac, Windows)
• AmpliTube FREE App (iOS, Mac, Windows)
WARRANTYTHREE (3) YEARS from the date of original retail purchaseOne (1) Year Warranty PARTS, Ninety (90) Days Warranty LABOR

Comparison

Blue Yeti Mic can be placed horizontally for simple travel or entirely removed from the base for immediate installation on a microphone stand or Radius II shock mount. While the iRig Mic HD 2 seems to be the only mic of its kind that comes in a compact, comfortable handheld feature set, making it perfect for recording voice, singers, acoustic instruments, guitar amps, and other activities.