Blue Yeti microphone

Blue Yeti Microphone imageAdd your voice to live streams, videos, and other recordings with this professional multi pattern USB-A microphone. Recording patterns include stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional, offering possibilities that usually require multiple microphones. Adjust gain to tune this high quality microphone.

No software is required to get this microphone to work. It should work and be detected by the audio systems of any computer.

This device does require a USB-A plug. And of course you need a program capable of recording and/or editing audio!

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This Blue Yeti Professional Multi-Pattern USB Mic includes:

  • Mute button to easily override sometimes confusing computer muting controls
  • Dial to switch between stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional recording patterns.
  • Upright microphone – there’s no need to adjust the angle of the microphone with its flexible recording patterns.
  • Headphone out plug for standard circular 3.5mm analog headphones for monitoring and passthrough playback.
  • Dial to adjust volume for headphones plugged into this microphone.
  • Gain dial for adjusting sensitivity.



Take the Blue Yeti Microphone and its USB-A to Mini B cable out of the Library-provided case.

Plug the Mini B end of the cable into the bottom of the microphone.

Plug the USB-A end of the cable into a computer.

The computer supplies all the power necessary, there’s not a separate power cable required.

The computer should not need to install any drivers or software.


Open a program that includes audio recording. (If you don’t have an audio recording program installed, a great free one is Audacity. See more about Audacity here, or go directly to its download page to find it for your system.)

You may need to go into its settings or your system settings to select your audio input device. Make sure to find and select the Blue Yeti microphone.

Go back to your recording program.

Start recording. Recording buttons are often red circles like those from camcorders.


Stop recording. Usually this is done by pressing the same button that started recording.

Audio may take a moment to process and display in your recording program. Waveforms typically display the differences between the loud and quiet parts of your recordings. Editing abilities vary between programs.


You may need to go into your device system settings or the settings of a specific program to select the Blue Yeti microphone as your audio output for monitoring with headphones you can connect.

Plug in any standard circular analog 3.5mm headphones into the plug on the bottom on the opposite side of the Mini B port.

Adjust the volume using the knob on the back of the microphone.

Play audio through any program, and stop it using that same program.


Press the MUTE button to stop the microphone from transmitting what it hears to your computer. This simple switch is great if you have trouble finding the right setting in your device software.

Patterns explained

This Blue Yeti microphone can record in any one of four (4) different patterns. use the dial to select from:

  • Stereo – to record directly in front of the microphone, fairly close to the microphone, and around and behind it. This is great for recording surround sound.
  • Cardioid – to record only directly in front of the microphone expanding outward. This is great for one speaker.
  • Omnidirectional – to record everywhere around the microphone evenly. This is best for group conversations.
  • Bidirectional – to record in front and behind the microphone (not to the sides) in a tight pattern expanding outward. This is best for two people talking on opposite sides of the microphone.

Turn off

Simply unplug the USB-A to Mini B cable from the computer and/or the bottom of the microphone.


If you are having trouble with the Lincolnwood Library Boombox, you can try:
-Check your system settings to make sure the Blue Yeti microphone is the selected audio input device.
-Check your system settings to make sure the Blue Yeti microphone is the selected audio output device for monitoring with headphones.
-Make sure your headphones are plugged in all the way.
-Make sure both ends of the included cable (Mini B on the Blue Yeti microphone and USB-A into your device) are properly plugged in.
-Make sure the Mute button is disabled to transmit sound into your device for recordings.
-Make sure the volume is not at zero (0).

More Help

Need more help using our Blue Yeti microphone? Contact the Information Services Desk at the library by calling (224) 233-1841 or email