Around back, the knob that selects the microphone’s pickup pattern has been replaced with a button. It won’t completely go unnoticed if you have to make a change while you’re recording, but it will be a lot less noticeable than the old dial on previous Yeti models that clicks quite loudly. The overall design has been updated as well, with the new Yeti X looking more likelast year Yeti Nanothanthe Yetior Yeti Pro.
The redesigned microphone is nice, but the real star of today’s news may be the inclusion of Blue’s VO! CE software alongside the hardware. The desktop audio suite offers users a range of effects and presets for “professional on-stream sound quality,” according to Blue. Presets include options for broadcast, radio voice and both male and female voices. The list of effects offers things like crisp and modern, warm and vintage and others. Blue VO! CE also allows you to use handy tools like noise reduction, expander, gate, de-esser, EQ, compression and limiter. You can also customize the color of the Yeti X’s LED lights with the app, if you’re into that sort of thing. All of this is accessible through theLogitech’s G HUBon the desktop, so you aren’t futzing with the microphone hardware mid-stream to make an adjustment.
Blue says the Yeti X will also workwith its Sherpa appfor easily accessible controls on the desktop. That piece of software debuted with the Yeti Nano, but it also works with the Yeti, Snowball and Snowball iCE microphones. And to fully round out any setup, the Yeti X will also fit on Blue’s Compass boom arm or Radius III shockmount, should you need either of those where you plan to record.
The Blue Yeti X is scheduled to go on sale in October.
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