I had no idea this microphone even existed. But I wanted to get it cause it looks super compact and pretty cute. The Blue Yeti was a little bulky and tbh I never really used it. So I’m looking forward to this smaller form-factor to get us motivated to create some more content


Blue Yeti Nano

The Good

Premium-looking and portable high-quality microphone that is actually up to date (USB-C) and allows for low-latency monitoring with your headphones.

The Bad

It’s a little weird that you can only adjust the gain via an app. And it’s not like you’re saving that much money from the regular Blue Yeti.

Overall

It’s basically a smaller Blue Yeti. They took away some features but it’s not that big a deal. The only thing that’s a little weird is you’ll need to adjust the gain via an app. But other than that it’s a great little microphone that can handle whatever creative endeavour you have in mind.

The Best USB Microphone Just Got Smaller!

Who knew Logitech bought Blue in 2018 (aritcle), the first thing they did when they got them was make their best microphone a little cooler. They made it a little smaller, and updated the I/O to finally have USB-C. I’ve broken the micro USB for the Blue Yeti so many time it’s not even funny, so to be able to replace the wire with something I actually have will be pretty clutch.

Blue Yeti is already known as the best USB microphone so why would we even look at the Blue Yeti Nano? We’ll I don’t like keeping any peripherals on the table and especially being in a smaller apartment, there’s no way I would want to keep the big clunky blue yeti out just chilling.

So for some reason, I literally found out about it just now. But looking at the specs for the Nano, and for how long the Blue Yeti has lasted. This updated version of the Blue Yeti Nano will definitely last for a long time as well. I’m excited to share with you what I think about this new USB microphone!

Design

Blue Yeti Nano’s Newer, Sleeker Design

I have the original blue yeti, I just haven’t really used it. So why in the heck will I want to purchase the same USB mic? We’ll I can’t like marketing caught me. The Blue Yeti Nano looks really cool, and I like the fact that it’s smaller and for that reason I’d like to believe I’d use it more!

The Blue Yeti Nano still has the microphone swivel mount, but it’s a lot smaller [L: 4.29” (10.9cm) W: 3.78” (9.6cm) H: 8.31” (21.1cm)]. The knobs to adjust the swivel are still a little weird feeling, but works enough to lock the mic in position. It’s the right height for desktop recording (6-8 inches from your mouth). Keep in mind this is a cardio mic so talk to the front and not the top. So if needed, they’ll still managed to fit a quarter-inch thread to let you use whatever mic stand you have.

Logitech let Blue keep their coolness and gave the microphone a variety of really sleek looking colours; black, blue, gold or red. They’re still made out of the premium quality feeling mic and Blue topped it off with a LED light around the volume button on the front which also changes colours when you press the mute button.

In layman terms the main takeaway for me is that it’s just a plug-and-play solution that’ll just work. You’ll have crystal clear quality audio. In specs terms that means the Blue Yeti Nano outputs high-quality 24-bit/48kHz recording, with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. You’ll also be able to select between the two 14mm capsules patterns;

  • Cardioid (Just recording one person 6-8 inches in front of the mic)
  • Omnidirectional (Having multiple sources of audio in a room)

But to adjust gain you’ll need to download Logitech/Blue’s Sherpa app which works with Windows 7,8, 10 or Mac OS 10.10 and higher. Being a USB microphone it works pretty flawlessly with all softwares and just let’s you create. Which brings us to…

Performance

XLR Quality on a USB Microphone

The audio quality you’ll receive from the Yeti Nano competes with professional sound. But blesses the creatives that just want to plug and play.

Conclusion

For a more affordable price Blue is offering the professional audio of the Blue Yeti in a more compact size! Although it still is a bit on the higher end of pricing, I think you’re paying for the compactness and the aesthetic of the Nano microphone. If you’re in a compact space where you don’t like to see too many devices and wires, I think it’s definitely worth it to give the Nano mic a try. At least that’s what I’m aiming for.

Let me know what you think!

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