How to Make Your Blue Yeti Sound Like a Professional Studio Mic [BEST SETTINGS]


If you want to learn how to make your Blue
Yeti go from “sounding like this” “to sounding like this!” using only free software, then
you’ve come to the right video. I’m Pete from the Gaming Careers YouTube channel,
where we have videos explaining everything you need to do to grow your gaming passion
into your profession and today I’m going to be talking you through all the settings and
software that you need to make your blue microphone sound as professional and production ready
as possible. So in this video, we’re only going to be using
free software. If however you are looking for a guide that
uses Adobe Audition CC to improve the quality of your microphone, I have got a guide on
that as well which I’ll link up in the card above as well as in the description below
where I’ll be putting all the links for this video today. Let’s get into it. The programs that we are going to be using
today will actually adapt the sound of your microphone on the fly so you can sound that
way whichever program you’re using on your computer be it streaming with OBS or recording
voiceovers with something like Audacity or even talking to somebody over VOIP software
such as Skype or Teamspeak. The 2 programs are both made by the same company,
I company called VB-Audio and if you look in the description of this video, I’ve got
links to the 2 pieces of software as well as my settings so I need you to go down to
the description and click all 3 links and you should be taken firstly to a page looking
something like this. We’ll start by downloading the Virtual Audio
Cable software so this page, you scroll down until you see the orange button and just click
Download. The second link for Voicemeeter is the exact
same process, keep scrolling down until you see the orange download button. You can choose to download it as a zip or
exe, I’m going to do the zip. Once you’ve finished downloading these 2 files,
you should have 2 zipped folders, mine save in my downloads and I’m just going to extract
them here using 7zip, you can use whichever extraction software you like to. Once they’re unzipped you should have 2 folders,
one for VBCABLE and one for Voicemeeter. We are going to start with the driver so double
click and open up the folder and you should see these 2 files down here, VBCABLE_Setup
and VB_CABLE_Setup_x64. Now as some of you might have guessed, this
is depending on if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. If you’re not sure which type of operating
system you have, you can just right click the start menu, go to system and it should
tell you just there which one you have installed. You can see here I have a 64-bit operating
system installed. That means that I am going to be installing
this file, if you have a 32-bit operating system you want to be installing this file. Either way make sure you right click and “run
as administrator”. A box will popup asking you to Install the
Driver just click Install Driver, and once that’s done you should get a little popup
just saying “Installation Complete and Successful, You might reboot your system to finalize installation”. Just click OK we are going to reboot after
we have installed both pieces of software. It will also pop up a new window just thanking
you for installing their product. If you go back to your extracted zip folders
and find the voicemeeter folder and do the exact same thing, right click and “run as
administrator”. You’ll get a similar looking box open up,
just click Install. Once that’s installed you’ll get a similar
popup just telling you that you need to reboot your system which we will go ahead and do
in a second. You can click OK, it will also open up another
webpage thanking you for Installation. Let’s now restart our system so that the driver
and software install properly. OK, welcome back, we just restarted our system
to complete the installation of both programs. Now we can start the Voicemeeter application
so if you search in your start menu for “Voicemeeter” you should see it open up. Now don’t worry too much if your Voicemeeter
application doesn’t look exactly like this straight away this is because it’s restored
my settings because I’ve already had the application installed. But we’ll get it looking just like this in
just a few seconds. The first thing we are going to do is load
the settings that you downloaded from this video’s description, so wherever you saved
the settings, go to Menu ->Load Settings, locate the file and click open. Now it should start to look a little bit more
like what I’ve got in front of me but maybe these faders aren’t going to be moving yet. That’s just because we haven’t set our Hardware
Input and Hardware Output yet. To set your microphone input, you come up
here to Hardware Input and click the little down arrow next to the 1. Here is where you should be setting your Blue
Yeti microphone. Now usually between the brackets it will say
“Blue Yeti” for your microphone, for some reason on Windows mine doesn’t seem to actually
tell me it’s the Blue Yeti but I know that it is this USB Audio Class 1.0. Yours should say Blue Yeti though and we’ll
move onto Hardware Output. Where it says “A1” here, on the down arrow
we are going to click and this is where we want to be setting the “VB Audio Virtual Cable”,
make sure you find that one and select it and now the bars should be moving around with
your voice. If you want to play around with the actual
compressor effects that Voicemeeter applies to your voice, you want to be moving this
little red box around the graph here. This basically changes the compressor effect
that Voicemeeter puts onto your voice, so mine is down here in the bottom left this
is just adding a bit of bass and making it sound a little bit more podcast-y but feel
free to play around and choose the sound that suits you best. Now at this stage it’s going to be really
important for you to understand that whenever you want these effects to be applied to your
microphone you need to have voicemeeter running. So if you want to set it to start when Windows
starts, that’s quite a good idea. I just run mine whenever I know I’m going
to be using my microphone so if I’m about to stream with OBS or XSplit or if I’m recording
a voiceover or even if I’m talking on Teamspeak and I want to have this really good sounding
microphone, I’ll start the Voicemeeter application. The second thing you really need to understand
is that whichever application you are using your microphone in (this could be a game or
again in OBS or Skype or any program where you are going to be using your microphone,
you need to make sure that the microphone input is actually set to voicemeeter output
not to your Blue Yeti. To demonstrate this I’m going to open up Audacity. If we go up to the settings here where we
are choosing our microphone input you can see I have both the option of having our Voicemeeter
Output as well as my Blue Yeti microphone. If I just select the Blue Yeti microphone
here we’re not going to be applying the voicemeeter effects, so you need to be selecting the “Voicemeeter
Output” to be getting the effects from the program. I’m going to demonstrate the difference between
both of these sounds now for you. So we’re going to start with just the Blue
Yeti and no voicemeeter application. And now I’ll record using voicemeeter. Let’s listen to these back. “This is how my mic sounds without Voicemeeter
running” “And this is how my mic sounds with Voicemeeter running”. Hopefully you can hear the difference between
those 2 and you can play around with the Voicemeeter settings to really make sure you’re getting
the sound out of it that you want. And that’s it. Thank you so much for watching, if you found
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and we’ll see you in the next video. Peace!

100 Replies to “How to Make Your Blue Yeti Sound Like a Professional Studio Mic [BEST SETTINGS]”

  1. Appreciate this video more than you will ever know. I am a twitch streamer and have been trying to get my yeti sounding right for a bit now. With your video and your settings it made the mic sound like a million bucks! Thanks for the video. I subbed.

  2. I have a problem!
    It really did improve the sound, but it makes my voice lag and sound like a robot ingame.
    Maybe it's only when i use discord at the same time as streaming.
    Anyone had the same problem and have a solution?

  3. when i select the voicemeter output on audacity, my voice recording keeps cutting out, but not when i select the yeti as my microphone. any help?

  4. Guys it is freaking amazing, tried with my hyperx headset mic and HAVE the SAME result!!! However it does sometimes one annoying thing: the audio in mic cracks and audio in my headset (input) does it too(for example when I was watching this video afterwards if I did a mistake). Any help?:(

  5. Gr8
    Thx for this. Really appreciate it. If tiu are using video screen recoedong software, your mic input would for sure be viiceneter – if it appears. Thx

  6. For those interested in a working link to his setting file https://www.dropbox.com/s/c70e7t9358my46t/GamingCareers-BlueMic.xml?dl=0
    If author comes back and fixes link I don't mind if you remove the comment 🙂 GL

  7. Great video but I have a question: I already did some settings to Audacity to sound better, putting them over the virtual cable will improve the sound or make it worse ?

  8. As this video was posted a few years ago; I was wondering if you still use voice meeter product? And if so; do you still like it & advise getting it? Or is there a better one to do the same thing, that you've found now?

  9. are people so insecure that they add bass to their mics? most people who do this to make themselves sound better just make their audio sound muddy and unclear.. ditch the ego ffs, if you dont have a deep voice, get over it

  10. Dude, thank you so much for this. Just started streaming a few weeks ago, and you've been the most informative channel on the subject I've come across yet. Godspeed and keep up the great work.

  11. I'm sure he's not looking at comments on this anymore but does anyone know how to fix the hum or the background noise that can be heard while speaking?

  12. Thanks! This video helped me achieve what I have been trying to for months! Is there any difference with VoiceMeter Banana or is just a more devices thing? Thanks again!

  13. Hi i need some help could some1 tell me what Gain and Volume (On the blue yeti mic) is best for the settings he showed in the video

  14. From what I could hear it only made your voice louder and the overly sharp treble in your S and P's. It sounds no better than my Asus sonic suite software suite. Actually it sounds exactly the same.

    Sooooooo.. I don't know why you're even pushing this software? And it really doesn't do anything that your own motherboard manufacturers software can't already do?

    Anyway thanks for the video and showing that there is another option out there for people.

    My only real gripe was having to manually run the software each time. If it just loaded on windows startup and automatically minimised I'd be more incline to give better feedback.

    Nothing against you personally yeah? Please don't think that's the case as its not at all. I just dontwsee that software being very unique, but more extremely generic to do many other "mic improvement" software's out there already including free software from my motherboard manufacturer.

    Anyway thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  15. Holy shit this video is a recording game changer! Thank you so much I was trying so hard to figure out how to improve my audio quality when the answer was right here! Cheers mate ^^

  16. Only tried this on Discord yet, but the sound from my mic is very laggy when i choose voicemeeter as the input device. It's all smooth when i choose just the yeti, but then i dont get this awesome quality 🙁 What do?

  17. FOR ANYONE HAVING THE STATIC PROBLEM AFTER TALKING FOR TWO MINS- set your input devices to cable output instead of the voice meeter out put

  18. The video's great and it has helped me a lot but I'm occurring problem has been popping up every now and then when I start a voice meter and it starts the engine for Hardware out the cable input the audio virtual cable setting keeps flashing red and us I don't get any audio my microphone there was an easy fix that I did but I don't remember so can anybody help with this? Thank you. Just so you know I haven't touched any settings or anything I pretty much went everything the video says and did nothing.

    Edit: Never mind I remember now. The VC was disable in the sound control panel. Hope this others when they have problems like this.

  19. Thank you for this it sounds amazing but I am having one small issue, people in Discord say they are hearing a lot of crackling, do you know of a way to fix this?

  20. I used this guide and yes, the mic sounds better – however i have a problem that i cannot figure out. When i playback a recorded game with obs, i get choppy sound. It keeps going on and off all the time. Can anyone shed light on this problem?

  21. Thank you so much for this tutorial! My buddy and I just started recording footage for our Let's Play channel, and the mic audio has been one of the bigger thorns in our side. I'm definitely trying this setup out!

  22. Saw this video and clicked assuming it was about voicemeeter and i was correct i am happy to see more and more people covering this great piece of software but you can also take it a few steps further. even tho this is a pretty old video but still its good people get the word out

    If you download Cantabile (Free software) and let it Hijack the mic signal it will allow you to insert any form of Plugin even advanced studio plugins that software like OBS and Xsplit cant handle for years people who stream been stuck with simple plugins like Reaper now you can get Acon Digital Deverberate and Denoise which will make even a webcam mic sound decent by removing all reverb and backround noise een witouth sound isolating the room throw Izotope Ozone 9 Advanced ontop of that (studio grade mastering suite) and you have unlimited options you can also download Polyverse – Manipulator which is a voice manipulator made and used by Infected mushroom which can make your voice sound like a synth and able to make music only by "singing" hands down best voice manipulator

    Best part about it is that Voicemeeter on my system only eay 1% cpu load and 7.4 mb ram and cantabile is not much more demanding i laugh when i see people buying high end XLR mics and mixers since with this setup you can make a Yeti sound almost as good for a lot less money for the record im not saying XLR mics are useless or bad just this is way cheaper option for people starting out

  23. They both sound awful, lol. Glad i got a SM7B and a good ear for hearing what's good, too many people abuse they're mic to make it sound "good" and it just sounds overcompressed and unatural.

  24. Awesome Video,
    Thanks for that great video,
    I have two system and both I am using, Windows and Mac. This method was successful on windows. Can I have any alternate in MAC ?

  25. I stream with lightstream on mixer and the mic now cuts in and out repeatedly like a stutter. Any idea what may cause that?

  26. I tried to record a song with a beat using voicemeter on audacity. However the recording is 0.01s postponed than the beat. I want to know if it's the voicemeter or earphone that makes this mistake. Someone help..

  27. at the start of the video you said using only "free software" well yes infact the software is free as in price but its not free software as in foss software

  28. For some reason, when using Voicemeeter my microphone doesnt pick up my voice unless I speak really loudly or really close to it + the audio is delayed. However, there seems to be no issue when using voicemeeter banana.

  29. Hi GC!. Not sure if you're still replying to comments on this video, but im having issues (randomly) where my audio will start to stutter and I dont know how to fix it. Any suggestions?

  30. Man , excuse my english ..i'm french, but dude this is a kiling advise i like it, no more distach voice….Upload to audacity….blabla ..;of gosh.. thx man

  31. I followed all your instructions until I opened Audacity and started recording with voice meter. It told me "Error opening sound device". How can I fix this problem?

  32. Hey quick question? been using the settings but to everyone I talk to they say im having an echo come through as I talk? was curious to how to stop it or reduce it.

  33. Thank you!! Definitely helped me! Just gotta record in a room without so much echo, then I'll be right to record!

  34. the voice meeter is not showing up in my sound control panel or even in the hardware out, was working perfectly fine a month ago and just quit today. Any ideas? ive tried reinstalling everything already

  35. Thank you so much! Quick question – it works well and sounds perfect when my mouth is right next to the mic. But if I sit back in my chair, the mic doesn't pick up any recording. How can I fix this? 🙂

  36. Question the Hardware input 2 were you have it at -13.01 DB … what device is that? Stereo Mix ( Realtek High Definition audio device)

  37. OMG I have not even finished watching your video yet and already I am impressed, you seem to be able to do what seemingly 98% of YouTube content creators cannot do, wait for it, you can make you intro sound the same volume as your vocal…. this must be some kind of Voodoo or black magic on your part (or perhaps you have a volume control thing-a-whatsit that you use) because it is RARE to not get my ears blown out by the music of the intro followed by a vocal input that is 10X lower volume and nearly impossible to hear. EVERY YouTube content creator should be required to understan basic sound mixing BEFORE they are allowed to upload.

  38. Quick question: It says on the download page that the software is 'donationware' and that to use it professionally you have to pay a licensing fee. Does that apply to individual projects such as Twitch, Streaming or Auditions for voiceover? Or just if a studio wants to use it for a project?
    Thanks for the video, really helped!

  39. Thanks for sharing. My friend bought a blue yeti in 2018. But she didn't know how to use as a Radio Talk Show that sounds like.

  40. Hello! I was using a voicemeeter profile which was spliting my pc audio into 2 tracks so I could separate for example Spotify and my game sound while recording. I dont know how to keep those settings and also get this cool sound effect, can someone help me? Thanks!

  41. Hey Pete Sometimes my voice meater will get choppy or cut out completely and i have no idea why any thoughts about this ? works fine if i restart the program

  42. Okay so for the 64 bit file for the cable when i go to open it it says "missing inf files or driver package corrupted" and when I go run the 32 bit one nothing happens at all. can someone please help

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