USB Mic Shootout: Review & Audio Comparison - Blue Yeti Vs Snowball Vs Audio Technica AT2020




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George Ou: You need to match the loudness level in the 3 mics to make it a fair test.

Dezzlor: for people who only wanted blue yeti vs AT2020 sound quality Blue Yeti: 2:00 AT2020: 2:24

NickonAquaMagna: The snowball may be quieter, but the quality still sounds fine.

Sarcastic Klein: I wish I had watched this video before buying the snowball...

Jack: Would i need to buy a pop filter for the blue snowball and if so which one?

Robb Gorringe: I just bought a black snowball mic today, and my iphone mic sounds better than this. 

Rk9Productions!: god snowball shounds crap

Christian Longoria: I just went the extra mile and bought the Blue Yeti Pro so I could have the option of both usb and xlr connections. 

LoyalDesigns™: I use a Snowball to talk to people online, then a Blue Nessie for commentaries.

☺Jboy☻: Don't waste your money on this, a microsoft lifecam mic + audacity noise removal gives me PERFECT sound in my videos! C;

Younggrasshoppa: How on earth does Yeti win if it's clearer and has so many more features?

LBCvalenz562: It's everyone deaf? At2020 is the better microphone.

Mars búarnir: i am getting yeti soon and the yeti sounds best :)

Burning ice Tiger: I don't get why people say the snowball sounds like crap, it is honestly not even that bad for its price range. It is well worth if you are on a budget and can find it on sale. However, if you find the yeti or for $99 and can afford it then go for that. In the end the main for the snowball is not its recording quality, you just need to be close for it to pick up noise.

Pyxell. Apexx: AT 2020 Hands down Yeti is freaking HUUUUUGE and if you are doing youtube AT 2020 is all you need. If you are doing something for a job or interview GET A FCKING SNOWBALL NOT A CARDIOID ONLY

TaserTv: The Blue Yeti is to Pro Bro. Also beware of the Snow Ball - Ice. It looks just like it but it doesn't have the switches on the back. I got my Blue Yeti for $106 and my snow ball ice for around $52 at radio shack. The guys there was assholes but the price was right.

Shayd: 1:Yeti 2:Technica 3:Snowball Snowball was quiet and Technica has a bit of Echo or room-like sound to it, but still better, and Yeti seemed the best to me.

Cozy Toad: They're all crap (usb mics suck in general) But if I had to use one of these mics I'd choose the chrome snowball, because it's the prettiest, and that's as good a reason as any!

ThatTexasGamer: The snowball is a great mic if you are on a budget. After looking for a while I found a snowball on amazon for only 50$ and around $60 if you get a pop filter with it (I got the pop filter to). The audio may be quieter, but they quality is amazing.

mazinais31: that's why you buy the AT2020+ ... which has some controls on it...

SkyArtineer: I'm thinking about deciding between the AT2020 and Blue Yeti, which is better for singing vocals and piano playing?

Thoric: I want to get the Blue Yeti for my videos but i am worried when i am playing and recording my voice will the mic pick up the sound of my keyboard and my mouse clicking? Pls help

://about _blank: I don't really think Blue and AT are really aiming for the same thing. The AT2020 is in itself a studio microphone, but they adapted it to USB for relative ease of use (which was stupid in my opinion). Also note that the AT2020 has an entirely metal construction. Meanwhile the Blue mics are oriented towards casual users and are made of cheap plastic.

BlurHD: Im choosing between AT2020 ($130) and Blue Yeti ($95 sale) and buying from Amazon.... Please help.

Ty Brown: I think the AT2020 is the best one. Yea the Yeti has all those features, but I think the noise cancellation on the AT2020 make up for all that.

CALISTAR FRESNO: I had an audio technica like the one in this video they are a freaking dissapointment the little leg stand broke the 2nd day the usb 2.0 input on the Mic has little prongs in it that are really weak and became loose and fell of within a week not a very good Mic that blue yeti though gets a ten all around for price,quality, ease of use, and durability very good mic I've had it about a month now I recorded a whole MIXTAPE and it still works like new BLUE YETI Hands down worth every penny

Dr. C. Squishy: I have the AT2020, If you want some samples of it during Gameplay you can look at my videos or some from GoldGlove, He also does really good gaming videos. I really like the microphone, the Yeti is a fantastic microphone for people who are just getting into audio work. The only downfall i could say about the AT2020 is that you need to know how to use it (Optimisation, Efficiency, and Detail Recognition software). Mind you, the AT2020 also sounds good if you run it just plug&play, But in my opinion sounds better if you take the proper steps to optimise it. Yeti, and AT2020 are both great for the price and the use. I honestly wouldn't recommend the snowball, Any version. They are simply lacking in build quality, and the reverberation you get from the outer shell is just unbearable. Really good video man, One more sub on the way to 500K

OverPoweredMC™: I have the blue snowball

RANDOM77: YETII ALL THE WAY

Exil: If your goal is simply to kill the ambiance sound then a cardiod isn't maybe for you. I like cardiod because of the "richest" voice it gives, like a radio guy tone but it will pickup room noise. My tip is to simply use a xlr to usb adapter; like the X2u from Shure or the Icycle from Blue Microphone and then free yourself from usb microphone range. You can now pickup any xlr microphone you may desire including phantom power's ones. Then have the choice between any - cardiod/hypercadiod/shotgun/etc. NTG2 is an amazing shotgun for a reasonable price or any others one your heart desire like a Lavalier system to kill any ambiance with great result. Don't forget to get a pop filter (or make one cheap) and consider a stand for it away from the desk (computer vibrations noise, touching your desk boom, etc.) If a cardiod lover like me, can buy or build a nice acoustic box around it to improve the quality tenfold.

The Control Lab: Thanks, good review, even though it seems a bit biased toward the Yeti

SHEM: Blue Yeti sounded the best - neutral and clear Snowball sounded dull, a bit boxy and picked up room reflections AT2020 picked up some pops & was close to Blue Yeti + low-mids boost. I'd personally prefer the Blue Yeti, maybe give it a bit more body.

Robert Skywalker: Tbh, the Snowball sounds the same, at least to me, with this video, just a little quieter. Yeti wins for features, Snowball for cost. Audio techinca... Just don't get it. Yeti for pros, Snowball for beginners. Looking at Yeti for myself though, although a beginner, I believe it will last a quite a while, and the audio monitoring will be a really helpful feature when wearing a headset.

Lipsick: the blue yeti may sound better guys but beware it picks up ALL sounds around you. if you live in the city & your window is open it will pick up car sounds

ThatGuyAmen: I love this microphone! I bought this microphone based on your review! Great channel man and thank you for the inspiration!

The_Waa2000: Snow ball looks sick but yeti is OP

x ThunderPvP: I like the Blue Yeti! Dats an freakin awesome mic!

Jesse Inguaggiato: Buy One Here 

abeham7: I'm glad the Snowball does that because my current mic is WAY too sensitive XD you can hear my keyboard strokes in the background

SparkyThePlayer: Glad I didn't buy the Snowball. Sounds like a cheap 10 dollar karaoke microphone from China compared to the others in my opinion.

TyranaGamer: i bought a snowball (white) but mine doesn't have the switch on the back like ive seen on most others... not sure why unless i bought a cheaper version or something. cuz i do recall it only being about 40 bucks.

SJ Plays HD: The snowball is very quiet

Huskey Entertainment: Here at our recording studio we use both microphones. Through extensive tests we have found that there is no difference in sound quality. The only differences are the features. AT2020 -smaller/lighter -fits more shock mounts and boom arms than the Yeti Blue Yeti -gain control on mic -can choose from 4 sound patterns -can plug headphones in to hear the mic Both microphones are great and we recommend both!

Pasindu Weerasinghe: Im gonna go with the blu snowball

Al Breaker: which mic is best for making a voice over? without capturing backround sound?

Tom Searle: I'm a bit late to the party, but I think the Yeti actually has a crisper sound and it doesn't seem to be picking up the same "static" noise that I was hearing with the AT2020.

MarauderShields: For quick comparison: 2:00 Blue Yeti 2:14 Blue Snowball 2:25 AT2020

SpacemanShow: So I glad I invested the extra money in the Yeti. Should be getting in the next few days! Very excited.

EDS3Gaming: Audio technica sounded better. I do like my M-audio mic much better though

Lance Harry: the snowball for me is awesome

Rating:
USB Mic Shootout: Review & Audio Comparison - Blue Yeti vs Snowball vs Audio Technica AT2020 4.9 out of 5

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