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Studio Yeti: Recording with Audacity
This document has instructions for using the Yeti microphone to record an audio project in Audacity. The Yeti and Audacity are available for use in the Studio.
- Plug the mic into the Studio computer, or a personal laptop, via USB.
- Use the Pattern knob to set the pattern mode, which is the direction that the mic will pick up sound.
- One presenter: Cardioid (Heart shape). Records from the front.
- Two presenters: Bidirectional (8 shape). Records from the front and back.
- 3+ group: Omnidirectional (circle shape). Records on all sides.
- Ensure the Mute button is not activated; the red light should be solid, not blinking.
- Plug headphones into the input on the bottom.
- Use the arm to raise the mic. Point it down toward the table.
- Position the pop filter between the mic and the presenter’s mouth, without touching either. Only one presenter can use the pop filter at a time.
- Situate the presenter(s).
- One presenter: on the front side of the mic, which has the Mute and Volume knobs. Don’t point the top of the mic directly at the presenter’s mouth.
- Two presenters: one presenter on each side of the table, with the mic in the center.
- 3+ group: presenters around the table, with the mic in the center. Position presenters with loud voices farther away from the mic, and quiet voices close to it.
- Place the sound baffle panels between the presenter(s) and the bare walls (door wall and opposite) to reduce reflections/echos. The panels should be close to the presenter(s) to isolate sound.
It’s recommended to do a test recording before recording the audio project.
To record a project in Audacity with the Yeti microphone:
- Ensure the mic is plugged into the computer, and navigate to Go > Applications from the top menu bar. Double-click “Audacity” to launch the program.
- Click the mic input drop-down and select “Blue Yeti.” If it isn’t an option, quit Audacity by navigating to Audacity > Quit Audacity and launch the program again. If problems continue, restart the computer.
- Click the channels drop-down. The recommended setting is “1 (Mono) Recording Channel.”
- Click “Click to Start Monitoring” in the mic level meter, which is marked with a mic icon.
- Adjust the Gain knob on the mic, as well as the Recording Volume slider in Audacity, to set the mic volume level. The ideal level is between -12 and -6 db. Each presenter should speak into the mic individually when setting the level.
- Click the Record button. A new track will begin recording and appear in the Timeline.
- When done recording, click the Stop button.
- Listen to the recording to check for errors. If needed, adjust the volume of the track with the slider in the Track Controls.
- Navigate to File > Save Project > Save Project As.
- Rename the file, select a storage location, and click “Save.” This will save a backup of the original recording in case it needs to be retrieved.
- Navigate to File > Export > Export as MP3 (or WAV).
- Rename the file, select a storage location, and click Save. The recording will be saved as an audio file.
If working from the Studio computer, save project and audio files to a flash drive or Google Drive. When ready to edit, start a new Audacity project and import the audio file.
For more help with Audacity, see Audacity: Information.