The best bundle for a budding content creator.
- Manufacturer: Blue
- Model: Yeticaster Bundle
- Platforms: PC
- Reviewed on: PC
- Supplied by: Blue
The Yeti has long been the go-to choice amongst budding streamers and content creators, and for good reason – it is a fantastic USB microphone.
The Yeticaster bundle provides potential Yeti purchasers with the best experience yet, with the bundle including the original Yeti mic in a sleek blackout colourway, along with the Radius III shock mount and the Compass boom arm. All three together make for an exceptional bundle, providing everything you need to get professional feel and performance.
The Yeti Microphone as it stands on its own performs great. With its three capsule array, it produces a true replication of your voice, and with its plug and play simplicity, it’s a great mic for anyone.
I chose to use a couple of filters on OBS to refine the Yeti’s output: I have applied a noise gate and noise suppressor to eliminate background noise and the sound caused by my controller, and I have also used a compressor to bring my quietest and loudest moments closer together. These are features all ably handled by the Blue VO!CE software in GHUB for the Yeti X, but the standard Yeti, unfortunately, does not support GHUB. As mentioned, these are things that can be capably handled by third-party software, and bar that, I couldn’t fault the Yeti. It’s a fantastic sounding mic and it also looks the part. The Yeti that is included comes in the blackout colourway, which is entirely black, from the metal mesh to the casing and dials.
On the Yeti itself, you have three dials and a single button. The dial on the front controls your headphone output volume (allowing you to have voice feedback), and the button on the front is a dedicated mute toggle that stays illuminated red when it is live, and flashes red when it is muted. The remaining dials are located on the rear of the Yeti, with one that allows you to select your polar pattern and another that controls gain levels on the microphone.
The Radius III shock mount is custom made to fit the Yeti line of microphones. It does have a unique design that I find quite appealing, opting for a circular design that suspends your microphone from the centre. This suspended design isolates unwanted noise caused by vibrations, and it performs extremely well. The main draw of the Radius III is the build quality, design and how well it works, as you would expect from Blue, and it’s made to fit any Yeti microphone.
The Compass is quite possibly my favourite part of the whole bundle, the sheer quality compared to every other boom arm I have used is outstanding. It’s sturdy and solid without looking too bulky and standoutish, and its sleek black colour makes it fit in with the rest of the package perfectly. It is exceptionally well designed for its purpose; the first arm that goes into the C- clamp is longer than the second so that it can easily reach over monitors. It’s a simple yet elegant solution, and very well thought out. It also features a cable run along the back with integrated clips so that you can route your cable along it, keep cables neatly hidden away and giving the Compass a smart, clean aesthetic.
The overall design of the Compass is just amazing, everything is clean and smooth, from the large finger fasteners on each joint to the rotation on the C-clamp base. It’s just so well thought out for its target demographic. I can’t imagine ever using anything different now that I have used the compass.
So how does the Yeticaster bundle fare?
It’s almost perfect, and the only reason I say almost is that I would have liked to see a Yeticaster bundle that included the Yeti X. That is not to say that it won’t happen, it’s just not available at the time of writing.
As it stands the Yeticaster bundle is the perfect solution for the aspiring streamer or YouTuber It has everything you need to get you off to a great start with your audio, and it is my first recommendation to anyone looking for a more professional sound for their content.
Finally, the Yeti has the Sherpa companion software, which allows you to digitally monitor and alter your gain. I would like to see the Yeti become compatible with the GHUB software like the Yeti X is, as the Sherpa software provides just the single function on the Yeti, with any effects, compression or similar having to be handled by third-party software.
The perfect bundle for any aspiring content creator, whether that be on YouTube, podcasts or live streaming. It looks good, sounds good and should fit perfectly into any setup, and it’s the natural next step for anyone moving from onboard or built-in mics. As a bundle, it’s a no brainer. You save a decent chunk of change, and if you were to buy a standalone Yeti you will eventually want the Radius III as the best and only purpose-built shock mount for the Yeti line, And while the Compass may not be the only boom arm available, you won’t regret its inclusion in the package, as it’s significantly better than the competition.