Whether you are recording a podcast or on a Zoom call, the last thing you want is for your microphone to cut out. While this can be frustrating, usually, you can fix the problem by yourself. This is especially true if you opted for the Blue Yeti USB Mic.
There are many reasons why your Yeti mic is cutting out. It could be because there is dust or other particles inside your computer’s USB port. You also might have too many things plugged into your computer, which reduces the amount of bandwidth that each USB device has to work with.
Before pulling the plug on your Yeti mic, consider how the following measures could remedy your problem. If all else fails, all of Yeti’s products come with a three-year limited warranty. Depending on the issue, Yeti could issue you a new microphone for free.
Reasons Why Your Yeti Mic Might Be Cutting Out
Before we go into detail about how you can fix your device, you can check out Yeti’s customer service recommendations here.
These instructions provide insight into what operating systems are compatible with your device, how you can address any issues, and how you can connect with Yeti’s customer support team online.
With that being said, here are some reasons why your Yeti mic is cutting out––and what you can do to fix it:
Clean Out Dust in the USB Port or on the Connectors
Each USB connector features four pins, each of which serves an important function. Inside each USB port, these pins line up with four small adapters. If the pins cannot connect with the port’s adapters, you will be unable to maintain a solid connection.
You can address this issue by using compressed air. Instead of digging inside the port and removing any particles by hand, buy compressed air, like the Dust-Off Disposable Gas Duster. Then:
- Insert the detachable nozzle into the can.
- Point the nozzle at the port where you are inserting your mic.
- Release the compressed air into the USB port.
It is important not to shake the can before you use it. This could end up spraying liquid from the nozzle instead of compressed air.
Afterward, attempt to use your Yeti mic. If this was the problem, then you should not experience any interruptions while the device is in use.
Unplug USB Hardware
Some people buy USB strips that allow them to plug multiple devices into one port. Depending on what you are using these devices for, this could work. However, in other situations, if the devices are using too much USB bandwidth, each device might not get an adequate amount of power.
How much bandwidth your computer has to work with will depend:
- What type of computer you have
- How long ago your computer was made
- Your operating system
- The strength of your USB ports
To give your Yeti microphone more USB bandwidth to work with, unplug all of your USB devices––including those that give signals to wireless devices. Then, see if this improves how long you can use your microphone.
Get a New USB-C Cable
There is always the chance that your USB-C cable is not giving your microphone enough power to stay connected for long periods. Thankfully, replacing this component is relatively inexpensive. You can get a replacement cord for less than $10 by clicking here.
Make Sure That Your Audio Input Is Set to Your Device
If you regularly use Bluetooth devices on your computer, the computer may get confused and switch between products. Depending on what type of computer you have, you need to follow a certain set of instructions to clear up any confusion.
For instance, if you have a MacBook that runs on Yosemite or higher, you will need to:
- Plug in the Yeti USB Mic to the computer.
- Click Apple menu, then go to “System Preferences.”
- From the “Sound” section, select input and output.
- From these menus, change your input and output to “Yeti Stereo Microphone.”
If you have a PC and have Windows 8 or higher, you will need to:
- Plug in your Yeti USB Mic.
- Open settings, then go to “Control Panel.”
- Click on “Hardware and Sound.”
- Click on “Sounds.”
- From the “Playback” tab, select your device and select “Set Default.”
- Click “Ok.”
This the latest information Yeti has provided when sharing how to properly connect your device. Since this information was public, both MacBooks and PCs have different operating systems (the latest being Big Sur and Windows 10). However, the general steps are still the same.
At the end of the day, there could be a myriad of reasons why your Yeti mic is cutting out. Yet, by following the instructions above, you could work to remedy your issue.
Worst case scenario, you can file a warranty claim with Yeti. Again, as long as you purchased your device within the last three years, you could get a replacement for free.
Is your Yeti mic not working at all? Check out these troubleshooting steps!