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How To Mute A Blue Yeti Microphone?

In 2009, Blue launched the Yeti USB microphone; since then, it has become one of the most popular USB microphones on the market. And for good reason. It produces a decent sound and has four different polar patterns, making it suitable for a variety of functions and applications.

Add to that its cost-effective price, and you have a mic that is highly thought of. However, it is not without the occasional problem. One of the issues that are often queried is how to mute a Blue Yeti Microphone.

So, What Do You Need To Do To Mute A Blue Yeti

It would appear quite obvious. There is a mute button positioned on one side of the mic. It sits just beside the microphone’s volume control and is labeled ‘mute.’

If you press the button, the light that is flashing red will go to a solid red light. This indicates that the Blue Yeti microphone is muted. However, there are occasions when things don’t exactly go to plan, and that is what we are going to look at.

There Can Be Issues With Muting

Issues With Muting

One thing that is accepted with all of the Blue mic ranges is that they are reasonably reliable. But just like all electronic equipment, there can occasionally be a problem. Sometimes, there are problems when users try to mute Blue Yeti microphones.

An Inactive Mute Button

There are reports of some Yeti users needing to press the mute button more than once to engage in the mute mode. Conversely, some users can get the mute button to operate. But then, the mute cannot be disconnected by pressing the button again.

Thankfully, this is not a common problem. Therefore, it doesn’t seem like there is a perpetual fault with the mute operation. 

However, for the few that have experienced the problem, it can be rather frustrating. So, let’s take a look at a few things you can try to fix mute problems with a Blue Yeti microphone.

Check The Volume Setting

Probably the first thing to check is the volume levels. Check the volume control located on the mic to make sure it is turned up, and do the same with your computer.

With some recording software, for example, Garageband, it will give you a visual indication of the sound frequency incoming. That means you can see if the computer is registering the sound that is being generated by the microphone.

The Mute Button

You could try just pressing the mute button a few times. If the mic is straight from the box, it might just take a few contacts to get it functioning. Sometimes, equipment with contact points, like a button, might just need to be ‘helped’ a little the first time they are used.

Having made sure that the volume is up on your computer, you should hear a sound when you press mute. If there is no sound, then try pressing it a few times. Sometimes, the computer will recognize the mic is in mute condition, even though the red light on the mic is flashing.

Checking The USB Cable

USB Cable

It is always wise in any situation where there is any kind of wire or cable to ensure it is functioning properly. It might be that the mic is okay, but the USB cable isn’t. The cable might not be receiving audio from the mic, even though the mic might be receiving power.

It is a fairly unlikely scenario with today’s cables, especially with very reliable USB cables. However, it is always worth eliminating a potential problem. If you try another cable and the problem persists, you will know it isn’t the cable, and you can look at other things.

The Set-Up

If there is one place where things may not be quite right, it is how the mic and the computer are set up.

The Microphone

Most equipment that will work with a computer these days has been designed, so the setup is quick and easy. There is usually no need to download extra software or drivers. The Blue Yeti is no different and is quite simple.

After you have taken it out of the box, you will want to set it in its position for use. Make sure when you are setting it up and testing it that the mic is positioned vertically. Unlike some mics which you may be familiar with, the Blue Yeti collects its sound from the sides, not the top.

Connecting The USB Cable

Connecting up the mic to your computer is a simple operation. Just one end of the USB cable to the computer, the other to the USB socket at the bottom of the microphone. When your computer is turned on, the red light on the mic will illuminate.

If the red light is not flashing but solid, then it means your mic is in a muted condition. Likewise, if the red light is flashing, it is unmuted.

Settings On Your Computer

This is an area that some people forget when setting up a Blue Yeti microphone. The computer has to be configured to recognize the mic and then to use it. Normally the configuration of all computers will be set to activate the built-in mic.

The setup for computers with Mac or Windows operating systems differs only in terminology. With Windows, you need to open up Settings; for Mac, you use Systems Preferences.

Navigate through the appropriate entry point and find your way to sound settings. There you will find a menu for audio input. You will see some options, one of which will be for the Blue Yeti. 

Select the Blue Yeti option 

And then, save the settings. This will ensure that the computer will receive input from the Blue Yeti. The computer will not be looking for the built-in mic, which has been set as the default.

Now, test the Blue Yeti mute button to ensure that it is working. Remember to make sure the volume on the mic and computer are both turned up.

Is the Mute Still Not Functioning?

Not Functioning

So, we have covered the basic troubleshooting options. If it’s still not functioning properly, it is time to get some extra help on how to mute a Blue Yeti microphone.

A Faulty Mic?

This is something that doesn’t happen very often, but it could be that the mic has a fault. You will need to contact technical/customer support. To be able to identify the microphone and its purchase, they are likely to ask you for two things:

  • The date you purchased the mic.
  • The serial number.

Purchase Date

The date you bought the mic is important because they will need to know if it is still covered by its warranty. Blue microphones are usually covered by a two years warranty when purchased from new for any malfunction. 

The Serial Number

This is required to identify the manufacturing batch. They may well have a record of a similar problem with a microphone from the same manufacturing batch. This information is important to Blue, so they are aware of the problem. They will also be aware that your problem may exist with other mics in that batch.

The serial number can be found on the bottom of the mic, next to the USB port. It will be identified by S/N and then the serial number, which will have twelve numbers and letters.

Still Not Working Properly – The Next Stage

If customer service or technical support is not able to help, then the mic could have a faulty part. If your warranty is still valid, within two years of purchase from new, then you will be able to get a replacement mic. They will arrange that with you directly.

Blue Yeti Microphones are usually very reliable with a good quality performance given the price point. Therefore, they are a worthwhile purchase as they offer a range of applications for use. 

If you are thinking about buying a Blue microphone, some options include the Blue Yeti USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC and Mac, the Blue Yeti X Professional Condenser USB Microphone, and the Blue Yeti Nano Premium USB Microphone.

Need Some Help Setting Up Your Microphone?

We can help with that. Take a look at our helpful articles on Best Settings For Blue Yeti MicrophoneHow to Connect a Microphone to a ComputerHow to Connect a Wireless Microphone to a Computer, and How to Connect an External Microphone to a Smartphone for more useful information.

Also, check out our in-depth Blue Yeti X Review, our Blue Yeticaster Review, our Blue Snowball iCE Review, our Blue Baby Bottle Review, our Blue Snowball USB Microphone Review, and our Blue Yeti USB Mic Review for more great items you can buy in 2022.

How To Mute A Blue Yeti Microphone – Conclusion

You will find the Blue Yeti is a reliable, cost-effective mic. But, like all things, there can occasionally be problems with a new product. If you can’t resolve it using what I have suggested above, you will find Blue customer service and technical support very helpful.

If their customer support can’t solve the problem, and it is within warranty, it will be replaced. That means you can buy your Blue Yeti with confidence.

Until next time, let yourself be heard.

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