Blue Microphones Targets Gamers at E3 Debut
Ben Sheene / Jun 26th, 2015 No Comments
Blue Microphones has been known for bringing its wide range of microphone technology to popular recording artists, music studios, and even podcasters. This year the company made its debut at E3, targeting two of its products towards audio-savvy gamers.
The Blackout Yeti USB microphone and Mo-Fi Headphones have been delivering quality audio experiences to music lovers for some time. But it isn’t often that the music and gaming industry cross paths, especially when it comes to hardware. Gamers want to pick up on the footsteps behind them in multiplayer matches, they want to hear the powerful bass from explosions. Sound is important but so is the ability to communicate with friends in party chats or interact with viewers. Considering the increasing popularity of Twitch streamers, YouTube’s focus on gaming, and gaming related podcasts and talk shows, Blue’s products fit in perfectly at E3.
Quality Audio Capture
Given a new, dark “Blackout” finish, the Yeti USB microphone is a great solution for gamers looking to record and deliver crisp and clear audio. One important aspect of the Yeti is that some of the most important features and controls are found directly on the mic itself. Players will be able to directly control the gain, allowing for easy adjustment of the mic’s sensitivity. This means the audio won’t become distorted when you shout after a cheap death or a massive kill streak. An easy to press mute button gives further control when you want to instantly silence your voice. Additionally, the Yeti has has a built-in headphone jack and controls for headphone volume. So players that lack a headset can plug in any kind of headphones and still have their voice come in clear.
The Yeti will work with PC and Mac but is able to plug directly into a PS4 to use instantly. This ease of use is a big draw for players on Sony‘s console. Xbox owners are able to connect the Yeti with game capture devices like an Elgato or Hauppauge. Because the Yeti has four different recording pickup patterns, it becomes a very versatile device for gamers looking at expanding their YouTube channels or streams and in delivering group experiences found in podcasts. At E3, the Blackout Yeti was on display with multiple accessories. The mic itself is dark and sleek but the amount of stands, mounts, and filters further increase its versatility.
The Mo-Fi Headphones are not only a perfect companion to the Yeti but an excellent way to listen to the game. Having a headset that combines a microphone is an easy solution, even if some of the sound quality is sacrificed with that ease. Wireless sets delivering simulated surround sound are popular and can get the job done but the quality isn’t always there. The Mo-Fi headphones aim to bring hi-fi stereo quality right inside gamers’ ears.
Featuring a built-in audiophile amplifier, the Mo-Fi delivers a ton of power to the sound drivers inside the headphones. This means game audio is more immersive, from the loudest gunfire to the tiniest creaks of a rusted spaceship. Offering the same kind of “plug in and play” mentality behind the Yeti, the Mo-Fi headphones don’t require supplemental software to function. Whether plugged directly into the Yeti, a DualShock 4, or even the Xbox One Elite controller, the sound will be automatically improved.
Demoing The Witcher 3, the Mo-Fi was able to perfectly capture the clink of Geralt’s sword and the rustling of his armor while dodging. The padding on the ear cups was comfortable and the device itself was not too heavy, giving the feeling it wouldn’t be too uncomfortable over extended play sessions.
Both the Yeti microphone and the Mo-Fi headphones fit well in the gaming sphere. It’s a good idea for Blue to target gamers at E3 because the show floor is often flooded with already established names in the community. Brands like Razer, SteelSeries, or PDP have directly sought the attention of gamers but listening to and recording music has been around a lot longer than playing videogames. Blue has the hardware and experience. And for those gaming audiophiles out there, its product lineup is a solid direction to look in.
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