I’ve been troubleshooting this issue for sometime and even contacted Blue support to ask for their help. Sadly they wrote me off pretty quickly and I assumed my mic was destined for the dust bin. I kept it around though in hopes I could solve the issue or I would have more time to test. I’ve been working in my lab this week and went through a few things to test this Mic before I tossed it…
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So after swapping out the USB cable with a few different brands and lengths, I was fairly certain my mic is healthy but something changed with Catalina and I couldn’t narrow it down and it didn’t seem to be much help out there on YouTube or Reddit. So I just started methodically trying various things while recording and stumbled on the solution.
Step By Step Instructions
- Connect your Blue Yeti mic to any USB 2.0 or faster port on your computer or in a powered hub.
- On your Mac, navigate to: Applications -> Utilities
- Launch the Audio MIDI Setup app
- Select the first entry for the Yeti Stereo Microphone and change the Format from 48,000 Hz to 44,100 Hz
- Select the second entry for the Yeti Stereo Microphone and make the same changes
- Close the window – the settings take effect immediately.
Here are two recordings, with the sample rate on the Blue Yeti from 48,000 Hz to 44,100 Hz using the Audio Midi Setup.