I’ve just taken delivery of a shiny new Blue Yeti microphone. It feels solid enough to hammer in nails and has a pleasing number of buttons and knobs.
Initial tests suggest that the sound quality of recordings is noticeably better than with the old condenser microphone and mixing board. I think we still need to play around with sound damping and our physical proximity to the microphone, but you should notice an improvement in upcoming episodes.
There is only one episode in the pipeline — a discussion of the Cthulhu Mythos skill — which was recorded using the old equipment. Assuming Paul gets over his sinus infection soon, we should have the first episode using the new microphone out in a fortnight or so.
Do you get decent stereo separation on it? In Improvised Radio Theatre with Dice I’m always hunting for better separation — the boundary mics I use aren’t bad, but there’s a lot of acoustic crosstalk.
I haven’t tried that yet, but I believe it’s pretty good. One of the modes is bi-directional, designed for interviews and the like, and it should record each side as a different channel. I don’t know how good the separation is though.
As there are three of us, we’ll be using the omnidirectional mode. My initial tests with that have been very encouraging.