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Unread 2nd April 2011, 03:39 AM   #1
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Hi there.

Just got a blue yeti microphone few days ago. The sound was working well all along and its great! Suddenly today when i tried recording a video (using camtasia as usual), the sound detection is very low and it sounds very blurry.

Have tried un plugging the mic and plugging it back in but nothing works. The gain button is at medium level, which is what I always use and it works.

Any ideas what happend and how to remedy this problem?

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Are you sure that you've selected the Yeti microphone
for recording within the Camtasia interface?

Also, what Operating System are you using?

I use Windows Vista and usually I just go into Control
Panel >> Hardware and Sounds >> Sound >> Manage
Audio Devices

You need to make sure that the Yeti is the device being
used to record your audio.

I use a Audio-Technica AT3035 but the process for the
Yeti will likely be the same.

Right-click on the Properties for the device in Control
Panel and check under Levels to see that the mic volume
is high and maybe even add a 20+ dB if possible.

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Are you sure that you've selected the Yeti microphone
for recording within the Camtasia interface?

Also, what Operating System are you using?

I use Windows Vista and usually I just go into Control
Panel >> Hardware and Sounds >> Sound >> Manage
Audio Devices

You need to make sure that the Yeti is the device being
used to record your audio.

I use a Audio-Technica AT3035 but the process for the
Yeti will likely be the same.

Right-click on the Properties for the device in Control
Panel and check under Levels to see that the mic volume
is high and maybe even add a 20+ dB if possible.

Dedictated to mutual success,

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Shaun,

thanks for the quick reply. Yes i've checked my contol panel and the default selected microphone is the yeti. I set it up previously the same way, and there were no problems like these before.

Currently, it seems they cant detect the sound of the yeti. When i playback, the sound seems very faraway, blurry. Not sure whether you encountered this before, but its very frustrating.

When i click the record button, and i speak into the mic before starting the recording in powerpoint, the volume bar is very low. So i'm suspecting they cant detect my voice, but I have already put the mic as the default in my vista, and also increased the gain.

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When i test the mic in windows sound recorder. It works perfectly fine. Not sure whther this has something to do with camtasia or what

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Shaun,

thanks for the quick reply. Yes i've checked my contol panel and the default selected microphone is the yeti. I set it up previously the same way, and there were no problems like these before.

Currently, it seems they cant detect the sound of the yeti. When i playback, the sound seems very faraway, blurry. Not sure whether you encountered this before, but its very frustrating.

When i click the record button, and i speak into the mic before starting the recording in powerpoint, the volume bar is very low. So i'm suspecting they cant detect my voice, but I have already put the mic as the default in my vista, and also increased the gain.

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Have you tested recording with the Yeti in another
software program (e.g. Audacity) to rule out a problem
with the microphone itself?

If you do a test recording in say Audactiy and it works
fine, then you know the challenge is with Camtasia
rather than your microphone itself.

When you go into Control Panel, etc, do most of the
green level indicators light up for the device when you
speak into the microphone?

The Camtasia Recorder also has a sound level control
and indicator so obviously make sure they're set on
high too.

You could also try disabling all of your other audio
recording devices within the Vista Control Panel to
make sure that Camtasia is only able to use your Yeti.

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When i test the mic in windows sound recorder. It works perfectly fine. Not sure whther this has something to do with camtasia or what

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OK. It's something to do with the Camtasia interface
then - somewhere along the line.

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Have you tested recording with the Yeti in another
software program (e.g. Audacity) to rule out a problem
with the microphone itself?

If you do a test recording in say Audactiy and it works
fine, then you know the challenge is with Camtasia
rather than your microphone itself.

When you go into Control Panel, etc, do most of the
green level indicators light up for the device when you
speak into the microphone?

The Camtasia Recorder also has a sound level control
and indicator so obviously make sure they're set on
high too.

You could also try disabling all of your other audio
recording devices within the Vista Control Panel to
make sure that it's only picking-up your Yeti.

Dedicated to mutual success,

Shaun
You are right my friend! It works perfect in windows audio recorder, and also in audacity.

Must be the camtasia settings. Any idea how to configure the microhpne with camtasia? I've adjusted the volume adjuster to maximum before the powerpoint recording, but sstill no use.

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You are right my friend! It works perfect in windows audio recorder, and also in audacity.

Must be the camtasia settings. Any idea how to configure the microhpne with camtasia? I've adjusted the volume adjuster to maximum before the powerpoint recording, but sstill no use.

YS
Try and go into Camtasia Recorder >> Tools >> Options >>
Audio.

Make sure that the Audio Device is the Yeti and try some
different Recording Source settings, e.g. Microphone, Manual
Input Selection, etc.

Apart from that, I guess checking out the Techsmith help
section or trying Google with Yeti + Camtasia may bring up
some additional tips.

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Try and go into Camtasia Recorder >> Tools >> Options >>
Audio.

Make sure that the Audio Device is the Yeti and try some
different Recording Source settings, e.g. Microphone, Manual
Input Selection, etc.

Apart from that, I guess checking out the Techsmith help
section or trying Google with Yeti + Camtasia may bring up
some additional tips.

Dedicated to mutual success,

Shaun
Thanks mate! I've solved the problem already. Your help is much appreciated

Cheers

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Thanks mate! I've solved the problem already. Your help is much appreciated

Cheers

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To make the thread useful for other people now and later,
it would be helpful if you outline how you solved your
problem with the Yeti and Camtasia combination.

What did you do to get the Yeti to work with Camtasia?

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Alright fellas! So here's how I finally managed to solve my microphone issue with camtasia. I was using the blue yeti when the problem occurred, but i belive it also applies to other microphones as well.

Problem: When you record with camtasia, your voice is very blur and soft. Can't be recorded properly.

Solution:

first, open your control panel, then select the "sounds" icon. Select the recordings tab, and make sure the microphone selected is the one you are using, cuz it may be the default laptop microphone which is being selected.

Also you can keep the recoding selector at 50%. Too high will make it take in too much feedback noise from the background.

In my case, the microphone selected was the one I was using (blue yeti), but my camtasia recordings were still very blur and soft. So I didnt know why...

After much fiddling around and help from fellow warrior shaun, I decided to check out the camtasia audio settings, and that's when I solved my problem.

Open you camtasia software, and go to voice narration. Open the audio setting and make sure the microphone selected is the correct one. In my case, it was still using the default laptop microphone. No wonder it couldnt take in the sound of my recording.

Also open your powerpoint window, and select recording options at the top. Click advanced and check that the microphone selected is the correct one too. In my case, it also was the wrong one, so I immediately changed it to my current selection.

Viola! Now everything works superb

Hope this helps fellas!

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Hello !
I don't know if you will ever see this, or if you still have your Blue Yeti but I'm having a problem that I think it's more or less like yours and I was hoping you could help me out or at least tell me if this ever happened to yours afterwards.

Here's the thing, I have a Blue Yeti I bought last year (ironically) around this same time while I was in the US, the microphone worked fine all this time up until today. A couple days ago I recorded a video and it was perfect, I rendered the video which took about 12 hours (the mic was plugged in the whole time and even after that, in case this matters). So today I was about to record a song when I noticed the microphone didn't sound right, I mean I could record with it but I could not monitor myself. Usually when this happens I go to the settings and set it up so I can hear myself talk through the jack at the bottom of the mic but this time it didn't work, I checked it over and over again and it was all correct but still I couldn't monitor myself. I tried everything after that, I restarting, pluggin and unplugging, using a different USB port, a different cable, everything you can think of and nothing worked.
After a while I realized that if I set the setting at its highest volume both on the mic and on the computer I could hear my self talk but it really really low and it was like.. chopped or something. By the way I tried different headphones too.
So I needed to figured out if it had something to so with the capsules within the mic so I set the Yeti as an audio interface for the computer so whatever I played on the computer would sound through the Yeti, basically I set for playback. And again it sound weird, this time it sounded (kind of) loud enough but it sound weird and alienated, like it was very distant and with a lot of reverb. I kept trying all kids of things, to see if maybe the jack was borken or there was a false contact somewhere, but nothing worked.
At last I opted for oepning the mic and see if maybe something was broken inside or something... so I opened and it look pretty neat. With in the mic there were 2 boards, one was the analog one which had the pattern selector and such and the other one was the logic board which had the mute button and the volume switch. Both board were connected by about 6 pins in a row, one board had the pins, the other a sort "base" when the pins went it. So after that I plugged the microphone (without its cover) and the problem was still there... after moving things around for a while I realized that when I moved the pattern selector to "stereo" I could again hear myself loud and clear on the monitor headphones, just like I used to, but it only worked on the "stereo" option and any sound that came from the computer still sounded weird.
After this I disconnected the analog board from the logic one. The analog one is the one that has the capsules that catcht the sound so obviously it wouldn't work as a mic at that point... but the logic which was still connected to the computer was still on (even if the analog was wasn't connected).. I could still use it as a audio interface. I played something on the computer and it still sounded weird, which well just led to rule out the analog board as the problem.
On the logic board there were 3 integrates and a bunch os resistors, capacitors and inductors (which I doubt are the problem) so I guessed one of those integrates was malfunctioning, I figured I could download the datasheets for each one from the internet and then test the voltages coming out of each of its pins and then compare it to the datasheet and that way find out which one was malfunctoning.. and if I was lucky enough I could buy the part and replace it, the problem is that I couldn't find any datasheet for any of the ICs. So long story shot I'm with a mic that can record normally, butt sound wrong when I monitor myself through it or use it as a audio interface.
I know it's a lot of info to digest and probably most of it is useless but I had to give you all the details just in case you might have come across something like this. By the way the last couple of days I left the mic plugged into the computer (I'm not sure if this might have damaged it, I doubt it).
Do you still have your Yet, does it work, did this ever happen to it after a while ? Do you have any clue of what's happening to mine? Is it my computer (please tell me it is) or is it the mic that's broken?

I really really depend on this mic, it's the only one I have and I use it for everything, my videos, my songs, everything... and although it records it's really counterproductive to record without the monitoring feature. I really need to find a way to fix this.

Thanks for reading this, I know it's a lot, sorry. I hope you can help me out.
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Hey do the following:=
**Check the Connection
Sometimes these types of errors are just a small oversight. Plugging your mic into the right port on your sound card can sometimes be confusing or easily mistaken when you're in a rush. Most analog mic connections are pink and belong in the corresponding pink connector on your sound device. Some devices aren't color coded, and that's when it is time to consult the manual for your sound device to be absolutely sure your mic is plugged into the right port. Checking this problem first may save you hours of troubleshooting.

** USB Mics
Try swapping ports. If you're using a USB port on the front of your case, switch it to one of the ones in the back. If you're using a USB hub, try bypassing the hub and see if that makes any difference. You may be able to track down the issue a lot faster this way.
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Hi,

I have a similar problem. I am using my blue yeti with audacity. I've used it every day for the last 10 days (and used it weekly for 4 months or so) and all of a sudden today, the volume is low.

Desperately need it, please help. I am using it on Mac. So far I have:
1) Restarted the computer twice
2) Tried different USB ports
3) Checked connections on the yet!

Thanks for the help,
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