If I have a Blue Yeti, should I switch to the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB?

I was looking at the gear you recommend. Unfortunately, the Heil Sound is out of my price range currently. I was looking at the Audio Technica options. I am currently using a Blue Yeti microphone. Do you think the AT options would be an upgrade or am I better off with the one i have?


The Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB is a great microphone I recommend for starting podcasters. If you had no mic, I would always recommend the ATR2100-USB over any Blue mic. But if you already have a Blue Yeti, it's fine to stick with it. The Yeti and ATR2100-USB aren't very different in audio quality. Where they are vastly different is in features (XLR and USB on ATR2100-USB), portability, price, and warranty.

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5 comments on “If I have a Blue Yeti, should I switch to the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB?

  1. Sam Han says:

    I actually did this exact switch from Blue Yeti to ATR2100. The reason is because the Blue Yeti picks up EVERYTHING! As a podcaster that holds more conversations and communicates with our audience via typing and communicates w/ the cohosts via shownotes, it was picking up way too much. Also the attachments (mic stand, shock mount, etc) for the blue yeti are expensive due to its weight. So I ended up switching the the ATR and I love it. I still have to be wary of my typing (I mute the mic when I do) and I have to get used to being much closer to the mic when I’m speaking.

    1. Gary Wold says:

      I COMPLETELY AGREE. If my wife shuffles her feet under the desk on the wood laminate the mic picks it up with the gain down to about 1/3. I’ve been thinking about making the save switch. Thanks for your input!

  2. Bob says:

    I have a Samson Q2U Handheld Dynamic USB Microphone with Headphones and Accessories which is the clone of the ATR2100 and I love it! It’s so great!

  3. I still think that a Blue Yeti will do the job, and there’s no need to switch to an ATR2100-USB. I understand if some people might prefer the ATR2100, but other than that the features offered by both are pretty much the same.

    1. Right. If someone was unfortunate enough to buy a Blue Yeti, it can do the job—if used properly. The problems are that it’s almost designed to be misused, it’s overpriced, it’s bulky, it’s not versatile or future-friendly, and it’s really not ideal for podcasting.

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