Neat Microphones Worker Bee Medium-diaphragm Condenser Microphone
Gearank High Notes
- 2021.03: Equal Highest Rated XLR Condenser Mic Under $100
- MXL 770
- MXL 770
The Worker Bee appeared on our recommended list for Condenser Mics Under $100 from March 2021 until it was out-ranked by other mics in March 2022.
Neat microphones is a relative newcomer in the pro audio scene. Founded by former founders and senior members of Blue Microphones along with industry veterans and fresh talent.
The Worker Bee is a medium-diaphraghm, cardioid pattern condenser microphone made for use with high-SPL sound sources.
It features discrete, class A circuitry, an internal shockmount (plus additional "beekeeper" external shockmount) keeps handling noise at bay.
It is a warm, but clear sounding microphone that handles high SPL without distortion.
It can sweeten female vocals, brass and string sections; as well as giving body to drum overheads and room mics as a stereo pair.
If you're looking for a great do-it-all mic with a tonality that sweetens usually shrill sound sources and adds body to thundering drums, the Neat Microphones Worker Bee has a place in your mic locker.
|Sound On Sound||Paul White||96/100|
|Ask Audio||Matthew Loel T. Hepworth||98/100|
|Music Radar||Trevor Curwen||70/100|
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Max SPL: 145 dB
- Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48V (+/- 4V)
- Best For: Vocal recording, Instruments, Orchestral/Brass
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