Neat Microphones Worker Bee Medium-diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Discontinued)

93 out of 100. Incorporating 500+ ratings and reviews.
Neat Microphones

Gearank High Notes

Gearank Recommendation

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.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Paul White 96/100
Ask Audio Matthew Loel T. Hepworth 98/100
Music Radar Trevor Curwen 70/100
TapeOp Andy Hong 98/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm’s adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Max SPL: 145 dB
  • Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48V (+/- 4V)
  • Best For: Vocal recording, Instruments, Orchestral/Brass


Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now options with higher ratings available in our guide to The Best Condenser Mics Under $100.

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