With the Neat Microphones brand, Turtle Beach’s high-quality USB and XLR microphones are finally coming to Europe. Drawing on the expertise of renowned audio experts and the founders of Blue Microphones around the legendary Yetis, the brand launches in Europe with King Bee II, Worker Bee II, Bumblebee II and Skyline variants.
Neat Microphones sets the bees free in Europe
Honey can’t make the new XLR and USB microphones from manufacturer Neat Microphones (presumably). In terms of naming, however, the devices show inspiration from the black and yellow insects. Specifically, two professional XLR microphones, the King Bee II and Worker Bee II, and two powerful USB microphones, the Bumblebee II and Skyline (without the bee!), are also launching in Europe.
“Since launching our latest generation of microphones in the U.S., we’ve received so much positive feedback from professional singers, musicians and content creators that we’re excited to bring the Neat brand and these exceptional microphones to more countries,” says Skipper Wise, founder of Neat Microphones and vice president of Turtle Beach.
In doing so, Neat Microphones’ new devices aim to score with an excellent price-performance ratio and offer comparatively high recording quality at low prices.
Neat Microphones Kind Bee II and Worker Bee II in detail
The King Bee II from Neat Microphones offers great versatility and strong sound quality to all content creators. It is said to be able to convince both the recording of instruments and voice recording. At the same time, the 2nd generation King Bee aims to map clear voice reproduction with convincing depth when podcasting to streaming content.
Thanks to the tailor-made discrete Class A electronics, the high-performance design and the large 34 mm precision real condenser microphone capsule with gold sputter, the sound should be convincing.
It is joined in the XLR microphone segment by its little brother in the form of the Worker Bee II. The Worker Bee II is a tool for recording, podcasting and streaming applications. It features solid-state cardioid condenser microphone technology, a 25mm capsule with internal shock mount, and discrete Class A electronics that handle high sound pressure levels with a wide frequency and dynamic range.
The microphone is great for guitar amps, brass, live recording, and drums. The sound is said to be characterized by a high level of detail, representing all the nuances of vocals and spoken content.
Neat Bumblebee II and Skyline in USB segment
But manufacturer Neat Microphones also has two hot irons in the fire in the USB microphone segment. For example, there’s the Bumblebee II. A versatile and easy-to-use USB condenser microphone with a 24-bit/96 kHz digital audio output in professional quality. In doing so, it is said to be the ideal solution for digital conferencing, content creators, streamers, podcasters, gamers, singers, musicians and voiceover artists.
The US bee (get it?) relies on a single, internally shock-muffled, mid-sized 25mm condenser capsule latency-free headphone monitor with volume, mic gain and mix controls for monitoring the source as well as playback. The slim and sturdy tabletop stand with bracket mount provides stability on any surface; alternatively, commercially available microphone stands or a boom mount can be used.
The Neat Skyline is also an affordable entry into the world of microphones, but is said to be far superior to classic laptop microphones thanks to its high-resolution 24-bit/96 kHz audio quality. The Skyline is simply connected to a PC or Mac via USB and is ready for immediate use. Also offered is a mute button.
Prices and Availability
Neat Microphones’ new XLR and USB microphones are available in stores now. In the process, the MSRP for the King Bee II is 169.99 euros. The Bumblebee II and Worker Bee II are both priced at 99.99 euros, while the Skyline, the lowest-priced model, has an MSRP of 69.99 euros.