Neat Bumblebee II microphone

I’ve jokingly instructed some colleagues that the outdated Neat Bumblebee appears just like the microphone of a sci-fi intercom system (opens in new tab). It was an out-there design I revered. And if you recognize me, I do love some goofy-looking tech (opens in new tab). For the Bumblebee II microphone, Neat selected a extra modest design for its price range microphone, pitting in opposition to a aggressive group of worthy noise recorders.

Contemplating the charmingly weird design of the unique Bumblebee (opens in new tab)and King Bee (opens in new tab)microphones, it is unusual to see Neat go for such a modest design. I am sure the brand new look has a broader enchantment than the outdated look. However I suppose if you would like flashy, the brand new King Bee II might be extra up your alley.

Neat’s Bumblebee II elbows itself on the highest finish of the price range microphone discipline. Very similar to different mics at this worth, options got as much as retain good recording high quality, which normally finally ends up with the microphone simply having a mute change (in case you’re fortunate) and never a lot else. So you possibly can think about my shock that the Bumblebee II has not solely a mute button but in addition a multi-use button that cycles via quantity and acquire, which is fairly unparalleled for mics at this worth.

Regardless of its larger dimension, the Bumblebee II’s sound is on par with HyperX Solocast (opens in new tab) and Razer Seiren Mini (opens in new tab) mics, which is not a knock in opposition to it. As you hear beneath, the standard of my voice is what I wish to name ‘work name’ good. It is loud and clear sufficient for day-to-day use. In case you’re on the lookout for studio-quality sound, you may need to pay for it (opens in new tab).

Since plosives had been on the loud facet, you might need to spend money on a pop filter. The mic can also be good at choosing up some background noise, so in case you have an costly loud AC unit, flip it off throughout recording.

Once more the mic’s bigger desktop stand dimension additionally impacts its portability; different price range mics just like the Seiren Mini and Solocast use small stands that make it simple to pack for recording on the go. In case you’re simply planting this on a desk, it takes up an appropriate quantity of area, however it’s too cumbersome to toss right into a bag and go.

The stand itself has a pleasant round base that appears good however is not a shock mount, so the Bumblebee picked up each slight vibration and bump on my desk. Whereas not an enormous deal in a Discord name, it would drive you nuts in case you’re attempting to, as an instance, report some vocals.

The construct high quality for the stand is poor as nicely. Actually minutes after utilizing the mic, one of many snap-on screw covers on the hinge that tilts the mic up and down immediately broke off. So now, each time I transfer the mic, the duvet falls off, exposing the screw, which kills the look of the mic. That is unlucky as a result of I like how simple it was to put in onto a increase arm.

Bumblebee II specs

(Picture credit score: Future – Jorge Jimenez)

Condensers: 1
Directional Patterns: Cardioid Polar Sample
Controls: Quantity and acquire change, mute button, headphone jack
Recording Pattern Fee: 96kHz
Bit Depth: 24-bit
Value: $100 (opens in new tab)

I additionally take challenge with the situation of the USB Sort-C port and headphone jack on the underside of the microphone. The best way the mic sits on the stand forces the cables to get tugged and pinched in a manner that may’t be good when attempting to angle the mic the place you need it.

Though the Bumblebee II MSRP is $100, it’s frequently on sale for between $50 and $70 most weeks. To your cash, it is a decently serviceable microphone that sounds good. Although each time I see that uncovered screw, it turns into more durable and more durable to advocate no matter how low cost and good it sounds. A disgrace contemplating how nicely it sounds in comparison with different price range, entry-level mics.

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