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Neat Microphones - Buyer's Guide

Neat Microphones
Neat Microphones

Neat Microphones – Buyer’s Guide

Neat Microphones combine premium tech with eye-catching designs. Perfect for podcasting, chatting online, working from home, and studio work - find out why Neat Microphones should be on your radar.

Neat Microphones

By Matt Wilkinson | Published 20.05.20

Neat Microphones are perfectly suited for podcasters, vloggers, online chats, and anyone streaming online. With a range of plug-and-go mics, you can get studio-quality audio in an instant. There are also premium ‘wired’ microphones that have high fidelity audio for capturing instruments, vocals, and pro podcasts.

Starting at just £35.00, Neat Microphones suit both home desktop users and professionals. It’s not all about the distinct looks either. Neat Microphones are packed with tech, offering pro-quality sound for those looking for something a little different from the usual crowd.

The NEAT Microphones Family

Neat Widget A, USB Desktop Microphone
Neat Bumblebee Desktop USB Microphone
Neat Beecaster Professional Desktop USB Microphone
Neat King Bee Cardioid Solid State Condenser Microphone
Neat Worker Bee Cardioid Solid State Condenser Microphone


NEAT Microphones caters for a range of users. At the most affordable end, you’ll find the highly accessible and eye-catching Widget USB microphones - perfect for chatting online and podcasting.

Higher up the range, there is a selection of premium USB and desktop condenser microphones, offering pro audio and signature bee-inspired aesthetics.

No matter which you choose, you can be sure that you’ll be getting a lot of mic for your money with Neat Microphones.

Neat Microphones - how to podcast or video call online

With a range of purpose-built desktop devices, Neat microphones are perfect for streaming studio-quality audio online. Whether you’re video-calling friends, working and learning from home, podcasting or streaming, here’s what you need.

1. USB microphone

Neat Widget A, USB Desktop Microphone
Neat Widget B, USB Desktop Microphone
Neat Widget C, USB Desktop Microphone


Plug a Neat Widget microphone into your computer and you’ll be ready to go! These fun desktop mics are affordable, easy to use with a plug ‘n play USB connection, and they offer great sound.

Good for:

  • Great sound quality (better than a computer’s built-in microphone)
  • Affordable
  • Fun design
  • Plug ‘n’ play

What you’ll need:

  • Computer
  • Software application (Zoom, Skype etc)

2. Pro USB microphones

Neat Bumblebee Desktop USB Microphone
Neat Beecaster Professional Desktop USB Microphone

The Neat Bumblebee and Beecaster are plug ‘n’ play devices too, so you can connect them to your computer via USB and be ready to go in an instant. Their integrated stands and shockmounts makes them perfect for desktop use.

These mics include more premium technology, just like you’d find in a pro studio microphone. As well as chatting online, they’re great for recording instruments and vocals. The Bumblebee has three settings optimised for vocals or instruments, while the Beecaster even lets you change the polar pattern (the area the microphone ‘hears’) for different sound sources (groups, instruments, vocals).

Good for:

  • Professional sound quality
  • Online chats in pro quality, podcasting, and recording instruments
  • Plug ‘n’ play
  • Signature bee-inspired designs
  • Built-in desktop stand
  • Handy controls on the base
  • Multiple sound pickup patterns (Beecaster only)

What you’ll need:

  • Computer
  • Software application (Zoom, Skype, DAW software etc)

3. Pro Wired Mics

Neat Worker Bee Cardioid Solid State Condenser Microphone
Neat King Bee Cardioid Solid State Condenser Microphone

The Worker Bee and King Bee are professional studio microphones. They have premium sound quality for voices and instruments. They are great for online calls with their crystal-clear sound.

To use them with a computer, you’ll need an audio interface (or USB mixing desk) and an XLR cable. If you want to use them for chatting online, you may want to consider a boom microphone stand.

Good for:

  • Pro sound quality
  • Equally good for voices and instruments
  • Voice calls and studio work
  • Distinct designs

What you’ll need:

Learn More About Neat Microphones

Here's some more information about each Neat microphone.

Neat Widget

Neat Widget A, USB Desktop Microphone

The Widgets are a fun series of plug ‘n play desktop USB microphones. Don’t let their outlandish designs and affordable prices fool you, though; these microphones deliver high-resolution audio and thoughtful technology.

Inside each Widget, you’ll find an integrated pop filter and shockmount to remove unwanted rumbles or vocal plosives and sibilance. The cardioid condenser capsule captures all the detail and nuance of any audio source, so you can get studio-quality sound in an instant.

Whether you’re capturing vocals for a podcast, conference, vlog, voiceover; or you’re capturing instrument sounds to make music; you’ll get crystal-clear audio with 96kHz/24-bit resolution.

Shop now | Neat Microphones Widget A

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Shop now | Neat Microphones Widget C

Neat Bumblebee

Neat Bumblebee Desktop USB Microphone

The Bumblebee is built for socialisation. Whether that’s making video calls, podcasting, or recording, you can do it all in pro quality.

The Bumblebee is a desktop microphone with a direct USB connection to your computer. Plug in and get premium 24-bit/96kHz audio in an instant – great for chatting online, as well as capturing instruments or vocal performances.

With its all-in-one boom/swivel stand and microphone capsule, the Bumblebee is all you’ll need to get fantastic audio. It has three settings optimised for Music, Neutral, and Voice, so you can get the right response for talking online or recording instruments.

You’ll also find a direct headphone output, meaning you can monitor your audio in real-time with no delay – a very handy function for podcasting.

Shop now | Neat Microphones Bumblebee Desktop USB Microphone

Neat Beecaster

Neat Beecaster Professional Desktop USB Microphone

A professional desktop microphone, perfect for podcasting, at an incredible price. With a direct USB connection to your computer, this microphone makes audio capture easy.

The Beecaster is brimming with high-end tech including class A electronics, gold-sputtered capsules, and 24-bit/96kHz resolution audio for crystal-clear sound. An integrated desktop stand, pop filter, and internal shockmount makes this the perfect desktop tool – removing unwanted knocks, rumbles, and vocal distortions with ease. With its self-contained design, and you’ll be free to focus on the important job of being creative.

One of the most advanced features of the Beecaster is its 4 internal capsules. At the twist of a dial, you can switch between 4 polar patterns (cardioid mono, X/Y stereo, Blumlein wide stereo, or M/S focussed stereo). This means you can get the perfect response for almost any setup, using just one microphone – whether that’s solo vocals, groups, instrument ensembles, and more.

The Beecaster will make your vlogs stand out with its unique aesthetics and your audio standout with its premium components. Whether you’re podcasting, songwriting, producing, or recording instruments, you’ll be ready to go in an instant.

Shop now | Neat Beecaster Professional Desktop USB Microphone

Neat Worker Bee

Neat Worker Bee Cardioid Solid State Condenser Microphone

The Worker Bee offers fantastic detail at a fantastic price. For under £100, you can get a premium medium-diaphragm studio condenser microphone that truly looks like nothing else on the market.

With an internal shockmount, the Worker Bee is ready to mount on a stand and record pro audio. A wide frequency response and dynamic range is created through the use of class A circuitry, making this mic ideal for a wide range of instruments and vocal sources.

You’ll also get an accessory pack including the Honeycomb pop filter and Beekeeper shockmount – ideal for controlling unwanted noise and vibrations.

The medium-diaphragm design makes the Worker Bee more compact than much of the competition, giving you studio-quality sound in a smaller space.

Shop now | Neat Microphones Worker Bee – Cardioid Solid State Condenser Microphone

Neat King Bee

Neat King Bee Cardioid Solid State Condenser Microphone

The King Bee lives up to its name. As the head of the Neat Microphones family, this solid-state condenser microphone excels at capturing vocals, drums, guitars, and other acoustic instruments.

Inside the King Bee, you’ll find high-grade components including a gold-sputtered capsule and class A electronics for a superior low-noise/high-sensitivity sound. The included Honeycomb pop filter is perfect for removing vocal sibilance and plosives, while the Beekeeper shock mount improves stability near energetic performers.

The King Bee has an extended frequency response and high dynamic range. This makes it a particularly versatile microphone for practically any instrument or vocal source.

With its bee-inspired design and high-quality electronics, the flagship King Bee will make an eye-catching (and ear-catching) addition to your studio.

Shop now | Neat Microphones King Bee Cardioid Solid State Condenser Microphone

Find out more - history and other links

NEAT Microphones was created by Skipper Wise, one of the founders of award-winning Blue Microphones. Neat Microphones was established in 2014 and its bee-inspired microphones were released the following year.  

Designed in the USA and with thirty years of industry experience in the team, these microphones feature premium tech for discerning users. They are manufactured abroad, which makes their final cost extremely competitive.

Neat Microphones cater for all kinds of users, from home users and online streamers to recording studios and professional podcasters.

Find out more | Neat Microphones – USB Microphones, Studio Microphones, and Microphone Bundles

Posted on 20 May 2020 09:57 to category : Instruments News

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