Neat Microphones King Bee
Cardioid Condenser Microphone
The King Bee is Neat’s premier studio microphone. It is a large-diaphragm, fixed Cardioid condenser with a transformer-coupled output circuit.
The capsule is a 34mm, externally polarized dual-backplate type. It is based on the K67 design, but tuned differently to match Neat’s specifications. Only the front diaphragm is connected to the circuit; this approach is sometimes called “true Cardioid,” and provides a ~6dB increase in signal level as compared to designs where a dual-diaphragm capsule has both diaphragms wired to the circuit.
The impedance conversion circuit is is based around the 2SK170 JFET, although designed to accommodate the high input capacitance of that device. There are no integrated circuits in the signal path, although multiple transistors are used. It operates linearly with respect to frequency: it does not provide corrective EQ to the signal from the capsule.
We will update this profile as more information about the microphone is made available.
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The mic was released in 2015.
|Pickup Patterns||Pads & Filters|
(26 mV/Pa; 16 - 20,000 Hz)
| Capsule diameter: 34mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
|150 Ohms (Low)||Max SPL: 140 dB
Self-noise: 6.0 dB(A)
|785g (27.69oz)||216mm (8.50'')||n/a||
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