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CardioidNeat Microphones King Bee

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

King Bee

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.

King BeeThe King Bee ships with a “Honeycomb” pop filter and “Beekeeper” shockmount.

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
Cardioid (26 mV/Pa; 16 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Capsule diameter: 34mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
150 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 140 dB
Self-noise: 6.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
785g (27.69oz) 216mm (8.50'') n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power

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