NEAT Beecaster Professional Desktop USB Microphone
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|Item Weight||1.73 Pounds|
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
About this item
- Multi-pattern desktop USB microphone with clear full-range 24 bit/96 kHz audio
- Excellent sound capture for podcasts, interviews, music recording
- Four switchable pickup patterns: Mono | Stereo | Wide Stereo | Focused Stereo
- Articulated boom arm for easy positioning
- Built-in zero latency high fidelity headphone amplifier--monitor as you record
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The Neat Story
The Neat Microphones brand represents the culmination of 40-plus years of engineering, designing, and manufacturing iconic, high-quality microphones for recording studios, gamers, podcasters, musicians and more. The Neat teams' background includes founding Blue Microphones in 1995, as well as leadership roles in the design, engineering, manufacturing and marketing of other major brand microphones. We know where sound has been, and where it’s going.
Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones, with products that embrace cutting-edge audio technology and innovative design. Whether you record at home or in a professional studio, whether it’s gaming, music, podcasts, voiceovers, or conferencing/chatting with colleagues, friends and family, Neat can capture it all with exceptional audio clarity and looks that will capture your imagination.
We’ve seen the future and it sounds Neat.
Beecaster Desktop USB Microphone | Product Overview
Quality audio is essential to create an impact with podcasts and professional narration. Beecaster delivers with four proprietary, internally shockmounted 25 mm medium diaphragm capsules, shaping your sound with four switchable sound pickup patterns—mono, stereo, wide stereo, and focused stereo.
Fully integrated headphone monitoring with volume control, mic gain control, adjustable boom arm with swivel capsule for optimum positioning, built-in pop filter, custom USB cable designed for digital audio and the option to generate high-resolution and CD-quality audio. There’s simply no better, or more convenient, way to bring vibrant audio to podcasts.
With Pop Filter
Beecaster Key Features
Professional Podcasting and Beyond
Ideal for Podcasters, Vocalists, Musicians, and Gamers
Professional Quality Digital Output
|Widget (A, B, & C)||Bumblebee||Beecaster||Worker Bee||King Bee|
|Transducer||Internally shockmounted condenser capsule||Proprietary permanently polarized 24 mm diameter condenser capsule with internal shockmount||Four Proprietary permanently polarized 24 mm diameter condenser capsule with internal shockmount||Proprietary permanently polarized 24 mm diameter condenser capsule||34 mm / 1.3” gold sputtered, center-terminated large condenser capsule, with external polarization|
|Polar Pattern||Cardioid - picks up from the front and rejects background sounds||Cardioid, with three switchable sonic signatures||Four Selectable – Mono (cardioid), Stereo, Wide Stereo, or Focused Stereo||Cardioid||Cardioid|
|Electronics||Bit depth rate: 24 bits | Sample Rate: up to 96 kHz||Bit depth rate: 24 bits | Sample Rate: up to 96 kHz||Bit depth rate: 24 bits | Sample Rate: up to 96 kHz||Class A discrete electronics for wide bandwidth, low distortion audio||Class A discrete electronics and custom audio output transformer for wide bandwidth, low distortion audio, allows long cable runs with high common-mode noise rejection|
|Frequency Response||20 Hz – 20 kHz||20 Hz – 20 kHz||20 Hz – 20 kHz||20 Hz – 20 kHz||16 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Connectivity||USB 1.1 or later||USB 1.1 or later||USB 1.1 or later||Analog balanced XLR connector||Analog balanced XLR connector|
|Headphone Output||-||Includes built in zero-latency high fidelity headphone amplifier with volume control||Includes built in zero-latency high fidelity headphone amplifier with volume control||-||-|
|Cable Length||1.8 m / 6'||1.8 m / 6'||1.8 m / 6'||N/A - Analog, premium Neat Beeline quad-conductor XLR cable can be bought separately||N/A - Analog, premium Neat Beeline quad-conductor XLR cable can be bought separately|
|System Requirements||Windows 8.0 or higher | Mac OS X 10.6 or higher | Min 1 GB RAM | USB Port||Windows 8.0 or higher | Mac OS X 10.6 or higher | Min 1 GB RAM | USB Port||Windows 8.0 or higher | Mac OS X 10.6 or higher | Min 1 GB RAM | USB Port||-||-|
|Weight||Widget A/C: 0.8 kg | Widget B: 0.6 kg||1 kg||1.9 kg||0.4 kg||0.8 kg|
|Dimensions||17.3 cm / 7" x 35.6 cm / 14"||12.7 cm W x 20.3 cm D x variable height up to 33.0 cm / 5.5" W x 8" D x variable height up to 13"||12.7 cm W x 20.3 cm D x variable height up to 33.0 cm / 5.5" W x 8" D x variable height up to 13"||15.2 cm / 5.9” x 7.6 cm / 2.9"||21.6 cm / 8.5” x 7.6 cm / 2.9"|
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BEECASTER Professional Desktop USB Microphone has a high resolution 24 bit/96 kHz digital output with four proprietary "Bee" microphone capsules and internally shock mounted. Four switchable sonic selections: Mono, Stereo, Wide Stereo, and Focused Stereo.
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By Cheymaso on October 4, 2019
Pros: solid metal components - beautiful look/design - good controls and layout - awesome packaging and corporate message.
Cons: Attaching this to the iPad Pro 2019 with iOS 13.x caused the audio output to stop as if the mic thought it was a speaker. Unplug the BeeCaster and audio output returns through midi or even the iPad's own speakers. (no FAQ on this or anything for that matter on their website).
+Email/ticket ONLY support?
One of the things with podcasting is that no matter how good your podcast is, a clean recording only lends a ton of credibility to your subject matter. This mic can help sound great. It just takes a little finessing and a bit of know-how.
The build quality and design are stellar and if you have clients or guests, this mic is a wonderful centerpiece for recording your conversations.
Unfortunately, standard USB mic issues apply. Keep all electronics away from the USB cable and avoid using a powered USB and go directly into your computer. For my ears, the Stereo Mode was preferable. Each of the modes have some level of hiss or hum. Some more than others, but the hiss can be EQ'd out in post. If I had a feature request, I would like to see different knobs on a future model. The cone shaped and ring-lit knob's position is really hard to see in a dimly lit situation so a standard round pointer knob would work best, I think.
Overall, the $120 price point is perfect and is a perfect investment for anyone not recording their podcasts in a fully professional recording booth.
The mic itself is a one stop shop. I mostly use a mic for professional voice over auditions from home, and will likely use this one for podcasts as well. I’ve been using a Blue Yeti for the past several years - it’s great, and I’ll use that one when I feel like standing and using the mic stand. The Neat Beecaster, however, will stay on the desktop, With its heavy-enough base and all sorts of useful adjustments. At first, it seemed hard to adjust, but it’s just tight so it doesn’t loosen out of whatever position you choose. It also has a convenient turn table on the base so you can turn the arm about 45 degrees, back and forth.
What I like most about the base is how straightforward it is. Button one: Sonic Selector (mono/stereo/wide stereo/focused stereo). Button two: Mic Gain. Button three: Headphone volume. There is also a small Mute button. On the Yeti, there are images and it’s a little confusing for the average person. The Beecaster spells it out, quite literally. My only beef here is that the little black arrow (on silver) on the sonic selector is near impossible to see. At first I thought I was just supposed to guess which number I clicked on. The arrow sort of blends in with the reflections in the chrome ring on the base of the button. It’s not a big deal, but I’m inclined to put a little sticker on it or something.
The mic comes with a basic pop filter that also protects the mic. Headphones go directly into the front of the base. The colors are fun - black and yellow - bumble bee style. And most importantly, it sounds great. It’s a pretty great value to get a solid, good quality mic for this price. The base has some weight, so it’s not exactly the mic you want for travel. But it’s a pretty perfect plug and go mic for voice overs and podcasts. I should probably mention the toy top thingy that comes in the fun funky box, but I haven’t figured out what that is yet. It might be some sort of cutting edge feature, but I’m pretty sure it’s just a fun top you can endlessly spin on your desktop while you’re waiting for your podcast to hit it big.