Turtle Beach announces Bumblebee II USB-C mic from Neat Microphones

If you want to be a world-famous YouTube creator, Twitch streamer, or podcaster, you must have a great personality. With so many people creating content, you should have a way to stand out from the crowd too. For most creators, it will never become more than a hobby -- earning a living from these platforms is highly unlikely.

With all of that said, you should also buy good hardware. For instance, if I discover an interesting streamer on Twitch, I won't bother subscribing if it is difficult to hear them speak -- a good microphone is absolutely essential. Thankfully, quality gear doesn't have to break the bank. For instance, today, Turtle Beach unveils the latest mic from its Neat Microphones subsidiary. Called "Bumblebee II," it is an affordable USB-C mic that comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable in the box.

"The Bumblebee II is a versatile and easy-to-use USB condenser microphone that offers professional-quality 24 bit/96 kHz digital audio output. Plus, the Bumblebee II features a zero-latency headphone monitor with volume control, mic gain control, and mix control for monitoring source and playback. The sleek and sturdy yoke-mounted desk stand allows stability on any surface, and the Bumblebee II can be easily used with a traditional mic stand or boom mount," says Turtle Beach.

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Skipper Wise, Turtle Beach VP and Neat Microphones founder explains, "Bumblebee II features a 25mm capsule -- larger than any other product in its price range –--that delivers full, rich sound that will set a new standard for what consumers and professionals get out of a high-performance USB mic for $100. Bumblebee II is the next step in USB microphone design and is a perfect example of what you get from our team that has worked together designing microphones for decades."

Turtle Beach shares specifications below.

  • Transducer Type: Permanently polarized 25mm condenser capsule, internally shock-mounted
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Sample Rate: 96 kHz
  • Bit Depth: 24 bit
  • Sensitivity: 16.0 mV/Pa at 1 kHz (1 Pa = 94 dB SPL)
  • Maximum SPL: 128 dB SPL (0.5% THD)

At a penny shy of $100, the Bumblebee II Professional Cardioid USB Condenser Microphone looks like a good value. While it won't be available officially until December 12, 2021, you can pre-order it from Amazon here now.

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