One of our most favorite stops at CES every year is at the Gibson Brands booth. This year, while rocking out to the live music on stage, we got a chance to catch up with Aljon and learn more about the line of Neat Microphones. It really doesn't get any better than this!
We started off the lineup with the Beehive. This CES Innovation Award Winner is a headphone amplifier that is designed to improve your overall listening experience for both music and recordings. It features tube integration, solid-state bass and we love the nifty industrial design.
In the microphone line, we start off with the King Bee. This mic is all about reproduction with its large-condenser diaphragm design. It's perfect for situations where you need low noise and high sensitivity and is great for vocals and most all instruments. The large gold diaphragm ensures that the output equals the input. Next, we have the Worker Bee. This medium-sized diaphragm microphone and Class A discrete electronics are suited for high sound pressure levels with a wide frequency and dynamic range. It's perfect for recording big sounds like live recordings, guitar amps, brass, and drums while at the same time still retains a level of detail that brings out the vocal nuances and subtleties of string instruments. Both mics come with a perfectly placed honeycomb pop filter as well as a shock mount.
There is also a series of USB, plug-and-play, podcaster mics that deliver great quality sound. With three models to choose from, you'll be able to pick out the one that is perfect for you. The Bumble Bee is a great basic model with a built in stand. It gives you the ability to control what you want to pop out, has headphone output and it's great for basic podcasting and Skype calls. Then we have the Bee Caster, which is great for the professional podcaster or narrator. It has four separate capsules so you can capture mono, stereo, wide stereo and focused stereo. Other features include fully integrated headphone monitoring with volume control, mic gain control, adjustable boom arm, built in pop filter and much more.
Next is the fun and whimsical line of podcaster mics that are known as Widgets. These simple mics have internally shock mounted capsules and offer fantastic sound. They are designed for that spunky podcaster who is looking for something that stands out and are also great for things like YouTube videos.
All of these products are available now and pricing ranges from $99 to $249. Check them out, as well as available accessories at Amazon.
Interview by Scott Ertz of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology for the Tech Podcast Network.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.