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Neumann KMS 105 MT Condenser Microphone, Super-Cardiod

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  • Neumann sound on stage
  • Highly detailed condenser mic for demanding on stage applications
  • Robust metal housing reduces handling noise
  • Includes stand mount and padded nylon bag
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Product Description

Product Description

The KMS 105 from Neumann is designed to optimally transmit the human voice under demanding conditions present on the live stage. The high acoustic resolution and smooth frequency response of this microphone ensures the musician has optimal control of the stage performance at all times. Due to their low coloration, self-noise and low crosstalk, the KMS microphones are ideal for use with in-ear monitoring systems. With its supercardioid characteristic the KMS 105 is particularly good at suppressing sounds originating from the sides of the microphone. The studio condenser capsule used in the KMS 105 provides the basis for transmitting all the nuances of the human voice. In comparison with other handheld microphones, which operate mostly with dynamic capsules, the KMS 105 has a particularly high acoustic transparency, a wide frequency range and amazing resolution.

From the Manufacturer

Neumann KMS 105

The Neumann KMS 105 super-cardioid vocal microphone ensures that vocalists have complete control of the stage at all times. Internationally acknowledged as the standard-setting stage microphone, the KMS 105 offers high acoustic resolution, smooth frequency response and low self-noise, which allows it to be used at high gain levels without the risk of additional noise. The KMS 105 is particularly good at suppressing sounds originating from the entire 180-degree hemisphere behind the microphone. Carefully adjusted acoustic filters and transformerless impedance converters prevent strong plosive sounds.

About Neumann

Neumann is regarded worldwide as the standard-setting, leading manufacturer of fine microphones for the studio and the stage. Neumann microphones are requested by artists and engineers alike for their unique sonic character, robust and attractive design, and carefully developed technology. Neumann recently introduced its line of studio monitors, making the brand the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Each Neumann product is subject to rigorous quality control processes, ensuring that you acquire a product with unsurpassed sound quality, reliability and lasting value.

 

Highlights
High-quality vocal mic for live, onstage use Smooth, natural sound Super-cardioid polar pattern
Features
  • Neumann sound on stage
  • Excellent transparency for vocals and speech
  • Super-cardioid polar pattern with excellent feedback rejection
  • No off-axis coloration
  • Transformerless output
  • Effective pop shielding without any side effects
  • Set includes stand clamp
  • Available in two finishes: nickel or matte black
Finish options

Nickel or matte black

Recommended applications
  • For vocals and speech on stage
  • As an announcer’s mic for broadcasting/dubbing applications
  • For personal monitoring
  • For feedback-prone environments
Includes:
  • KMS 105
  • SG 105 stand clamp
  • Durable nylon padded bag
Specifications
KMS 105
Acoustical operating principle Pressure/pressure gradient transducer
Directional pattern Supercardioid
Frequency range 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kΩ 4.5 mV/Pa
Rated impedance 50 Ω
Rated load impedance 1 kΩ
Equivalent noise level, CCIR 28 dB
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted 18 dB-A
Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR (rel. 94 dB SPL) 66 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted (rel. 94 dB SPL) 76 dB
Maximum SPL for THD 0.5% 150 dB
Maximum output voltage 12 dBu
Dynamic range of the mic. amplifier (A-weighted) 132 dB
Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938) 48 V +- 4V
Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938) 3.5 mA
Matching connectors XLR 3F
Weight Approx. 300 g
Diameter 48 mm
Length 180 mm

Product Information

Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 8.1 x 3.5 x 3.3 inches
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B0002H0S2Q
Item model number KMS 105 MT
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5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,807 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#28 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Microphones > Condenser Microphones > Vocal
Date first available at Amazon.com July 30, 2004

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Background as a singer: Sang since I was 10 starting from grade school plays. Sang karaoke for fun most of my adult life. Been in 3 bands and now in a fourth. Not trained in singing. I learned piano and guitar. I don't have perfect pitch or golden ears.

Review:
Hands down my favorite mic out of all my current mics. A steep jump in price from the Beta58A. Bought it after reading reviews and I cannot be happier. Singing is more effortless and natural for me now. Gain before feedback seems a lot higher. First day of rehearsal got a lot of compliments without mentioning a change in mics. Honestly makes me want to sing more. With other mics, I was never satisfied with tone and always blamed my technique along with room resonant frequencies. This has honestly worked in the 5+ venues with tried it at. Effortless is all I can say.

Current setup:
1 QSC 15" Powered speaker
1 10" JBL powered floor monitor
dbx driveRack PA (for compression, limiter and feedback control)
TC-Helicon VoicelivePlay GTX

Mics used with this setup before Neuman KSM105:
Shure SM58
Shure Beta SM58A
Marshall MXL V67g

Music Genre: 4 piece acoustic pop. Coffee shop stuff.
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I postponed purchasing the Neumann KMS 105 for about 2 months. Should have bought it years ago !!!
Makes my current stage mic, "beta 58", sound like a kazoo. I have NEVER been as happy with a live vocal mic, as I
am with the 105. THANKS NEUMANN !!!!!!!!!!!! Doc M. @Large
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I ended up buying KMS 105 after testing it and comparing with 6 other mics. My friend and I recorded my voice on 7 tracks over the same background track for real A/B test. No EQ, only some gain adjustments to make fair comparison.

We both liked KMS 105 for its clarity. No artificial boost in mid-high end.
Very good energy and clarity at the low end, the best in this price range. Without EQ it sounded "exactly" like my voice (I am a baritone with big dynamic range and reasonable vocal range D2 - G4).

If you want to save some money, the next choice (big surprise for us) was Telefunken M81, despite being a dynamic mic. The next after that was Senh e 965.

It is not a forgiving mic, might not be for everybody. It does not emphasize the mid-high range, which is "trendy" these days, and most mics tend to do that. It is very sensitive, all your mistakes will not be masked. Also it will not allow you to sing very close to it, 6" might be the best.

To summarize, It is a great neutral and clear mic, seems to be the best in its price range for my voice.
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You get what you pay for. It's a great mic for recording and/or performance. Read the pro reviews on this. They all give it high ratings and I found them to be accurate. To get all the benefits, use a high end preamp. Mine is made by Grace Designs.
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My goodness, this thing is expensive! At that price, it better be amazing. Relax. It is. Silky smooth, rich, elaborate. That said, this is not going to make a rock shouter sound more impressive, might in fact create or intensify problems in many live situations. It's kind of unforgiving. A workhorse like the Shure SM58 might often be the easier choice, and, let's face it: Most PA systems won't bring out the nuances anyway. If you have to do your own live sound, beware of this microphone's astonishing frequency spectrum. You might end up feeling like you're trying to maneuver a race car through a dirt road. Don't let the handheld style fool you: This is a thoroughbred condenser housed in a stage mic disguise. I would say this mic is for jazz or folk singers, singers who have a lot of nuance and subtlety in their voices. (I last saw Norah Jones use it, and it brought out her lovely voice perfectly.) The basket has no foam in it! All there is to fight sibilance and pop sounds are three wire baskets, the innermost of which is just a little plastic tube with fine mesh that covers up the capsule. If you're a screamer on stage, this one might lose the fight against your P-s and S-s. For recording, you might consider an additional pop screen. Here's a surprising advantage I discovered in a recent shootout: This thing is the best of all my microphones at capturing the rich sweetness of my old acoustic Gibson guitar! It beat a Shure KSM32, a KEL audio HM7U, a KEL audio HM3C, an AKG 1000s, and an Octava pencil mike I had used for years. So, for singer songwriters who record guitar and vocals separately, this might be a secret weapon. Again, the price is tremendous, and all the elements of your sound chain need to be perfectly aligned to justify the investment, starting with the singer him- or herself. But in that state of grace, it's magic.
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