Neumann Introduces Three New Digital Microphones and a Portable, Two-Channel Digital Interface
Neumann, a manufacturer of microphones, announced four new digital products: the KMS 104 D and KMS 105 D vocal microphones, the KMR 81 D shotgun microphone, and the portable DMI-2 digital converter. The addition of these items into Neumann’s existing digital portfolio expands the company’s position in live, broadcast, and portable microphone applications.
Digital microphones for live vocal applications
Building on the success of the Neumann KMS 104 and KMS 105 dynamic vocal microphones, Neumann introduced their digital counterparts: the KMS 104 D and KMS 105 D (MSRP: $1,398). Equipped with the core features of the existing models, the KMS 104 D, with its cardioid pattern, and the KMS 105 D, with its super-cardioid pattern, offer additional digital advantages such as an extended dynamic range, more robust operation, and integrated peak limiters that prevent clipping.
When used alongside either the DMI-2 or DMI-2 portable digital microphone interfaces and the Remote Control Software (RCS), pre-programmed settings can be stored inside the microphones, making it flexible and adaptable to different performance applications.
Digital shotgun microphone
Neumann introduced its new KMR 81 D digital shotgun microphone, designed to deliver audio quality that complements the detailed visuals of HD and widescreen formats while, at $2,298 MSRP, being sensitive to broadcasters’ budgets. Suitable applications for the KMR 81 D include recordings for broadcasting/ENG, film and video productions, long-distance recordings requiring high directivity (such as nature recordings and sports games), and medium-length shotgun spot mic applications in noisy surroundings.
The KMR 81 D is equipped with the features of its non-digital counterpart — the KMR 81i — that have made it a favorite of sound engineers in movie and documentary productions. Its digital advantages include an extended dynamic range, more robust operation, and integrated peak limiters that prevent clipping. The settings for all functions can be recalled, set and stored in the microphone by using one of Neumann’s digital microphone interfaces making it extremely adaptable and flexible.
DMI-2 portable, two-channel digital microphone interface
The DMI-2 portable can be used for ENG and other field recording applications such as creating professional-quality sound recordings for sport, film, and documentary. The unit supports two digital microphones and allows adjustment of gain, pre-attenuation, and low cut filter settings at the device. The front panel display shows the selected gain, current signal level, and any gain reduction; microphone presets can be stored inside the DMI-2 portable and recalled for use in the field, making it extremely adaptable for different applications.