NAMM 2024: Neumann Introduces The Neumann MT 48, and Other New Live Sound Products
At NAMM 2024 Neumann.Berlin is presenting a feature upgrade for the MT 48 audio interface introduced last year as well as many new technologies.
The Neumann MT 48 Becomes an Immersive Audio Interface
The Monitor Mission transforms the MT 48 into a freely configurable monitoring controller. In addition to mono and stereo, the Monitor Mission can also handle surround formats such as 5.1 as well as immersive audio formats such as Dolby Atmos 7.1.4. This opens up a whole new field of applications, particularly in the mixing and mastering sector.
The Monitor Mission includes flexible bass management and complex alignment functions to adjust the frequency and time domain characteristics of loudspeakers to the listening position. The downmix feature allows multichannel audio to be monitored in either mono or stereo.
The range of connectivity options makes it possible to connect studio monitors in a variety of ways, whether analog or digital via S/PDIF or ADAT. It is even possible to combine several connection types for one speaker group. Using the four analog monitor outs and an external ADAT converter, systems of up to 7.1.4 can be realized. In addition, the built-in AES67 interface allows the connection of multi-channel converters such as the Merging Hapi MKII and/or Neumann studio monitors in the AES67 version. In this way, almost any number of channels can be realized.
“The Monitor Mission turns the MT 48 into an immersive audio interface!” says Stephan Mauer, Head of Product. “This makes the MT 48 virtually unrivaled – with the exception of its sister product, the Merging Anubis, where the Monitor Mission has already proven itself in countless professional setups. Users can therefore be sure that they are getting a perfect solution. In addition, the MT 48’s extended connectivity compared to the Anubis makes immersive solutions even more flexible and affordable for studios of all sizes. With its integrated AES67 support and class compliant USB IO, the MT 48 is the perfect interface for easy integration.”
Neumann Presents New Live Sound Products
Neumann.Berlin launches several new products for stage use at NAMM 2024. The KK 104 U and KK 105 U condenser capsule heads make the famous Neumann sound accessible to users of third-party* wireless systems. In addition, Neumann is expanding its Miniature Clip Microphone System (MCM) with an omnidirectional capsule as well as goosenecks and cables in various lengths
Neumann Sound for all Wireless Systems
Neumann’s true condenser capsule heads for Sennheiser wireless systems combines the balanced, nuanced sound of Neumann’s KMS series wired stage vocal microphones with the freedom of wireless operation. Until now, however, the quality of Neumann capsule heads was exclusive to users of Sennheiser handheld transmitters. With the new capsule head variants KK 104 U (cardioid) and KK 105 U (supercardioid), studio sound on stage is now also available for wireless systems from third-party manufacturers: Sony (all models), Lectrosonics (all models), MiPro (ACT Series), Shure (Axient Digital, ULX-D, QLX-D und SLX-D Series).
“Although we are convinced of the superior quality of Sennheiser wireless systems, many users have no option to change because the system is a given,” explains Stephan Mauer, Head of Product. “The new KK 104 U and KK 105 U capsule heads now also offer genuine Neumann sound in conjunction with third-party* wireless systems. So there is no longer any reason for our customers to settle for anything less than the original.”
The new capsule heads are available in black, silver and also in individual designs (made to order). The well-established Neumann capsule heads for Sennheiser systems will of course remain part of the product range.
New Options for Neumann’s MCM system
Also presented at NAMM 2024 will be the KK 13 omnidirectional capsule for the Miniature Clip Microphone System (MCM) as an alternative to the standard KK 14 cardioid capsule. The sound of the KK 13 is similarly balanced but appears more open than that of the KK 14 cardioid capsule due to its omnidirectional pickup pattern. In addition, there is no proximity effect.
The KK 13 is recommended for quiet stages or pure recording scenarios where a particularly natural sound is required and the low feedback resistance of an omnidirectional capsule presents no problem. The KK 13 will only be available as a separate item; all MCM instrument sets continue to be supplied with the KK 14 cardioid capsule.
The MCM system is complemented by two new goosenecks SH 100 and SH 250, which are 50 mm shorter and 100 mm longer respectively than the standard gooseneck SH 150 at 150 mm. The popular MCM 114 set vio/vla for violin and viola will from now on be supplied with the shorter gooseneck SH 100. All other sets will continue to include the standard SH 150 gooseneck. Available as separate items will be cables of different lengths. As an alternative to the standard cables of 1.8 m (ca. 6 ft), there will be short cables of 0.6 m (ca. 2 ft) and extra-long cables of 3.0 m (ca. 10 ft) for all four connector types (Mini Jack, LEMO, Microdot, Mini-XLR4).
“We are looking forward to increasingly serving the live market with reference solutions to bring Neumann sound to the stage,” explains Neumann’s CEO Ralf Oehl. “The MCM system has quickly become the new benchmark in instrument miking and is now being successively supplemented with additional elements. The KK 13 omnidirectional capsule is a great option for quieter stages and recording. And the new capsule heads finally give all users, across all wireless systems, a vocal sound without compromise that seamlessly matches the studio recording.”