Neumann KMS 105 (Matte Black)Item ID: KMS105MT
Handheld Supercardioid Condenser Microphone with 20Hz-20kHz Frequency Response - Black
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Crystal Clear Vocals!Neumann is world renowned for their legacy of fantastic studio microphones, but with the elegant KMS-105 they are making their uncompromising standards available in an affordable high quality hand held microphone.
The exquisite design includes an elastic shock mounted supercardioid capsule with three metal basket layers providing a robust method of getting rid of those frustrating plosives. Not only is it a luxurious looking mic, but it's also very lightweight making it a pleasure to use in a live performance.
When compared to other handheld vocal microphones, the KMS 105 offers a superior resolution of the voice, with extended frequency response and accurate transient detail. Sibilance problems common to other handheld condenser mics are eliminated. No foam is used in the basket, thus eliminating any "clouding" or "muffling" of the sound.
The K 105 capsule was developed from the K 50, found in the KMS 150, KM 150 and KM 185 microphones. The K 105 features a supercardioid pattern, achieved by specially modifying the response of the K 50 pressure gradient transducer.
The frequency response characteristic is developed in the acoustic realm, allowing for accurate representation of transient details found in music and speech, and thus transmitting a very "open" and detailed capture of the human voice.
Due to the tight supercardioid polar pattern and the coloration-free off axis response, a very high level of gain before feedback is achieved. This polar pattern offers the highest degree of isolation while still allowing for a generous "sweet spot" in front of the microphone.
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Chrystal, McMinnville, TN
Reviewsbased on 18 reviews
by from Pineville, LAIf you are looking for a high end vocal mic for live performances this is the one look no further. We have both the Shure and Sennhieser equivalent. For us this was the best choice. I only have two... read more [+] complaints one the base of mic is a little smaller than norm., but mic comes with clip just don't loose it. Two if you want this mic wireless it will cost you $8000, not in my budget but maybe in yours. close [-]
March 8, 2013
Music Background: Live Sound Engineer
Never heard anything like it onstage... ever.
by John Littlefield from Tilton, NHLast summer I was hired by a company to be the lead sound engineer of the second stage at a 5,000 seat outdoor venue in NH. That company also had me work as 2nd engineer at a nearby 500 seat theater ... read more [+]that had been renovated and turned into a wonderful place where many national artists come to play. The pro pa system that was installed there cost over $100k. I can not tell you the name of the artist who performed there who brought her own KMS105, but one of her songs charted in the top 5 in 1995. You would INSTANTLY recognize her name if I told you, but then someone would owe her money, and I don't have a job so I don't have any to spare. My partner, the lead engineer, told me he had run another nationally known singer who used that mic once and he could not believe how good it sounded. When he set the house board for that show, (an Aavid SC48), he put NO eq on her voice, and no de-esser either. Her voice was silky, smooth, clear as a studio recording with not a hint of feedback, and when she talked to the audience you could hear every word. The only downside was when she used a drumstick to tap on the mic stand the internal shock mount of the KMS105 prevented 85% of that noise from coming through. Had I known that was going to be the case, I would have mic'ed her mic stand..! LOL..! Someday I will have the money to buy one these for use in my home studio and onstage. If you are serious about your vocals, especially onstage, save up your money and buy this mic. If you look, you will see many professional artists using it. They do because this is a PRO mic, no two ways about it. The truth is simple, if you are a singer and you are using a dynamic mic on stage, your audience is NOT hearing what your voice is doing. This mic will let you hear EVERYTHING you are singing, especially if you use a decent set of in-ear monitors, and if you can hear better you will sing better. close [-]
March 3, 2013
Music Background: 20+years live performing, live/studio engineer
Great Live Mic
by John Byerly from Concord NCI found a write up that intrigued me a bout this mic. Couldn't find a bad thing written about it. Talk to Ryan and he said go for it.
November 9, 2012
Music Background: 30+ yrs Bassist, Studio owner
My wife has used a beta 87 since it first came on the ... read more [+]market and this is the best mic I have found for her vocals. Just perfect for someone who really sings and know how to use a good mic. I am using it with the Bose L1 Model 2 and it's a match made in heaven close [-]
by Tom Zink from Los Angeles CA.WIsh I could have found a cheaper alternative, but this mic is well worth the money. I can now tell sound people just to leave the eq on the board flat and it sounds great (using it on a light soprano... read more [+] voice singing jazz and latin jazz). Great intelligibility on spoken word between songs as well (that was always a problem with a soft voice). close [-]
October 29, 2012
Music Background: Keyboard player, Engineer, Arranger
by Allen Johnson from Richland, WAI'm absolutely delighted with the KMS105MT. Let me tell you why.
July 11, 2012
Music Background: Professional jazz keyboard player and singer
My sound system is a Bose L1 Model II. And it is generally situated 4-5' away to my side, so there is a potential p... read more [+]roblem with feedback.
I did not have a feedback problem with the KMS105--no ringing, just clear as a bell.
My previous mic was a Beyer M88. I used it for years and I was convinced it was the best. But I needed a 2nd vocal mic. I decided to speak to support at Beyer (they were very helpful by the way). I asked if I should consider another Beyer mic--an upgrade if you will. They recommended a condenser microphone, the TG V96c. I had one sent to me to try out and although the sound was fantastic, the feedback issues made it impossible to use (in another setting, it probably would have been just fine).
So then I went on line and started reading other reviews. The KMS105MT was consistently rated high--as evidenced by usage by a number of international artists. I decided to give it a try.
Out of the box, with no tinkering on equalization, I found the mic to be lush. The sound is natural and balanced--no artificial coloring. It sounds warm to me--there is no tinny sound. It suits my baritone voice perfectly.
So, there you have it. I have a new favorite vocal mic. I can't wait to use it at my next gig. I would be astonished if anyone had an issue with this microphone. close [-]
Neumann KMS 105 (Matte Black)
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