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Neumann BCM 104 Cardioid Broadcast Microphone Reviews

5.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • from New Smyrna Beach, FL November 6, 2013Music Background:
    Audio book narrator

    A great step up

    When it was time to upgrade my audio book studio to a mike that would better match my voice, I worked with my Sweetwater engineer and looked at a few prospects, finally settling on the Neumann BCM 104. As soon as I set it up, it was obvious that this was exactly the sort of sound I was looking for. Instead of trying to make the cheaper mikes work out, I should have gone right to this Neumann mike to start with - but, as always, Sweetwater made the upgrade experience easy and pleasant!

  • from Muskegon, MI July 25, 2010Music Background:
    Producer/Engineer; audiobook director

    A real sleeper

    Having used all matter of LDCs for Voice Over and Audiobook recording, there are always issues that prevent me from using them and reverting back to dynamic standbys SM7b or RE-20. Cheaper condensers just don't have the sound quality suitable for the professional product that big clients demand, whereas u87s or similar (and the required pop filters and stands) are too big for ideal placement in a small booth. Unfortunately, with quieter voices, the dynamic mics require loads of gain from the preamp, which can introduce noise from a variety of places.

    The BCM-104 solves all these issues flawlessly. The sound seems to be tailored perfectly for the human voice, and the tight cardioid polar pattern rejects reflections rather well. Compared with the similarly priced TLM-103, the BCM-104 simply works better on every source I've tried it on, and compares very favorably to the u87i on cardioid setting in most applications. While the mount might be awkward for some instruments in a music setting, I've found that the frequency response is far, far more musical than any other microphone in its price range.

    Matching this mic with the right pre for the source bodes very well in post production. The "air" and "body" seem to remain intact even after heavy limiting and EQ.

    This mic gets very little attention on the online boards, as it's been marketed mainly to broadcast and voiceover professionals. No one I know uses one in a music application OR in broadcast/VO. That might be a shame, but I'll be using this for years to come, and will likely pick up a few more before they catch on and get expensive after they're discontinued.

  • from Ohio May 9, 2014Music Background:
    Audio Engineer, Professional Voice Over Artist, Singer, Musician

    Excellent Product!

    Excellent mic. I use this for voice-overs and it produces big time! There are plenty of other good mics out there and i have used many of them. But this one i cant seem to get away from. It is definitely worth the price and you will not be disappointed. I would recommend a pop filter/ windscreen of course with this and any mic.

  • from Grand Rapids, MI February 1, 2005

    BCM 104 "REVIEW"

    The Neumann BCM 104 is the ultimate Vocal Microphone for its price range!
    This microphone looks spectacular and it sounds amazing.
    “If you ask me the Microphone is under priced…”

    Carlos A. Gonzalez

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