Neumann KM 184 Stereo Set Small-diaphragm Cardioid Microphones - Matte Black

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Neumann KM 184 Stereo Set Small-diaphragm Cardioid Microphones - Matte Black
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At Sweetwater, we have microphones to handle even the most specialized applications. The Neumann KM 184 Stereo Pair is the perfect example. Need a microphone to record percussion, cymbals or brass instruments? Neumann's KM 184 Stereo Pair is capable of handling high sound pressure levels with ease - as high as 138dB before overloading. But it's also extremely quiet, making it an excellent choice for capturing the subtle nuances of acoustic guitars and orchestral instruments. And you get that classic Neumann sound!

Neumann KM184 Pair features:
  • Neumann KM 184 (Stereo Pair) Condenser mic
  • Of the "fet100" series with a transformerless microphone circuit
  • Capsule with cardiod pick-up pattern
  • Exceptionally low inherent self-noise (16dB A-weighted)
  • Exceptionally high overload capacity (up to 138dB SPL before overload)
  • Exceptionally clear sound reproduction free of coloration
  • Very smooth frequency curves parallel to 0 degrees sound incidence
Specifications
  • Pressure gradient transducer
  • Cardiod pattern
  • 20Hz to 20kHz frequency range
  • 12mV/Pa (-36.2dBu = +38.4 dBv) sensitivity
  • 50 ohms rated impedance
  • Equivalent loudness level due to inherent noise: 16dB (DIN/IEC 651dB-A), 25dB (CCIR 468-3 weighted)
  • S/N ratio re:1Pa @ 1kHz, (CCIR 468-3 weighted) 69dB (S/N = 94dB - equiv. noise) A-weighted: 78dB
  • Max SPL for less than 0.5% THD: 138dB
  • Total dynamic range of the microphone amplifier (Max SPL-self noise): 122dB
  • Current consumption: 2mA
  • Weight: 80g
  • Dimensions: Length 107mm, Diameter 22mm
  • Requires +44V to +52V phantom power

Comes with: Wooden case, pop filter, 2 clips, operating instructions, warranty card

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Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Stereo Pair
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 138dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 81dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 13dB (A weighted)
Color Matte Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.18 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 008523

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

A must for acoustic piano

These mics were purchased specifically to record a jazz trio's grand piano in a live, acoustically dynamic lobby-bar environment. In a nutshell, they performed flawlessly and far exceeded expectations (though expectations were fairly high, these being Neumanns and all). Using drum-mounting mic clips we attached these mics directly to the piano, at each extreme of the soundboard. The set-up was fairly tight, so were were concerned about bleed through from the upright bass (only a couple of feet away) and the drums (about 10 feet away, but angled toward the piano). Not only did the mics capture the piano's sound to near 100% accuracy, but the side-to-rear rejection qualities of these cardioids yielded very few extraneous artifacts. So few, in fact, that we were able to edit the piano tracks independently of the band without concern for mismatched background noise or other ambient irregularities. Most gratifying was their ability to handle a wide SPL range without a bit of stutter, loss of clarity or hint of being over-driven. The mics were connected to a portable Pro Tools rig (48k/24-bit) through a Focusrite Octo-Pre and an Avid 003-Rack interface. The results could not have been better. I highly recommend these microphones.
Music background: Studio Owner, Recording Engineer
5/5

KM 184s are a must for classical recording

I've been fortunate enough to use a matched pair of KM 184s on numerous classical recordings. I especially like to use them when I set up piano mics, but they also do an incredible job in an XY configuration in front of just about any symphony or other large ensemble. When paired with a solid preamp, they pick up subtle nuanced sounds without a lot of noise that needs to be dealt with later. Worth the price and live up to the Neumann name every time!
Music background: Live recording engineer, musician, hobbyist recorder at home
5/5

Go-to Microphones

I have many many mics in my collection and Neumann never seems to let me down. I have been using these mics extensively for several years now and when combined with a high end pre, I am never disapointed on guitars or brass. Amazingly fast yet warm transient response and no discernable coloration. When you want your accoustic to sound "real"... whether classical or steel string, use these mics. Try them live too.... you'll really be blown away but make sure you keep a close eye on them during breaks.
Music background: 40 years of playing and recording
5/5

SO CRAZY GOOD

Im an audio student in college and we had some mess around time today in the studio and i put these two in front of an acoustic guitar, one on 12th fret one on bridge. i also threw a large diaphragm condenser by same make in the center. on a pro tools hd8 native system. panned the two of the corner mics out. so warm so amazingly clear. I love them so much i am getting my own very soon! if they sound that good on acoustic guitars i cant imagine how amazing they would make drums sound. the harmonic overtones of the guitar really stand out and just make the sound truly amazing. get them right now you will be stunned just like i was.
Music background: studio producer for 4 years, recording arts college student, mic enthusiast
4.5/5

Sweet Sound!

Glad to finally hear some quality reproduction on my recordings!
Music background: Serious Hobbyist

Sweetwater Advice

Kenny Bergle

Getting a pair of these excellent KM184s is a great idea. If you are lucky enough to get one, you'll want the second as soon as you hear the first! Do yourself a favor and get a pair straight away. You will be ecstatic that you did!

Paul Lea

This is the modern standard in small-diaphram stereo mic'ing. A truly indispensible set of microphones for your studio arsenal. These mics will always find use as drum overheads, acoustic instruments, and guitar amps.

Jeff Barnett

A classic. The KM 184 is a standard fixture in any serious mic collection. It's the quintessential mic that other small-diaphragm microphones seek to emulate.
See also: Condenser Mics, Neumann, Neumann Condenser Microphones, Neumann Condenser Microphones