Neumann KMS 105 Handheld Condenser Microphone - Matte Black

Handheld Supercardioid Condenser Microphone with 20Hz-20kHz Frequency Response - Black
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Crystal-clear Onstage Vocals

Neumann is world renowned for their legacy of fantastic studio microphones, but with the elegant KMS-105 they make their uncompromising standards available in an affordable, high-quality handheld mic. 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; it’s also very lightweight, making it a pleasure to use in live performance. When compared to other handheld vocal mics, the KMS 105 offers superior resolution 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. If you're ready to step up the Neumann of handhelds, Sweetwater has your mic: the KMS-105.

Superior parts and design: superior sound

The K 105 capsule used in the Neumann KMS-105 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.

Neumann KMS-105 Features:

  • Condenser microphone for crystal clear highs deep lows
  • Neumann sound on stage
  • Excellent transparency for vocals/speech
  • Without off-axis coloration
  • Transformerless output
  • Supercardioid polar pattern with excellent feedback rejection
  • Effective pop shielding without any side effects
  • Set includes stand clamp
  • Requires +48V phantom power

Additional Media

Product Manual
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 150dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 76dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 18dB (A weighted)
Color Matte Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.66 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Clamp, Microphone Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number 008455

Customer Reviews

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My voice, heard by everyone

Here's the thing... When you expect a lot, you're generally disappointed. When you expect a little, you're generally impressed. Given the name, I expected a lot. I was still thoroughly impressed. "What can I do to get this guitar to have that Fender twang?" Ummmm use a Fender and plug it into a good amp. The same is true for vocals. "How do I translate my vocal nuances to the front of house?" Use your voice and sing into a good mic. I've never owned a high end vocal mic. Plenty of "high end regular mics". I've had sm58, Senn 935, 945, beta 58, beta87 (which friends thought would stand up to the kms105😂). I've been comparing the beta 87 to it, as it was the best mic I had. Seriously. No comparison. Bottom line - if you think you have a quality voice and would like other people to hear what you do, you're doing yourself a disservice by not checking out this mic. For 10 yrs with my solo act I've played through a $3k guitar, $3k sound system and a 100 dollar mic. Seems a bit counter intuitive since the vocals are out front. You do the math. After all, it's your show.
Music background: Full time musician, part time sound engineer

Neumann Sound on Stage

Like many other singer/songwriters, when I first came across this mic, I said to myself "I can't imagine spending $700 for a live microphone". After thinking about it more, I realized like many other people that I've spent $3,000 on guitars, pianos, etc, but yet the microphone and vocals are equally as important as the instruments. Yes, the microphone is expensive, but don't forget that you're essentially buying a studio microphone, plus a live mic. This is an awesome studio mic as well as a live one. I've used this mic for my home recordings, and it sounds remarkable. Worth every penny. Think about it seriously, and you should realize the importance of a good mic.
Music background: Full time musician for over 8 years.

Will NOT dissapoint

What can I possibly say that hasn't already been "waxed poetic" about this mic. I was very hesitant to spend the moolah for this beauty thinking surely it couldn't be that much better than the other offerings for less. Well, with all due respect IT IS! It brings to the table (or rather stage) those silky smooth characteristics we have all become so familiar (and spoiled) with Neumann for. About the ONLY dissapointment is it is NOT immune to plosives as I sort of thought it might be. If you back off it at least 5 or 6 inches you're fine, but it will encure the rath of those sung "P"s and "B"s if you aren't careful as well. Otherwise it is nice and sensitive so unlike the dynamics you don't have to crank up the gain to get it where you need it to be. Solid as a rock and with that sweet carry bag (I even put it in it's original "hard as nails" carton to take it to a gig. It is pricey, but at least in this case it delivers.
Music background: Guitarist of 42 years, and Sophomore Engineer

Worth it

I was skeptical that this mic was six times better than my trusty SM58. Gigging with it for a year has confirmed that it was worth it... clear, clean, with incredible body. Our entire band (five singers) has switched and the difference in vocal sound is noticable. I've also put it in service in my studio for woodwinds and some vocals - very nice. If you can spare the cash, do it. It's worth it.
Music background: Musician

Best Vocal Mic Around

I have always used Beta87's on vocals, but I finally broke down and bought this. From the first note to the last I was blown away. Even on a bad PA it sounds rich and smooth. My vocalists always comment on how nice it sounds in their ears or out of wedges. Totally worth the money. I tested out a KSM9 and this is a much smoother mic, and much easier on the ears.
Music background: Live Sound, Recording Engineer, Music Business Student
See also: Condenser Mics, Neumann, Neumann Condenser Microphones, Neumann Condenser Microphones