Neumann KMS 105 Digital Vocal Microphone (Nickel)

Neumann KMS 105 Digital Vocal Microphone (Nickel)

Neumann KMS 105 Digital Vocal Microphone (Nickel)

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Neumann KMS 105 overview

  • 1Description

The nickel KMS 105 Digital Vocal Microphone from Neumann is the transition of the KMS 105 analog microphones into the digital domain. Based on the AES42 standard, this microphone is a suitable choice for live and on-stage applications.

It provides all of the features of its analog counterpart. Additionally, it offers the advantages of the digital circuit technology, such as extended dynamic range, a more robust operation (EMC safe), and the avoidance of clipping as a result of the integrated peak limiter/ compressor. You can use one of the DMI (Digital Microphone Interfaces) together with the RCS (Remote Control Software) that permits pre-programmed settings to be stored in the microphone.

The has been developed to optimally transmit the human voice with respect to the demanding conditions present on the live stage. It has a condenser microphone capsule with a cardioid directional characteristic which provides possible suppression of sounds originating from behind the microphone. It comes equipped with a matching stand clamp, and is supplied in an attractive padded nylon bag that is sufficiently durable for touring.

The high acoustic resolution and smooth frequency response of the microphone ensure that the musician has optimal control of the stage performance at all times. Especially due to its low self-noise and crosstalk behavior which is free of coloration, the microphone is suitable for use with in-ear monitoring systems. With its supercardioid characteristic, the microphone is particularly good at suppressing sounds originating from the entire 180° hemisphere behind the microphone.

The included black SG 105 Stand Clamp is designed for use with this vocalist microphone. The clamp can be swiveled and has a 5/8”-27 threads, plus a thread adapter to connect to 1/2” and 3/8” stands.

The studio condenser capsule used in the microphone provides the basis for transmitting all the nuances of the human voice. In comparison with other handheld microphones, which operate mostly with dynamic capsules, it has a particularly high acoustic transparency, a wide frequency range and a fine resolution of transients.

In this microphone, carefully adjusted acoustic filter and transformerless impedance converter that can handle very high sound pressure levels prevent the microphone from being overloaded even by strong plosive sounds.

In spite of enhanced pop protection, sibilants and S sounds are transmitted with their natural accentuation, as is possible only with condenser microphones. Furthermore, the acoustic filter is designed so that the distinctive directional characteristics of the capsule are preserved even in the bass range. The filter thus ensures a very high level of feedback protection for this vocal microphone when it is used with a stage sound system.
Since vocal microphones are typically addressed at close range, for the bass frequency response, electronic compensation is used for the proximity effect in the respective capsules.

In addition, the microphone has an invariable, built-in high-pass filter with a cut-off frequency of 120 Hz (-3 dB, measured in a free sound field). The dynamic range of the microphone is 132 dB, and the maximum sound pressure level is 150 dB.

The low self-noise level of only 18 dBA permits the microphone to be used at high gain levels without the risk of additional noise. Even at large distances, the microphone thus operates with a high signal-to-noise ratio, facilitating the freedom of movement and creativity that are important to the artist.

Due to the transformerless output circuit, the microphone signals can be transmitted even through long cables without loss of sound.
Designed for use on stage, this microphone has thick-walled metal housing, which also provides effective protection against handling noise.

The microphone head grilles are made of hardened steel. If required, they can easily be unscrewed to permit cleaning of the interior acoustic filters.
  • For vocals and speech on stage
  • For announcer’s mic for broadcasting/dubbing
  • Especially suited for in-ear monitoring
  • For environments susceptible to feedback
  • Neumann sound on stage
  • High transparency for vocals/speech
  • Cardioid / supercardioid polar pattern with enhanced feedback rejection
  • Without off-axis coloration
  • Effective pop shielding without any side effects
  • The pure Neumann capsule sound in the digital realm
  • The satisfaction of recording the uncolored original, with no bottlenecks between the capsule and the recording system
  • A/D converter
  • Anti-clipping processing ensures handling safety and reduces stress
  • Reduced time requirements and personnel costs, particularly due to faster post production processing
  • Separate A/D converters and preamps are no longer needed, saving space and weight (e.g., in the OB van)
  • Power supply (phantom power complying with AES42)
  • Neumann A/D conversion process, 28-bit internal word length
  • Fixed-point digital signal processing, variable internal word length 28 to 60-bits
  • Remote controlled functions include parametric compressor/limiter (including de-esser function), independent peak limiter avoiding any clipping, switch functions (soft muting, phase reverse, signal lights), signal lights (Red and blue LEDs), system functions, firmware download, and polar pattern
In the Box
Neumann KMS 105 Digital Vocal Microphone (Nickel)
  • SG105 Stand Clamp
  • Padded Nylon Bag
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Neumann KMS 105 specs

    Transducer Acoustic: Pressure gradient transducer
    Directional Pattern Supercardioid
    Frequency Response 60 Hz to 20 kHz
    Sensitivity Free-Field: -47 dBFS
    Equivalent Noise Level CCIR: 27 dB
    A-Weighted: 16 dB-A
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio CCIR: 67 dB
    A-Weighted: 78 dB
    Maximum SPL At 0 dBFS: 141 dBSPL
    Dynamic Range A-Weighted: 125 dB
    Sample 44,1/48 kHz: 41
    88,2/96 kHz: 49
    176,4/192 kHz: 99
    Preset Function
    Sampling Rate 48 kHz
    Gain 10 dB (variable with DMI-2), compressor on
    Attack Time 100 ms
    Release Time 0.5 sec
    Threshold -10 dBFS
    Ratio 2:1
    Supply Voltage 6 to 10.5 V
    Current Consumption Maximum 150 mA
    Diameter 1.8" (48.0 mm)
    Length 7.0" (180.0 mm)
    Weight Approximately 10.5 oz (300.0 g)
    Interface AES42
    Remote Controller Functions:
    Low-Cut: Flat, 40, 80, 160 Hz
    Pre-Attenuation: 0 , -6, -12, -18 dB
    Gain: 0 to 63 dB in 1 dB steps, clickless
    Test Signal: 1 kHz, pink noise, white noise
    Sampling Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
    Synchronization Asynchronous operation (free-running, AES42: Mode 1)
    Basic Frequency Accuracy: ± 25 ppm
    Synchronous operation (AES42: Mode 2)
    Pulling Range: Minimum ± 100 ppm
    • All data with respect to 0 dB pre-attenuation and 0 dB gain. At 1 kHz
    • re 94 dBSPL
    • According to IEC 60268-1; CCIR-weighting according to CCIR 468-3, quasi peak; A-weighting according to IEC 61672-1, RMS
    • D-01 only

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