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      Neumann KMS105 Microphone (271409)
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For superlative vocal reproduction onstage.

The Neumann KMS105 Microphone provides superior voice resolution with extended frequency response and accurate transient detail. A studio condenser capsule delivers vocal nuances with focus and power. This Neumann microphone features a supercardioid polar pattern, low self-noise, and colorless off-axis pickup complement in-ear personal monitor systems. The KMS105 mic has a 4-layer acoustic filter that virtually eliminates unwanted pops and handling noise.
Requires phantom power.

Neumann KMS105 Microphone

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  • Transparency and warmth

    As reviewed by Johannes Labusch on 12/4/2011

    This microphone is not going to make a breathtanking difference in a loud rock band. Its strengths are most obvious in an acoustic group, for use by singer-songwriters or jazz vocalists. If you compare it to any of the standard microphones you know (including handheld condensers by other manufacturers), you will feel as if a skillful engineer added some magic using expert equalazation, filters and/or compression. There is a stunning addition of clarity and presence, especially in the high frequencies. This does not make the sound of your voice harsh or "pointy" in any way, though. Instead, you will notice a warmth that could be compared to what happens when you add a tube preamp. The representation of the voice is without any "beutification", though. If you have weaknesses, especially in sibilance, pitch or breathing noises, those will be shown as audibly as your strengths. Handling the mike on stage is not completely without its challenges: Since Neumann built the pop-protection entirely without foam (there is simply a series of finer and finer mesh inside the wire basket), the protection from plosives is not foolproof. If you pop your "p"s, or tend to really "spit and shout", this mike may not be for you. (it may also not be quite as indestructible as a Shure warhorse. Try to avoid throwing this mike on the floor...). You also may have to adjust your mike technique, because this microphone actually likes it if you keep a bit of distance, as opposed to the old "SM85-eat-the-mike" style. Even with a distance of 2-4 inches, it still "hears" every little thing. Obviously, a microphone can't fix problems that occur elsewhere in the sound chain. My PA is, I would say, medium quality, it's one of those systems with two smaller speakers and a big subwoofer. The mixer is a "budget" model from Behringer. Still, the Neumann absolutely shines with this rig. With a better system, the improvement may be even more audible. I have used my KMS 105 for about half a year, always in small to mid sized venues, in a duo and a trio, in both cases at moderate volumes. I have also used it in solo gigs with just an acoustic guitar, in which it has provided me with an astonishing degree of separation from the guitar frequencies. The voice just coexists with the guitar, as if there was no amplification happening at all. I believe this microphone has made me a more secure, and therefore versatile singer. In recording applications, it has replaced my Shure KSM32, which is a large diaphragm condenser, and can't hold a candle to the Neumann. When recording, I use the Neumann with a regular studio style pop-screen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • Best Investment!

    As reviewed by Justin Centeno on 9/14/2010

    This mic is by far is the best investment I (as a singer) have ever made! I couple this mic with a Presonus Eureka microphone pre-amp when I'm on stage and the sound (in my opinion) is unmatched by even the wireless versions of the same calibre!! I've also used this mic with out the Pre-amp and it still amazes me on the minute detail and precision that this mic reproduces! Definitely my prized possession out of all my gear!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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  • Hands down, the best live vocal mic

    As reviewed by jacqueslilavois on 9/26/2006

    The Neumann KM105 is hands down the best vocal mic around. I used a Beta87 for years until I came across this mic. It helps me sing better because it's easier to hear monitored vocals with it's extended frequency range. I don't have to push or force my voice. I've also used it for recording. It's a condensor, so it has many uses. So far I've recorded using it on an acoustic guitar and as a drum overhead mic. If you can't afford this mic, go with the Shure Beta87, which is the next best live vocal mic in my opinion.

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