NEUMANN BCM 104January 2004—Neumann launched a new line of broadcast microphones with the BCM 104. The K 104 large-diaphragm condenser capsule used in

October 2009—Neumann ( has expanded its range of digital microphones. Making their U.S. debut at AES are the KMR 81 D digital shotgun mic and the KK 120 figure-8 capsule head for the company's KM D small-diaphragm digital microphone body, already offered with five other capsule choices: free-field EQ'd omni, wide cardioid, cardioid with LF roll-off, diffuse-field EQ'd omni, cardioid and hypercardioid. The mics operate from 44.1 to 192 kHz, have standard AES-42 digital outputs and allow creating digital M/S stereo recordings in an integrated digital workflow. Expanded accessories adapt the line to uses ranging from field recordings to installed sound applications, and Neumann plans to debut a portable version of its 2-channel DMI-2 digital mic interface next year.

October 2008—Neumann’s TLM 103 mic is no stranger to the studio, but the digital version takes it to the next level. The TLM 103 D ($2,650) makes the digital conversion inside the mic (up to 192 kHz) and offers all the bells and whistles that you’d expect from an AES42-compliant transducer. These include a bevy of remote-controllable options, including a low-cut filter, pre-attenuation in three steps, silent gain adjustment from 0 to 63 dB, pink- and white-noise generation from the mic, an integrated comp/limiter/de-esser and a peak limiter. The TLM 103 D is offered in nickel and black, with stand mount. Optional starter kits include the mic, elastic suspension and a kit for connecting directly to an AES/EBU or S/PDIF interface.

August 2008—Based on Neumann's own workhorse mic from the '60s, the TLM 67 incorporates the same K 67 capsule used in the original and a new circuit design that promises to closely reproduce the sound characteristics of the classic U67, without the use of tubes. Aesthetically, the mic offers a dual color design and a 3-D emblem embossed with the likeness of Georg Neumann. The mic switches between omni, cardioid and figure-8, and features a selectable 10dB pad and highpass filter. Prices: $3,459 with wooden box; or $3,859 with wooden box, shock-mount, windscreen and cable.

August 2007—These three new capsules ($799 each) from Neumann expand on the company's Solution-D KM D miniature microphone system. The additions include the KK 131 free-field equalized omni, KK 143 wide-cardioid and the KK 145 cardioid with highpass. The KM D miniature mics have a 3-pin XLR connector to transmit a bidirectional signal conforming to the AES-42 standard. This signal carries the balanced digital mic output signal, phantom power and a remote-control data stream that also has a signal to sync the mic with a master clock. The mic and capsules come in classic nickel and black Nextel finish. All standard sampling frequencies are supported, from 44.1 to 192 kHz.

February 2007—Intended for X/Y and M-S applications, the Neumann USM 69 i ($3,699) features two separate gold-sputtered, dual-diaphragm capsules that rotate over a 270-degree range. Color markings on the lower-capsule system indicate the angle relative to the upper capsule. Five selectable polar patterns — omni, cardioid, figure-8, hypercardioid and wide-cardioid — are available for each capsule, and the outputs of the two channels can be linked (cascaded) to yield other characteristics. Both mic amplifiers feature high-output capability and low self-noise. The USM 69 i is available in black or nickel finishes, and is sold with IC 6 cable (swivel mount to 5-pin XLR) and AC 20 cable that splits the 5-pin XLR to dual 3-pin XLR outputs.

February 2007—Neumann's KU 100 ($4,999) binaural stereo microphone is a replica of the human head with microphone capsules built into the ears. The KU 100 uses transformerless circuitry for achieving high-output capability, fast transient response and low self-noise. Inside the head are switches for -10dB attenuation and the highpass filter (for linear, 40Hz or 150Hz settings). The underside of the unit has balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (BNC) outputs, and a switch for selecting power supply modes. The KU 100 can be operated with 48V phantom power from the provided external AC power supply unit or from its built-in battery. The KU 100 comes in a robust aluminum carrying case that includes a 5-pin XLR cable and the AC-20 adapter cable.

November 2006—To spotlight its KMD small-diaphragm digital mic system at AES, Neumann mounted two KMD cardioids in a glass case with a music box mechanism. Even over headphones, you could tell the KMDs handled the transients of the pinging tines with no problem and captured all the harmonics and decay. Nice!

November 2006—Neumann expands its handheld line with the KMS 104, a cardioid condenser providing optimal vocal transmission with suppression of sounds originating behind the mic.

October 2006—Neumann’s miniature KM D Series enters the digital realm with the KM 183 D, KM 184 D and KM 185 D. Featuring dynamic range far exceeding that of the capsule, internal A/D conversion allows optimal use of capsule qualities, ensuring that the capsule signal reaches the recording system without coloration and with matchless transparency. Two finishes are available: classic nickel and black Nextel. All standard sampling frequencies from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz are supported.

October 2006—The Neumann KMS 104 handheld cardioid condenser stage microphone has been developed to permit optimal vocal transmission with the best possible suppression of sounds originating behind the microphone. The hypercardioid KMS 105 has become an internationally recognized standard in the field of high-quality stage microphones. Due to low self-noise and crosstalk behavior, which is free of coloration, both microphones are ideal for use with in-ear monitoring systems.

October 2006—The retro design of the TLM 49 gives an indication of its capabilities. The warm character of the sound provides richness and transparency, with no unpleasant overemphasis of high frequencies. The microphone employs the renowned K 47 capsule as featured in the M 49 and the U47. The TLM 49 is suitable for vocal and instrumental applications in professional production studios and demanding home recordings. It is supplied as a set with elastic suspension.

August 2006—Taking the legacy KM line of mics into the future, Neumann has introduced three new digital models: the KM 183 D, KM 184 D and KM 185 D. The mics' modular construction permits the passive omnidirectional, cardioid and supercardioid capsules to be combined with the KM D output stage, with more directional options promised soon. The Neumann A/D converter from the Solution-D D-01 is located immediately next to the capsule. Integrated DSP functions — including gain, compressor/limiter and de-esser and a peak limiter — can be configured and controlled remotely via the DMI-2 digital microphone interface and the RCS remote-control software. The mics come in nickel and black Nextel finishes, and support all sampling frequencies from 44.1 to 192 kHz.

July 2006—Neumann expanded its Solution-D digital mic line with small-diaphragm models based on its popular 180 Series. The new modular mics have interchangeable omni, cardioid and supercardioid capsules.

May 2006—Neumann has already begun initial deliveries-full production starts this month-of its TLM 49 large-diaphragm cardioid studio mic. The TLM 49 combines the famous TK47 capsule from its M49 and U47 models with transformerless, low-noise electronics, but has a response rise between 2k and 3 kHz for a warm, vintage vocal sound; the capsule is surrounded by a large, acoustically open head grille. Retail is $1,699.99, including shock-mount.

July 2005—Intended to produce studio quality in sound reinforcement applications, Neumann's KMS 105 ($849.99) features a supercardioid, DC-polarized capsule developed from the K 50 found in the KMS 150, KM 150 and KM 185 microphones. Four different layers of open wire mesh are used on the KMS 105's steel basket for pop and wind attenuation without the detrimental effects of foam, which can attenuate high frequencies and deform the polar pattern. The KMS 105's combination of low self-noise and uncolored off-axis pickup complements in-ear monitor systems. A transformerless output circuit allows the KMS 105 to drive long cable runs with no high-frequency loss. The KMS 105 requires 48V phantom power (±4 volts). Frequency range is 20 to 20k Hz with a max. SPL of 150 dB (0.5% THD); impedance is 50 ohms.

June 2005—The BCM 705 from Neumann is the company's first dynamic mic. This $799 supercardioid model is designed for broadcast and voice-over work, but would be equally at home on close-in vocals in the project or pro studio.

December 2004—Neumann is now shipping the N248 power supply that brings phantom power to its TLM 127 mic and adds remote switching of five polar patterns.

January 2004—Neumann launched a new line of broadcast microphones
with the BCM 104. The K 104 large-diaphragm condenser capsule used in
the BCM 104 has a cardioid directional pattern with switchable
proximity effect compensation, and includes a highpass filter that
reduces frequencies below 100 Hz by 12 dB/octave. A second
pre-attenuation switch reduces sensitivity by 14 dB to optimize for
circuits designed for dynamic microphones. Both switches are internally
mounted. Price: $999.

July 2003—Neumann's newest mic is based on its popular TLM 103,
but features onboard switching for cardioid or omni polar pickup and a
remote five-pattern switching option to be offered in the future. The
mic also includes a switchable pad and low-cut filter, and includes an
elastically suspended shockmount. The mic will handle 140dB SPL and has
a noise spec of 7 dBA (DIN/IEC 651) or 18.5 dB (CIR 468-3). TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.

May 2003—Neumann celebrated its 75th anniversary at AES Amsterdam
with a cool Sound Engineering Contest 2003 (the winner received a
chrome-plated pair of M149 tube or Solution-D digital mics), debuted
the BCM104—the first in a line of broadcast mics—and the
TLM127, a mid-price studio mic. Shipping this summer, the TLM127 is a
low-noise (7dBa), large-diaphragm, multipattern condenser with an
onboard switch for cardioid or omni and a remote-pattern switching
option to be offered in the future.
April 2003—Based on the award-winning Neumann KMS 105 handheld
condenser microphone, the new Neumann KK 105-S capsule head was
developed for use with the Sennheiser SKM 5000 wireless system. The KK
105-S true condenser head is backward-compatible with all existing SKM
5000 transmitters and is available in black or nickel finish. Like its
predecessor, the KMS 105, the KK 105-S capsule has a unique
multilayered grille assembly that eliminates popping and breath noise
without sacrificing high-frequency clarity and transient detail.
June 2001—Neumann is now shipping its M150 tube condenser
microphone. Modeled on the vintage M50, the M150 shares its classic
predecessor's unique omnidirectional characteristic but features lower
self-noise (15 dBA), a light-weight titanium membrane and capsule for
good transient response, and a transformerless tube amplifier based on
the award-winning M149 tube mic. The 12mm titanium diaphragm delivers a
smooth, extended frequency response, and the traditional capsule (a
40mm sphere) reproduces the M50's pickup pattern—circular at low
frequencies and increasingly narrow up the spectrum. Specs include 119
dB of dynamic range and 134dB maximum SPL. The M150 is supplied with an
elastic suspension bracket, power supply, mic cable and aluminum
carrying case. Stereo pairs bearing consecutive serial numbers are also
June 2001—Neumann has produced 500 limited-edition TLM103
“Monolith” microphones. Finished in a “piano
black” glossy lacquer, the mics have been given serial numbers
20001 through 20499 and will only be available through authorized U.S.
June 2001—Neumann's TEC Award-winning KMS105 ($595) is a supercardioid condenser mic with a triple-layered acoustic filter windscreen that dramatically reduces popping and wind noise. The KMS105 also includes special mechanical and electrical filters to virtually eliminate handling noise, as well. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.