Neumann has launched its new broadcast line of microphones with theBCM 104 (MSRP: $999). The K 104 large-diaphragm condenser capsule usedin the BCM 104 has a cardioid directional pattern with switchableproximity effect compensation, introducing a highpass filter thatreduces frequencies below 100 Hz by 12 dB/octave. A secondpre-attenuation switch allows the sensitivity to be reduced by 14 dB tooptimize performance for circuits designed for dynamic microphones.Both switches are internally mounted within the microphone housing.
The K 104 capsule offers a flat frequency response up to 3 kHz,while higher frequencies have a maximum increased presence of 2 dB. TheBCM 104 amplifier has a linear operation down to 20 Hz. The BCM 104microphone head grille twists off for quick cleaning. Directly in frontof the capsule, mounted on a frame holder, is a piece of fine gauzethat serves as a built-in pop screen. Neumann will be offeringoptional, color-coded head grilles so that each announcer may use hisor her individual head grille. The pop screen can be removed forcleaning without the use of tools. The BCM 104 is additionally fittedwith an elastic mount against structure-borne noise that is compatiblewith standard broadcast-segment microphone arms.
"With the introduction of the new broadcast line, Neumann hasextended the variety and applications of its microphone solutions,"said Jeff Alexander, director at Neumann. "The mix of solidengineering, unique features and functional design in the broadcastline is sure to be very well received in the world of public andcommercial radio broadcasting in North America."
For more, visit Neumann online at www.neumannusa.com.