Neumann is building on the legacy of its well-known KM series of miniature microphones with the introduction of three new digital models with integrated DSP. The modular KM 183 D, KM 184 D and KM 185 D combine omnidirectional, cardioid and supercardioid capsules with the KM D output stage to offer three different directional characteristics.
The proven Neumann A-to-D converter is located immediately next to the capsule in the new microphone models. The converter supports a dynamic range far exceeding that of the capsule, with no coloration and absolute transparency.
Two versions of the new digital miniature microphones are available in classic nickel and black Nextel finish. All standard sampling frequencies, from 44.1kHz to 192kHz, are supported.
The integrated DSP functions - including gain, a compressor/limiter with 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 fully digital system permits the peak limiter to operate across the entire available dynamic range even in stressful recording situations.
Neumann is additionally offering attractively priced "Connection Kits" to permit easy connection of the digital KM series microphones to S/PDIF and AES/EBU interfaces without the DMI-2. An upgrade to the DMI-2, with its configuration capabilities and DSP functions, is possible at any time. A plug-in power supply is included as a standard feature. A battery pack to permit outdoor operation is available as an option.
The DMI-2 digital microphone interface has recently been updated with discreet visual enhancements, support for the 192kHz sampling rate, AES 11 synchronization capability and greatly improved jitter performance. Data exchange with the microphone in accordance with the AES 42 standard and the supply of the data stream from the microphone in AES/EBU format remains a key feature of the DMI-2.
Two budget-oriented starter sets that package a Neumann KM 184 D microphone with a Connection Kit for S/PDIF or AES/EBU connection offer a straightforward introduction to digital microphone technology at a very attractive U.S. retail price of $3,495. Since the microphone includes an A-to-D converter and does not require a preamplifier, these starter sets provide all of the necessary components for capturing the Neumann microphone sound onto the digital recording medium with no coloration.
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