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NAB 2012: Neumann introduces new microphone capsules

Daniel Gumble
NAB 2012: Neumann introduces new microphone capsules

Neumann has announced that it will be showcasing its new KK 204 and KK 205 microphone capsules at the Sennheiser booth (C2632) during the NAB 2012 show in Las Vegas.

The new capsules, which are available in cardioid (KK 204) and supercardioid (KK 205) patterns, are compatible with Sennheiser’s 2000 series of wireless handheld transmitters. 

The acoustic features of the new capsule heads are derived from the wired Neumann stage microphones - the KMS 104 and KMS 105. The KK 204, with its cardioid pattern, is designed to ensure the best possible suppression of sound originating from 180 degrees to the rear, while the supercardioid KK 205 has greater directivity, and is built to maximize incident sound from the front, as compared to sound from the rear. Due to the ‘single polar pattern design’ the polar patterns are very uniform over the entire frequency range and provide optimum resistance to feedback.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, president of Neumann, commented: “Neumann capsules have already been used in combination with the Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter for the past ten years on some of the largest stages of the world, where the highest demands are placed on a high-resolution sound and transmission reliability. With the development of the KK 204 and KK 205 capsule heads, the Neumann sound is now also available for the Sennheiser 2000 Series. The synergies between the key areas of expertise of Sennheiser handheld transmitters and Neumann capsule sound permit us to offer our customers a wireless system of absolutely uncompromisingly quality, even for the most demanding live applications.”

In developing the new capsules, particular emphasis was placed on the damping of pop sounds and handling noise, as well as on the low level of self-noise. The KK 204 and KK 205 capsule heads are also designed to offer a wide dynamic range.

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The aesthetic design complements the construction of the SKM 2000 handheld transmitter, with each capsule — like the SKM 2000 transmitter —available in both nickel and black finishes. Each capsule comes with a large nylon bag designed to hold the capsules, the handheld transmitter, battery packs and additional accessories.

Tags: neumann, sennheiser, las vegas, NAB 2012, neumann kk 204, neumann kk 205, sennheiser 2000

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