Neumann KM-183

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by John Stafford, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    I've done a search and found very little about this mic. Has anyone here used it? I'm rather intrigued by the spheres that can be attached, and the changes these make to the sound in real world conditions. When these are attached, the assembly looks like the innards of the tlm-50. How does the sound compare with the 184 and 183?

    Thanks in advance,
    John Stafford
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    IIRC the 183 is an Omni directional version of the 184... with the same brash character of the 184... without the upper frequency side information rejection characteristic.
  3. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
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    If you can't afford a better omni, it is certainly a viable way to go. The upper end harshness that Fletcher mentions is exactly right. Makes it usuable IMO for difuse field micing, but certainly not for close micing. If you can afford any one of a number of better omnis, you'd likely get a lot more use out of them (ie Schoeps MK2, Sennheiser MKH20, B&K 4003/4006, etc...). There are a lot of great mics out there, but the newer low-end Neumanns aren't really in that clasification anymore.

  4. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    Thank you both for your replies. I can get the 183s for a good price, so I was just wondering if they were good enough to be my "good" omnis. I don't have a lot to spend, but I've been looking into the Schoeps and the Sennheiser MKH series. I might buy a pair of Schoeps capsules now and buy the bodies later, or maybe one Sennheiser to start with. I'm just so sick of outgrowing equipment that I'll wait a little longer. Anyhow, my list of must-haves is so long at the moment, but an investment is an investment. It's a pity patience isn't a virtue I've been endowed with!

    Thanks again,
    John Stafford
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