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clean recordings - Reviews Neumann KM 84

Nuemann Km 84 delivers a very clean and crisp recording. No need to filter out the bassy low end, this mic is very accurate with what it records. Sonically the response has a nice presence peak in the upper mid range, but the top end rolls off quickly after that. Opinion is split about whether that is a good or a bad thing – it helps keep a lid on feedback, but it doesn’t sound as hi-fi as some other mics. I have had some singers complain that their vocal top end is not quite right - sometimes asking for more top end. I guess they are used to the sound of expensive condenser mics on their recordings. If you A/B test an Nuemann Km 84 verses other mics it will always win.

The proximity effect (increase in bass when you sing or talk close to the mic) makes this important. If the singer is a foot away from an Nuemann Km 84 , the chances are they will sound thin, and you will also have gain before feedback issues.


There are a lot of mics that will give you a sound like this one and maybe even a better sound than the Nuemann KM 84 but are they built to last? Not too many of them are, either that or they too expensive for the average home engineer or musician. This mic will out shine a lot of its competitors in the years to come. Nuemann has kind of been under the radar because of all the other great mics on the market. But this one will bring them to the for front soon. The Nuemann Km 84 is practically unbreakable, and if you do manage to drop it from a high stage / skyscraper, you can also buy a replacement pop shield. Very suited to rock, or other musical styles that need powerful vocals.