Symphony 440 Design Group is proud to be associated with Georg Neumann GmbH (Neumann), a Germany based manufacturer of professional studio microphones. Their best-known products are condenser microphones for broadcast, live and music production purposes. For several decades Neumann was also a leading manufacturer of cutting lathes for phonograph disks, and even ventured into the field of mixing desks for a while.
Found in 1928, Neumann is headquartered at Berlin, Germany. Several products introduced in the history of the company have gone ahead to become important milestones of professional audio technology. It is no accident that audio studios always list Neumann’s microphones and equipments at the top of the list due to their highly professional operation.
A glance through Neumann’s history:
Georg Neumann GmbH founded the company in 1928, with the world’s first commercially available condenser microphone, CMV 3. This 40 cm tall microphone had several interchangeable capsule heads which gave it different directional patterns. The microphones were often known as the “Neumann bottle” referiing with respect to their shape and size.
Georg Neumann relocated his company to the much smaller town of Gefell in Thuringia, after his Berlin factory got damaged by Allied firebombing in November 1943. After the reunification of Germany, the company in Gefell, which had continued to use the Neumann name, became known as Microtech Gefell.
In 1949, Georg Neumann re-established his company as “Georg Neumann GmbH” in one of the Allied sectors of Berlin and began producing a new model of switchable pattern microphone, the U 47, based on the M 7 capsule of the earlier CMV 3 series. This microphone became the first condenser microphone to gain widespread acceptance in the recording industry worldwide.
Neumann product timeline:
CMV3 or ‘Neumann Bottle’, the first ever condenser microphone produced.
Production of AM31, a recording machine for wax.
Launch of R 21, a portable recording machine.
Birth of MM 2 measuring microphone.
Introduction of the first switchable pattern condenser microphone, U 47.
KM 53, a miniature microphone unveiled.
Launch of KM 56 switchable miniature microphone.
Production of SM 2 stereo microphone.
KM 253 miniature microphone (HF proof) released.
Introduction of U 67 switchable condenser microphone.
AK 3 mixing console released.
SRM 64 long neck stage microphone unveiled.
Launch of KTM transistor microphone for modulation lead powering.
Production of KM 73 miniature microphone for modulation lead powering.
Introduction of U 871 switchable studio microphone.
KMA clip-on microphone produced.
KMS 85 handheld microphone released.
Introduction KU 80 dummy head.
Production of QM 69 quadrophonic microphone.
KMR 82 I shotgun microphone unveiled.
TLM 170 transformless switchable studio microphone released.
Birth of first stereo shotgun microphone, RSM 190 I.
GFM 132 boundary layer microphone unveiled.
Introduction of M 149 studio tube microphone.
Neumann’s Technical Grammy is invented.
Launch of KMS 105 stage microphone.
Introduction of KM 185 (Series 180) miniature microphone.
Production of KK 105 S microphone head (SKM 5200/500 N)
BCM 104 broadcast microphone released.
Digital studio microphone D-01 unveiled.
System KM A/D modular miniature microphone system released.
Introduction of KH 120 A G two way nearfield monitor.
KMR 81 D digital shotgun microphone launched.
KH 810 subwoofer with 7.1 bass management unveiled.
KH 420 three way midfield monitor launched.
KH 805 subwoofer with 2.0/01 bass management released.
KH 80 DSP A G two way nearfield monitor launched.
U 87 Rhodium edition released commemorating 50 years of the Rhodium series.
Introduction of U 67 studio tube microphone set.
Elliptical Mathematically Modelled Dispersion (MMD) waveguide: MMD waveguide provides smoother off-axis response with more forgiving of diverse acoustical environments.
Extremely Linear Force Factor (ELFF) technology: ELFF technology provides for magnetic shielding and a flow optimized die cast basket for reduced air noise and improved rocking modes.
Neumann Microphone series:
Neumann provides variety of microphone products based on the necessity: Recording or live sound for vocals, acoustic guitar, low strings, high strings, brass, piano, etc..
Studio grade stage Neumann microphone:
These products like those of KMS series feature the cardioid pickup pattern with excellent feedback rejection. Due to excellent studio quality condenser capsule, these are best preferred by vocalists.
Home studio Neumann microphone:
These are known for their small size but big sound studio set. Among the TLM series, Neumann TLM 102 microphone acclaimed considerable recognition for its true Neumann quality at an affordable price. With very low self-noise, Neumann TLM 102 handles extreme SPLs without distortion. Neumann TLM 102 combines technical excellence with a beautifully balanced sound for vocals, guitars and drums.
Professional recording studio Neumann microphone:
These provide ultimate studio standards and are the most widely used studio microphones for over 50 years. Among them, Neumann U 87 studio microphones are the most frequently used for their smooth and refined sound. With an elegant exterior design, Neumann U 87 provides balance frequency response in three polar patterns, and hence are used as standard microphones for speech and vocals.
Miniature microphones (Series 180) is the state-of-art small diaphragm condenser microphone with omnidirectional pickup pattern. With low self-noise and high SPL capability, these Neumann microphones are ideal studio standards for many applications ranging from classical piano to heavy metal drums.
Studio tube microphone:
The studio tube microphones are the Neumann vintage series with the classic sound. With the tube electronics of very low self-noise, its transformerless output stage ensures outstanding performance at an attractive price. M 147 tube is considered to be one of the best among Neumann’s tube microphones, for they bring back the classic sound of legendary U 47.
Neumann studio monitors:
Nearfield monitors can be either two way or three way with bi-amplification or tri-amplification respectively. These compact highly efficient monitors provide precise dispersions optimized for near-field applications. Designed with MMD (Elliptical Mathematically Modelled Dispersion) waveguide and ELFF (Extremely Linear Force Factor) technology, these are suited for precise work with speech, vocals, guitars and other instruments.
Midfield monitors are tri-amplified studio monitors used for high precision dispersion with tremendous sound level reserves. Designed using Low Resonance Integral Molding (LRIM) materials, these provide for extraordinary bass depth with high sound pressure.
Neumann provides subwoofer of 2.0/0.1 bass management and 7.1 bass management. Both the types of subwoofers provide deep bass response with high maximum SPL.
Popular reviews on Neumann microphones:
Neumann TLM 102:
“The new Neumann TLM 102 embodies everything we’ve come to expect from a large-diaphragm Neumann microphones. Unlike some other established microphone manufacturers, Neumann have resisted the urge to produce cheaper models by building them in the Far East, but their TLM range does at least contain some mics that fall into the category of ‘affordable’ — and these are clearly aimed at the wider project-studio market as well as professional studio and broadcast applications.”
-Paul White, Sound On Sound
Neumann U 87:
“A studio large diaphragm condenser mic, the Neumann U 87 connects via a regular XLR cable and requires 48V phantom power. That’s about where it ends in terms of things it has in common with other mics. Well, I suppose that’s not true. You still set it up and adjust it the same way. Sound still goes in and signal comes out, but man, what a signal. This is the classic mic for vocals of any sort.”
-Review by Hear the Music
Being an authorized dealer of Neumann in India, Symphony 440 Design Group provides original, prime Neumann microphones and subwoofers at genuine price. We, at Symphony 440 Design Group are more than happy to serve its pupils with these exceptional products through our well established organizations at Chennai, Bangalore and Davangere. It’ll be our pleasure to help one and all in choosing the best of Neumann and accordingly provide all the support required in buying the right microphones in India.