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January 2017
“Making the unknown calculable”: How the Neumann KH 80 DSP raises the standard of monitor sound

With the KH 80 DSP, Neumann.Berlin launches its first studio monitor with digital signal processing. “Our DSP engine is an in-house development that primarily takes a formerly unknown variable and makes it calculable: the room. Expect clear, high-precision sound wherever you are monitoring,” explains Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.

Thanks to the upcoming “Neumann.Control” software, in the future the new KH 80 DSP two-way near-field studio monitor will be able to fully calibrate itself to the room. This can be performed either automatically (Precision Alignment), with some simple questions (Guided Alignment), or adjusted with complete flexibility us-ing the built in 8-band fully parametric equalizer (Manual Alignment).

KH 80 DSP front view

“In the KH series we have always been obsessed with the details when it comes to the calculation and modeling of the drivers, waveguide and cabinet,” emphasizes Fraissinet. The result is a frequency response with such neutrality that it defines a whole new reference class – and at a price that was previously unthinkable for a Neumann Studio Monitor. Using mathematical models, the two drivers were calculated to a degree of depth, “which is unusual even for our industry,” explains Fraissinet. Nonlinear distortion is thus minimized from the very beginning. The MMD™ Waveguide (Mathematically Modelled Dispersion™) optimizes the frequency response on- and off-axis, and enables more movement within the listening area and more consistency even in the most varied acoustic environments.

KH 80 DSP rear view

The KH 80 DSP is designed as an ideal monitor solution for recording, mixing and mastering in project, music, broadcasting and post-production studios.

Every mechanical and electronic element – from the driver to the amplification – is handpicked and harmonized in accordance with Neumann standards. The DSP engine also ensures a linear frequency response with a FIR filter. This makes sure that in every environment all frequencies are precisely timed.

January 2017
NAMM 2017: Neumann U 67 Microphone Selected As 2017 TECnology Hall of Fame Inductee

Studio specialist Neumann.Berlin announced that its classic U 67 microphone was inducted into the Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame for 2017. Wolfgang Fraissinet, president, Georg Neumann GmbH, was on hand to accept the award on Saturday, January 21st during the NAMM show in Anaheim, California.

Wolfgang Fraissinet

First launched in 1960 as a replacement for the U 47, the three-pattern U 67 tube mic was designed for close miking of vocals in studio applications. The mic was an immediate success with engineers the world over and has since proven to be a powerful studio workhorse, used at top studios on a broad range of sound sources

Neumann U 67

„Wir fühlen uns geehrt, dass die TECnology Hall of Fame die bemerkenswerte Ingenieurskunst des U 67 auszeichnet“, sagt Fraissinet. „Nichts demonstriert seine herausragende Qualität besser als die Tatsache, dass es in den letzten 50 Jahren in nahezu jedem Top-Studio dieser Welt anzutreffen war und ist und für zahllose Aufnahmen eingesetzt wurde. Das U 67 repräsentiert auf perfekte Weise Neumanns Engagement für Innovation und unübertroffene Klangqualität – ein Engagement, das bis heute anhält.“

Founded in 2004 by George Petersen and presented since 2015 by the NAMM MUSEUM of Making Music, the TECnology Hall of Fame honors and recognizes audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology.

Steeped in History

Inside the Neumann U 67

At the end of the 1950s, German electronics firm Telefunken announced the end of production of the VF 14 M steel tube used in Neumann’s beloved U 47 microphone. With but one last production run before a key component of their classic mic was gone forever, Neumann knew they needed to design a suitable successor if the company wished to retain its lead as the premier manufacturer of studio vocal microphones. The result would be the culmination of 30+ years of condenser microphone development by Neumann: the U 67.

The U 67, designed by Neumann’s Dr. Ing. Gerhart Boré, combined classic Neumann sound quality with some of the latest innovations in microphone technology, a response to the rapidly changing needs of the recording studio. Having already incorporated switchable polar patterns into their KM 56 miniature microphone, Neumann wanted to bring this functionality to the new U 67. This resulted in the development of the new K 67 capsule, a dual capsule with two separate back electrodes that featured omni-directional, cardioid and figure-eight polar patterns. The capsule was also designed to deliver a flat frequency response between 40 Hz and 15 kHz, bringing unprecedented detail and realism to any sound source.

Neumann U 67 Catalog

In the late 1950s, many vocalists began singing close up on microphones to achieve a fuller sound. While the technique helped create a desirable vocal characteristic, it could also introduce an excessive low-end boost due to the proximity effect. To manage this, the U 67 incorporated a new low-frequency attenuation switch, enabling signal roll-off beginning at 100 Hz. This gave engineers an additional tool to use in achieving a rich but balanced sound. Additionally, a steep high-order low-cut below 40 Hz was built into the mic to eliminate unwanted sub-frequencies before they reached the tube amplification stage, averting low-frequency overload.

The finishing touch was a new elegantly tapered body with modular components that could be easily disassembled without tools for tube replacement and maintenance. It utilized the widely available EF 86 tube to make upkeep of the microphone easy for owners anywhere in the world, ensuring a long life even in hard-working studio applications.

The U 67 was an immediate success, garnering accolades for its unprecedented functionality, versatility, and sound quality, and earning a place in the mic lockers of top studios around the world. It quickly picked up the mantle of the discontinued U 47, with several thousand sold during its first five years of production. Its variable polar patterns, flexible low-end attenuation, and flat frequency response made the U 67 usable on such a wide range of applications that it became affectionately known as “the workhorse.” In 1967, many of the advances made in this classic microphone would go on to inform Neumann’s next classic: a solid-state microphone called the U 87.

March 2016
Neumann Recognized for Outstanding Technical Achievement at 31st Annual TEC Awards

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.Berlin and Director Audio Recording at Sennheiser, accepted the award for U 47 fet in the ‘Microphones – Recording’ category.

Additionally, the Neumann KM 84 small-diaphragm microphone was inducted into the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame. The TECnology Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to honor and recognize audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology. Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are chosen by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, facility owners and other professionals. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to be considered for induction.

“We are grateful to the NAMM Foundation for this recognition, and to our industry peers who selected the Neumann U 47 fet in a highly competitive category,” commented Wolfgang Fraissinet. “The successful relaunch of this iconic microphone required not only a unified vision among our entire team, but relentless attention to detail and execution since it was built according to the original schematics and specifications.”

Wolfgang Fraissinet

“We also thank the NAMM Foundation for inducting the venerable KM 84 into the TECnology Hall of Fame,” he continued. “This microphone joins five other Neumann and Sennheiser products that have received such a distinction, and is indeed a great honor.”

The Succession of the KM 100 Series

The small condenser microphone series KM A is the successor of the KM 100 series. The capsule heads of the KM 100 Series (also known as the AK series) are still available. Only the body (output stage KM 100) is discontinued. The capsule heads of the KM 100 Series (AK Series) can be used on the output stage of the KM A series with a mechanical adapter (AR 100 KA), which can be ordered from your local Neumann supplier.

Adapter AR 100 KA
Adapter AR 100 KA
The TiME Lab – Equipped with Neumann Studio Monitors

The TiME Lab at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) contains a unique system that enables users to detach themselves from the underlying technology while seamlessly experiencing the media’s contents. HHI developed a model of Immersive Media technology, which gives the recipient a completely new picture and sound impression. The system provides images projected in the highest 3D resolution and spatial audio with the highest quality sound (object-oriented 3D audio / wave field synthesis). This total system approach represents the present state-of-the-art for a high quality multimedia experience.

Avant Premier 180 degrees screen

The presentation of the project took place during the Berlin Film Festival in 2015 as part of the Avant Première. Together with an IOSONO processor, thirty-two Neumann KH 120 studio monitors and four KH 870 subwoofers were used to reproduce the 3D audio experience. They were selected over other loudspeaker systems as they offer the most transparent sound reproduction, which is in keeping with the goal of the whole project.

Avant Premier rear monitors

The documentary "PLAYING THE SPACE" was produced in a 180° panoramic video format, and spatial audio and musical experience all at the same time. The innovative technology can be experienced, not only for different styles of music but also acoustic spaces and adventure. Classical music, performance art or choral music, whether at the Philharmonic, in Stattbad Wedding or Kraftwerk power station (all in Berlin) - each of these places has its own identity.

TiME Lab is a networking platform for developing new immersive media technology; Partners for PLAYING THE SPACE include, amongst others, Berlin Radio Choir, Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin International Film Festival, ARRI, and the companies Sennheiser and Neumann, who supported this project.


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