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Re: Neumann KM-D Digital Microphones

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue May 11, 2021 11:46 am

Yes, very poor sales possibly due to a misunderstanding of the market.

With a digital mic all you can do is place it and plug it in. Where's the fun in that when there is no scope for golden-eared tweakery in choosing specific cables and /or preamps.

And that's inevitably going to make them unattractive for the kind of pros with the budget to invest significantly in digital mics.

I imagine Sennheiser and Neumann assumed the traditional broadcasters would buy into the idea, but the money's no longer in that market for this kind of radical operational reform and, surprisingly, few large digital consoles support the AES42 connection format directly either -- a supply and demand issue presumably.
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Re: Neumann KM-D Digital Microphones

Postby Folderol » Tue May 11, 2021 11:52 am

Well talk of late to the party. This is the first I've heard of these - just in time to see them disappear over the horizon :roll:
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Re: Neumann KM-D Digital Microphones

Postby forumuser840717 » Tue May 11, 2021 4:04 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:With a digital mic all you can do is place it and plug it in. Where's the fun in that when there is no scope for golden-eared tweakery in choosing specific cables and /or preamps.

That's one of the things I like about them :tongue:

If they could automatically select which of them were the right mic for a given situation, and position themselves too, they'd be approaching my perfect mic!
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Re: Neumann KM-D Digital Microphones

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue May 11, 2021 4:29 pm

forumuser840717 wrote:That's one of the things I like about them :tongue:

:lol: Yeah... but I don't think you an be considered 'normal' by the standards of most recording engineers! :mrgreen:

If they could automatically select which of them were the right mic for a given situation, and position themselves too, they'd be approaching my perfect mic!

Isn't Waves working on a plugin for that? :think: :lolno:
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Re: Neumann KM-D Digital Microphones

Postby MOF » Tue May 11, 2021 5:57 pm

I was very impressed with the miniaturisation of the A-D circuitry, all inside the microphone body.
I was interested in the technology but had no real use for it, especially since back then it would have required a digital mixer with remote control software incorporated and extra cost.
Later on I bought a Sound Devices mixer which accepts AES microphones but won’t control them. So for me they’ve come and gone, for now, maybe like the Ambisonic microphone they’ll make a come back.
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Re: Neumann KM-D Digital Microphones

Postby forumuser840717 » Wed May 12, 2021 1:40 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote: :lol: Yeah... but I don't think you an be considered 'normal' by the standards of most recording engineers! :mrgreen:

Fair point :tongue:

Isn't Waves working on a plugin for that? :think: :lolno:

Oh I do hope so! Preferably with presets and an 'Auto' function.
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