I would have gotten back to you sooner but I wanted to do some testing.
I've considered what you've told us, and I'm not sure that we can predict whether or not the Neumann KMS 105
will solve your problem. There are too many variables to consider. I don't want to discourage you in your quest for perfection. However, I'm going to suggest some things that you can try.
Originally posted by Musicianthomas:
Greetings Gang! I have read ALL of the many posts and comparisons concerning the Neumann KMS 105 mic, both here and the many, many other online reviews and forums. (of which 99% are 5 star all the way reviews).
Most all my equipment is top notch, all the way from my Bose L1 Model II and T1 Tonematch down to every single cable being Mogami.
I'd like to understand how you have things set up.
Could you remind us how you have your TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX
and T1® wired up? Please give us lots of detail about the signal path. Are you using a T1® Preset for your microphone?
I have no problem investing 700.00 more on a mic that will give me forever pristine excellence, despite the $700 "ouch bite". I play several shows per week year round, so investment is just part of being a full time working musician.
That's an interesting way to think about it. Looking at it this way, my first Neumann KMS 105
has cost me well less $ 0.50 per use.
The posts here and the great mic comparison by ST are awesome, yet now pretty dated, so here's my situation and asking advice before I bite the bullet and purchase the KMS 105 Monday.
I haven't updated my microphone comparison
because I haven't had any reason to buy other microphones until recently. More on that in a minute.
I've been using the TC-Helicon MP-75 mic, matching the Voicelive Play GTX I use. I've been very happy and had nothing but applause and bravos concerning the quality of my sound, show after show after show.
The local stores don't stock the TC Helicon MP-75. I haven't used or heard one.
Until my own recent evaluation. I purchased a Zoom Q4n video camera for it's superb audio quality. And I DO mean superb! Makes my Taylor sound like the greatest guitar ever played through a system........and very accurately, just as it comes out of the Bose. That accuracy of recorded sound also reveals that....my voice sounds muffled in comparison to the clarity and out front sound of the guitar. It isn't caused by camera placement, this happens at all angles at all distances.
Are you connecting the TC-Helicon MP-75 directly to the VoiceLive Play GTX or to the T1®? I just checked the Manual for the TC Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX
¹ and I see that there are special settings for the MP-75 (e.g. Dynamic/Condenser/MP-75). I can't tell if the setting for MP-75 has special processing or if it's just to support the Mic Control button on the MP-75.
Suggestion: Connect the MP-75 directly to the T1® and use this Preset.
Category: Vocal Mics
Preset: Handheld Mics
Record what you hear.
ing the Preset.
Try this with and without the wind screen.
How are the plosives?
Does it sound muffled?
We are trying to figure out if the 'muffled'ness that you are hearing is in the TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX or the microphone.
I use a foam windscreen on the mic because the plosives are just way too present without it. I think this is my culprit. Using it bare isn't an option.
Have you tried different kinds of foam windscreens?
Have you tried close microphone technique? I've found that I can reduce plosives with some dynamic microphones by being really close to the microphone (lips barely brushing the metal windscreen).
Live, in my own ears, it all sounds great and balanced/clear..but I also realize that I'm also hearing my own voice in my head as well as what immediately surrounds my "head-hearing"... as well as what is coming through the Bose. This muffling isn't a bad lacking, it just isn't what I know it COULD be and I'd like both my live "through the Bose" voice and video recordings to give me that punch/clarity/upfront result. Of the gazillion mics and reading a gazillion reviews for each, it looks like the Neumann KMS 105 is the closest to accurate solution I could ask for.
I recently picked up four EV ND767a
microphones. I got them sight-unseen (unheard and untested) on the basis of a strong recommendation from a well qualified and highly trusted source. They were on clearance for around $50 USD a few months ago as ElectroVoice has discontinued them. That was less than half of the regular price.
I've been meaning to write a review of these microphones but it hasn't been a priority yet. Here's what I can tell you based on some things I tried tonight. ToneMatch® Presets
Without the T1® and the ToneMatch Presets, the EV ND767a is okay. I've tried it without the T1® through conventional PA systems. It was at least the equal of a Shure SM58. With the T1® and the EV ND767a Preset, it sounds much better. I chose the EV ND 767a to do some comparisons to the Neumann KMS 105.
Without the Presets the Neumann KMS 105 sounds much better than the EV ND767a.
With the Presets the difference between the two microphones is much less. Plosives
Plosives were less apparent with the Neumann KMS 105 than with the EV ND767a.
I've found the Neumann KMS 105 to be better at dealing with plosives than other microphones so this was not a surprise.
I used Neumann KMS 105 with TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX without the T1® on occasion and I was happy with the results. I no longer have the TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX so I can't do any more testing with it for comparison.
Before I drop these seven big one$$ this week, I'd like to ask the community here of KMS 105 users, if this investment will or could, in your opinion, put the voice with more clarity, more out front, with more punch for me without use of any external windscreen or foam cover? Feedback resistance is supposed to be excellent with the 105. And to also just share their experiences with the KMS 105. For those using any different mic that has experienced the same "mufflish" problem, whether caused by foam windscreen or not, are there any tips, tricks, T1 settings that have made a clarity/punch difference for them? Thanks for any and all feedback on this! I trust you guys!!
I've suggested some things above to help you determine if the source of the "mufflish" problem is the TC-Helicon MP-75, TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX, or the windscreen. And then, to hear if you can improve the situation with microphone technique or by routing the microphone directly to the T1®.
A few more thoughts about the Neumann KMS 105
Gain-Before-Feedback with the Neumann KMS 105 has been really good. I use close-microphone technique, optimal gain staging, and the T1® Noise Gate.
I recently had to get another high end vocal microphone. I got a second Neumann KMS 105. I can't imagine a higher recommendation.
Can you return the Neumann KMS 105 if it isn't everything you hope it will be?
Edit ¹ link more detailed Owners Manual for the VoiceLive Play GTX