Recording and Studio
At 112th AES Convention, Munich, Sennheiser unveils the MKE Platinum clip-on microphone and the Neumann microphone head KK 105 S to be used with the Sennheiser SKM 5000 handheld transmitter.
Sennheiser's latest microphone development MKE Platinum is recommended for live applications, especially musicals and large stage productions. To catch a glimpse of the new clip-on mike, AES visitors will have to come really close: the MKE Platinum is really a sub-miniature microphone. In addition, it features a very thin yet rugged cable with a diameter of only approximately 1 mm. The Sennheiser engineers have shaped the mic's frequency response to the requirements of live sound engineers. In order to protect the microphone against moisture during "sweaty" performances, the MKE Platinum is fitted with Sennheiser's patented "Umbrella diaphragm", feauturing an additional diaphragm to protect the acoustically active diaphragm against moisture and make the microphone fail-safe.
The Neumann KMS 105 vocal microphone is known for recording high quality audio. Now Sennheiser and Neumann launch a wireless microphone combining the best of both companies. The SKM 5000 N will use Sennheiser RF wireless transmission technology with the Neumann KK 105 S microphone head, introducing the legendary Neumann sound into the wireless world.
The design of the KK 105 S super-cardioid microphone head is based on Neumann's KMS 105, 140 and 150 family of wired vocalist microphones. The head sports their tonal characteristics and specifications, their ruggedness and efficient suppression of pop and handling noise. The SKM 5000 N handheld transmitter is a special version of Sennheiser's state-of-the-art SKM 5000. Optimized for the Neumann capsule, it ensures interference-free, high-quality transmission to an associated Sennheiser receiver. Existing SKM 5000 handheld transmitters may be upgraded with the Neumann head, but to fully benefit from the acoustical properties of the KK 105 S it is recommended to use the new SKM 5000 N model.
Capsule and transmitter are available in the distinctive Neumann nickel finish or in black. The KK 105 S head comes complete with a large roadworthy nylon pouch big enough to hold the complete microphone, battery packs and accessories.