Neumann KM 184 by mahasandi
This is a cardiod mic requires phantom power.
I like this mic though some find it a bit harsh in the upper mids.
Those same people seem to love the vintage km84 which I am sure I would as well have not used one.
from the Nuemann site
"Although the KM 184 has the same capsule as the KM 84, the microphone differs slightly on the 0° frequency response: The KM 184 has a gentle rise at about 9 kHz, a characteristic that was introduced very successfully with the KM 140. The result is a tonal balance that is fresher and livelier when compared to the KM 84 with its flat frequency response in that band.
This difference was achieved with just a slight change of the capsule’s rear opening, and is not due to resonances."
Apparently Sennhieser/modern Nuemann feel what many here on GS call harsh is actually livelier .....
Well on its own merits the 184 is low noise and has good detail paired with a warmer pre-amp I have the upper mids to be less in the face.
Its really a good mic to use and know as it can be very versitile on acoustic guitar to snare etc.
It has fairly good tone when compared to some cheaper mics and can produce a good reproduction of most instruments.
I guess Im just smitten with the Line audio CM3.I feel it has a better tone then the 184 about the same noise a wider cardiod but just a more pleasing tone to the sound.
depending on your source and application you might love this mic .
Here on GS it has been generally beat up.
Now the km84 being warmer still having good noise a more musical tone in comparison would win for me .
But as the 184 is still in current production its readily available and not super $$$$
Worth hearing, and maybe what your looking for I have liked the 184 on guitars not so much on strings as the upper mid brightness brings out too much rasp.
For guitar amps I choose ribbons.
A good mic not a great one.