The KM 84 is a small-diaphragm FET condenser with a fixed Cardioid pickup pattern. It was the world’s first phantom-powered microphone, built to run on 48v DC. Its design goal was to be as small as possible; the model name ‘KM’ stands for Kleine Mikrofon (“small microphone”).
Although discontinued in 1992, the KM-84 remains a favorite of vintage mic enthusiasts for drum overheads and hi-hat applications.
The mic is known for having an exceptionally flat frequency response and its ability to maintain its cardioid pickup pattern across the frequency spectrum.
The old Calrec SDCs are nice mics but have a noticeably higher noise floor than a Neumann.
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That's a damn fine selection for a small home studio. If you're worried about blowing out the R44, you can put a pop filter in front of it to protect it from air blasts. I remember the Royer demo CD from a million years ago, and someone had a 121 on BD and they...
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