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HypercardioidNeumann KM 185

Hypercardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone

The KM 185 is a hypercardioid FET pencil condenser. It is the newest addition to the “Series 180” microphones, which includes the well-known KM 184 cardioid and KM 183 omni microphones.

Note that the capsules in the Series 180 mics are not interchangeable.

The capsule in the KM 185 is Neumann’s model K 50, developed in 1988. Is a pressure-gradient transducer with a gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragm. Internally, the K 50 capsule is identical to Neumann’s AK 50 capsule. The AK 50 is a detachable hypercardioid capsule that is part of the KM 100 Series of microphones.

The KM185 is available in matte black (model KM 185 mt, p/n 008441) or satin nickel (p/n 008440) finishes. The mic ships with a foam windscreen (p/n WNS 100) and a black swivel mic clip (p/n SG 21 bk). Matched stereo pairs are also available, in either color.

MIX, 2000

The KM 185 hypercardioid worked wonderfully on the hi-hat… Because of its pattern, I could put the mic a little farther away… which sounds better than putting the mic extra close to minimize leakage.

The Neumann KM 185 is also known as: KM185.

The mic was released in 1999.


Frequency Response - HypercardioidClick Graph to Compare!
KM 185 Hypercardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Hypercardioid (10 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
50 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 142 dB
Self-noise: 15.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
80g (2.82oz) 107mm (4.21'') 22mm (0.87'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48 ± 4v

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