Neumann KM 86i

Neumann KM 86i

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KM 86i, Small diaphragm condenser microphone from Neumann in the KM 86 series.

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Neumann KM 86i tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Neumann
  • Model: KM 86i
  • Series: KM 86
  • Category: Small diaphragm condenser microphones
  • Added in our database on: 06/11/2005

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Neumann KM 86i user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 4 reviews )
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MarcP's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann KM 86i
I dug up two KM86i 8 years ago in a studio that did not really know what was, I no longer true to say, I bought a song and since they turn out to be two of my faithful companions taken from his classical music, they have it all .......


After 8 years of use, nothing to say, the three are very significant directivity
Value for me "unbeatable" Room € 100 secondhand !!!!!!!!!!!
if you find do not hesitate one second!!

Shibaya's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann KM 86i
Double capacitor cell used in the KM84. See the opinion of Plastok2 is an encyclopedia on the subject.


For two months. The KM86i! For many years I wondered what was recorded with the voice of S. Gainsbourg on "Melody Nelson". Exceptional clarity when one knows the trouble to transcribe his voice. I knew that later in the 80's he used a Neumann U67 Aphex Aural Exciter with, but at that time there were not!!

A childhood dream!

I never put 10 because I think that perfection does not exist in this world (except for my horse)

U-FLYstudio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann KM 86i
Micro my photo on the right,

- MODL original, the lamp is followed by KM56 1966 KM 76 in the Dyn 3-pin power supply T12V that a year later is dclin in KM 86 (P48V dyn), and its output is then transformed XLR and the devriendra KM86i,
- It is monophonic micro dot of two KK64 capsules which also quipent KM 84, this allows a choice of three directional (cardio, 8, O) is also a quip ATT-10dB.
- Bandwidth is 40Hz-20kHz
- The self-noise is 19 dBA
- Cash it with an att max SPL of 134 dB
- It has a sensitivity of 9 mV / Pa 1 kHz
- PSE and 200 grams


The KM 76 and KM 86 in cardio do have the same polar diagram as the KM 84, the curve is also identical rponse 1 dB prs over 10kHz for KM86, KM84 him as the perfectly straight. The overall sound is therefore that of a cardio KM84 position, meaning you notte Retailer mdium the bottom, with enjoyable ism and free music tural coloration, tr s sweet but with a mdium seated and raliste! I find it it still sounds much better than the KM84's, as this is the body of the 86 pre amp and diffrent of KM83 and 84, and the sound is really more pai, especially cardiovascular, in omni The KM83 is a superb micro rerellement.
thanks its very practical directivity 3,
* With anti pop sound and proximity to the solo voices and splendid, more personal than many large diaphragm (same lamp), the mdium and the proximity of a grave are ultra music
- Acoustic guitar in it is effective in single and splendid couple AB (cardio or omni) on both sides of the rosette.
- Superb recovery plays bass amp mdiator (with attenuator)
- As piano's top, my taste better than the U87 or 414 bp
- And of course to finish in continuance of string ensemble or symphony when you can not afford a Decca tree in M50!
a brief quip micro capsules legends for rsultat classy and flexibility!
trs trs beautiful sound, a great natural feeling!
REFERENCE missing today is a catalog Neumann, in fact there are no longer small capsules multidirectvits (cardio, omni, 8) in the German manufacturer since the cessation of KM86 and especially with a sound as interesting!

they are still in use in a majority of the big studios internationals:
- Air Lyndhurst
- Abbey Road (18 units, just a!)
- Miraval studio
- Rak Studio
- Glenn Gould Studio
etc etc ....

to conclude that one of my microphones prfrs, even in song, he forged an excellent pre amp and power the sweet type Neve 1272 and a solo voice and the couple KM86 Fearn VT1 is pretty unbeatable!!
If I could afford and the chance to find all in good condition, I buy a dozen for my strings symphony orchestra.
Bernard Ancèze01/26/2009

Bernard Ancèze's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann KM 86i
Neumann is the great class. Quite similar to the KM84, a serious easiest, and the medium rather acute KM83 (omni). What we can do with these 2 mics + the lead vocal. A lower level of output, but an idea of ​​taking its most natural.


This micro silent in large parks socity production in the years 70/80, with the U87, KM84, CMT Schoeps, Sennheiser MKH, etc. ... Used in radio and studio post-production or recording studios.

Despite the shape, not a handheld microphone. It is a pure product for the studio. Not too fragile, pretty easy.

It is a tool of class. It is used as a U89 (more modern) but is less empty-cons on bass amp and pickup and prettier on the strings and voices. Say that the U89 is baritone and km86 is tnor. It may be closer to the TLM170. I would love to spend a few hours with these 2 mics to see ...

In omni: Stereo AB for string ensembles, choirs, and close to the lead vocals, acoustic guitar, and strings GENERALLY.

In cardio: Stro ORTF, I find easier than the KM84. I have some difficulties in both the bass with the 84 that I did not with 86. I think it's because of the position of the cell from the body of the micro more "logic" on the 86. May be.

8-L is a bit spcial must have 3 km86 on hand. Example where it is pretty unbeatable: A grand piano, 2 km86 above the heart strings and 1 km86 tail piano horizontal position 8. A type of MS, what. You can try with what you want else, except possibly very beautiful lamps at Neumann. You can do with a U87 and 89 is very good, but with KM86 ...!!! Splendid.

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