Neumann KMR 81D Shotgun Microphone

Neumann KMR 81D Shotgun Microphone

Neumann KMR 81D Shotgun Microphone

  • Recordings for broadcasting/ENG, film and video productions
  • Medium length shotgun spot mic in noisy surroundings
  • Balanced weight during handheld and boom/fishpole operation

The KMR 81 D is the transition of the well-established KMR 81i shotgun microphone into the digital domain. It provides all of the features of its analog counterpart, which made it a favorite of sound engineers in movie and documentary productions. Additionally it offers the advantages of the digital circuit technology, such as extended dynamic range, a more robust operation (EMC safe) and the avoidance of clipping as a result of the integrated peak limiter/compressor.

The settings for all functions can be recalled, set and stored in the microphone by using one of the digital microphone interfaces.


Acoustic transducer: Interference transducer
Directional characteristic: Supercardioid/lobe
Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Free-field sensitivity1):–36 dBFS
Equivalent noise level, CCIR3): 21 dB
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted3): 9 dB-A
Signal-to-noise ratio2), CCIR3): 73 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio2), A-weighted3): 85 dB
Maximum SPL at 0 dBFS: 123 dBSPL
Dynamic range, A-weighted4): 114 dB

44,1/48 kHz: 41 samples
88,2/96 kHz: 49 samples
176,4/192 kHz: 99 samples


  • Sampling rates: 48 kHz
  • Gain: 10 dB
  • Compressor on, Attack time 100 ms, Release time 0.5 s, Threshold –10 dBFS, Ratio 2:1

Supply voltage range: +7 V to +10.5 V
Current consumption: max. 150 mA
Weight: approx. 90 g, Diameter: 42 mm, Length: 212 mm

Interface: AES42

Remote controlled functions:

  • Polar pattern4)
  • Low-cut: flat, 40, 80, 160 Hz
  • Pre-attenuation: 0 , -6, -12, -18 dB
  • Gain: 0...63 dB in 1 dB steps, clickless
  • Testsignal: 1 kHz, pink noise, white noise
  • Sampling rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
  • Parametric compressor/limiter (incl. de-esser function)
  • Independent peak limiter avoiding any clipping
  • Switch functions: soft muting, phase reverse, signal lights
  • Signal lights: red4) and blue LEDs
  • System functions, firmware download
A/D conversion: Neumann process (patented), 28-bit internal word length

Digital signal processing: Fixed-point, variable internal word length 28 bits to 60 bits

  • Asynchronous operation (free-running, AES42 - Mode 1), basic frequency accuracy: ± 25 ppm
  • Synchronous operation (AES42 - Mode 2), pulling range: Min. ± 100 ppm
Power supply: (phantom power complying with AES42)

Output: XLR3M, 24 bits as per AES/EBU (AES3)    

Delivery Services

At Pinknoise Systems we like to offer our customers a wide choice of delivery options for their orders, and our prices are affordable and competitive. We also use only the best, most reliable couriers and delivery services to get your equipment where it needs to be - quickly and securely. Please find an outline of our services, prices and timescales below.

Service Timescale Price
UK Mainland Royal Mail Small Parcel 2-4 Days £3.99
UK Offshore Royal Mail 2-4 Days £9.99
UK Standard Courier 2-4 Days £6.49
UK Express Courier Next Day £7.99
International Shipping From 1-10 Days (Full Details) From £15.00

Delivery Times

Delivery times are based on when the package(s) leaves our premises. Sometimes, due to stock restrictions or a non-completed order, delivery may take longer as there is a delay with couriers, which is unfortunately out of our hands. If your order is urgent, or details change, please do let us know.
For full details, fees, and time schedules, please see our Delivery Information page.

Returns & Refunds

New items: You can return goods you have ordered from us for any reason, at any time within 30 working days of receipt (14 to initiate the process), for a full refund or for an exchange for a different product from our range. Items must be packed suitably and insured for full loss in the event of a delivery problem. Pinknoise Systems will not be responsible for lost or damaged return goods. Lost or damaged goods may affect the level of refund you receive. For full details of our returns policy, please click here.

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Model:  NEU-KMR81D
Part No.:  008648
Manufacturer:  Neumann

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