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Neumann KMR 81i Super-Cardioid Shotgun Microphone - Nickel

Abel Code: GS-KMR-81I
Mfr. Code: NEUKMR81I
Estimated to Ship – 5-10 Business Days
Special Order Only
This is a special order item. You will be charged upon placing your order, which is non-cancelable and non-returnable.
Interference tube microphone with super-cardioid shotgun directional characteristic.
Key Highlights
  • Supercardioid shotgun microphone
  • 10 dB attenuation switch
  • High lateral and back attenuation


The Neumann KMR 81i Super-Cardioid Shotgun Microphone - Nickel features a high directivity that remains within the acceptance angle independent of the frequency. The advantage is that a sound source, such as an actor on stage, will not change apparent tonal balance when moving within this area. 


Shotgun microphones are particularly useful in recording situations where a microphone cannot be positioned within the desired distance of the sound source, to produce a sufficiently loud signal level. Typical applications are film and video recordings, where the microphone should not appear in the picture. The KMR 81 has also been specifically designed for electronic news gathering.

Acoustic Features

In principle, Neumann shotgun microphones use a combination of a pressure gradient transducer and an interference tube. If the wavelength of the frequency is longer than the tube length, the microphones work as pressure gradient transducers. At higher frequencies they operate as interference transducers for lateral sound.

Off-axis sound sources are picked up with reduced level, but without coloration. Subsequently, these microphones are well-suited to record individual instruments in an orchestra. The pickup areas of several shotgun microphones may even overlap as, for example, during recordings on a large stage, without causing any problem.

The KMR 81 is less sensitive to wind and pop noise when compared to the KM 150 miniature microphone with a similar high directivity. The shotgun microphone features extremely low self noise, good impulse response, and high output level.

Polar Patterns

The microphone capsule is positioned inside a housing tube that is acoustically open but has a high flow resistance. The directional pattern of the microphone is lobe shaped. The attenuation of lateral sound is practically independent of the frequency. The KMR 81 has a frequency independent directivity within a pickup angle of 90° for audio signals that determine the tonal balance of the program material.

Filter & Attenuation

The microphone has a 10 dB attenuation switch to prevent the input of the following unit from overloading. A second switch activates a 200 Hz high-pass filter. Toward the lower frequencies the sensitivity of the microphone is attenuated by approximately 15 dB at 50 Hz. The frequency range above 200 Hz is unaffected.

Use on Location

This shotgun microphone features very high output capability and a remarkably low self-noise level. Its low power consumption, light weight, and low sensitivity to wind and handling noise, makes it an ideal tools for news gathering on location. Small dimensions, together with a balanced center of gravity, make handling easy without any whiplash effect.  However, when on location and during strong wind conditions, an additional wind screen is recommended (included as standard accessory). The wind screen is made of polyurethane foam.


  • Interference tube microphone with shotgun directional characteristic
  • Interference/pressure-gradient transducer
  • High lateral and back attenuation
  • 90° recording angle
  • Switchable filter or preattenuation features
  • Extensive accessories for outdoor use
  • Weight: 0.3 lb (145 g)

What's in the Box

  • Neumann KMR 81i Super-Cardioid Shotgun Microphone - Nickel
  • WS 81 Foam Windscreen
  • Protective Case (Leather)


Key Highlights

  • Supercardioid shotgun microphone
  • 10 dB attenuation switch
  • High lateral and back attenuation
  • 90° recording angle


Input Connector/Port:
3-pin XLR - Female


150 ohms
1 kohms - Rated Load Impedance
Microphone Type:
Super-cardioid - Shotgun Microphone
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
71 dB - CCIR, rel. 94 dB SPL (according to IEC 60268-1; CCIR-weighting acccording to CCIR 468-3, quasi peak)
82 dB - A-weighted, rel. 94 dB SPL (according to IEC 61672-1, RMS)
Microphone Notes:
Acoustical Operating Principle - Interference Transducer
18 mV/Pa - at 1 kHz into 1 kohm
Frequency Range:
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level:
12 dB-A - A-weighted (according to IEC 61672-1, RMS)
23 dB - CCIR (according to IEC 60268-1; CCIR-weighting acccording to CCIR 468-3, quasi peak)
Max SPL:
128 dB - THD 0.5% (measured as equivalent el. input signal)
138 dB - for THD 0.5% with preattenuation (measured as equivalent el. input signal)


Output Voltage:
1.3 dBu
Power Adapter:
Supply Voltage (P48, IEC 61938) - 48 V ± 4 V
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