Neumann KH 120: Punching above its weight class
For the in-studio Stitcher team, a ‘typical’ production process might include capturing the interview or the host. Then the team will assemble other content where required — such as clips, sound design and music. Once the mixing process arrives, the engineer will dive into the finer points of EQ, compression, noise reduction, and achieving satisfactory balance among all tracks.
So far, says DeLore, the Neumann monitors have delivered: “The KH 120s have been working really great for us and have been able to deliver more than enough low frequency response for our tracking and mixing needs. What we hear is a clear reproduction of our signal chain, with no additional coloring or overcompensation. This is important, because we need these recordings and these mixes to translate to several possible playback scenarios, such as car stereos, ear buds, or built-in laptop speakers.”
Meantime, a pair of Neumann KH 310 three-way monitors in one of its larger studios has served as a perfect complement to the KH 120s: “Because we want to record bands in that room, the extra firepower of the 310s was a good fit,” DeLore says. “Also, the 310s are designed to provide a wider sweet spot, which is ideal for podcasts which can have production teams of 4-5 people who need to all sit in the studio and be able to hear the same mix.”