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Neumann TLM102 Studio Microphone

Get that Neumann sound in your home studio with the TLM102. This fixed-cardioid condenser shines on vocals and voiceover -- try it on drums and amps, too. (6) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Despite its small size, the Neumann TLM102 studio microphone is well-equipped to make myriad sound sources -- from vocals and voiceovers to drums and amps -- sound huge. Ideal for home recording, broadcasting, and project studio applications, this diminutive Neumann microphone is a multi-functional must-have for anyone on a tight budget. If you treat it right, the large-diaphragm TLM102 will be your go-to studio mic for many years to come.

Great on Drums, Vocals, and More

With its fixed-cardioid large-diaphragm capsule's maximum sound pressure level (SPL) of 144 dB, the TLM102 can capture the fine details of drums and other very loud sound sources. When it's time to settle down and record something quieter, like vocals, the TLM102 really shines thanks to a slight boost above 6 kHz, which helps vocals stand out in a mix. According to Neumann, up to 6 kHz, the frequency response is extremely linear, making this microphone a standout choice for getting great recordings with a clearly defined bass range and minimal coloration.

All You Need Is One Good Mic

The expense of the TLM102 microphone is quite fair when you consider its wide range of applications. This one mic can yield exceptional results when recording loud instruments like drums and amps, for example, as well as quieter sound sources like the acoustic guitar and the human voice. If you've got a restricted allowance for recording gear and you have a small studio space, investing in a multi-purpose microphone like the Neumann TLM102, instead of a bunch of different microphones dedicated to specific recording applications, makes sense.

Functional Style

The classic look of the TLM102, with its small-scale yet signature Neumann design and shiny grille ring, makes this fixed-cardioid condenser mic look more expensive than it is. More than just a nice embellishment, the grille ring features an integrated pop screen that suppress plosives in vocal and speech recording. The capsule serves another purpose as well, with an elastic suspension designed to suppress structure-borne noise.

Features:

- Large-diaphragm cardioid capsule
- High max SPL of 144 dB great for capturing loud sound sources
- Slight presence boost above 6 kHz helps vocals come through in a mix
- Smaller-scale Neumann design
- Transformerless circuitry
- Ideal for home recording, broadcasting, and project studio applications

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Specifications
- Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
- Directional pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency range: 20 Hz ... 20 kHz
- Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 11 mV/Pa
- Rated impedance: 50 ohms
- Rated load impedance: 1 kohms
- Equivalent noise level, CCIR1): 21 dB
- Equivalent noise level, A-weighted1): 12 dB-A
- Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR1) (rel. 94 dB SPL): 73 dB
- Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted1) (rel. 94 dB SPL): 82 dB
- Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%2): 144 dB
- Maximum output voltage: 13 dBu
- Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938): 48 V +/- 4 V
- Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938): 3.5 mA
- Matching connector: XLR3F
- Weight: approx. 260 g
- Diameter: 52 mm
- Length: 116 mm
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black, with Standmount
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 4 x 3 in
Nickel, with Standmount
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 3 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 860-434-9190

Product Description

The reduced overall size contributes to an exceptionally compact appearance, which unites all of the typical design components of a Neumann microphone. The harmonious proportions and gleaming grille ring ensure that even at first glance, the TLM 102 attracts attention.

Features

- Large-diaphragm microphone with cardioid directional characteristic (pressure gradient transducer)
- Compact, characteristic but smaller-scale Neumann design
- Very high maximum sound pressure level
- Slight presence boost above 6 kHz
- Transformerless circuitry

The TLM 102 is impressive in terms of sound: In the interior is a large-diaphragm capsule (cardioid) with a maximum sound pressure level of 144 dB, which permits the recording of percussion, drums, amps and other very loud sound sources, for example. Instruments that are not especially loud also benefit from the very fast transient response of the TLM 102. However its most important applications are in the realm of vocals and speech; a slight boost above 6 kHz provides for excellent presence of the voice in the overall mix. Up to 6 kHz the frequency response is extremely linear, ensuring minimal coloration and a clearly defined bass range. The capsule has an elastic suspension for the suppression of structure-borne noise. A pop screen integrated into the grille serves to suppress plosives in vocal and speech recording.

Due to its price and flexible field of application, the TLM 102 is ideal for the home recording and project studio sector, as well as for the broadcasting area, especially when clear lines of sight to the speakers are a priority.

The TLM 102 is available in black and nickel; a stand mount is included.

*The design of the microphone is a registered design of the Georg Neumann GmbH in certain countries.
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "NEUMANN FOR $700...WHY LOOK ANYWHERE ELSE?!"
Sound: I record a wide variety of latin music from mexican regional to hip hop and lemme tell you...this mic does it all! Don't let the size of this thing fool you...it's a monster when it comes to clarity. Feature: Does not come with a shockmount so you gotta use a regular clip that comes with it. I find that kind of "unsafe" since its such a small mic because you dont it to fly up accidently...lol. Ease of Use: Plug into your best mic preamp and hear everything MXL couldn't provide me. Quality: It's made like a Neumann TLM103...in fact it looks like a mini one. As far as quality, it looks professional and feels professional. Whether it would recover from a fall to the ground due to carelessness, I dont know. Im usually careful & overprotective with all my recording equipment. Value: I paid $700 for a mic when there was plenty options available to me. I wanted the security of the NEUMANN brand name stamped onto my mic! Manufacturer Support: I put 9 b/c I haven't had to call NEUMANN for nothing. It works like it should...why should I call them? Maybe to thank them for a very good mic. The Wow Factor: It looks professional...althought the size makes it look like a toy. But who cares? Big things come in small packages... Overall: I hope to keep using this mic 50 years from now or maybe put it away like an antique only to pull it out for special records. I plan on telling my great grandkids about this wonderful mic that NEUMANN made for $700 and gave me stellar results!
Style of Music: Mexican Regional, Hip Hop, Worship
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Sound: This mic has that expected Neumann shine in the highs without the harshness often associated with the 103. It has a very nice broadcast vibe to it. Especially for such a small mic. Amazing!!! Feature: Though it doesn't have the usual mic features such as a pad or hp filter I would say the real feature of this is it's size. This mic can be fit anywhere you need and has an excellent Proximity affect and is not fickle with positioning. Kind of point and shoot if you would Ease of Use: The only issue I take with this mic is it is very subjectible to rumble and other structure born resonance. Nothing a shockmount won't fix to bad I'd doesn't come with one but that's pretty much it's only weakness. Quality: Classic Neumann build quality. Feels very solid for such a small mic. The head basket alone shows the nice build. Value: The price I'm sure some would say steep based on the appearance but based on the sound and usabillity it's very worth it. Just think a stereo pair of neumanns for 1400 that will work for anything you need to record from drum overheads to vocals. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed it wich I consider the best support The Wow Factor: It's very cute for lack of a more professional term. I think it looks exactly like it's supposed to. Overall: I've used this mic for male and female vocals across four genres, on acoustic guitar , finger snaps, claps, and other small percussion instruments including a cardboard box and have never been disappointed on the contrary this little mic will surprise you time and time again with how well it works. I am a full time engineer with great gear and this mic has now become a staple in my studio will be getting another one for stereo soon as possible
Style of Music: Any and all
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