Neumann TLM49 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Based on the iconic Neumann M49 and U47 mics, the transformerless TLM 49 large-diaphragm condenser flatters nearly any vocal with its gentle presence boost.

Transform the tone of your recordings with the transformerless Neumann TLM 49 cardioid condenser microphone. Designed to make vocals sing, this large-diaphragm studio mic will lend a warm, rich sound to any performance while remaining balanced and transparent. Use it for broadcast voiceovers; use it on group background vocals; or step outside of the vocal booth and use the TLM 49 to capture sweet strings, pianos, and guitars. No matter how you apply this retro-style TLM microphone, you are sure to get optimal recording results in a classic Neumann design.

The Legendary K 47 Capsule

Inspired by vintage mics from the 1950s, the TLM 49 combines old-school appeal with modern elements in a truly ageless design suitable for both professional production studios and home studios alike. It features the K 47 capsule of Neumann's legendary M 49 and U 47 models, as well as transformerless circuit technology for low self-noise in even the most demanding recording applications. The capsule has a linear frequency response up to the upper midrange, and to flatter most vocals, there is a gentle 3 dB presence boost starting at around 2 kHz. Protecting the capsule is a big headgrille that keeps plosives, pops, and other unwanted noises in check.

TLM for "Transformerless Microphone"

Transformerless means that the microphone's usual output transformer is replaced by an electronic circuit. Neumann notes that as with traditional transformers, TLM technology ensures good common mode rejection read more and prevents RF interference that may influence the balanced audio signal.

Cardioid Polar Pattern -- Great for Speech, Vocals, and More

The TLM 49's large-diaphragm capsule provides a cardioid directional characteristic that leans toward supercardioid, meaning that it picks up more sound from the front than the back, and lends a tight, focused quality to the voice. Cardioid mics are generally an excellent choice for vocals. So that you know it's a Neumann, the TLM 49 is addressed from the front, marked with the red Neumann logo on the body of the microphone.

Neumann Shock Mount Included

The TLM49's wide frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz allows it to transmit extremely low-frequency signals without coloration. Yes, it's sensitive to vibration noise and wind noise, but that's why its entire interior structure is elastically mounted. What's more, the microphone comes in a set with the Neumann EA3 shock mount to isolate it from low-frequency rumble.

The TLM 49 microphone can operate at sound pressure levels of up to 114 dB without distortion, and it can provide a dynamic range of 102 dB (A-weighted).

Check out our overview of the Neumann TLM49 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:


- Cardioid condenser studio microphone optimized for vocal performance
- Pressure gradient transducer with the large-diaphragm capsule of the U 47
- Retro design looks sharp
- Transformerless output circuitry ensures low self-noise
- Acoustically very open wire mesh headgrille protects the capsule
- Neumann EA3 shock mount incoiced
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- Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
- Directional pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency range: 20 Hz ... 20 kHz
- Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 12 mV/Pa
- Rated impedance: 50 ohms
- Rated load impedance: 1000 ohms
- Equivalent noise level, CCIR: 23 dB
- Equivalent noise level, A-weighted: 12 dB-A
- Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR (rel. 94 dB SPL): 71 dB
- Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted (rel. 94 dB SPL): 82 dB
- Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 114 dB
- Maximum output voltage: 10 dBu
- Dyn. range of the mic. amplifier /A-weighted, 0.5 %): 102 dB
- Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938): 48 V +/- 4 V
- Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938): 3.2 mA
- Matching connector: XLR 3F
- Weight: 825 g
- Diameter: 78 mm
- Length: 165 mm
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
with EA3 Shockmount
Shipping Weight: 3.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 7 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 008550

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 860-434-9190

Neumann TLM 49 Cardioid Condenser Mic

The Neumann TLM 49 is a large-diaphragm studio microphone with a cardioid directional characteristic and a warm sound which is especially optimized for vocal performance. It is supplied as a set, with an elastic suspension.

The design is inspired by that of the legendary M 49 and M 50 microphones of the 1950s. Naturally, the TLM 49 has the typical Neumann fine matte nickel finish. The "sound design" is also oriented toward that of the M 49 and the U 47. By combining its retro look with proven Neumann transformerless circuit technology, this microphone ensures low self-noise and the use of high gain levels.

Ideal for Vocals and Voiceover

During the development phase, the sound was adjusted in extensive practical tests, so as to make the TLM 49 ideal particularly for vocal and speech recording. However, in addition, it is also suitable for instrumental applications in professional production studios and demanding home recordings.

Cardioid Polar Pattern

The large-diaphragm capsule of the TLM 49 provides a cardioid directional characteristic with a tendency toward supercardioid, due to the special capsule construction. Following the example of the M 49, high frequencies are more directional. The capsule diameter is 34 mm. The front of the microphone is indicated by the red Neumann logo on the microphone body. The capsule is oriented so that the microphone is addressed from the front.

Famous K 47 Capsule

The TLM 49 uses the famous K 47 capsule, which was also used in the M 49 and the U 47. The capsule has a linear frequency response up to the upper mid-range. Above 2 kHz there is a gentle presence boost up to 3 dB. The capsule is enclosed by a large microphone headgrille, which is acoustically very open and is hence neutral with regard to the sound.

TLM: Transformerless Microphone

The letters TLM stand for "transformerless microphone." With TLM technology the usual output transformer is replaced by an electronic circuit. As with traditional transformers, it ensures good common mode rejection, and prevents RF interference that may influence the balanced audio signal. Noise signals which affect the balanced modulation line are therefore effectively suppressed. The microphone can operate at sound pressure levels of up to 114 dB without distortion, and provides a dynamic range of 102 dB (A-weighted).

EA 3 Shock Mount Included

Due to the wide frequency response, the TLM 49 can also transmit extremely low-frequency signals without coloration. Of course, this means that the microphone is also sensitive to noise signals such as vibration noise and wind noise in this frequency range. The TLM 49 is therefore supplied with the elastic suspension EA 3, which effectively protects the microphone from structure-borne noise. If the microphone is addressed at extremely close range, pop screen PS 15 or PS 20 a can be used in front of the microphone to provide protection against plosive sounds.


- Studio microphone with retro look and warm sound optimized for vocal recordings
- Cardioid polar pattern
- Pressure gradient transducer with the large-diaphragm capsule of the legendary U47 and M49
- Transformerless output circuitry
- Acoustically very open wire mesh headgrille
- Complete set with elastic suspension


- Vocal microphone: Lends richness, power and brilliance to the voice, while remaining balanced and transparent
- Announcer's microphone for broadcasting, dubbing and voiceovers
- Spot microphone for recording strings, piano and guitar

These are just some of the most common applications. Neumann recommends additional experimentation to gain maximum use from this microphone.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (32 ratings)
Submitted June 17, 2010 by a customer from

"Best mic i ever used!"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Replace it ? Ofcourse not! I will be using this mic for a long long time! If i get another mic i will definitly use both in different projects as the tlm49 is irreplacable!

The sound through this mic is AWSOME. It is very crisp and clear.. just what i wanted. Hook it up to a GOOD PREAMP (tube or solidstate) and u will get awsome results. I use it exclusively for vocals which is what its designed for. I recorded using the TLM103 before and the tlm49 KNOCKS IT OFF !! It's brand new, and from the first couple of tests it sounds amazing. Gives u that richness and depth in the low frequencies.

It only included a shockmount EA3, which was kinda hard to assemble, i dunno if i assembled it the way i should but it works so im fine with how i assembled it!! Its a one pattern cardiod mic, so it got no additional features.

Ease of Use
With a good preamp, u can go from rich thick warm voice to crisp crystal clear sound. It gives me the variation i need.

IT'S A NEUMANN!! Its heavy and fees like it could last for age..

It was a bit over my budget and compared to other mics too. But considering that it's a NEUMANN and vocalist reviews i read, it was worth it. And when i first plugged it in to give it the 1st try, it was worth it!

Manufacturer Support
Didn't try and hope i wont read more need to.

The Wow Factor
Its not sexy, its CHARISMATIC! The color, the heavy (almost 1 KG) weight, the hard solid metal its made out of, the shape and its LAARRGGE grill gives it an attitude and its very very appealing.

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