Neumann TLM 102 Microphone
The Neumann TLM 102 Microphone is impressive in terms of sound. 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 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.
The TLM 102 is impressive in terms of sound: In the interior is a newly developed 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.
Neumann TLM 102 Microphone 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
Neumann TLM 102 Microphone 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
- Dynamic range: A-weighted1) 132 dB
- 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
Neumann TLM 102 Microphone Includes
- Neumann TLM-102 Microphone
- Stand Mount
- Limited 2-Year Warranty
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Skip the TLM49, the TLM103 and any other Neumann badged mics under three grand. This is the winner, much nicer presence peak than the 103. Small profile and high SPL let it go where other LDC's can't. If you're brave put it on snare. This is has been my go to vocal mic for the past few years and I don't regret selling the others.
I was quite surprised at the way the TLM 102 sounds for voice over, in a very happy way. The TLM 103 never worked on my voice, a low baritone, it, I'm sorry to say had sibilance issues with a brittle high end. Not true with the TLM 102, which seems to be tuned to voice work. It has a vintage warmth of Neumanns of old, with flattering mids and a silky top, sibilance issues, gone. It's a beautiful sounding mic, no frills, a non invasive size and takes compression and EQ like a champ. It does well on a low to medium priced preamp (Focusrite Scarlett), but where you really hear it's sweetness is with a neutral pre, say the Red Net preamps in the Focusrite Forte, think Grace m101. Here, the mic is very balanced, with just the right amount of warmth. A perfect Voice Over mic, and highly recommended!
If used properly this is a EXCELLENT mic. It reproduces a polished sound. I recorded some Rap & Sung vocals & the results were EXCELLENT & needed NO eq whatsoever. With that said, just for testing/experimental purposes I messed around with some eq on the recorded material & everything responded well to it. Regarding "If used properly", the mic is VERY sensitive to proximity, so a minimal distance of 6-9 inches from the source would be ideal & maybe a slight of axis set up. FYI, I paired this mic with a Avalon V5 Preamp. As always thanks to my sales rep Ryan for his GREAT service & expertise!!!
Just got the opportunity to use this mic! On male vocals this mic sounds great not overhyped in the top end and very smooth in the mid range very nice! This mic could be my next Swiss army knife!