Neumann TLM 49Item ID: TLM49
Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic with K 47 Capsule and Transformerless Design
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Neumann Tube Mic Sound in a Transformerless Condenser MicThe 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 TLM 49 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.
Neumann TLM 49 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
Ideal mic for vocal applications
During the development phase, the TLM 49's sound was adjusted in extensive practical tests, so as to make it 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.
Linear frequency response with slight boost above 2kHz
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 midrange. Above 2 kHz there is a gentle presence boost up to 3dB. 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.
Transformerless design for low noise
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 TLM 49 can operate at sound pressure levels of up to 114dB without distortion, and provides a dynamic range of 102dB (A-weighted).
Acoustically neutral headgrille and elastic inner mountings
The TLM 49 capsule is enclosed by a large microphone headgrille, which is acoustically very open and is hence neutral with regard to the sound. The entire interior structure is mounted elastically, to prevent the transmission of structure-borne noise. In addition, the TLM 49 capsule is mounted with a rubber shock mount.
Includes EA 3 shock mount
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.
Neumann TLM 49 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features:
The TLM 49 is another Neumann classic!
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Jason, San Diego, CA
Reviewsbased on 23 reviews
Great mic for vocals and piano
by Pritesh Mehta from IndiaJust recorded some wind inst and sitar with tlm 49 through UAD 4-710 twinfinty mic per and it did a great job...it really good on vocals specially male vocals....
October 24, 2012
Music Background: Music composer/arranger/producer
VOCAL mic with an attitude...
by mikiala yardley from kamuela HISignal chain: TLM 49 > mogami gold XLR > apogee duet 2 > PRO Tools 10 > Ozone 5 mastering suite.
January 31, 2012
Music Background: professional musician
This mic shines on vocals with a kind of an attitude. It is not for the faint of heart or... read more [+] singers with a fragile EGO. The TLM 49 morphs itself into the artists voice. It's like having all the various tonal colors at your desire. Put a grinding singer in front and it will bring out the edge characteristics. Put a soft melodic vocalist in front and this mic will become transparent.
Overdub vocals 20 times? No problem, no frequency build up, 100% sonic blending. Throw it in front of an acoustic guitar and with EQ you will be blown away at the possibilities. You need to use this mic on a variety of sources to really appreciate it's capabilities.
If you are considering buying this mic, you won't be disappointed. For the money, you will be getting a staple, go to vocal mic for any singing style or genre of music. Sound is very "finished" and will cut through any mix with no EQ. close [-]
by scott from Portland, meFor the price this thing is a 5.0. Professional quality all the way. My girlfriend has a soft sultry type of voice and this mic is perfect choice for her. Its warm and takes eq very well. The key ... read more [+]to using this mic is understanding the Proximity effect. At 3" its wooly and thick. At 12" its thin. At 4-8" its just perfect. No this is not a m49 by any means. But it does work well with a singer that would sound good on a m49! I have also gotten some killer tracks on stand up bass with this microphone. close [-]
August 27, 2011
Music Background: Musician and Music Teacher
I finally found the sound of those golden years!
by Aakash Deep from Astoria, New YorkMy recent search for a vocal microphone around $1500 pointed to this one and I started talking to Kevin in Sweetwater. I also read lot of good reviews about Mojave MA 200 and was very much interested ... read more [+]to test that one too. Kevin gave me a good deal and I could keep both mic for a week and return the one (or none) I didn't like.
June 13, 2011
Music Background: www.aakash-deep.com
This does not have any wooden box, comes in a normal paper board retail packing. I used vintech X73i as the preamp, used good quality cables and Apogee and digi rack 003 converters and sang few lines. I have a thin n soft voice, and with this preamp+mic combo finally I could say to myself that I was looking to get this sound for so long. I'm from India and always like our vintage sound of 60s and 70s...This mic has that particular warmth I was looking for. My thin voice sounded warm, fat, smooth and clean over the entire frequency range without even using any EQ on the preamp. The vocal placed itself nicely in the mix without the need of much processing, just a bit of reverb and delay sent to sweeten it.
when I did side by side comparison with MA 200, (which is definitely an excellent mic for the price), I found it has got that digital brittleness as far as my voice is concerned. Even a general listener (my friend) considered the TLM 49 sound smoother and more round compared to Ma 200. I like the mid range of TLM 49. After a casual take, I was sitting back and listening to my recording and I was feeling sooo happy that finally Ive settled for a preamp+mic combo that now I can use in my future records. Ma 200 sounded very good though on a female vocal (recitation and speech) and wasn;t harsh at all, its just that my voice sounded best in TLM 49. I wanted to keep both mics, but MA 200 is going back due to its little lack in smoothness compared to TLM 49. close [-]
Possibly the best value in any Neumann mic! The TLM49 shines with beautiful clarity. Really a perfect choice for almost any vocal, it sounds big and "Neumann" on both male and female voices. My first choice for voiceover too, really the best mic on the planet for the price!
Neumann TLM 49
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