Sweet Little Microphone — Huge Neumann Sound!
At first glance, the TLM 102 stands out from other Neumann microphones because of its extraordinarily compact design. Don't let its size fool you! Inside the TLM 102 sits a large-diaphragm, cardioid capsule that Neumann developed specifically for their next generation of microphones intended for a broad range of applications. Like the rest of the TLM series, the TLM 102 is built around low-noise circuitry and captures sound sources without adding extensive color. It particularly excels with vocals, and the ability to handle extreme SPLs makes the TLM 102 a truly versatile microphone.
Neumann TLM 102 Transformerless Cardioid Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
- A great way to naturally sweeten vocals
- Tiny condenser with massive versatility
- TLM technology means low noise and high clarity
A great way to naturally sweeten vocals
Up to 6kHz the frequency response of the TLM 102 extremely linear. But just after 6kHz, Neumann built in a slight boost to bolster the presence of the voice. This characteristic adds a quality often called "sweetness" to vocals that makes them jump out in the mix. The extra smoothness tends to enhance vocals by smoothing out a highly audible frequency range and adds some extra dimension to spoken recordings. The small stature of the TLM 102 is also a major asset in applications where maintaining a clear line of sight between the vocalist and the control room or or band is a priority.
Tiny condenser with massive versatility
The TLM 102 has an extremely flexible field of application and is affordable enough to find a place in professional and project studios alike, as well as in broadcast and live sound. Its largely linear frequency response extends across the audible spectrum from 20Hz to 20kHz. Since it doesn't take up as much space as a typical large-diaphragm condenser, it is easy to position the TLM 102 in front of guitar cabinets or use it as a drum mic. And there's no need to worry about high SPLs — the TLM 102 can easily handle up to 144dB, so loud sound sources are not off limits.
TLM technology means low noise and high clarity
The letters TLM stand for "transformerless microphone." With TLM technology the usual output transformer is replaced by an electronic circuit. TLM technology ensures good common mode rejection, and prevents RF interference that may influence the balanced audio signal. The capsule's built-in elastic suspension mechanism and pop screen in the TLM 102 also further diminish the noise of handling and use.
- Maximum 144dB maximum SPL
- Cardioid pickup pattern
- 20Hz - 20kHz frequency range
- 132dB dynamic range
- 50-ohm impedance
- Weight: approximately 260g
- Diameter: 52mm
- Length: 116mm
- Requires +48V phantom power