Neumann TLM 102 - Nickel

Transformerless, Large-Diaphragm, Compact, Cardioid Condenser Microphone
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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.

Neumann TLM 102 Transformerless Cardioid Condenser Microphone Features:
  • 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
Put a Little Powerhouse in your studio with Neumann's compact, cardioid TLM 102!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 144 dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 82dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 12dB (A weighted)
Color Satin Nickel
Connector XLR
Weight 0.57 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Mount
Manufacturer Part Number 008626

Customer Reviews

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In Love

I went through a rigorous search for a new mic for Voice Over. Tried out in local retail stores about a dozen for what would sound best and give me the most range. This mic took the cake by far. Huge upgrade from your entry level to mid tier mics, and quality of higher tier mics. I liked the sound of this mic better than the TLM 103 for my voice. Massive range for this mic it has been working well for high energy car dealership type commercials to more toned documentary type reads and soothing relaxation reads as well. I love it.
Music background: Voice Over

Neumann TKM 102

As a sax player, this is a great mic for under the $1000 range. It gives that warm sound I've been looking for.
Music background: Pro Musician/Producer

Great Mic

Let me preface, I expected this to be good, I own a TLM 103 and U87 A, I just didn't expect it to be GREAT. Every bit of the clarity that I'm used to from Neumann without the price tag. It is small, my immediate statement was "LOOK! A baby Neumann!", but the sound quality is great. No complaints here.
Music background: Producer/Engineer

Neumann TLM 102 Love It

At first, I was leaning towards the TLM 103 until I tried one and found that it didn't work for my voice despite the fact it seems to be the industry standard for voice over. Just a little too bright for me. After trying the TLM102 I was really impressed with how warm this mic is and easy to work with. I paired this mic up with the Warm Audio WA12 and am very satisfied with what I'm hearing as far as audio quality. Top notch gear for the money.
Music background: Voice Actor

Wonderful Entry level Neuman Maic

I absolutely love how this mic sounds. I bought this mic a week ago from Sweetwater because I wanted a step up in my recording chain. I was hoping this would live up to the reviews I had read along with my previous experience recording acoustic guitars with my Neuman KM 184. I just did a little test recording a some vocal takes simultaneously mic'd with the TLM 102 and an SM7B through the same pre's into an ART Pro VLA II level matched with the same compression settings on each channel. I used to think the vocal, SM7B + Pro VLA seemed to just fit into the overall mix (and it is still pretty sweet) until I heard back the vocals through the same chain with the TLM 102. Wow! It just sounds like a record. While it's not a U87, it still has that nice Neuman vibe that we are all so used to hearing on so many records. I really don't think I'll be reaching for a whole lot of EQ using this mic. I also tried it as a mid distance mic paired with my KM 184 closer mic'd on an acoustic guitar and it sounds very nice here too. If you’re looking to get that Neuman vocal sound that people will recognize, at a more home/project studio price, this one is a total winner
Music background: Song writer, Singer, home/project studio recorder
See also: Condenser Mics, Neumann, Neumann Condenser Microphones, Neumann Condenser Microphones