Neumann TLM 103N with Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II

Mic Month Bundle with Nickel Neumann TLM 103 Condenser Microphone and Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II Channel Strip
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Get Two Studio Classics in This Package!

The Neumann TLM 103 and Universal Audio LA-610 are one of those indisputable gear combos like a Les Paul and a JCM 100 or a B3 and a Leslie cabinet, and this Sweetwater package puts them together for a price no serious studio engineer could pass up. The astonishing liquid clarity of the TLM 103's transformerless design has been captivating audiences for past three decades, and engineers have used it on everything from vocals to drum overheads on countless hit records. Complementing the transparent nature of the TLM103, the UA LA-610 Mk II offers the vintage warmth of the 610 tube preamp and EQ section combined with a T4 opto compressor. The result is nothing short of breathtaking!

Neumann TLM 103 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic provides transformerless clarity

The Neumann TLM 103 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic boasts a capsule drawn from the U 87 and transformerless circuitry - not to mention classic Neumann sound! The TLM 103 is a great mic for any pro or project studio use and, due to its minimal self-noise, it's been used for classical recordings with a wide dynamic range, sampling (especially for low-volume sources), and Foley work. It's also capable of handling extremely loud sources as well, capturing sources up to 138dB without audible distortion. And though it's largely considered to be a studio condenser, the TLM103 is also robust enough for live use, with artists such as Jack White employing them regularly on guitar amplifiers onstage.

Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II channel strip offers up all-tube warmth and flexible tone shaping

A re-tooled version of UA's best-selling professional audio channel strip, the LA-610 Mk II brings UA's legendary vintage all-tube sound into a modern channel strip format by combining the 610 mic pre/EQ/DI section with a T4 opto-compressor into a single 2U design. The 610 tube preamp, DI, and EQ is identical to the original LA-610, and is based on the legendary console modules developed by Bill Putnam in the '60s. At the same time, the electro-optical detector or known as the T4 cell, is the very heart and soul of the Teletronix LA-2A, providing smooth leveling compression that's ideal for vocals but the power and response you need for limiting when you want it. A true bypass switch on the compressor circuit offers a versatile range of application, allowing you to use only the processing you want.

Neumann TLM 103 and Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II Mic Month Bundle Features:
  • A killer deal on a Neumann TLM 103 condenser microphone and Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II channel strip
  • TLM 103 cardioid condenser microphone provides transformerless transparency and extremely low noise
  • Flat frequency response above 5kHz with a slight presence boost at 4kHz sounds great on many sound sources
  • LA-610 Mk II combines two of the most popular pieces of studio technology into a single versatile channel strip
  • 610 tube preamp and DI provides the warm sound of Bill Putnam's original 1960s recording consoles
  • T4 chip opto-compressor and limiter based on the same design in the classic Teletronix LA-2A
Sweetwater's Neumann TLM 103 and Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II Mic Month Bundle offers two classics for one amazing price!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide
Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 138dB SPL
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 87dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 7dB (A weighted)
Color Satin Nickel
Connector XLR
Weight 1 lb.
Included Accessories Stand mount, Wood box

Customer Reviews

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Great, Versatile combo!

The TLM103 has an extremely present and present top end...almost too much at times (it has earned the reputation for being very ssssilibant). The LA610 warms it up beautifully...the gain control and compressor allow you to dial in just about any amount of tube saturation, from pristine to vintage. I have gotten great results from this combo on everything from male and female vocals to acoustic guitar, guitar cabs and upright bass. This is a great deal on an excellent combo of gear!

One of the Sweetest Combos I've EVER Heard!

I've owned a TLM103 since 2001. I tried to like it on vocals but there was always this hissy, sibilant thing going on. I've owned an LA 610 for two years now. Early this year I was reading some stuff on Gearslutz about the mic as a vocal mic and all the complaints about the sibilance. I perused Neumann's web site and checked out the frequency response chart. I noted the 103 has a 3 or 4dB rise at about 7K to 15K- hence the sibilance. From using the mic a bunch (and noting it has no low cut filter- and has some MASSIVE bottom end) I decided to pair these two together. I cut EVERYTHING- 9dB of CUT at 200Hz- on the LA610 (to compensate for the lack of low cut filter) and cut 3dB at 7K to "flatten out" the 7-15K rise. ...all I can say is some magic took place man... serious! Put these two together and try this out! Since I "discovered" this magic, I've been using the mic more than I EVER used it in the last 14 years! I literally have a new mic in my locker! This can be an amazing record-sounding combo!
Music background: Producer/Arranger/Guitarist
See also: Condenser Mics, Neumann, Neumann Condenser Microphones, Neumann Channel Strips