Neumann TLM 193 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Double-membrane Cardioid Condenser Microphone - Black
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Sweetwater Loves the TLM 193!

Neumann lets you step into the world of high-end microphones at a moderate price with the TLM 193! This large diaphragm, double membrane cardioid condenser microphone is designed for critical recording, broadcast and live sound applications. You'll find dozens of uses for the TLM 193 - it can give you more bang for the buck than most low-priced imitations!

Neumann TLM 193 Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • Incredibly versatile, with dozens of studio and live sound applications
  • Legendary U89i capsule and transformerless design provide sterling sound and low self-noise
  • Wide dynamic range and frequency response capture the most delicate nuances
  • Neumann quality plus durability for a real value
An incredibly versatile microphone!

Sometimes with Neumann mics we tend to jump right into the specs - they always tell the story of Neumann's legendary sound and quality. But with the TLM 193, let's take a look at the versatility and value this mic delivers. It excels at many applications including overhead and close-miking drums, capturing the nuances of acoustic performances, and recording critical vocals in the Neumann tradition. But this just hints at the TLM 193's potential applications!

TLM 193 Applications:
  • A "universal" cardioid mic
  • Ideal for close miking of instruments with high sound pressure levels
  • Announcer's mic for broadcasting/dubbing
  • Home recording and project studios
  • Vocalist recording
  • Spot mic for wind instruments, strings, percussion or guitar amps

These are just some of the most common applications. Your own experimentation will undoubtedly lead you to maximum use from this microphone.

The heart and soul of a true Neumann mic

The capsule of the TLM 193 is the same legendary large diaphragm capsule used in the U 89i/TLM 170 family. This unit is mated to the proven FET 100 circuitry of the KM 100 series. These state-of-the-art components deliver ultra-low self noise (10dB-A), high sound-pressure capability (140dB before overload), dynamic range (130dB), wide frequency response (20Hz - 20kHz) and the quality, durability, longevity, and glorious sound which makes the TLM 193 a true Neumann microphone.

The TLM 193 uses a transformerless circuit which is responsible for its extremely low self noise and large dynamic range. The polar response is very linear over a wide incidence angle. Even off-axis signals are reproduced
faithfully and without coloration. The exposed surface of the microphone capsule is at ground potential, making it immune to typical interference and contamination.

Stands up to studio and live performance demands

The TLM 193 shatters the notion of a "fragile" condenser mic. All exposed surfaces of the microphone capsule, including the diaphragms, are at ground
potential. This technology makes them highly immune to electrical and atmospheric interference and contamination by microscopic dust particles.
The TLM 193's capsule is elastically mounted to avoid any jolts and structure
borne noise that could interfere with its operation.

A must-have mic value

The TLM 193 is the perfect microphone for both budget-conscious project studios and larger facilities who want Neumann performance without paying for the additional features of our flagship models. The TLM 193 package includes the microphone, a swivel-mount stand adapter, and a foam-lined wooden jeweler's case. You'll seldom find this combination of quality and value!

Neumann TLM 193 Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Front address cardioid condenser mic with great off-axis response
  • Frequency range 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Extremely low self noise: 10dB (A-weighted)
  • Signal/Noise ratio 84dB (DIN/IEC 651)
  • Maximum SPL for THD 0.5% 140dB
  • Dynamic range of the microphone amplifier DIN/IEC 651 130dB
  • Rated impedance 50 ohms, rated load impedance 1000 ohms
  • Maximum output voltage 13 dBu
  • Includes swivel mount
  • High-quality professional equipment for mid-size budgets
  • Requires +44V to +52V phantom power
The Neumann TLM 193 Condenser Microphone: "Plug and play" for high quality reproduction!

Additional Media

Product Manual
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 140dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 84dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 21dB, 10dB (A weighted)
Color Matte Black
Connector XLR
Weight 1.06 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Mount, Wood Box
Manufacturer Part Number 008381

Customer Reviews

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A true all around workhorse mic - and a value

This particular model by Neumann is often overlooked in favor of a few better known models... mostly from either the higher or lower price points. That's a shame because the TLM 93 is a very versatile microphone, that is about a neutral and detailed as you could want. As a cardioid only mic, it's as simple and ruggedly built as Neumann offers - and it looks very much like a slightly miniaturized version of the famous U-87ai --- but in fact has none of that high-mid presence that makes the 87 so popular with vocalists. This mic is flat and uncolored, not "dark or dull" as some have described it... and it works wonders on a wide variety of sources. I especially appreciate it when recording jazz for sax, trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone and also on slightly "bright" pianos (like smaller Yamaha grands) The TLM 193 is wonderful on drum overheads when the cymbals are coming across as too splashy and harsh. If you're the kind of person who's more inclined towards additive (rather than subtractive) approach to EQ, this mic gives you a fine, neutral standard.
Music background: drummer, Studio Owner

Excellent Microphone

I had an opportunity of purchasing a pair directly from the Berlin factory in the early nineties. What is special about this microphone is that it's a cardioid hard-wired U89. I went for it since I did not need other polar patterns for much of the work I did, which is a small, high-quality mobile project recording studio. These mikes excel at natural sound, especially for classical guitar, vocals, trumpet, flute, percussions and cello. They don't beautify, but excel in capturing a lively sound, full of detail. This is a Neumann characteristic, and TLM193 is one of their finest products. Because of no switchable patterns, there are also no electro-mechanical switching parts, which makes the construction simpler and more robust. This is some times also a point worth considering. More than 20 years of steady, trouble-free work!
Music background: professional

Great Mic. Great Price.

The TLM 193 was one of the first high end mics I purchased in the early 90's. It was excellent on vocals. It was hellish useful for a cardiod. I used it on everything; lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitars and percussion. A clean sound that's a real pleasure to mix. I even multi-tracked a small choir with it! Serviced it only once, then it was stolen in 2001!!! Was no longer in my local store when I found a Kiwi & Blueberry deal there and moved on from the TLM 193, but never forgot it. Recently, I listened to some old recordings and they were amazing! I'm going to put the TLM back into my mic locker and recordings. It's a great sounding mic at any price.
Music background: Producer, Musician & Audio Engineer

A blank canvas.

A misconception about this mic is that it sounds "dark". With all the cheap mics with a hyped top end this may appear to sound dark. It's actually what a flat frequency mic sounds like. It works wonders on screechy or sibilant sound sources. Best of all with a proper equalizer you can create your own sonic character as this mic takes eq very well. I have a $3,000 tube mic but I find myself using this much more often. This is one piece of gear I can say is well worth it's cost. Built extremely well it's sure to last a very long time.
Music background: Musician, amateur recording and mixing engineer.

The Best!

I started my first project studio around 1996. This is the first Mic I bought from Sweetwater. I used it on vocals, acoustic instruments, and about anything else I needed a good mic on and it never disappointed me. I didn't have any fancy tube pre-amps or anything else. Just recorded through a Mackie 24x8 to a reel to reel tape and it was the warmest sound you can imagine. Vocals sat clearly in the mix as well as acoustic instruments with little or no EQ. Then, like many enthusiast I got caught up in the hype written about other mics, tube, etc., and wanted to try some so I sold my TLM193. To this day I regret that decision! I think this is one of the most overlooked mics available. It's straight forward, nothing fancy, but will capture the natural sound of any voice or instrument and give it that presence we all seek to find. I don't do much recording anymore, but if I were to start over again I'd be calling Sweetwater to order another TLM193!
Music background: project studio, hobbyist.
See also: Condenser Mics, Neumann, Neumann Condenser Microphones