Neumann TLM 49 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic with K 47 Capsule and Transformerless Design
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Neumann Tube Mic Sound in a Transformerless Condenser Mic

The 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
  • Linear frequency response with slight boost above 2kHz
  • Transformerless design for low noise
  • Acoustically neutral headgrille and elastic inner mountings
  • Includes EA 3 shock mount
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 2kHz 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:
  • Transformerless large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic
  • 34mm capsule diameter
  • Polar pattern has a tendency toward supercardioid for excellent rejection
  • K 47 capsule is a proven performer
  • Gentle presence boost above 2kHz captures "air"
  • Excellent common mode rejection
  • Can operate at SPL up to 114dB
  • Dynamic range 102dB (A-weighted)
  • Interior structure mounted elastically
  • Rubber shock mount for capsule
  • Includes EA 3 shock mount
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The TLM 49 is another Neumann classic!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide
TEC Award Winners for 2006

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 110dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 71dB, 82dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 23dB, 12dB (A weighted)
Color Nickel
Connector XLR
Weight 1.82 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount
Manufacturer Part Number 008550

Customer Reviews

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Neumann TLM 49

This was my first Neumann mic, but will certainly not be my last. What a diverse tool from anything to in front of a kick drum to capturing the lightest touches of a vocal. I highly recommend trying one of these, for a number of applications.
Music background: Sales Rep., Sound Engineer, Musician

I've had... the time of my life, and I owe it all to you

several years ago after months of toiling about whether to invest in one really nice mic and having a bevy of low-end ones, I decided on the TLM 49 and haven't looked back since. On its own through the 002's onboard pre's and a/d (neither of which impress me) it sounds realistic, rich and full. But when you pair this beautiful piece of microphonery through a nice preamp, it shines (I'm running through a UA Solo 610). Almost too responsive, it picks up everything; I recorded a guitarist/vocalist with a backup vocalist and harmonica off mic and with just the one mic it sounds like you're in the room with the singer. I agree, those who complain about the sound either have a bad signal chain, no understanding of mic placement, or possibly a defective mic.
Music background: Recording Engineer


This has to be the most awaited mic from Neumann in years. Rich, smooth, and sweet, it sounds like everything I dreamed of when I was hoping for years that Neumann would release a mic like this. The K47 Capsule in a transformerless design. Wow!!!!! You must own this mic. No doubt about it. By the way it also looks gorgeous, and if you own a studio like me, customers will love it.
Music background: Producer, Studio Owner

A modern classic in the making.

I am truly blown away by this microphone, and I own serveral modern Neumann mics and also a vintage Telefunken 251 (currently worth more than my car). The TLM 49 shines on just about everything I have tried it on. Full, warm, bottom end with glimmering highs. During A/B tests through my Neve board with the Telefunken and the TLM 49 using all Mogami cabling throughout the signal path, listeners in my studio chose the TLM 49 after I added a little EQ to make them tonally the same. The winner was clearly the TLM for vocals. I cannot praise Neumann enough for this mic. I truly believe this is a modern classic in the making.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Mic collector

This micrphone has become my new favorite.

It didn't take very long for this mic to become my absolute favorite, and I've only had it for a week. It has such a sweet detailed sound, and sounds fantastic on a variety of sources. If you're considering a new studio condenser mic this is THE ONE!
Music background: Sound Engineer, Mixer

Sweetwater Advice

Thomas Leahy

I've used the TLM49 on multi-plantium vocalists and gotten uncompromising results. It's hard to believe this mic is transformerless, because of its amazing depth and warmth. Paired with a great tube- or transformer-based preamp, this Neumann mic delivers record-ready results that I'd confidently compare to microphones that cost twice as much or more.

Kenny Bergle

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!
See also: Condenser Mics, Neumann, Neumann Condenser Microphones, Neumann Condenser Microphones