Big things come in small packages, right? Big Time! When we heard Neumann was releasing the TLM 102, a little brother to the legendary TLM103, we were excited, to say the least. Admittedly, though, we were a little reluctant to welcome the TLM102. Something so small is going to receive scrutiny upon arrival. Large condenser microphones are known for their clarity, a result made possible by the diameter of their diaphragm capacitors. This should mean that companies producing standard 1-inch, gold-sputtered diaphragms should be cranking out microphones around 1.5 inches in diameter, right? Wrong. It turns out there is a lot more going on inside these microphones. The housing itself creates a kind of acoustical playground for near-field wavelengths, providing a kind of “chamber effect” for various sources of audio. Neumann pushed the limits on the size of this mic, and bravo! It’s awesome.
Neumann has created a completely new diaphragm capsule with a sound pressure maxing out around 144 dB. This allows for the recording of anything from percussion, drums, amps and any other object in your recording studio area that screams. Couple this with a hugely fast transient response and you have a mic that works equally well for flutes and violins. But this mic really shines on vocals and voiceover projects. It has a unique characteristic: a small boost just above 6 kHz, which provides a beautiful presence to the human octave during complicated mixes. It sort of “pushes” the vocals up just enough to say “Hey, pay attention to this!”
We can’t sing this microphone’s praises enough. One of our specialties is helping clients on a budget sound like real professionals. While this isn’t always easy, we have a wide enough array of sound equipment to deliver on our promise. Price is usually an important defining factor when choosing the right equipment. But knowledge is equally important and it can save you a lot of money. We’re pretty sure Neumann had the same idea in mind when they sat down to design the TLM 102. Connect this microphone to one of our killer pre-amps and your mixes will definitely give you a smile.
- Great on vocals and speech.
- In particular, pickup of especially loud instruments: Drums, percussion, wind instruments and amps
- Home recording, project and broadcasting studio
- Large-diaphragm microphone with cardioid directional characteristic (pressure gradient transducer)
- Very high maximum sound pressure level
- Slight presence boost above 6 kHz
- Transformerless circuitry