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Best Podcast Microphone on the Market | Neumann TLM 102

Aimed at Martin D-15, the Neumann TLM 102 sounded impressive, providing a full and natural sound with a modern top end that was not hyped or etched. The TLM 102 manual states that the mic’s response stretches below 20 Hz, making it sensitive to wind or structure-borne noise. But I have to say that this is one of the best mics that I have ever used.

Pros

  • An amazing vocal mic that also seems to manage just about anything else you throw at it.
  • Affordable — for a Neumann.

Cons

  • No storage case other than the cardboard box it comes in.
  • Shockmount not included.

The most up-to-date addition to this line, and most affordable Neumann studio vocal mic yet, is TLM102. This mic is a large-diaphragm, transformerless capacitor microphone including a fixed-cardioid polar pattern. Though it may look superficially similar to other Neumann side‑address mics, it is much smaller than its peer the U87. Neumann TLM 102 weighs about 260g, with a diameter of 52mm, and a length of 116mm.

Specifications:

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 50 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 144 dB
  • Power Requirements: 48V phantom power

Another Meta-Review by Alexander Briones

Neumann has a reputation for producing premium quality industry-standard recording mics, but they can be pricey and may not be accessible to some hobbyists. Still, many professionals and experts highly recommend investing in their mics, one of which is this very mic, the Neumann TLM 102, thanks to its high rating and positive recommendations. The most notable feature of this mic is its incredibly clear sound, and even though it is being marketed for vocal use, its transparent operation makes it work really well with acoustic instruments.

The first thing you’ll notice about this mic is how tiny and light it is (0.57 lbs), especially for its price! But setting it up and putting it to use has convinced many that this more expensive mic is well worth the investment. Frequency response is standard at 20Hz-20kHz, but Neumann adds a slight boost above the 6kHz which results in a really crisp, clear and cutting sound that works exceptionally well with acoustic guitars. Neumann TLM 102 also has a surprisingly high tolerance for loudness, with max SPL at 144 dB that’s viable for guitar amps, wind instruments and more.

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