Neumann TLM 103
The Neumann TLM 103 is a transformerless cardioid condenser microphone, and one of the biggest successes in Neumann’s history. Its pristine, clear sound is a modern update on the classic U87. Along with a gentle presence boost for a stunningly direct sound, with breathtaking definition and ultra-low noise.
Built-in is a large-diaphragm condenser capsule derived from the classic K67/87 capsule of the legendary Neumann U87. However, the TLM 103 has a slightly more modern voicing, with a wide presence boost for frequencies above 5 kHz. Its very direct yet refined sound is perfect for both vocals and solo instruments that pop out of the mix.
With the TLM 103, you’ll also get the famous authoritative midrange that has become the hallmark of Neumann microphones. Responsible for making them the number one choice in studios around the world. Another unique feature of the TLM 103 is its impressively deep yet controlled low end. Perfect for sonorous voices and powerful bass instruments.
Neumann is setting new standards for technical performance, too. With an incredibly low self-noise of only 7 dB-A, the TLM 103 is one of the quietest microphones available. And its high sensitivity of 23 mV/Pa, ensures ultra-low noise even with budget preamps, audio interfaces or vintage tube equipment. At the same time, the TLM 103 can handle enormous sound pressure levels of up to 138 dB without the need for pre-attenuation. Its vast dynamic range of 131 dB makes the Neumann TLM 103 a very easy to use studio microphone. Capable of capturing anything from a soft whisper to a thunderous bass drum without adding noise or distortion.
As a member of Neumann’s TLM series, the TLM-103 works with a transformerless output stage. Minimizing transmission losses and ensuring a very immediate, uncoloured sound, true to the original. As well as a clear, powerful bass response, even at the highest signal levels.
Although primarily designed for project studios, it’s outstanding performace has made it the first choice in more renowned studios. Providing a more modern-sounding alternative to the U87. Ideal for speech, vocals, drums, guitar amps and piano. Additionally, you can also use the Neumann TLM 103 as a spot mic in classical recordings for instruments such as the Cello and Doube Bass.
Overall, the TLM 103 is a fantastic microphone and update to the U87. Ideal for recording vocals and solo instruments with powerful bass.