Utilizing Neumann’s famous K87 large-diaphragm capsule found in their world-renowned U87ai and U67 microphones,, the Neumann TLM-103 is a large-diaphragm condenser mic suited for a wide variety of sources. It’s set at a tight, focused, cardioid pattern that aids in the rejection of unwanted signal from the rear of the mic, as well as providing excellent isolation.
This is the highly coveted, much sought after Neumann sound, priced within reach to those on a limited budget, yet there have been no corners cut nor has their been a design compromise where quality is concerned.
The acronym “TLM” stands for “transformerless microphone.” It yields extremely low self-noise and can stand pressure levels up to 138 db, which means you can place the Neumann TLM-103 in front of pretty much any sound source and expect excellent results.
The TLM-103 shines as a vocal mic but also excels as a spot mic for woodwinds, strings, percussion, guitar cabinet micing, drum overheads, room micing, and field duties. Its low noise and wide frequency response make this microphone ideally suited for broadcast duties, be it voiceover work or foley (the reproduction of everyday sounds for use in filmmaking).
It has a distinctive look, possesses the famous Neumann badge on the front of the mic, and most importantly, it’s a Neumann. Enough said.