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Neumann TLM 49 Vocal Condenser Microphone

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Product Description

The Neumann TLM 49 is a large-diaphragm studio microphone with a cardioid directional characteristic and a warm sound which is especially optimized for vocal performance.
The TLM 49 is inspired by the legendary M49 and M50 microphones, and the sound design of the TLM 49 will inevitably be compared to the M4 and U47 classic microphones. By combining its retro look with proven Neumann transformerless circuit technology, this microphone ensures low self-noise and the use of high gain levels. It is supplied as a set, with an elastic suspension, the EA 3.

Neumann TLM49 Features

  • Sound profile optimized for vocal performance
  • Pressure gradient transducer with the large-diaphragm capsule of the legendary U 47
  • Cardiod characteristic
  • Retro design
  • Transformerless output circuitry
  • Acoustically very open wire mesh headgrille
  • Complete set with elastic suspension
TLM49 Applications
During the development phase, the sound was adjusted in extensive practical tests, so as to make the TLM 49 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.

Polar Patterns
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. The front of the microphone is indicated by the red Neumann logo on the microphone body. The capsule is oriented so that the microphone is addressed from the front.

Acoustic Features
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 mid-range. Above 2 kHz there is a gentle presence boost up to 3 dB. The capsule is enclosed by a large microphone headgrille, which is acoustically very open and is hence neutral with regard to the sound.

Electrical Features
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 microphone can operate at sound pressure levels of up to 114 dB without distortion, and provides a dynamic range of 102 dB (A-weighted).

Operational Reliability
The entire interior structure is mounted elastically, to prevent the transmission of structure-borne noise. In addition, the capsule is mounted with a rubber 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.

TLM49 Application Hints
  • Vocal microphone: Lends richness, power and brilliance to the voice, while remaining balanced and transparent
  • Announcer’s microphone for broadcasting, dubbing and voiceovers
  • Spot microphone and for recording e.g. strings, piano and guitar
    These are just some of the most common applications. Neumann recommends additional experimentation to gain maximum use from this microphone.

Product Specifications

Neumann TLM49 Specifications

  • Acoustical Operating Principle: Pressure gradient transducer
  • Directional Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz.20 kHz
  • Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kOhm: 12 mV/Pa
  • Rated Impedance: 50 ohms
  • Rated Load Impedance: 1000 ohms
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio, CCIR1 (rel. 94 dB SPL): 71 dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio, A-weighted1 (rel. 94 dB SPL): 82 dB
  • Equivalent Noise Level, CCIR1: .23 dB
  • Equivalent Noise Level, A-weighted1: 12 dB-A
  • Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 114 dB
  • Maximum Output Voltage: 10 dBu
  • Dynamic Range of the Microphone Amplifier (A-weighted, 0.5%): 102 dB
  • Supply Voltage (P48, IEC 1938): 48 V ± 4 V
  • Current Consumption (P48, IEC 1938): 3.2 mA
  • Matching Connector: XLR3F
  • Weight: 825 g
  • Diameter: 78 mm
  • Length: 165 mm

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  860-434-9190 Warranty:  2 Years
Tyrone Wilson Jr Submitted: 12/2/2015
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Great MIC!! Warm mids Clear top end. Mic placement is very important. Perfect for vocals.
Nick Submitted: 2/11/2015
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I have had this mic for a little over a week now and i must say it leaves all my other mics in the dust. i have recorded male and female with this mic and it is nothing short of amazing. it cuts the lows very well and all my recording are clean with no EQ...i do eq a little for my taste. hehe Trust me i have recored with tons of mics expensive and cheap under 200$ and i must say for this price you are getting a high quality mic that sounds more expensive than it really is. i would def recommend this mic to anybody who is looking for that clean vintage sound in there recordings. Happy recording all :)
Billy M. Submitted: 11/21/2014
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It may sound crazy, but I am just starting out learning to sing, and so I therefore wanted to buy a great microphone to record with. I am actually a keyboardist, but I need to sing too and I have experimented with the Neumann TLM 102 before. I wanted something even more clean and satisfying. So I bought this microphone and for the past week have been making music both with and without processing. What I am hearing is a very smooth sound to my voice, and I think there is something special about this product that I could not get with other microphones. A microphone like this would probably be a good choice for just about any singer who, in her or his own studio, needs a well-built smooth sounding microphone that will capture many nuances of the voice of the singer (or speaker). Microphones like this are very interesting because a microphone should deliver a great and direct sound regardless of the kind of music one uses it for. The Neumann TLM 49 was a great choice for my studio.
Floyd Wilcox from Canyon Country, CA Submitted: 2/26/2013
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Professional quality at an affordable price!
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The price is very reasonable and the performance is amazing. What else do you need to know? For the money you'd be hard pressed to find something better.
DeVron from Delray beach, FL USA Submitted: 12/23/2012
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Best in class
Your general opinion of this product.
Really if you are in the market for a new mic in the V/O world then this is the one without having to jump up to the u87. People will argue that there are mics that sound almost the exact same. But your not going to get the same build quality and no you will not have the same rich warm sound that this mic gives.
Anthony from Houston, Texas Submitted: 9/19/2011

The Sound Ive Been Looking For!
J~lmage from Hawaii Submitted: 12/30/2009

It's the real thing
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