From Barbara Streisand and Tom Petty to The Beatles and Taylor Swift, Neumann's roster of famous artists who recorded with their microphones is an impressive one. In fact, Neumann has been bringing the best out of performers in the studio since 1928, and their condenser mics are more often than not the standard by which all other condenser mics are judged. With a quick browse through this catalog, you can clearly see that Neumann is always looking back to their roots for inspiration while still taking complete advantage of modern technological advancements.
If you're already familiar with condenser microphones, you know that there are two different types: small diaphragm and large diaphragm. For those who missed the lesson in recording class, small diaphragms are ideal for stringed instruments thanks to their wide frequency response, while large diaphragm mics are better for vocals and capturing the deeper sounds of instruments. Of course, you can bet that a leader in condenser microphones like Neumann specializes in both, so let's take a look at some options.
If you're looking to improve the quality of your vocals, try your luck with the TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone. Boasting a retro design and durable construction, this large-diaphragm mic provides a cardioid directional flavor to produce a warm and pleasant sound with low self-noise. For additional convenience, the TLM 49 comes with an elastic suspension, making this set a no-brainer for any serious audio engineer.
Or maybe you want a compact small diaphragm mic that's perfect for miking acoustic instruments and drums - in which case, go with the KM 184 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone. Featuring a pressure gradient transducer that has a smooth frequency response, the KM 184's great tonal balance makes it popular with many recording engineers - especially for bringing out the sizzle of cymbals. Many consider it to be the classic high-quality miniature microphone - and you'll understand why quickly after using it.
To touch on every incredible Neumann condenser mic would take forever, so we'll leave the rest up to you. Truthfully, every condenser mic in this section deserves your attention - after all, we're talking about one of the most respected microphone companies of all time. The only things you need to consider now are your current needs and budget, then make a choice - it's as simple as that
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