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Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone  

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The Neumann TLM 49 is a large-diaphragm studio microphone with a cardioid directional characteristic and a warm sound. The TLM 49 is specially optimized for vocal performance. It is supplied as a set,... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Neumann TLM 49 is a large-diaphragm studio microphone with a cardioid directional characteristic and a warm sound. The TLM 49 is specially optimized for vocal performance. It is supplied as a set, with an elastic suspension.

The Neumann TLM 49's design is inspired by that of the legendary M 49 and M 50 microphones of the 1950s. Naturally the TLM 49 has the typical Neumann fine matte nickel finish. The sound design is also oriented toward that of the M 49 and the
U 47.

By combining its retro look with proven Neumann transformerless circuit technology, this microphone ensures low self-noise and the use of high gain levels.

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 pattern
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 3dB.

The capsule is enclosed by a large microphone head grille, 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 safety
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.

Requires phantom power.

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
Specifications
  • Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
    Directional pattern: Cardioid
    Frequency range: 20 Hz ... 20 kHz
    Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 13 mV/Pa
    Rated impedance: 50 ohms
    Rated load impedance: 1000 ohms
    Equivalent noise level, CCIR1): 23 dB
    Equivalent noise level, A-weighted1): 12 dB-A
    Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR1) (rel. 94 dB SPL): 71 dB
    Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted1) (rel. 94 dB SPL): 82 dB
    Maximum SPL for THD < 0.5 %2): 110 dB
    Maximum SPL for THD < 5 %2) : 129 dB
    Maximum output voltage for THD < 5%: -1 dBu
    Dyn. range of the mic. amplifier /A-weighted, 0.5 %2)): 98 dB
    Dyn. range of the mic. amplifier /A-weighted, 5 %2)): 117 dB
    Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938) : 48 V ± 4 V
    Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938): 3.2 mA
    Matching connector: XLR 3F
    Weight: 825 g
    Diameter: 78 mm
    Length: 165 mm

    1) According to IEC 60268-1; CCIR-weighting according to CCIR 468-3, quasi peak; A-weighting according to IEC 61672-1, RMS
    2) Measured as equivalent el. input signal
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NeumannTLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

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    (13)

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    (1)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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5.0

I'm home!

By Andy

from Washington, DC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone:

    I do audiobooks. I have done a bunch and have a CADE100s and a Lewitt LCT 640. Both are nice mics and have served me well. But this...this is MY mic. I love it! I love how I sound, it's s;ef npie of good and and once processed I sound great. (I think I sound good good to start with but this thing is nice and works for my voice.)

    I run it into an Apollo twin Solo and I just can't find a con. Is it heavy? Yes, but my stand hold it fine. Is it big? A bit bit so what?! I'm not a singer and I don't record music so I can't comment in that realm but for spoken work and such--I am sold and I believe I AM HOME!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wish I Had Bought It Sooner

    By Chuck

    from Cincinnati Ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone:

        I pondered for a year before spending this much on a mic but I should have bought it long ago. I use it primarily for acoustic guitar and vocals. I was using an Audio Technica AT4040 which is a good mic but no where near the clarity of this mic. When recording two or more vocals at once, each vocal stands out as if it were on a separate track. Excellent sound reproduction.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fully lives up to expectation.

        By Mark Adams

        from Florida

        Comments about Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone:

        I am not professional, just an amateur vocalist. But even for amateur ears like mine, the difference between TLM 49 and my previous $300 mic was apparent. My previous mic, even with proper EQ and filters applied, doesn't sound as rich and warm as a raw recording from TLM 49. I also noticed TLM 49 is much more tolerant of distance and head movements when it comes to singing, so I don't have to constantly worry about whether I am too close or too far away or moving too much. It also captures a lot more vocal details than my previous mic.

         
        5.0

        Insane Mic!

        By JAMES M CONTRERAZ

        from Gary, IN

        Comments about Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone:

        For years now I've always heard that Neumann mics are awesome and high quality. Now I finally had the money to purchase the TLM 49...I'm in love with this mic!!! Cristal clear sound that deliver nice lows, mids and highs...put it right to work with a client and he also loved the mic!!! I def recommend this mic and the Neumann brand to anybody that's looking for a great mic...def the go to mic in my studio now.

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Mic of Champions!

        By SongCzar

        from Florida

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Warm Crystal Clear

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Belongs On The Top Shelf
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone:

          Neumann can't make anything but magnificent microphones. It is big.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Mic!

          By Silent Hawk

          from Madison, WI

          Comments about Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone:

          I use it for mainly for my own vocals (male). But I also use it as an extra stereo mic for acoustics. I have compared it against the U87----and for me, it is softer and more character. Love this mic. Very, very dependable and useful mic.

          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          You can make a mainstream album with this mic

          By famousguy

          from China

          Comments about Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone:

          I'm a professional producer in Taiwan. And running this mic through an API512 pre going through Apogee convertors. This thing does just as much damage as the M 49 or other mics that cost about 3-5X the price.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Not only vocals...

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone:

          The beauty of this new generation of TLMs and specially the 49, is that when exposed to slightly higher spl it will create a odd harmonic (3rd mainly) distortion that will color before cracking, which means as vocalists get louder, a vintage tuby sound can be achieved. very cool. But don't be limited to it, it also sounds killer on acoustic guitars, woodwinds, Cello, Db Bass and so on

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unbelievable

          By Happy-rFvyi

          from Washington, DC

          Comments about Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone:

          I was scared to death to spend this much money on a microphone, but I'm soooo glad I did. It adds an unimaginable depth and warmth to your recordings. I got it primarily for vocals, but I've used it to record acoustic guitar and it sounded amazing as well. It's an expensive mic, but worth every penny.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          simply amazing

          By sr505:)

          from California

          Comments about Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone:

          The studio tech that recorded my bands EP has two of these, and let me tell you they are amazing. He used them as room mics for the drums, for recording group vocal, and for recording guitars.

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