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Neumann TLM-193 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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The Neumann TLM-193 is a front-addressed cardioid-pattern microphone ideal for professional recording, live productions, and project studios.Acoustic features The large diaphragm capsule inside the head grille has a very smooth frequency response over a wide acceptance angle. The curves are flat and parallel to the 0 frequency curve up to 10kHz wit...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The Neumann TLM-193 is a front-addressed cardioid-pattern microphone ideal for professional recording, live productions, and project studios.

Acoustic features

The large diaphragm capsule inside the head grille has a very smooth frequency response over a wide acceptance angle. The curves are flat and parallel to the 0 frequency curve up to 10kHz within a pickup angle of ±100.

The TLM 193 differs from omnidirectional pressure transducers where, due to physical reasons, the diffuse-field and free-field responses never agree. This microphone has a very even diffuse-field response for all polar patterns. This is important in a reverberant environment, as more reflections arrive at the microphone from different directions.

The acoustic information is not affected in its tonal quality when recorded by the microphone. This characteristic is achieved without resorting to corrective resonance effects. Therefore, the microphone maintains an excellent impulse response reproducing all transient phenomena of music and speech without coloration.

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.

Compared to other microphones the self noise level of the TLM 193 is considerably reduced. As it is capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 140dB without distortion, the TLM 193 provides a dynamic range of 130dB, according to DIN/IEC 651.

Operational safety

All exposed surfaces of the microphone capsule, including the diaphragms, are at ground potential. This technology makes them highly immune to electrical and atmospheric interference and contamination through microscopic dust particles.

The capsule is elastically mounted to avoid any structure-borne noise that could interfere with its operation.

The frequency response of the TLM 193 amplifier is linear down to 20Hz. Even very low bass signals are reproduced without coloration.

This implies that the microphone becomes more sensitive to subsonic frequencies, from structure-borne noise or pop-and-wind noise. To avoid any LF interference, we recommend using the EA-1 elastic suspension mount and a windscreen or pop filter.
Requires phantom power.


  • Large diaphragm cardioid microphone
  • Pressure-gradient transducer
  • Transformerless circuitry
  • Extremely low noise: 10dB (A)
  • Includes swivel mount
  • High-quality professional equipment for mid-size budgets
  • Recommended uses:
  • Close miking of instruments with high sound-pressure levels
  • Announcer's mic for broadcasting/dubbing
  • Home recording and project studios
  • Vocalist recording
  • Spot mic for
  • Wind instruments
  • Strings
  • Percussion
  • Guitar amps
  • Acoustical operating principle: pressure gradient transducer
  • Directional pattern: cardioid
  • Frequency range: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Sensitivity @ 1kHz into 1k ohms: 18mV/Pa
  • Rated impedance: 50 ohms
  • Rated load impedance: 1000 ohms
  • Equivalent SPL (CCIR 468-3): 21dB
  • Equivalent SPL (DIN/IEC 651): 10dB (A )
  • S/N ratio (CCIR 468-3) 73dB
  • S/N ratio (DIN/IEC 651) 84dB
  • Maximum SPL (THD 0.5%): 140dB
  • Maximum output voltage: 3.5V
  • Dynamic range of the microphone amplifier (DIN/IEC 651): 130dB
  • Supply voltage: 48V ±4V
  • Current consumption: 3.0mA
  • Connector: XLR3M
  • Weight: 17 oz.
  • Diameter: 2"
  • Length: 6-7/8"
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Manufacturer's Warranty
1 year warranty.

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No frills Neumann

By Baby Grand 424

from East Haven, Ct.

Comments about Neumann TLM-193 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

I'm not gonna try to impress anyone with techno- head testimony or micro chip mumbo jumbo in describing this mic. It's more or less an entry level Neumann that would probably be purchased by someone who doesn't have a huge budget or a degree in physics, but wants that classic Neumann sound. So, I'll give it to ya in layman terminology - straight up. I've owned one of these mics for about ten years now, and have used it on just about every instrument under the sun (vocals too, of course) with great results. NO - you're not going to get a U87 sound from it, NO - you're not going to get a shock mount or pop filter with it (though you'll definitely need 'em), YES - you're gonna have to fiddle with EQ and preamplification to get an acceptable signal out of it. You're also gonna need phantom power to fire it up. The mic is extremely sensitive, like all Neumanns, and will pick up background noise with ease, so having a quiet, closed off area to record in is imperative. There are no pads or switches on the mic itself, so all of your adjustments will have to come from your preamps, EQs and recording consoles. I mention this because I can't recall ever setting the mic up and getting a great sound out of it without having to push buttons and twist knobs. Not to worry though, the TLM-193 is capable of some awesome copy once you've got it tweaked properly. It's a bit lacking in airiness, but that's easily remedied with the right equalization. I've actually heard it described as "dull sounding" - to me, dull is better than over-colored or frequency heavy - you could always touch it up to your taste with your signal processors. It's always better to have to add flavor rather than having to take it away as far as I'm concerned. There are many mics out there for less than half the price of the TLM-193 that could possibly hold a candle to it's performance, and some will say that these "lesser" microphones can actually out perform it. To me, it's all a matter of personal taste, and after all - it IS a Neumann. To each his own! Roland Pepin

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Smooth and Versatile

By B.K.

from Aurora, CO.

Comments about Neumann TLM-193 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

I've owned this mic for several years now. If you can only own one nice microphone, I'd recommend this one. It has that smooth-buttery Neumann sound. It is a darker mic than most of the line. It will breathe well through a nice preamp, I especially like it through the ADL600. I usually have to brighten up the mic during mixing, but it's not too bad. This mic EQ's well and sounds great. Very rich tone, great on vocalists that are bright. I've also used this mic on acoustic guitars, bass cabs, and electric cabs all to great results. Sweet mic at the price point, and a little easier to manage in a mix than the TLM103.

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