The TLM 102 defines a new generation of Neumann studio microphone. It sets a new performance and value standard for microphones at this price. It’s reduced overall size contributes to an exceptionally compact appearance, which unites all of the typical design components of a Neumann microphone. The harmonious proportions and gleaming grille ring ensure that even at first glance, the TLM 102 attracts attention. The TLM 102 delivers impressive sound. It’s newly developed large-diaphragm capsule (cardioid) clocks a maximum sound pressure level of 144 dB, permiting the recording of percussion, drums, and amps at extremely high output levels. Acoustic instruments benefit from the exceptionally fast transient response of the TLM 102. Where the TLM102 really shines is with vocals and speech. It has a slight boost above 6 kHz providing excellent vocal presence in an overall mix. Up to 6 kHz the frequency response is extremely linear, ensuring minimal coloration and a clearly defined, extended bass range. The capsule has an elastic suspension system reducing handling and structure-borne noise. A pop screen integrated into the grille serves to suppress plosives in vocal and speech recording. Due to its price and flexible field of application, the TLM 102 is ideal for home recording and project studio, as well the broadcasting area, especially when clear lines of sight to the speakers are a priority. The TLM 102 is available in black and nickel; a stand mount is included.
From the Manufacturer
Neumann TLM 102
The Neumann TLM 102 is a compact, large-diaphragm studio microphone that offers legendary Neumann sound at an affordable price. It boasts a maximum sound pressure level of 144 dB, which permits the recording of percussion, drums, amps and other very loud sound sources. Quieter instruments also benefit from the TLM 102’s very fast transient response. And when it comes to vocals and speech, the TLM 102 really shines: a slight boost above 6 kHz provides for excellent presence of the voice in the overall mix. Up to 6 kHz, the frequency response is extremely linear, ensuring minimal coloration and a clearly defined bass range.
Neumann is regarded worldwide as the standard-setting, leading manufacturer of fine microphones for the studio and the stage. Neumann microphones are requested by artists and engineers alike for their unique sonic character, robust and attractive design, and carefully developed technology. Neumann recently introduced its line of studio monitors, making the brand the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Each Neumann product is subject to rigorous quality control processes, ensuring that you acquire a product with unsurpassed sound quality, reliability and lasting value.
Highlights Ideal for home and project studios Effortlessly captures instruments, vocals and speech Compact, attractive design
- Large-diaphragm microphone with cardioid directional characteristic (pressure gradient transducer)
- Compact, smaller-scale Neumann design
- Very high maximum sound pressure level
- Slight presence boost above 6 kHz
- Transformerless circuitry
- Available in two finishes: nickel and matte black
Nickel or matte black
- For home and project studios
- For broadcasters and voiceover artists looking for a more affordable entry into the Neumann world
- TLM 102
- Stand mount
Specifications TLM 102 Acoustical operating principle Pressure gradient transducer Directional pattern Cardioid Frequency range 20 Hz – 20 kHz Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kΩ 11 mV/Pa Rated impedance 50 Ω Rated load impedance 1 kΩ Equivalent noise level, CCIR 21 dB Equivalent noise level, A-weighted 12 dB-A Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR (rel. 94 dB SPL) 73 dB Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted (rel. 94 dB SPL) 82 dB Maximum SPL for THD 0.5% 144 dB Maximum output voltage 13 dBu Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938) 48 V +- 4 V Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938) 3.5 mA Matching connectors XLR 3F Weight Approx. 210 g Diameter 52 mm Length 116 mm
From the manufacturer
Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone, Nickel
Small, smart & powerful:
The TLM 102 brings Neumann quality to even the smallest studio. Like its more expensive siblings, the TLM 102 combines technical excellence with a beautifully balanced sound for silky vocals, crisp guitars and powerful drums. With its cardioid pattern and an integrated pop screen the TLM 102 is a joy to use, even for novices.
- True Neumann quality at a very affordable price
- Very low self-noise
- Handles extreme SPLs without distortion
- Integrated pop shield
Smart looks – smart engineering:
The TLM 102 sounds as smart as it looks! Its newly developed large diaphragm condenser capsule has all the qualities that made Neumann microphones the first choice in recording studios all over the world: a clear and focused sound with superb definition. Due to its remarkably linear response across the entire midrange, the TLM 102 is able to capture the authentic character of any voice or instrument, enhanced by a slight lift around 10 kHz for silky highs. The TLM 102 has gorgeous bottom end, too, enriched by the well-controlled proximity effect of a large diaphragm cardioid capsule. A joy for every singer!
The TLM 102’s technical performance is impressive, too. Its self-noise of only 12 dB-A is much lower than the ambient noise in even a very quiet room. At the same time, the TLM 102 is capable of handling extreme sound pressure levels of up to 144 dB free from distortion.
Big sound for small studios:
Due to its enormous dynamic range of 132 dB and a remarkably uniform cardioid pickup pattern, the TLM 102 is a very easy to use microphone for home and project studios, and also for demanding live applications. Its uncolored sound and fast transient response make the TLM 102 an excellent choice for male and female vocals as well as a wide range of instruments, such as acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar and double bass, drums, percussion, brass, saxophone. The TLM 102 is a true workhorse for any small studio!
- Compact microphone with genuine Neumann large diaphragm capsule
- Uniform cardioid pattern
- Transformerless circuitry for high SPLs without distortion
- Very low self-noise
- Gentle treble lift for silky highs
- Integrated pop screen