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  • bainmackbainmack

    Neumann TLM 103 works beautifully on acoustic guitars

    Neumann TLM 103Published on 06/02/19 at 09:18
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    Hello curious wanderer,
    Owned and used a Neumann TLM 103 for about a year now.
    I've paired it with various preamps including a LA-610 mKII.
    Primarily used w/ acoustic guitars and vocals.
    There does tend to be a lot of artifacts when using this mic at close sources -- these artifacts i have not experienced with other mics and concluded that the microphone is causing the problem. These 'artifacts' are distortion in nature of the source and tend to be difficult to edit out or make EQ correction. That's why I only give this a 4 star instead of 5 star review.

    BUT, like always, take every review with a grain of salt.
    You can hear it paired w/ other microphones here:
    https://www.yo…
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    Hello curious wanderer,
    Owned and used a Neumann TLM 103 for about a year now.
    I've paired it with various preamps including a LA-610 mKII.
    Primarily used w/ acoustic guitars and vocals.
    There does tend to be a lot of artifacts when using this mic at close sources -- these artifacts i have not experienced with other mics and concluded that the microphone is causing the problem. These 'artifacts' are distortion in nature of the source and tend to be difficult to edit out or make EQ correction. That's why I only give this a 4 star instead of 5 star review.

    BUT, like always, take every review with a grain of salt.
    You can hear it paired w/ other microphones here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOjTCh4WO_Q

    cheers,
    bainmack
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  • JonthebassJonthebass

    Okay but look around

    Neumann TLM 103Published on 10/31/17 at 16:33
    I borrowed a pair of these to record an acoustic piano at my studio. They looked great, nice and light and easy to place.
    There seemed to be something missing at the top end. Sure you can eq to hell and back but I like my source sound to be awesome. After many adjustments and a bit of eq I still couldn't get that top end without it sounding muddy. I even tried just using one in case of P.C. But nope. That flat spot was still there.
    In the end I used my pair of NT2's. The difference was incredible.
    I'm sure the name will sell many and maybe I'm just too pedantic. I love my Rodes even more now.
    Sorry Neumann, doesn't do it for me.
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    I borrowed a pair of these to record an acoustic piano at my studio. They looked great, nice and light and easy to place.
    There seemed to be something missing at the top end. Sure you can eq to hell and back but I like my source sound to be awesome. After many adjustments and a bit of eq I still couldn't get that top end without it sounding muddy. I even tried just using one in case of P.C. But nope. That flat spot was still there.
    In the end I used my pair of NT2's. The difference was incredible.
    I'm sure the name will sell many and maybe I'm just too pedantic. I love my Rodes even more now.
    Sorry Neumann, doesn't do it for me.
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  • tootstoots

    Neumann TLM 103Published on 03/12/07 at 05:16
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    -see other notices and manufacturer data sheet

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    -sold ... utlilis year
    -chirurgical, fearsome noise level signal
    -Neumann U87 and 89 and KM184, AKG 414BTL2, Studio project C4, Audio Tech 4050, AKG Solid tubetc ...
    -prcis some sources (guit acous and some voice, bass, perc etc ...) or search for it on-shine ... otherwise delicate
    -8/10 According to the purchase price
    -micro typ have in its fleet
    -less hard with a good pre-amp lamp
    Before buying this mic I did not like too much of certain surgical cot neumann (eg 184/87) ... on some sources it is rather very useful ... in complment of Dynamic good (MD441 ...), and static or softer (414) / TLM170 / MKH404
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    -see other notices and manufacturer data sheet

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    -sold ... utlilis year
    -chirurgical, fearsome noise level signal
    -Neumann U87 and 89 and KM184, AKG 414BTL2, Studio project C4, Audio Tech 4050, AKG Solid tubetc ...
    -prcis some sources (guit acous and some voice, bass, perc etc ...) or search for it on-shine ... otherwise delicate
    -8/10 According to the purchase price
    -micro typ have in its fleet
    -less hard with a good pre-amp lamp
    Before buying this mic I did not like too much of certain surgical cot neumann (eg 184/87) ... on some sources it is rather very useful ... in complment of Dynamic good (MD441 ...), and static or softer (414) / TLM170 / MKH404
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  • HalfSquidHalfSquid

    PERFECT VOCAL MIC!!!

    Neumann TLM 103Published on 09/01/14 at 16:39
    This is everything and more you would ever expect from Neumann. A great condenser recording mic with a broad and clear frequency response. Perfect for recording studio vocals and professional broadcasting. Every studio needs a good vocal mic and this one definitely sets the bar high. 100% recommended.

    It is a very sensitive mic so I would definitely recommend buying the shock mount accessory which let's the TLM do it's job without interruptions.

    OVERALL OPINION

    It is a very precise microphone that delivers reliable and clear recordings. Although it is an expensive purchase, it is one that you won't regret making. Worth every penny!!!
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    This is everything and more you would ever expect from Neumann. A great condenser recording mic with a broad and clear frequency response. Perfect for recording studio vocals and professional broadcasting. Every studio needs a good vocal mic and this one definitely sets the bar high. 100% recommended.

    It is a very sensitive mic so I would definitely recommend buying the shock mount accessory which let's the TLM do it's job without interruptions.

    OVERALL OPINION

    It is a very precise microphone that delivers reliable and clear recordings. Although it is an expensive purchase, it is one that you won't regret making. Worth every penny!!!
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  • Anonymous

    relatively versatile microphone.

    Neumann TLM 103Published on 08/13/13 at 06:23
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Condenser vocal microphone, large diaphragm, cardioid.
    Ideal for taking close.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a month and I've tested a lot of other sources, viola, acoustic guitar, shaker, electric guitar, bass.

    I tried a lot of large diaphragm condenser microphones with his older brother (U87) and it is mostly the price that motivated my choice.

    It has a strong proximity effect gives the body a lot of female voices but against part-it does not suit me on male voices.

    The downside is that it does not have a variable directivity and lacks an attenuator.

    For the rest, it does the job and for the price (on occasion) I remake this purchase without hesitation.
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    Condenser vocal microphone, large diaphragm, cardioid.
    Ideal for taking close.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a month and I've tested a lot of other sources, viola, acoustic guitar, shaker, electric guitar, bass.

    I tried a lot of large diaphragm condenser microphones with his older brother (U87) and it is mostly the price that motivated my choice.

    It has a strong proximity effect gives the body a lot of female voices but against part-it does not suit me on male voices.

    The downside is that it does not have a variable directivity and lacks an attenuator.

    For the rest, it does the job and for the price (on occasion) I remake this purchase without hesitation.
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  • NeafbiNeafbi

    well

    Neumann TLM 103Published on 06/28/12 at 14:27
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    What kind of microphone?

    Microphone to rap

    What technology?
    electret

    OVERALL OPINION

    How long you use it?

    1 week

    Did you tried many other models before buying it?

    No, I did the 2050 so for me it is day and night

    What is so special that you love the most, least?

    his capacity to judge by yourself https://neafbi-officiel-91.skyrock.com/

    How would you rate the quality / price?

    not bad at all knowing there is the suspension with the cost so the price is lower microwave


    With experience, you do again this choice?

    must see that knowing the tlm 193 is a 70 euro dearer but without suspension so ....
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    What kind of microphone?

    Microphone to rap

    What technology?
    electret

    OVERALL OPINION

    How long you use it?

    1 week

    Did you tried many other models before buying it?

    No, I did the 2050 so for me it is day and night

    What is so special that you love the most, least?

    his capacity to judge by yourself https://neafbi-officiel-91.skyrock.com/

    How would you rate the quality / price?

    not bad at all knowing there is the suspension with the cost so the price is lower microwave


    With experience, you do again this choice?

    must see that knowing the tlm 193 is a 70 euro dearer but without suspension so ....
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  • MatrixClawMatrixClaw

    Quite the Underrated Mic

    Neumann TLM 103Published on 03/31/12 at 00:43
    Microphone Type: Condenser
    Polar Pattern: Cardioid
    Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
    Max SPL: 138 dB
    Output Impedance: 50 ohms
    No low cut/pad.
    Shockmount NOT included.
    Wooden, padded, box included.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I'm going to start off by saying that, if I were in the market to buy this mic new ($1100), there are many others I'd be looking at in its price range; however, for the price you can get them on the used market, they're fairly well priced.

    People complain a lot about how these have a brittle high end - I get that. I'm not going to sugar coat it and say that it sounds AMAZING, but it's also not anything a tad of EQ can't fit. What I love about thi…
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    Microphone Type: Condenser
    Polar Pattern: Cardioid
    Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
    Max SPL: 138 dB
    Output Impedance: 50 ohms
    No low cut/pad.
    Shockmount NOT included.
    Wooden, padded, box included.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I'm going to start off by saying that, if I were in the market to buy this mic new ($1100), there are many others I'd be looking at in its price range; however, for the price you can get them on the used market, they're fairly well priced.

    People complain a lot about how these have a brittle high end - I get that. I'm not going to sugar coat it and say that it sounds AMAZING, but it's also not anything a tad of EQ can't fit. What I love about this mic, is the fact that it IS fairly bright. It brings out the character and definition in vocal performances. Beware - This mic WILL show your mistakes, it can be flattering if you're good, and be VERY unforgiving, if you're bad.

    For the price these things cost, I would really expect for it to come bundled with a shockmount, and not have to pay an extra $50 for it, but I suppose it's not a huge deal.

    This mic will NOT get you the classic Neumann U series sound, but it's a very nice mic for any studio to have around. In its used and new price ranges, there's other mics that can certainly compete well with it, but being the trusted name Neumann is, it's a fairly safe bet for most.
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  • yoTrakkzyoTrakkz

    top notch

    Neumann TLM 103Published on 11/09/11 at 00:50
    Got this mic (TLM 103) from my local Guitar Center store. The price was high but the name says it all. It does just what I wanted it to do. It sounds like "nothing". VOC recorded in my home digital studio sound natural, open, as if I was there live doing it. It sits in the mix like nothing else I have. I can turn the channel way down and the vocals are still very much a part of the mix. I got Mogami cables for the full signal path and I'm sure that helps a little....if you crank the preamp you must have the iso mount. And no mine didn't come free with the mic. Here is the low down, you get what you pay for and this quality is the best that I have had from recording at home. Its not cheap at…
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    Got this mic (TLM 103) from my local Guitar Center store. The price was high but the name says it all. It does just what I wanted it to do. It sounds like "nothing". VOC recorded in my home digital studio sound natural, open, as if I was there live doing it. It sits in the mix like nothing else I have. I can turn the channel way down and the vocals are still very much a part of the mix. I got Mogami cables for the full signal path and I'm sure that helps a little....if you crank the preamp you must have the iso mount. And no mine didn't come free with the mic. Here is the low down, you get what you pay for and this quality is the best that I have had from recording at home. Its not cheap at all, its pretty expensive and it took me a while to save for it. But once I heard it I knew I had to start saving because this was the mic that really made me sound the best. It will do the same for you as well.

    OVERALL OPINION

    This microphone has really made a name for itself and for a good reason. It has a nice natural sound to it and works well in many situations. I have used it on drums and vocals and have been very pleased with the results every time. The only down side is the shock mount doesn't always come with it, but other than that, it is hard to lose with this fantastic piece of gear. I haven’t had a single complaint with this mic or even seen or heard anyone else complain about it when they come record at my house. They all love it, but when I tell them how much it cost they all say they wont be getting it. But if you want cheap quality then go to radio shack and get a mic. If you want great quality invest in your career and yourself and get the TLM 103.
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  • John_frJohn_fr

    Neumann TLM 103Published on 11/21/02 at 11:58
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Cardioid condenser microphone type.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use the microwave for 2 years.
    This is a microphone that makes all the finesse of a male or female voice.
    Associated with a prampli of good quality (T1953 Behring), it will reproduce a sound full and prcis.
    However, a small correction work in mediums is necessary to achieve a warmer sound.
    Branch sixties sound, to say the Beatles, I get this color if the micro characteristic.
    Trs a good choice, sincrement.
  • bidule-trucbidule-truc

    Neumann TLM 103Published on 10/25/03 at 03:12
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    IT CAN BE USED I for voice but trs versatile well located in front of a guitar it also works well

    OVERALL OPINION

    J'utilse this micro depuit more than 1 year
    I love the percision sound and look like small but robust.
    It replaced my AT 4033 for vocals.
    trs good value qualitprix (optional suspension llastique regrettable especially the price)
    I do not regret my choice of any value is fawn Neunamnn sre.
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