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HalfSquid09/01/2014

HalfSquid's review"PERFECT VOCAL MIC!!! "

Neumann TLM 103
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!!!
yoTrakkz11/09/2011

yoTrakkz's review"top notch"

Neumann TLM 103
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.
Audiofanzine FR12/04/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Neumann TLM 103
(Originally written by Hagbard/translated from Audiofanzine FR)


1) The U87 capsule is fabulous

2) the capsule is not the only parameter for the sound of a mic

OVERALL OPINION

- Five years

- Quality of the proximity effect

I also tested a tube AKG, Electro-voice, and Brauner and the sound generally corresponds to the price (except for the AKG) .

- Excellent value for money. Quality has a price and it is fully justified.

- Yes

Three or four years ago it was very trendy to criticize the TLM103 with the argument that it was great for speech but not for vocals.

But that's not true. It depends on the voice and the accompaniment (it's a transformerless mic so you need other good components to get a good result). But the mic is also very good with wind and string instruments so it's quite versatile. Don't even try to compare it with products in other price ranges.

Top sound engineers include it in their must-have list when it comes to equipping a new a recording studio. See Steve Pogact's online article: Build a studio?.
moosers03/24/2008

moosers's review

Neumann TLM 103
I've used the Neumann TLM103 strictly in the studio on everything from vocals to banjo to acoustic guitar. It is great for any and all applications that you would typically use a large diaphragm condenser mic for. The only thing I wasn't happy about was that with the regular model (not the Anniversary edition) I had to purchase a separate shockmount; however, the clip that comes with the mic works fine as well if you don't care about having a shockmount for it.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had the TLM103 about a year and a half and I have had nothing but good times with it. It's got such a clear and crisp sound. I've used a ton of different Neumann mics (U87, U67, etc) and although this isn't as great as those classic mics, it definitely holds its own. A friend of mine did a shootout between this mic and the U87 and said he really couldn't see much of a different, except of course for the $2000 extra the U87 will run you. Although it may be a bit pricey for a small studio setting, if you are looking for a real quality mic, this is about the cheapest you can get from a company who makes the best mics on earth. I wouldn't trade this mic for any other in its price range.
lucasd'airy11/09/2009

lucasd'airy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann TLM 103
See below, it shows dj prcis
1) that the capsule of U87 is indeed fabulous
2) it is not everything in a micro

OVERALL OPINION

- 5 years
- The quality in recording the vicinity a small bump due
- No, only a few microphones of well, the press is sold pasncessairement brands. Since I tried lamps AKG, Electro-Voice, Brauner, Beyerdynamic and it seems that, apart from AKG, the performance is well gnralement Fidler to cot; Ricardo Music West had about a Groove Tubes ... Nice try!
- Excellent qualitprix because that achieving this certainty has a cot, so it is adequate (if it were only a microphone for singing, it would plutt "good")
- Yes

The silent mode, 3-4 years ago, the TLM103 dnigrer the grounds that this mic excels in the voice speaks and would be less able to singing hardcore.
In my opinion, this opinion is not ngatif honnte trs, it is excellent for voice talking is one thing, but ingnieur sound will tell you that the famous "greenhouse proximity does not fit all situations, and is 'irraliste' in some cases (cinma, etc.).. dpend All types of voice and accompaniment (both "Transformerless" must Obviously well be round to give a valid rsultat). But as his owners know, there is trs good for strings and wind instruments, so versatile, and up the akm ( Obviously, then saturate it, but you have plenty of room before reaching this stage). Still, he should not compare the lines out of proportion.
But for this kind of petty or small hostile [qu'videmment because, in part lgitime fear is that it ensures the lowest common dnominateur and therefore takes all more than proportionally with cong Nres (but they are REALLY trs below, except that I did not test the GA or Heil)], the ingnieurs sound chip included in the "minimum list "a studio. Duly noted. Obviously if you have the option of a U87 acqurir ... this is not comparable. If you have found an original and reliable microphone that outperforms, you do not like the blow Pigon.
SachaGuitryAuteur03/02/2006

SachaGuitryAuteur's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann TLM 103
TLM103
Static Microphone for All!

OVERALL OPINION

TLM103. Finally a microphone edge whose sentence is final ... He and the geule! Bravo! Finally, a Neumann microphone that makes you who you are with a signature discrte but not fooling anyone ... For a price that is less likely to cause fcheuses situations, see even cause many divorces ... Use a pre amp with a Class A, provided with tubes Telefunkun Diamond ... Why not? A sweet and old amps brand pr Quad, Quad II or an old McIntosh? For their musicality ... ... completely silent and Hop!
While the comparison with a U87 trsdlicate become, of all the membrane fawn you it is not the same?? Well yes! Everything else just about talent (for once ...) & pr amplification.
arielilu07/17/2005

arielilu's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann TLM 103
Ja'i the Achte 1 year ago it is coupled with a preamp TLaudio 5051, and still I cross that there is nothing to 1000euro better off as a condenser microphone for studio diafragme before the j'utilisee c414uls AKG, and even if it is not niqment cardiod, the sound of the TLM103 is becuop warmer is precise, plain detailes, the only thing is that we must play with the EGULATION for a more natural because there are too many to le5K if not ..... EST has the micro meiller 1000reuro

OVERALL OPINION

Ja'i the Achte 1 year ago it is coupled with a preamp TLaudio 5051, and still I cross that there is nothing to 1000euro better off as a condenser microphone for studio diafragme before the j'utilisee c414uls AKG, and even if it is not niqment cardiod, the sound of the TLM103 is becuop warmer is precise, plain detailes, the only thing is that we must play with the EGULATION for a more natural because there are too many to le5K if not ..... EST has the micro meiller 1000reuro
Furt02/26/2005

Furt's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann TLM 103
Large diaphragm condenser microphone. One directional: cardioid. No pad or low-cut filter.
Workmanship. The suspension, which is essential, must be purchased separately at a price bordering on scam.

OVERALL OPINION

It is a very micro criticized, often by people who have never used or have been in bad conditions.

It is true that an entry-level, yes but at Neumann. And found that the reputation of the brand: the chiseled, accurate (perhaps too) and racy.
It is against a little too dry and surgery.
Nevertheless, a partner at a good tube amp, it can be great on some voices and many instruments: classical guitar, piano, wood percussion.
It is far superior to many microphones Chinese who tried to copy it but have only reproduce its shortcomings.
As against the price too high (over 1100 euros with its suspension) is a real handicap to compete in the AKG 414 XLS who is superior.

It's been six years since I use it and I often return to it when I do not want to take any risks with the quality of sound. When I bought it, it was 5000frs and AKG 414 more 9000frs. Today, for the price, I will opt for the AKG without denying either.
brianmay01/21/2005

brianmay's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann TLM 103
I use this mic for over a year a couple pro p2 tf I will not say I fluently but with an inventiveness of got phenomenal results, the micro application to be a little masters and consistent to believe erreus k'il takes the hooks are perfect for starting to give the body or the heat up?! I test the coupling with another micro matched on the TF pro deferred custody and (we believe) 57 sm try a little nothing, that is for delire koi be surprised!

OVERALL OPINION

I use this mic for over a year a couple pro p2 tf I will not say I fluently but with an inventiveness of got phenomenal results, the micro application to be a little masters and consistent to believe erreus k'il takes the hooks are perfect for starting to give the body or the heat up?! I test the coupling with another micro matched on the TF pro deferred custody and (we believe) 57 sm try a little nothing, that is for delire koi be surprised!
John_fr11/21/2002

John_fr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann TLM 103
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.