Brand Spotlight: Neumann Microphones

 

Very few manufacturers are as revered in their line of business as Neumann is in the world of professional microphones. With almost a century of experience and a long legacy of innovations, many consider Neumann as one of the best (if not THE best) mic manufacturers in the world. And while classics like the U47 and U87 are still worshiped to this day, the company continues to pump out amazing mics. Below, we'd like to take a look at four modern Neumann mics that continue the excellent legacy the company is known for.

TLM 102 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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While the TLM 102 is definitely a small, compact mic – don’t let that fool you. Inside its miniature frame is a full-sized, highly versatile large diaphragm capsule that features the quality and sound you’d expect from a Neumann mic. While it can work wonders with a range of sound sources, it is especially useful on vocals thanks to the TLM 102’s slight boost above the 6 kHz range, allowing for vocals that feature plenty of presence – perfect for making them cut through clearly in a mix.  And just like with the other mics in the TLM series, the 102 features a transformerless, low-noise design for clean, clear sound capture that doesn’t add any unnecessary color. Combining a small compact design with versatile performance and high-quality sound capture, the TLM 102 is perfect for home recording, professional studio use, and even broadcasting applications.

TLM 103 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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While they might look similar and both feature extremely transparent transformerless circuitry, the TLM 103 is more than just a larger version of the 102. Besides the lower self-noise levels, the 103 also features a brighter sound response, thanks in no small part to its capsule – derived from the legendary Neumann U87. Great for a wide array of uses, from vocals to instruments and even amps, the TLM 103 is a true workhorse microphone that features an amazingly clear and balanced performance. The TLM 103 is also tough enough for live stage work thanks to its excellent off-axis sound rejection. In fact, Jack White has regularly used the TLM 103 to mic his amps during live shows.

KM 184D Digital Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

neumannFeaturing the proven Neumann Analog-To-Digital converter, the KM184 provides a dynamic range that goes far beyond what is capable with a capsule alone. And best of all, it does so with no added coloration and amazing transparency. The integrated digital signal processor (DSP) also allows several of the mic’s settings to be controlled by remote, including the digital gain, pre-attenuation (6 dB, 12 dB or 18 dB) and a low-cut filter (0 Hz, 40 Hz, 80 Hz or 160 Hz). Other features include an integrated peak limiter along with a compressor/limiter (that comes with additional de-esser functionality) to prevent any unwanted overloading of the signal. The KM184 brings the best of Neumann’s industry-leading sound capture technology into the digital age!

SKM 184 Stereo Pair Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

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If you're looking for a pair of highly versatile condenser microphones, the Neumann KM184 set is definitely worth a closer look. These high-grade small diaphragm condenser microphones were specifically made for universal application use, able to handle sound sources as loud as 138 dB or capture the minute details of quiet instruments with ease. Whether you need to record a drum kit, brass instruments, strings, acoustic guitars, vocals or amps, the SKM184 will get the job done with the top-tier sound capture Neumann mics are known for. They are especially useful for recording situations where you need to shield away sound coming from nearby instruments. Despite being new additions to the world of recording mics, the SKM184 is quickly becoming a standard in both home setups and professional recording studios everywhere - just a small testament to what they can bring to the table.

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