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Neumann TLM 103


The Neumann TLM 103 has quickly become one of the biggest successes in Neumann’s history. Its pristine, clear sound is a modern update on the classic U87. The TLM 103 is a transformerless cardioid condenser microphone with a gentle presence boost for a stunningly direct sound with breathtaking definition and ultra low noise.

Neumann TLM 102 vs. Neumann TLM 103 vs. AKG C 414

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8 years 10 months
I have a small home studio and I am looking to purchase my first high end mic. It will be running directly into the preamps on my apogee duet interface. I will use it mainly for recording my Taylor GS5 and Vocals and will occasionally use it for piano as well. I have about 1000$ to spend and I am looking for the best mic. I have a lot of experience with the C 414, some experience with the TLM 103, and no experience with the TLM 102 but I hear that it is nice. I like the C 414 but I don't know the other mics well enough to say that one is better.

Neumann TLM 103d

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21 years
Wow, I had no idea until I saw this clip. Neumann TLM 103d ... add a starter kit (ad da converter, limiter and compressor) and spdif or AES into your DAW. I didn't hear him talk about a mic pre? Is this all combined into the mic?
I didn't realize there was a bottleneck that happened with analog/mics that was anything to be concerned about?

Here I thought this would never happen in the pro audio mic world and see this was released two years ago. Anyone try this and what is this mic's main use?

Neumann TLM103 or Rode K2?

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21 years
This might sound like a silly question (as i know Neumann mics are legendary microphones), but I am looking to buy a new mic for my studio. I have tried the Rode K2 and I really liked the sound of it on vocals, it sounded a much warmer than my SE electronics mic. But I don't know weather i should buy this mic, or save up a bit more and get a Neumann TLM103 (which i haven't tried before, and I'm just relying on the name and reputation).

Using Neumann TLM 103 D (Solution-D) with Digi 002

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13 years 1 month
Hi there!

Has any one tested Newmann's TLM 103 D (Solution-D) microphone with the Digi 002. Please let me know how you have tested/ set it up.

Please explain what are the options in connecting the MIC with Digi? and which one is best for quality. It looks like AES 42 receiver is required between the MIC & Mixer/Digi 002.

Compatable with PT HD/LE/MP V7.3 or higher

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New pre for a TLM-103

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21 years
I just purchased a very lightly used TLM-103 from a friend to replace my wonky MXL V6. The Marshall is fine for it's price but it took a nasty tumble and now has a lovely dent. After about 5 or 10 minutes it will just decrease in volume until eventually it's dead quiet. I borrowed the TLM from a friend who didn't care for it too much and after some wheelin' n dealin' wound up buying it from him for a VERY decent price. So now I've got a much better mic but there's a new problem: My ART TPSII pre. It's gotta go.

Neumann TLM-103 or Rode K2?

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15 years 6 months

my price range is around $700-$800 and i am looking for either of these or any mic in this price range used. i run a small home studio right now in my home and i am looking to finally step into the world of owning a good large diaphragm mic for vocals. i use a KSM32 right now and i personally think its too multi-functional for really good vocals. which of the 2 that i listed or any other vocal condenser would you recommend? i am also looking to purchase a good mic preamp that is designed with vocals as the primary use.

where can I find someone to repair my Neumann TLM103?

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21 years

its in pretty good shape but it took a fall and the screen is dented. I reckon it should be tested too to see that it performs like they say it should... where can I send it? an recommendations?

also, how much will it cost about... anyone know? thanks!!!


Mic comparison question? TLM103/Blue Lollipop

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16 years 8 months
Hi all,

I've made some major changes to my gear in the last few months in an effort to try something different. This leads me to the following question:

Has anybody used both a Neumann TLM-103 and a vintage AKG 451E with the Blue (Red) lollipop capsule? I just picked up a pair of the 451s and I'm looking to expand their versatility with as many options as I can. The reviews I've read of the lollipop with the 451 body are extremely flattering and it looks like a really interesting and unique experiment for me to consider.