The Neumann TLM 102 microphone looks like a tiny version of the TLM 103. While the latter dominated the scene in 1998, you might wonder exactly what a smaller version has to offer. Well, for one thing, it is a very affordable microphone, retailing around $700. It also features a new capsule designed to be used with many different instruments and at SPLs up to 144 decibels. The 102 has a slight presence peak that begins at six kHz.
The TLM 102 is a very solid microphone. It provides a full, natural sound with just about any instrument, but it can be a little too sensitive—it may pick up structure or wind noise if you’re in a loud location. It can also result in a booming sound if the mic is a little too close to the instrument. For vocals, the mic is just as solid and adds a nice timbre to the voice. A number of engineers report that the mic is a real workhorse and that it handles a variety of instruments well, including piano and drums. When tracking drums (as a room mic), it captures a real full sound.
All in all, the Neumann TLM 102 microphone provides a nice, quite, and clean recording for vocals and a variety of instruments. It doesn’t feature a built-in smile EQ like many recent microphones, and it’s not the best microphone for everything, but it’s still very solid and works quite well for many applications. It offers the top of the line quality that Neumann is known for at a very affordable price.
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