Neumann continues to be on the cutting edge of microphone design and development, with it's ever growing line of digital mics and relic tube mics packed with state of the art simulation circuits. Neumann's latest vintage replica release is the transfomerless version of the TLM 67, a reissue of the classic U67 tube mic. The TLM 67 employs a K67 capsule and utilizes a unique circuit made to emulate the characteristics of the EF 86 tube which was part of the vintage U67. As far as polarity goes, the TLM 67 offers 3 patterns; figure eight, omni & cardiod. The TLM 67 also has -10db pad, and you can drop 6 db's for every octave beginning at 250 Hz with the highpass filter in cardioid and 180 Hz when in omni mode.
I'm sure many of us have been burned by similar tube simulator mics so I was slightly weary about this mic from the start. However after putting it to the test in a number of different formats I was really pleased with the overall character of the mic. Pretty much anywhere I placed it I got really good tone and sound. The TLM 67 really delivers that vintage tube quality sound. I wasn't able to do a side by side comp against the U67 but as far a newer mic goes I highly recommend this one.