Neumann TLM 193 Microphone  From Neumann

A large-diaphragm mic reduced to the essentials, but with no compromise in quality, featuring a cardioid directional characteristic and a classic design.

Neumann USA

$1,500.00

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What We Think

To some degree, the Neumann TLM193 is a bit underrated. It has been called a "dark" microphone, when in fact it is one of the few neutral/flat large diaphragm microphones currently available on the market. Technically, the capsules size, which is smaller than the traditional Neumann capsule, is more of a cross betweeen a large diaphragm mic and a small diaphragm mic... so, what you get is a very responsive and detailed microphone that has all of warmth you'd expect from a Neumann. It does suprisingly well on brass (you should hear this thing on tenor sax), but can record symphony orchestra, or grand piano really well 

Manufacturer's Description from Neumann

The TLM 193* is a large diaphragm microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. With this microphone Neumann continues its long tradition, and is offering high end technology at an affordable price for musicians and the home recording studio. 

 

The microphone uses a transformerless circuit, featuring extremely low self noise and large dynamic range. 

 

The polar response is very linear over a wide incidence angle. Thus, even signals coming from the side are reproduced faithfully and without coloration. The exposed surface of the microphone capsule is at ground potential, making it immune to typical interference and contamination. The microphone is supplied with a swivel mount.

Applications

The TLM 193 is a microphone with cardioid characteristic for professional recording and live applications. It is the ideal microphone for professional productions, for musicians and project studios.

Polar pattern

The TLM 193 has a large diaphragm capsule with cardioid characteristic.

Acoustic features

The TLM 193 is addressed from the front, marked with the Neumann logo. The large diaphragm capsule inside the headgrille has a very smooth frequency response for all polar patterns over a wide acceptance angle. The curves are flat and parallel to the 0° frequency curve up to 10 kHz within a pickup angle of ± 100°. 

The TLM 193* is a large diaphragm microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. With this microphone Neumann continues its long tradition, and is offering high end technology at an affordable price for musicians and the home recording studio. 

 

The microphone uses a transformerless circuit, featuring extremely low self noise and large dynamic range. 

 

The polar response is very linear over a wide incidence angle. Thus, even signals coming from the side are reproduced faithfully and without coloration. The exposed surface of the microphone capsule is at ground potential, making it immune to typical interference and contamination. The microphone is supplied with a swivel mount.

Applications

The TLM 193 is a microphone with cardioid characteristic for professional recording and live applications. It is the ideal microphone for professional productions, for musicians and project studios.

Polar pattern

The TLM 193 has a large diaphragm capsule with cardioid characteristic.

Acoustic features

The TLM 193 is addressed from the front, marked with the Neumann logo. The large diaphragm capsule inside the headgrille has a very smooth frequency response for all polar patterns over a wide acceptance angle. The curves are flat and parallel to the 0° frequency curve up to 10 kHz within a pickup angle of ± 100°. 

 

The TLM 193 differs from omnidirectional pressure transducers, where, due to physical reasons, the diffuse-field and free-field responses never agree. This microphone has a very even diffuse-field response for all polar patterns. This is important in a reverberant environment, as more reflections arrive at the microphone from different directions. 

 

The acoustic information is not affected in its tonal quality when recorded by the microphone. This characteristic is achieved without resorting to corrective resonance effects. Therefore, the microphone maintains an excellent impulse response reproducing all transient phenomena of music and speech without coloration.

Electrical features

The letters TLM stand for "transformerless microphone". With TLM technology the usual output transformer is replaced by an electronic circuit. 

 

As with traditional transformers, it ensures good common mode rejection, and prevents RF interference, that may influence the balanced audio signal. 

 

Compared to other microphones the self noise level of the TLM 193 is considerably reduced. As it is capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 140 dB without distortion, the TLM 193 provides a dynamic range of 130 dB (A-weighted).

Operational safety

All exposed surfaces of the microphone capsule, including the diaphragms, are at ground potential. This technology makes them highly immune to electrical and atmospheric interference and contamination through microscopic dust particles. 

 

The capsule is elastically mounted to avoid any structure borne noise that could interfere with its operation. 

 

The frequency response of the TLM 193 amplifier is linear down to 20 Hz. Even very low bass signals are reproduced without coloration. 

 

This implies that the microphone becomes more sensitive to subsonic frequencies, from structure borne noise or pop and wind noise. 

 

To avoid any LF interference, we recommend to use the EA 1 elastic suspension, the PS 15 pop screen, or the WS 89 windscreen.

 

*The design of the microphone is a registered design of the Georg Neumann GmbH in certain countries.

The TLM 193 differs from omnidirectional pressure transducers, where, due to physical reasons, the diffuse-field and free-field responses never agree. This microphone has a very even diffuse-field response for all polar patterns. This is important in a reverberant environment, as more reflections arrive at the microphone from different directions. 

 

The acoustic information is not affected in its tonal quality when recorded by the microphone. This characteristic is achieved without resorting to corrective resonance effects. Therefore, the microphone maintains an excellent impulse response reproducing all transient phenomena of music and speech without coloration.

Electrical features

The letters TLM stand for "transformerless microphone". With TLM technology the usual output transformer is replaced by an electronic circuit. 

 

As with traditional transformers, it ensures good common mode rejection, and prevents RF interference, that may influence the balanced audio signal. 

 

Compared to other microphones the self noise level of the TLM 193 is considerably reduced. As it is capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 140 dB without distortion, the TLM 193 provides a dynamic range of 130 dB (A-weighted).

Operational safety

All exposed surfaces of the microphone capsule, including the diaphragms, are at ground potential. This technology makes them highly immune to electrical and atmospheric interference and contamination through microscopic dust particles. 

 

The capsule is elastically mounted to avoid any structure borne noise that could interfere with its operation. 

 

The frequency response of the TLM 193 amplifier is linear down to 20 Hz. Even very low bass signals are reproduced without coloration. 

 

This implies that the microphone becomes more sensitive to subsonic frequencies, from structure borne noise or pop and wind noise. 

 

To avoid any LF interference, we recommend to use the EA 1 elastic suspension, the PS 15 pop screen, or the WS 89 windscreen.

 

*The design of the microphone is a registered design of the Georg Neumann GmbH in certain countries.

Neumann USA

About Manufacturer

Specializing in some of the finest microphones in the world, Neumann has develpoed a top name in the industry for consistency, reliability, and sonic excellence. With microphones suited for the entire range of studio recording (and more recently live application), Neumann microphones are often a first choice for uncompromised acoustic reproduction.

Specifications

Acoustical operating principle

Pressure gradient transducer

Directional pattern

Cardioid

Frequency range

20 Hz ... 20 kHz

Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohms

18 mV/Pa

Rated impedance

50 ohms

Rated load impedance

1 kohms

Equivalent noise level, CCIR1)

21 dB

Equivalent noise level, A-weighted1)

10 dB-A

Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR1) (rel. 94 dB SPL)

73 dB

Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted1) (rel. 94 dB SPL)

84 dB

Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%2)

140 dB

Maximum output voltage

13 dBu

Dynamic range of the microphone amplifier (A-weighted)

130 dB

Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938)

48 V ± 4 V

Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938)

3 mA

Matching connectors

XLR3F

Weight

480 g

Diameter

49 mm

Length

175 mm

 

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1) according to IEC 60268-1; CCIR-weighting acccording to CCIR 468-3, quasi peak; A-weighting according to IEC 61672-1, RMS

2) measured as equivalent el. input signal

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69-Neumann_TLM_193_Microphone-1272880df8b-2b.mp3

Jazz Quartet Recorded with a pair of TLM193's through a DW Fearn VT-2, Joe Meek SC2 Compressor, and an Apogee Rosetta 48K Converter

69-Neumann_TLM_193_Microphone-1272880e0a7-63.mp3

String Quartet (Ravel Fourth Movement). TLM193 through an Avalon 2022-2044-2055-Apogee Rosetta 48K (with UV22), All Files recorded by Todd Atlas

69-Neumann_TLM_193_Microphone-1272880e0af-3a.mp3

String Quartet (Ravel Second Movement). TLM193 through an Avalon 2022-2044-2055-Apogee Rosetta 48K (with UV22)

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