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Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone

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Expected availability: September 30 2014
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Product Highlights
  • 90 and 120° Pickup
  • M-S Stereo Pickup
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Cable
  • Includes Mount and Stand

The Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone is designed to achieve transparent, stereo signal reproduction for Tascam and third party portable recording devices, laptop computers, and other devices. The TM-ST1 uses the mid-side stereo configuration and a switch enables the user to select between a 90 and 120° pickup range. The battery operated microphone is designed to run for hours and includes a microphone clip, table-top stand and windscreen.

Mid-side stereo pickup pattern
90 & 120° pickup range switch
Long battery life
Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone
  • Microphone Clip
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Windscreen
  • AA Battery
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    TascamTM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone
     
    3.9

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (19)
    • Good audio (18)
    • Compact (16)
    • Lightweight (13)
    • Versatile (9)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (19)
    • Home studio (11)
    • Professional recording (9)
    • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Performances (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works great for my purpose

    I bought this mic to get better sound than I get with the built in mic on my camera. I use it with an Olympus voice recorder and the sound easily meets my needs....Read complete review

    I bought this mic to get better sound than I get with the built in mic on my camera. I use it with an Olympus voice recorder and the sound easily meets my needs. It is small and light enough to carry around. I plan on buying a new camcorder in the future and I am sure that this will still allow me to get better sound than I will get from a built-in mic. I haven't tried using it for professional purposes so I cannot comment on it's suitability for that. But for my needs it is great.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not as sensitive as I had hoped

    I bought this to use with an HD camcorder. The mic on the camcorder itself isn't very good and is, of course, built into the camera. I record pianists for recorded auditions and...Read complete review

    I bought this to use with an HD camcorder. The mic on the camcorder itself isn't very good and is, of course, built into the camera. I record pianists for recorded auditions and need a remote placement of the mic.
    I found that this mic wasn't as sensitive as I had hoped. As you move away from the mic, the sound diminishes rapidly no matter how I have the switch on the mic set. I had a new battery in the mic and tried another to be sure. That was not the issue.
    Also, I found it to be a little noisy adding some hiss.
    Just not as I had expected. I returned it for a refund and will keep looking for a mic I do like.

    Reviewed by 23 customers

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    5.0

    dag

    By dag

    from nyc

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

      it graet for all purpose

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      4.0

      Works well

      By JLScott

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Reference audio

        Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

        I bought this for my Canon C300 for reference only since there is no reference audio on the camera (stupid!!). It works. Had to get creative with how I mounted it because the shaft is too large in diameter to put in the C300 shotgun mount. Dumb. However I bought the Wooden Camera C300 top plate at the same time and after a trip to[$] was able to mount it to that plate.

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        5.0

        Great sound for the Price

        By Rokinroger

        from Cleveland, Oh

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

          Well made and has a much better sound than the onboard mic of my DSLR

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          4.0

          Great Solution

          By Lincolnblues

          from Grand Rapids, MI

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

            I'm not a professional, but I help create videos for my church, the kids' school, etc. Needed a solution for capturing audio from multiple people in an interview setting. This mic worked great. The sound is clear and captured everyone's voices. It sounded at lot better than I expected. It seems very well made and doesn't feel like it's about to fall apart, like so many other inexpensive products. Would definitely recommend.

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            4.0

            Good product for amateur use

            By Daniel

            from VA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

              I use it for audio interview recording, and the 120 degree mode help to capture a wider range while directing the mic to a specific person.

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              4.0

              Excellent Product

              By EstebanD

              from San Antonio, TX

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                Purchased this product for use with a digital voice recorder. This microphone is compact and picks up quality sound in situations such as an interview. The stand the microphone comes with is not lightweight and it does not work with the Ipod touch 3g voice memos.

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                4.0

                great battery life

                By ABQ_BF

                from Albuquerque

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                  bought to get better battery life out of the Tascam DR-08, and it does exactly that for me. Seems pretty sturdy. I am an amatuer, but I couldn't notice a difference between the built-in mic on the DR-08 (which sounds great) and this mic.

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                  5.0

                  Tascam TM-ST1 stereo is amazing.

                  By samesam

                  from Canoga Park, CA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                    This mic is used for my home recording studio. The stereo mic is what I needed for the ambiance I want from the room I'm recording in. Great price for the effect I need. I've been searching for a stereo mic for depth perception and this Tascam TM-ST1 does exactly what i need.

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                    4.0

                    Does the job it was designed to do, well

                    By vswi

                    from PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Battery operated
                    • Thin microphone cord

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Mobile DJ

                    Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                    The Tascam TM-ST1 condenser microphone was designed as a complement to any small stereo digital audio recorder or can also be used with a sound card in a computer. I purchased it for my Tascam DR-07 MKII for more flexibility in making all sorts of live recordings where I could isolate the microphone from the digital recorder. The audio characteristics are very similar to the attached microphones on the DR-07 so this was all that I expected.

                    I doubt seriously that the designers were interested in making a studio quality microphone so don't expect what you are not paying for. It does, however, reproduce voice audio as a clean clear reproduction of the original input signal. It is not bad for recording live music but don't go to a concert and hope to get a professional quality recording. You have to compare apple with apples in this case. The manufacturer technical specs are very accurate concerning performance which is actually quite good considering all else.

                    The TM-ST1 is made well enough for its price with a metal housing and comes with a foam windscreen and matching mount with removable base for desktop use.

                    The six foot cord is on the thin side and is permanently attached to the microphone. It uses a common 1/8 inch stereo plug on the input side of the mike cord. This is the only thing that I don't like very much but can live with keeping in mind the economical goals of the microphone in the first place.

                    It does need a single internal AA battery to power the dual condenser elements. It make me wonder why they did this since most computers and digital recorders do offer line power for this need. But power requirements are very small and the battery does last a long time.

                    All in all, I am quite pleased with the performance of the microphone given the parameters that it was designed for. Just don't go overboard with your audio expectations similar to the performance of a studio microphone costing ten times more..

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                    4.0

                    Good Microphone for large groups

                    By Doc Violin

                    from San Dimas, Ca

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording

                    Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                    Used to record an acoustic and a country-rock band. Looking for clarity in reproduction of music.

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                    4.0

                    Good product at a fair price.

                    By InspectorEars

                    from Australian Capital Territory

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                      The TM-ST1 works well with the Tascam DR-05. It appears to be well made and the inclusion of long connection leads, sturdy and weighty desk stand was thoughtful for users. I would recommend this microphone to users of hand-held high-end linear recording devices as the frequency response and sensitivity are great.

                      Only bad remark is that I tore the rather flimsy product carton in my haste to inspect and test the microphone.

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                      4.0

                      Excellent for the price

                      By Tem

                      from Baku, Azerbaijan

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                        Not so sensitive and narrow focus. Ideal for recording interviews, etc. on DSLR. Lightweight and compact.

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                        4.0

                        Easy as pie to use

                        By James

                        from Washington State

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                          I was looking for something to use with my Netbook on which I run Linux audio software when I travel. I am a musician and wanted something small, easy and decent-sounding to capture song ideas when on the road. This fit the bill and was plug and play under Linux and I assume under Windoze/Apple.

                          Very happy with it.

                          James

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                          2.0

                          Play back volume is too low

                          By St. Louis Lass

                          from St. Louis, MO

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                              I use this to record meetings and violin recitals.

                              Easy to use, recorded sound seems to be nicely balanced.

                              Disappointed in the play back volume. It is significantly less than what I would have liked.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              DO NOT HESITATE! BUY!

                              By Blix

                              from Cinnaminson, NJ

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording
                                • With camcorder
                                • With laptop

                                Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                                I use this mic with my Sony Camcorder. If your camcorder has a mic input, but no shoe or minishoe, this mic is a great choice.ALSO- I use this mic for recording my students with my laptop. It sounds GREAT!! Two settings, one gives a wide, 3D sound, the other is more focused on a single source.It sounds WAY better than the built in mic on my camcorder and it sounds very natural and pleasing on my laptop recordings (using Sonar).I love this thing! So easy! Best [$] I've spent!

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                                5.0

                                quality piece of gear for little $$

                                By Trainer Todd

                                from Michigan

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Nice sound quality
                                • Solidly built

                                Cons

                                • Only a 6ft cable

                                Best Uses

                                • Video camera

                                Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                                I purchased this to use with my Kodak Zi8 video camera, I a singer/songwriter using it for vocal and acoustic guitar music.The choices for the Zi8 are few because it won't accept any signal with high input gain.Using the Tascam with the gain on the Zi8 turned up a couple of notches, the sound was quite pleasing, several steps better than the internal mics.For the money, it's really hard to beat.

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                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                Not as sensitive as I had hoped

                                By John

                                from Kansas City

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • None that I found

                                Cons

                                • Poor Sound Quality

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                                  I bought this to use with an HD camcorder. The mic on the camcorder itself isn't very good and is, of course, built into the camera. I record pianists for recorded auditions and need a remote placement of the mic.
                                  I found that this mic wasn't as sensitive as I had hoped. As you move away from the mic, the sound diminishes rapidly no matter how I have the switch on the mic set. I had a new battery in the mic and tried another to be sure. That was not the issue.
                                  Also, I found it to be a little noisy adding some hiss.
                                  Just not as I had expected. I returned it for a refund and will keep looking for a mic I do like.

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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Perfect Size, Weight and Quality

                                  By emdck

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                                    This Stereo Mic is perfect for field recording. You can use it with any recorder with 35mm input (minidisc or hard disc recorder). I always bring it to my travels, its small size and rough material are a great combination. It has a 120-90 degree switch, usually I choose 120º for wide-stereo recordings (nature, wallas, ceremonies) and the 90º for puntual sounds.
                                    I used to record with the Sony ECM907, but the sound is warmer and wider with this Tascam Mic.

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                                    3.0

                                    Average Mic

                                    By Eternity Outdoors

                                    from Russellville, AR

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • Limited Functions

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                                    I use this mic for my outdoor videos' secondary audio. I will usually tie it in a tree or set it on the ground pointed toward the subject. It works good for this application if it is very calm. I usually am able to set it somewhere that is out of the wind, so it performs well for me.

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                                    5.0

                                    Wonderful Product!

                                    By Marvin

                                    from Markleville, IN

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Priced very reasonable
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Events
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Music Recording
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

                                      This product was recommended by a friend. He showed me the features and versatility of it, and I was quick to order it. I HAVE NOT BEEN DISAPPOINTED!

                                      In using it to record some interviews for my radio show, I have found the recorded quality of it to be excellent. The price was also very reasonable. I highly recommend it!

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