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TASCAM TM-80 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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TASCAM TM-80 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • For Voice, Acoustic Instruments & Cabs
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • Runs on 9 to 48V Phantom Power
  • Shockmount Inhibits Vibration Noise
For singers, rappers, and musicians who need a large-diaphragm studio condenser mic and don't have the funds to go big, the Tascam TM-80 presents a simple solution. Since it shares design characteristics with pricier mics and has no switches to configure, it offers a blend of quality and ease of use that makes it appealing for home recording. Also included with the mic are a shockmount, tabletop tripod stand, and mic cable, making the TM-80 a complete mic package.
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TASCAM TM-80 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2For Vocal and Instrument Recording
  • 3Friendly for Home Setups
  • 4Phantom Power Required
  • 5Shock-Absorbing Mount
  • 6Features at a Glance

For singers, rappers, and musicians who need a large-diaphragm studio condenser mic and don't have the funds to go big, the Tascam TM-80 presents a simple solution. Since it shares design characteristics with pricier mics and has no switches to configure, it offers a blend of quality and ease of use that makes it appealing for home recording. Also included with the mic are a shockmount, tabletop tripod stand, and mic cable, making the TM-80 a complete mic package.

The heart of the mic is its 0.7" aluminum-diaphragm condenser capsule, which produces a hotter output level and wider frequency range than most dynamic mics. Use it on vocals, acoustic instruments, or even guitar/bass speaker cabinets. By utilizing a cardioid polar pattern, the TM-80 is able to capture less room sound and background noise than the omnidirectional mics found in computers and mobile devices. For proper functionality of the TM-80, it should be plugged into to the XLR input of a device that can supply phantom power.

For Vocal and Instrument Recording
The TM-80 offers strong output signal and full-spectrum tone that enables it to clearly reproduce vocals (sung or spoken) as well as instruments, thanks to its high sensitivity and 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response. Compared to a typical handheld dynamic mic, the TM-80 needs less gain and produces a wider frequency response. Considering its maximum SPL handling of 136 dB, it can also be used on guitar cabinets and some drum miking applications.
Friendly for Home Setups
Whereas most mics built into computers and smartphones pick up sound from all directions, the TM-80's cardioid condenser element captures minimal sound behind it. This behavior allows it to lessen the presence of room reflections in recordings, a significant benefit when working in places that lack acoustic treatment.
Phantom Power Required
Since the TM-80 needs phantom power to operate, it must be connected to a device that can send phantom power rated between 9 and 48 VDC, which most audio interfaces, mixers, and mic preamps can do. Rather than plugging the mic into a computer soundcard or a mobile device, the TM-80 is designed to be connected to an XLR mic input.
Shock-Absorbing Mount
By placing the TM-80 in the included shockmount, it is decoupled from the stand and separated from vibrations and rumble that would otherwise travel through the stand to the mic. Use the supplied mini tripod for convenient tabletop positioning, or attach the shockmount on a larger mic stand when you need to use it while standing or recording instruments from above.
Features at a Glance
  • Traditional side-address design
  • Condenser capsule with 0.7" aluminum diaphragm
  • Cardioid polar pattern keeps the recording from sounding too ambient
  • High sensitivity
  • Wide frequency response (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
  • XLR output connector
  • Requires phantom power (9 to 48 VDC)
  • Sturdy die-cast zinc housing
  • Includes shockmount, tabletop tripod stand, and XLR cable
UPC: 043774031634

TASCAM TM-80 Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsStudio Recording
Form FactorLarge Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Speech/Voice Over, Instrument
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Diaphragm0.71" / 18 mm
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationSide Address
CircuitrySolid-State
PadNone
High-Pass FilterNone
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsNone
WindscreenNone
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL136 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD)
Impedance200 Ohms ± 30% at 1 kHz
Load Impedance> 1000 Ohms
Sensitivity-38 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio77 dB
Equivalent Noise Level17 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Cable Length6' / 1.8 m
Power
Bus PowerNone
Operating Voltage9 to 48 V (Phantom Power)
Physical
ColorSilver
MountingShockmount (Included)
Included CaseNone
Included FiltersNone
Construction MaterialDie-Cast Zinc
Dimensionsø: 1.9 x L: 6.5" / ø: 4.8 x L: 16.5 cm
Weight10.6 oz / 301 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.79 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.7 x 4.95 x 3.05"

TASCAM TM-80 Reviews

TM-80 it's great!

By Juan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-31

I am an electronic tech and a pastor and For long time o have had worked with video and audio so I know when I mic is goon and when it is not good. The Tascam works very good and to quiet. It's not a Newman but does the job good for streaming.

Picks Room Noise

By King James
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-03

I use mine with my TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO US-42 and it picks room noise. No switch to adjust its response

Superb mic

By Aleksandre
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-29

Large diaphragm of this mic allows to record wide range of sources, from voices to violin, cello and bass line. For its price it is a great deal.

Very good value and performance

By Allen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-24

would buy it again

Great value

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-21

For the price, you can’t really beat this mic! I was using a good lav mic before and this blows the lav mic out of the water. This cardioid mic is a much better match for my use case (meetings/presentation recordings).

Great Sound, Great price

By Saul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-21

This Mic needs Phantom power to work. We tested it and it has great sound for speech.

This Microphone Is Not As Advertised

By Lance
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-01

I purchased the Tascam TM-80 and it sounded thin and tinny. Then it stopped working. I opened it up to find a loos wire that needed resoldering. But the mic sounded thin and tinny anyway. I discovered that it is not a LDC. It has a small 18mm capsule sitting in a big dummy surround ring that makes it look like an LDC through the grill. I tossed mine in the trash I was so unhappy with it.

Decent Mic

By Roger
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-20

Not sue if m voice has changed or the mic does not color the bass as much as other mics like the EV RE 20. But on the acoustic it sounded crisp and deep and true. That was the extent of my testing. Good value.

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Asked by: Angel N.
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Is this phantom powered?
Asked by: Christie M.
Christie M,Phantom power is required:<a href= http://www.tascam.com/product/tm-80/ target= _blank >http://www.tascam.com/product/tm-80/</a>Thank you for your interest in TASCAM products.
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