Neumann TLM103MT Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic and Rycote InVision Studio Kit (Black)

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Neumann TLM103MT Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic and Rycote InVision Studio Kit (Black)
Key Features
  • TLM 103 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic
  • Rycote InVision Studio Kit with USM
  • Gold Studio XLR Male to Female XLR Cable
  • RF-C20 Studio Isolation Filter
The black Neumann TLM103MT Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic and Rycote InVision Studio Kit from B&H includes the Neumann TLM 103 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone with SG 2 Stand Mount and Wooden Box, the Rycote InVision Studio Kit with USM, a Mogami Gold Studio XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable, an Auray RF-C20 Studio Isolation Filter (Red Composite, Metal Back), and an Auray RFMS-580 Reflection Filter Tripod Mic Stand. This kit can be used to capture instruments and vocals for home or studio applications and provides an acoustically well-balanced attenuation of signals in environments where there is no sound treatment.
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Neumann TLM-103 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)
  • 3Rycote InVision Studio Kit with USM
  • 4Warm Audio Premier Series Balanced XLR Cable (15')
  • 5Auray RF-C20 Studio Isolation Filter (Red Composite, Metal Back)
  • 6Auray RFMS-580 Reflection Filter Tripod Mic Stand

The black Neumann TLM103MT Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic and Rycote InVision Studio Kit from B&H includes the Neumann TLM 103 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone with SG 2 Stand Mount and Wooden Box, the Rycote InVision Studio Kit with USM, a Mogami Gold Studio XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable, an Auray RF-C20 Studio Isolation Filter (Red Composite, Metal Back), and an Auray RFMS-580 Reflection Filter Tripod Mic Stand. This kit can be used to capture instruments and vocals for home or studio applications and provides an acoustically well-balanced attenuation of signals in environments where there is no sound treatment.

Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

Designed as a budget-friendly alternative to the heralded U 87 microphone for project studios, producers, and vocalists, the black Neumann TLM 103 MT is a large-diaphragm condenser mic offering the classic Neumann sound with elevated presence to impart a crisp, clean, and full tone. It boasts a capsule based on the U 87 married to pristine transformerless circuitry, allowing it to handle high SPLs up to 138 dB without distortion while maintaining superbly quiet self-noise of just 7 dBA.

The combination of the transformerless output stage and heightened treble response makes the TLM 103 a great choice when the sound source needs to clearly cut through the mix. The mic's compact body is ideal for positioning it in tight spots such as over a snare, inside a kick drum, or in front of a small guitar amp. By utilizing a cardioid polar pattern, the mic can effectively reduce ambient noise or instrument bleed behind the mic. The TLM 103 MT comes with a secure, space-saving swivel mount and a wooden box.

Affordable Alternative to the U 87

Introduced in 1997 as an affordable alternative to the venerable U 87, the TLM 103 has since become a classic in its own right. Today, the TLM 103 defines the standard by which contemporary studio microphones are measured. Its classic, tapered headgrille design gives the TLM 103 a distinct Neumann look.

Large-Diaphragm Capsule

The TLM 103 is a cardioid microphone with a large-diaphragm condenser capsule derived from the classic K67/87 capsule of the legendary Neumann U 87. However, the TLM 103 has a slightly more modern voicing with a wide presence boost for frequencies above 5 kHz.

Refined and Full Sound

Its very direct yet refined sound is perfect for vocals and solo instruments that pop out of the mix without effort. Of course, the TLM 103 also has the famous authoritative midrange that has become the hallmark of Neumann microphones and made them a top choice in studios around the world. A special feature of the TLM 103 is its impressively deep yet controlled low end, perfect for sonorous voices and powerful bass instruments.

Technical Excellence

With an incredibly low self-noise of only 7 dBA, the TLM 103 is among the quietest microphones available. And its high sensitivity of -32.5 dBV ensures ultralow noise, even with budget preamps and audio interfaces or vintage tube equipment. At the same time, the TLM 103 can handle enormous sound pressure levels of up to 138 dB without the need for pre attenuation. Its vast dynamic range of 131 dB makes the TLM 103 a very easy-to-use studio microphone as it will capture anything from a soft whisper to a thunderous bass drum without adding noise or distortion.

Transformerless Output

As a member of Neumann's TLM series, the TLM 103 works with a transformerless output stage, which minimizes transmission losses and ensures a very immediate, uncolored sound, true to the original as well as a clear, powerful bass response, even at highest signal levels.

Applications

The TLM 103 was primarily designed for project studios and broadcast use, but due to its outstanding performance was soon embraced by renowned studios as a more modern sounding alternative to the U 87 for speech, vocals, drums, guitar amps, and piano. The TLM 103 is also often used as a spot mic in classical recordings for cello and double bass.

Features at a Glance

  • Large-diaphragm condenser capsule derived from the classic U 87 microphone
  • Balanced sound with enhanced presence
  • Cardioid pattern reduces background noise
  • Transformerless circuitry with high SPL capability
  • Extremely low self-noise of only 7 dBA
  • XLR 3-pin output
  • 48V phantom powered
  • Includes swivel mount and wooden box
UPC: 615104084315

Rycote InVision Studio Kit with USM

The Rycote InVision Studio Kit with USM is a complete suspension and pop filter system which combines the InVision Studio Universal Shockmount and Universal Pop Filter in one convenient package—everything you need to capture professional radio-ready recordings free from pops and noise.

 

The shockmount supports any microphone with a diameter of 18 to 55 mm and weighing up to 1.65 lb. The patented vibration-resistant Lyre mount helps to reduce capsule and cable-borne noise and controlled tests at Rycote's factory show that it provides up to twice the isolation of traditional microphone suspension systems.

 

The pop filter is made with a custom mesh that attenuates frequencies up to 20 dB and is designed to reduce or eliminate pops caused by "b" and "p" plosives in vocal performances. Unlike other pop filters, this one causes no audible high-frequency loss, keeping the integrity and clarity of the original sound produced by your microphone.

 

With its universal screw clamp, the InVision pop filter not only works with the InVision USM but is designed to fit any universal shockmount with diameters between 1/8 and 1/2". When the time comes, the mesh filter is replaceable helping to maintain a clean, hygienic studio and the ergonomic frame is designed for comfort so you can focus on the performance and not on what's in front of you.

 

InVision Universal Pop Filter

Mesh filter attenuates low-frequency vocal pops up to 20 dB with no audible high-frequency loss
Ergonomic frame is designed for comfort when placed in front of the mouth and face
The custom mesh filter is replaceable for cleaning or replacement
Designed to fit the outer ring of any universal shockmount and most other mic suspensions

InVision Universal Shockmount

Supports microphone with diameters of 18 to 55mm and weighing up to 1.65 lb
Patented vibration-resistant Lyre mount helps reduce capsule and cable-borne noise
Provides up to twice the isolation of traditional microphone suspension systems

Warm Audio Premier Series Balanced XLR Cable (15')

Presented here with a cable length of 15'', this Warm Audio Premier Series XLR Cable is designed to provide a high-end connection between balanced gear with XLR jacks, such as microphones, outboard equipment, and interface-to-monitoring connections. If you care about the details of your sound onstage and in the studio, use this cable to preserve your signal.

This XLR cable is chock-full of features that enable a top-of-the-line performance, such as gold-plated connectors and a star-quad wiring scheme for superior RFI rejection in the balancing process. Double-Ruessen shielding helps protect against EMI, and a braided outer wrap fights against tangling. To guarantee an optimal performance, Warm Audio partnered with Gotham AG, one of Switzerland's best producers of premium cable.

InVision Universal Shockmount

The Premier Touch

Warm's Premier cables go above and beyond, adding features like gold-plated connectors, a braided outer wrap, four-conductor star-quad construction (helping aid in giving you powerful rejection of RFI), and double-Ruessen shielding (also for increased rejection of EMI).

Braided Premier Wrap

This braided wrap removes the friction that occurs when rubber or PVC rub together, so it's much easier to handle and wrap the cable. No more fighting with a rat's nest of cable spaghetti. The braided wrap also adds an element of strength and reliability, as it helps to protect the cable's PVC jacket from damage due to pinching or binding.

Star Quad Explained

A traditional balanced cable uses three cores of wire to carry audio signals—one shielded core for the positive leg, one shielded core for the negative leg, and a plain outer wrap that functions as the ground. The idea is this: a fully balanced system flips the phase of the signal, merges the positive and negative signals together, and effectively cancels out interference encountered along the cable's length by throwing it out of phase with the audio.

Star-quad construction takes that concept even further by using five cores instead of three. Two cores are provided each for the positive and negative legs, as well as a single ground. This helps to further shield the audio from RFI (radio frequency interference), ensuring an even better performance.

Double-Ruessen Shielding Explained

Most cable construction techniques use an outer wrap of wire to act as the ground. Some manufacturers braid this wire, while others simply wrap the wires in a highly uniform way to shield the interior wires from electromagnetic interference.

Double-Ruessen shielding goes further than more traditional techniques in two ways: First, the cable is wrapped with two separate shields. Secondly, the outer shield is wrapped in a contrary direction to the inner shield, creating a stronger and more complete barrier from EMI for the internal cores.

Gold-Plated Connectors

Precious metals aren't famous for their looks alone, some also have characteristics that are advantageous for signal transfer. These gold connectors provide such characteristics, as well as one other one: gold offers more resistance to corrosion than other precious metals do, making it well-suited for cable connectors.
UPC: 850016400055

Auray RF-C20 Studio Isolation Filter (Red Composite, Metal Back)

The red composite, metal back RF-C20 Studio Isolation Filter from Auray provides a solution for music producers, broadcasters, and podcasters looking to help isolate a microphone and achieve better recordings in a space that is less than ideal for capturing audio. The Auray Studio Isolation Filter makes capturing clean, dry vocals or instrument recordings sound more natural with less sonic coloration.

The RF-C20 fits on a medium- to heavy-duty microphone stand and uses a rugged aluminum mesh frame, four-layers of acoustic treatment, a vented metal back, plus a layer of acoustic composite fiber to absorb unwanted ambient noise and control acoustic reflections. In a nutshell, if your recording vocals, voiceovers, or podcasts in an untreated room with hard surfaces, the RF-C20 provides advanced microphone isolation for better-sounding results.

InVision Universal Shockmount

Microphone Isolation

Recording, broadcasting, or podcasting in rooms with little-to-no acoustic treatment can wash-out vocal or instrument audio recordings with echo reflections. The Auray Studio Isolation Filter minimizes reflections of unwanted noise bouncing off hard surfaces and entering your microphone. Usually, expensive acoustic foam is required on studio walls to absorb reflections and get a "dry" sound. With this reflection filter, you can achieve similar results in your own room or workspace.

Four-Layer Acoustic Treatment

Four layers of acoustic treatment help to isolate your vocal and instrument recordings. A thick layer of composite fiber surrounds your microphone and absorbs unwanted reflections, as well as additional noise coming in from the room. Two more layers of fabric and a perforated mesh layer help deaden and disperse sound waves, leaving your incoming audio clean and dry with little to no coloration.

Adjustable Microphone Position

Getting the right position with your microphone to capture vocals or instruments is a crucial step when recording audio. The RF-C20 allows you to adjust the microphone position horizontally and vertically. Slide the microphone closer to the filter for that dry sound or slide the microphone away from the filter to add more of the room ambience. You can also adjust the microphone height to fit the person or instrument you're recording. You can even alter the angle of the filter and microphone with a simple twist of a knob.

Mounting Options

The Auray Studio Isolation Filter can be mounted three ways. Use the clamps to attach the filter to medium- to heavy-duty boom and microphone stands. The clamps provide quick attachment and minimize setup time. An included 5/8- to 3/8" adapter allows you to seat the filter directly to the top of your mic stand. In addition, you can mount the isolation filter upside down to a mic boom arm for overhead recording.
UPC: 847628013827

Auray RFMS-580 Reflection Filter Tripod Mic Stand

The RFMS-580 Reflection Filter Tripod Mic Stand from Auray features heavy-duty steel construction and is capable of providing sturdy support to your reflection filter and studio microphone at the same time. The tripod stand design features collapsible legs for convenient storage, a telescoping center column that can be adjusted to reach a maximum working height of 68".

The stand also features nonslip feet for added traction on hard surfaces as well as a 5/8" threaded adapter for attaching a shockmount or mic clip.

Provides sturdy support to a microphone and a reflection filter at the same time
May also be used as a speaker stand (may require 3/8" thread adapter)
UPC: 847628576827

Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black) Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsStudio Recording
Form FactorLarge Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Instrument
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
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 SPL138 dB SPL (.5% THD)
Off-Axis Rejection>2 dB at 60°
>10 dB at 120°
>25 dB at 180°
Impedance50 Ohms
Load Impedance1000 Ohms
Sensitivity-32.5 dBV at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohms
Output Level13 dBu (Max)
Dynamic Range131 dB A-Weighted
Signal-to-Noise Ratio76.5 dB CCIR
87 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level7 dB A-Weighted
17.5 dB CCIR
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Bus PowerNone
Operating Voltage48 V ± 4 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption3 mA
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingMic Clip (Included)
Included CaseHard Case
Included FiltersNone
Dimensionsø: 2.4 x L: 5.2" / ø: 6 x L: 13.2 cm
Weight15.87 oz / 450 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.77 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10 x 5 x 4"

Rycote InVision Studio Kit with USM Specs

Physical
General
Microphone Diameters0.70 to 2.16" / 18 to 55 mm
Max Microphone Length11.8" / 300 mm
Max Vertical Weight1.65 lb / 750 g
Max Horizontal Weight1.10 lb / 500 g
Max Suspension Rotation175°
Weight & Dimensions
Dimensions (W x L x H)5.11 x 9.44 x 6.10" / 130 x 240 x 155 mm
Weight0.13 lb / 61 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.6 x 6.3 x 5.8"

Warm Audio Premier Series Balanced XLR Cable (15') Specs

Physical
Connector 11 x XLR 3-Pin Male Straight
Connector 21 x XLR 3-Pin Female
Contact PlatingGold
Cable Length15' / 4.6 m
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.65 x 8.55 x 2.5"

Auray RF-C20 Studio Isolation Filter (Red Composite, Metal Back) Specs

Physical
Filter TypeReflection Filter
Filter MaterialFoam, Metal
Material of ConstructionAluminum, Composite Fiber
Dimensions14.6 x 17.5 x 13.3" / 37.2 x 44.5 x 33.8 cm
Weight8.2 lb / 3.7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight11.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19.5 x 17 x 13"

Auray RFMS-580 Reflection Filter Tripod Mic Stand Specs

Stand
Height42 to 68" / 106.68 to 172.72 cm
Collapsed Size35.2" / 89.41 cm
General
Weight5.2 lb / 2.36 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)35.75 x 5 x 4.25"
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