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Neumann TLM 49 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

BH #NETLM49 • MFR #008550
Neumann
Neumann TLM 49 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • For Studio Vocals and Broadcast Speech
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Same Capsule as Classic U 47 & M 49 Mics
  • Reliable, Low-Noise FET Circuitry
Featuring the same K 47 capsule as the classic, highly desired U 47 and M 49 microphones, the Neumann TLM 49 large-diaphragm condenser mic provides the warm sonic signature of those tube mics along with reliable, low-noise FET circuitry and a clean, transformerless output. By combining "old" sound with new technology, the TLM 49 serves as an ideal choice for vocalists, broadcasters, and producers who need a vintage tone they can depend on.
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Neumann TLM 49 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Vintage Tone with New Technology
  • 3An M 49 for the New Age
  • 4Re-Engineering the Past
  • 5Applications
  • 6Features at a Glance

Featuring the same K 47 capsule as the classic, highly desired U 47 and M 49 microphones, the Neumann TLM 49 large-diaphragm condenser mic provides the warm sonic signature of those tube mics along with reliable, low-noise FET circuitry and a clean, transformerless output. By combining "old" sound with new technology, the TLM 49 serves as an ideal choice for vocalists, broadcasters, and producers who need a vintage tone they can depend on.

The large-diaphragm capsule of the TLM 49 provides a cardioid directional characteristic with a tendency toward supercardioid, especially at high frequencies. It yields a smooth frequency response throughout the lows and midrange; above 2 kHz there is a slight presence boost to impart a silky texture. As the mic receives high SPLs over 110 dB, it is designed to exude gentle saturation in the same way tube circuits do. The TLM 49 is supplied with the EA 3 spider-style shockmount, which effectively protects the microphone from structure-borne noise.

Vintage Tone with New Technology

Many engineers long for the smooth sound of classic tube microphones of the 1950s. Unfortunately, vintage originals come at staggering prices and are often in need of maintenance. For those who want a recording tool rather than a collector's item, Neumann has developed an elegant solution, the TLM 49. It combines the sonic excellence of Neumann's legendary U 47 and M 49 microphones with the convenience and high reliability of an updated phantom-powered microphone. Its looks are classic, too.

An M 49 for the New Age

As the model number implies, the TLM 49 is inspired by its famous precursor, the legendary Neumann M 49, a microphone associated with countless jazz and pop recordings of the 1950s and '60s. The TLM 49 shares the same large, acoustically open headgrille and the same large diaphragm condenser capsule design. This classic K 47 capsule, renowned for its unsurpassed sonic elegance, was also used in the Neumann U 47, the vocal mic of choice for Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, and scores of famous artists up to the present day.

Re-Engineering the Past

The main difference between the TLM 49 and its famous predecessors lies in its electronic circuit. Instead of electron tubes, the TLM 49's head amplifier uses reliable transformerless solid-state FET technology, yet with a special sound design that closely reproduces the sonics of tube circuits. For instance, the TLM 49 intentionally produces soft saturation at higher sound pressure levels, resulting in a seemingly low max SPL figure of 110 dB for 0.5% THD, rising slowly to 5% at 129 dB SPL. The TLM 49 thus captures the sound and dynamic behavior of its legendary precursors without the inconvenience of an external PSU or expensive tube replacements, yet with a substantially improved self-noise figure of only 12 dBA.

Applications

The TLM 49 has a fixed cardioid pattern and is designed mainly as a microphone for vocalists, but its clear bass and superb midrange with a gentle presence boost above 2 kHz will produce excellent results with various instruments, too, such as acoustic guitar and upright bass.

Features at a Glance

  • Same capsule as legendary Neumann U 47 and M 49 microphones
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Classic sound for silky vocals
  • Large, acoustically open headgrille
  • Transformerless solid-state circuit with tube sound characteristics
  • Very low self-noise (12 dBA)
  • XLR 3-pin output connector
  • 48V phantom powered
  • Includes shockmount
UPC: 615104085503

Neumann TLM 49 Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsStudio Recording, Broadcast
Form FactorLarge Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationSide Address
CircuitrySolid-State (FET)
PadNone
High-Pass FilterNone
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsNone
WindscreenNone
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL110 dB SPL (.5% THD)
129 dB SPL (5% THD)
Off-Axis Rejection3 dB at 60°
15 dB at 120°
12 dB at 180°
Impedance50 Ohms
Load Impedance1000 Ohms
Sensitivity-38 dBV at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohm
Output Level-1 dBu (Max)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio82 dB A-Weighted
71 dB CCIR
Equivalent Noise Level12 dB A-Weighted
23 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 Consumption3.2 mA
Physical
ColorSilver
MountingShockmount (Included)
Included CaseNone
Included FiltersNone
Dimensionsø: 3.1 x L: 6.5" / ø: 7.8 x L: 16.5 cm
Weight1.83 lb / 0.83 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.02 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.9 x 6.5 x 5.1"

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