Neumann TLM 193 is a cardioid studio condenser microphone for voice, with an even frequency response on and off-axis.
While the outside looks suspiciously like a black U87, technically speaking, TLM 193 is a streamlined, cardioid-only version of the acclaimed reference microphone TLM 170 R. It uses the same K 89 large diaphragm capsule, which is a modern, edge-terminated design uniting the benefits of large and small diaphragm microphones.
TLM 193 combines the superior linearity and fast transient response of a small diaphragm capsule with the smoothness and high sensitivity only a large diaphragm microphone offers.
As a member of the TLM series, TLM 193 uses transformerless circuitry which minimises transmission losses and ensures a vast dynamic range of 130 dB. This means TLM 193 is able to capture very soft and very loud sources without sonic degradation.
In numbers: The microphone’s self-noise of only 10 dB-A is way below the ambient noise in even a very quiet recording studio. And without requiring a pad switch, the TLM 193 is able to handle extreme sound pressure levels of up to 140 dB free from distortion artefacts.