Neumann TLM 49 SET is a studio condenser with cardioid pattern and includes suspension.
TLM 49 uses the same K 47 capsule and the iconic large headgrille design of Neumann’s legendary M49, but instead of electron tubes, the TLM 49 relies on trouble-free FET circuitry with a special sound design for smooth vocals and acoustic instruments with timeless elegance.
The legendary Neumann M 49 microphone was associated with countless jazz and pop recordings of the 1950s and 60s. This TLM 49 shares the same large, acoustically open headgrille and the same large diaphragm condenser capsule design. The 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.
Rather than being a valve microphones, TLM 49’s head amplifier uses reliable transformerless solid state 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 power supply or expensive tube replacements.
TLM 49 has a fixed cardioid pattern and is designed mainly as a microphone for vocalists. 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.