Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone, Nickel Small, smart & powerful: The TLM 102 brings Neumann quality to even the smallest studio. Like its more expensive siblings, the TLM 102 combines technical excellence with a beautifully balanced sound for silky vocals, crisp guitars and powerful drums. The Neumann TLM 102 defines a new generation of studio condenser microphones. This applies not only to the design of the microphone but also to its price.Neumann reduced the overall size of the TLM 102 mic to make it exceptionally compact. Here's a microphone that unites all of the design components typical of a Neumann mic.
The Neumann TLM 102 is a studio-grade cardioid patterned condenser microphone, operating with a pressure gradient transducer, which means that it has an inner membrane which is responsive to the pressure differential (gradient) from both sides of the microphone (front and back). The most recent addition to this line, and the most affordable Neumann studio vocal mic yet, is the TLM102 reviewed here. It is a large-diaphragm, transformerless capacitor microphone with a fixed-cardioid polar pattern.