Neumann TLM127 Set A

Studio Mic Set A w/Clip, Satin Nickel Finish Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic

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The TLM127 is a multi-pattern large diaphragm mic ideal for all pro and semi-pro applications requiring the utmost in sound quality. With Neumann's tried and true transformerless circuitry, the TLM127 features low self-noise and extremely high sound pressure level transmission. The dual diaphragm capsule, derived from that used in the TLM103, is acoustically well balanced, and offers multiple polarity from the microphone, a switchable pad (-14dB) and a high pass-filter. Cardioid and omni switchable patterns are available right on the mic, with a full range of five patterns available via optional remote control and power supply using standard XLR cables.


New double membrane capsule, based on K 103
Switchable to omni and cardioid + remotely controllable polar pattern (wide angle cardioid, hypercardioid, figure-8)
Switchable preattenuation, switchable low-cut filter
Extremely low noise: 8 dB(A)
High SPL capability: 140 dB
Elastic suspension included

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The comprehensive control features, which permit optimal adjustment to particular requirements, make the TLM 127 well-suited to a wide range of applications. It is an extremely flexible tool, appropriate for advanced operators of home recording studios as well as for experienced audio professionals who place the highest demands on the sound and technical capabilities of a microphone.

Acoustic Features
When the cardioid setting is used the capsule has a flat frequency response up to 3 kHz and an increased presence of 3 dB at higher frequencies.

The wire mesh headgrille houses the large-diaphragm K 127 capsule. This capsule is derived from the K 103 (of the TLM 103), which accounts for its outstanding impulse response. The TLM 127 is thus capable of reproducing all transient phenomena of music and speech without any coloration.

The sound character of the microphone is determined exclusively by the capsule; no electronic equalization is used.

Polar Patterns
Via a special power supply, the five directional characteristics omnidirectional, cardioid, figure-8, hypercardioid and wide-angle cardioid can be selected by remote control. The directional characteristic switch on the front of the microphone must be set to "R" (remote control).

The hypercardioid directional characteristic is superior to the cardioid in suppressing sounds to the left and right of the source, while the wide-angle cardioid is especially suitable for recording large sound sources.

Electrical Features
The TLM 127 is a fet 100 series studio microphone. The letters TLM stand for "Transformerless Microphone".

By means of modern circuit technology, the self-noise level of the TLM 127 has been reduced significantly relative to that of comparable conventional microphones. The TLM 127 transmits a sound pressure level of 140 dB without distortion, and provides a dynamic range of 132 dB with no switchover (in accordance with DIN/IEC 651).

Filter and Preattenuation
Two switches are located on the back of the TLM 127 microphone. The left switch reduces the sensitivity of the microphone by 14 dB, and should be used only when there is a risk that very high sound pressure levels could overload following devices. The switch does not expand the dynamic range of the microphone, but rather shifts it upward by 14 dB to higher sound pressure levels.

The slide switch on the right sets the cut-off frequency of a high-pass filter built into the microphone. When the "LIN" setting is used, a high-pass filter suppresses frequencies below 15 Hz by 12 dB/octave.

Alternatively, the cut-off frequency can be set to 100 Hz. This setting may be used, for example, to suppress the proximity effect.

Remote Control
In principle, any P48 power supply is suitable for powering the TLM 127. When a standard P48 power supply is used, the switch on the microphone can be used to select the omnidirectional or cardioid directional characteristic.

Using the special power supply unit N 248 (coming soon) the directional characteristics of the TLM 127 can be controlled remotely and the additional directional characteristics (wide angle cardioid, hypercardioid and figure 8) can be used.

The absolute level of the phantom voltage indicates to the microphone which directional characteristic is to be used. As in conventional operation, cable lengths of up to 300 m are permissible.

Since the voltage variation is within the normed tolerance range of phantom powering, the N 248 can also be used with any conventional microphone designed for P48 operation.

Mixed operation is also possible. Thus a TLM 127 can be controlled remotely at one output of the N 248, while a conventional microphone is powered by the second output.

Operational Safety
The entire internal assembly is elastically mounted to reduce interference from structure-borne noise. In addition, the capsule is set on an elastic mount.

The frequency range of the TLM 127 extends well below 20 Hz. Thus even extremely low-frequency signals can be reproduced without coloration.

This naturally also makes the microphone more sensitive to low-frequency interference signals, such as structure-borne and wind noise. To counteract this, the EA 1 elastic suspension (included) and the WS 87 windscreen may be used. For close vocal use, the PS 15 pop screen is recommended.

*nickel or matt black finish available upon request


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