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Neumann TLM 49 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Award-winning large diaphragm condenser microphone capturing the sound of Neumann’s classic U 47 and M 49 tube condensers in a modern design
MFR# 8550

Product Description

The Neumann TLM 49 is an award-winning large diaphragm condenser microphone that captures the sound of Neumann’s classic U 47 and M 49 tube condensers in a modern design. Equipped with a transformerless solid state circuit capable of recreating tube sound characteristics with stunning realism, the TLM 49 is optimized for a classic, silky vocal sound.


Classic tube microphones sound amazing, but ask any engineer working in a professional studio and they’ll tell you vintage mics aren’t without their drawbacks. In addition to astronomical price tags, vintage originals often require maintenance, causing these beloved mics to attract dust on the shelves as collector’s items. Thankfully, the TLM 49 combines the sonic charm of Neumann’s legendary U 47 and M 49 microphones with the convenience and high reliability of FET circuitry. Designed to deliver a smooth sound for vocals and acoustic instruments, the TLM 49 is ideal for both home and professional studios.


As suggested by the model number, the TLM 49 is inspired by the legendary Neumann M 49. Know as the vocal mic of choice for Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and more, the M 49 was used on countless jazz and pop recordings of the 1950s and 60s. The TLM 49 uses the same open headgrill and K 47 capsule design as the original M 49.

However, instead of using clunky electron tubes like the original M 49, the TLM 49’s head amplifier uses reliable transformerless solid state technology. Featuring a special sound design that closely reproduces the sonics of tube circuits, the TLM 49 produces soft saturation at high SPLs to simulate the response of vintage tubes.


Equipped with a fixed cardioid polar pattern and a sensitivity of just 13 mV/Pa, the TLM 49 excels at recording intimate vocal and acoustic performances. However, the TLM 49 also features a clear bass, superb midrange, and a gentle presence boost above 2 kHz, allowing it to shine in almost any application.


  • Same capsule as legendary Neumann U 47 and M 49 microphones
  • Cardioid pattern
  • Classic sound for silky vocals
  • Large, acoustically open headgrille
  • Transformerless solid state circuit with tube sound characteristics
  • Very low self-noise

Product Specifications

Package ContentsTLM 49 Microphone and EA 3 shock mount
Length165 mm
Diameter78 mm
Unit Weight825 g
Tube or Solid StateSolid State
Transducer TypeCondenser
Polar PatternCardioid
Number of MicrophonesSingle Microphone
Phantom RequiredYes
ImpedanceRated: 50 Ohms / Rated load: 1 kOhm
Frequency Range20 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity-37.7 dBV/Pa (13 mV)
Max. SPL110 dB

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