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TLM49 requires ridiculous amount of gain?

Is it just my TLM49, or are your guys experiencing the same thing – This mic requires about twice as much gain as most other mics in my locker. I consistently have to hit this thing with unbelievably high gain before it delivers a decent level. I’m wondering if they are all this way, or maybe mine has some problems? Tried with several good preamps, and always get the same result.Obviously the high gain brings the noise floor up above what most of my other mics produce at the same output level.
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........anybody?
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I just recorded an album using the TLM 49 on voice trough a Amek Pure Path pre...and the pre was about 30-35 dBs of gain
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Had the same issue with a U87

Yea, had the same thing with a U87 at a studio. Used untill there was some down time and then sent it away for repairs. Something had to be replaced, can't remember what it was - Haven't worked for that studio since or talked to the owner so I don't know what the final result was.

My advice is have someone reliable (I can't stress that enough) take a look at it.
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the one time i used hung that mic at the gearslutz shootout, it was almost worthy of line level on vocals. definitely no shortage of output juice.
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is it possible that the mic cable from the power supply to the mic pre is bad?
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In my experience with Neumann TLM mics has been I've almost needed in-line attenuators to pad the output of the mic. In other words, they were really hot going into a True Systems P8. YMMV
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Quote:
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is it possible that the mic cable from the power supply to the mic pre is bad?

the TLM 49 doesn´t use a power supply, it´s phantom powered

don´t confuse it with the M149
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Is it possible the cable from the mic to the mic pre is bad?
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What pre are you using?
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Deadmeat,

I'm using a Pacifica with that mic, and have had no issues with running the gain "abnormally" high, compared to other mics (Gefell M930 in particular)...my RE20 does need the extra juice, but that's a horse of a different color

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No problems here either. Check cables/pre etc. I love this mic, sounds really good on a lot of sources.
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What pre are you using?
Focusrite ISA428, JoeMeek TwinQ, UA 2610, and an Avalon 737.
Using short cable runs direct to the pre. Tried several different impedence
settings on the pres that can do that. Tried Mogami and Zaola cables.
I think I'll have the mic looked at.
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