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Neumann TLM193: what should I do with it?
Old 23rd October 2013
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Neumann TLM193: what should I do with it?

I record voices, 100% voices, nothing else.
I got this mic second hand, about 10 years ago, but used it rarely.
It just doesn't appeal to me, or to any of the voices I recorded.
I was thinking I could get it modded, to try and achieve some unique quality.

Any other ideas?
Old 23rd October 2013
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If it doesn't work for you why don't you sell it and try another mic?
Old 23rd October 2013
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Originally Posted by jax72 View Post
I record voices, 100% voices, nothing else.
I got this mic second hand, about 10 years ago, but used it rarely.
It just doesn't appeal to me, or to any of the voices I recorded.
I was thinking I could get it modded, to try and achieve some unique quality.

Any other ideas?
It's a terrible, horrible mic. PM me and I'll send you my address so I can dispose of it for you. I'll even pay the shipping.
Old 23rd October 2013
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If it doesn't work for you why don't you sell it and try another mic?
Ditto, if it doesn't fit your work then it needs to go. Sell it and grab something else.....
Old 23rd October 2013
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Originally Posted by jax72 View Post
I record voices, 100% voices, nothing else.
I got this mic second hand, about 10 years ago, but used it rarely.
It just doesn't appeal to me, or to any of the voices I recorded.
I was thinking I could get it modded, to try and achieve some unique quality.

Any other ideas?
The TLM 193 is, basically, a cardioid only TLM 170 and is a superb mic.

It is popular with classical recording engineers for instrument pick-up.

It is a flat response, un-hyped, microphone that does work well for some voices but, as you have found, not all.

I would definitely *not* modify it at all - if it really does not suit what you do, I would sell it and spend the money on a microphone with the colour you like for what you record.
Old 23rd October 2013
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It should fetch a decent used price, the TLM193 is indeed a silky smooth cardioid only condenser that is always "good" if not "great" on most sources. It's my favorite of the TLM series for sure.

War
Old 23rd October 2013
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Sell it and buy a TLM49 which, unlike the 193, was made for the voice. Same price range, as well.
Old 23rd October 2013
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Sell it and buy a TLM49 which, unlike the 193, was made for the voice. Same price range, as well.
Yes, although I will say the TLM49 has a very aggressive upper midrange response with "bite" and may not be as suitable as a "go-to" vocal mic.

I love that 49 on things like acoustic guitar.

War
Old 23rd October 2013
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Tlm193 isnt really a vocal mic. Kinda cool on overheads when someone brings in bright cymbals.. unhyped and smooth response provided by its medium sized capsule. But it doesnt have the low end or forwardness people expect from a vocal mic. I would consider selling it and try to find something like a miktek cv4.

If you want a "Modded" version of it i would just sell it and pick up a u89 for 1500... same capsule, transformer loaded, and none of that tlm chip circuitry.
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