Reviews : Microphone
The new TLM103 is, of course, a complete impossibility - it has supposedly been designed to a project studio price whilst retaining the qualities of Neumann's top-flight, large-diaphragm U87. Studio sleuth HUGH ROBJOHNS pulls on his deerstalker, gets out his venerable U87, and prepares to eliminate the impossible and arrive at the truth.
Ask anyone involved in sound recording to name a mic manufacturer off the top of their head, and the chances are they will say "Neumann". If you then ask for a model number, the reply will probably be "U87". There can be few commercial studios in the world without at least a couple of U87s to their name, along with perhaps several other Neumann models, and it is the one microphone that almost everyone can identify immediately from its slightly conical body and wedge-shaped grille (see the box on the U87 elsewhere in this article for more details).
So why have Neumann remained at the pinnacle of mic production for so long? Probably because they have always paid such careful attention to detail in the mechanical and electrical design of their capsules, head-amplifiers and packaging. Neumann mics have always been rugged, reliable and, although not totally accurate or transparent, they tend to possess a character which is always musical, and which can be used creatively with a huge range of sound sources.
INTRODUCING THE TLM103
A lot of smaller professional and home studios would love to have a mic cupboard full of Neumanns - but quality always costs, and for many, mics like the U87 are outside their available budgets. The TLM103 has been designed to address this problem by providing what is, in effect, a cut-down U87, but at a much more attractive price - about a third that of the U87, in fact.
Although the TLM103 is inevitably less flexible than the U87 - it offers only a fixed cardioid polar pattern - there are no compromises in its design, which means that its appeal will extend across a very broad range, from professional broadcasters and recording studios to the more demanding home studios. Indeed, in several important areas, the TLM103 actually outperforms the U87 - even the latest-generation U87Ai version.
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Maybe, but its still calming to hear
I'm a little surprised that Oliver Sacks doesn't cover whispering in his books. Or maybe he does and I missed it? There are certain tones that give natural tingles to people, and I think the whispering is a big part of it and has made music popular. This is why the singers need microphones and sound studios, so you can capture the breathy tones of a whisper.
Screaming and yelling never seems to make the top hits. But a nice melodious whisper, whether sinister or not, seems to have a better chance of capturing the audiences attention.
ASMR maybe be a lot about whispering.