If you can afford an older 87 do so. I feel like I need to EQ a little high frequency air into the highs to get the presence I'm looking for, however. The 49 sounds a bit darker to my ears and is really just a vocal mic here. The 87 was just too shrill sounding on the high end. Colbert • October 31, 2015 • No Comments • Neumann microphones have been an integral part of the sound recording and broadcast industry for over seventy years. 87 was developed in the tube and tape era ...sound-wise, not sure it's that relevant anymore. As you can see, out of the 1,000's of GS member, only a handful of replies were given to your original question. if you have the gitas, pop for the U87. This is clearly not enough to base an opinion on. He didn't say 'bad.' Regardless, I just love how this capsule kills sibilance. U87 is bigger sounding, but the tlm49 sounds more "pre-mixed". Look at the TLM 67 before the 49. U87 is bigger sounding, but the tlm49 sounds more "pre-mixed". Can it work? (I have also used or owned TLM102, TLM67 & TLM103). I've used both. When you buy products through links across our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. I've used both mics extensively, and both are great. He said "truly awful sounding.". Learn to use it. The u87 is way too expensive (should be like $2k imo) and the tlm is a really good looking mic and is very large and impressive on a mic stand. I prefer the U87ai personally, it has more clarity, I also strongly disagree that the TLM103 is a 'bad' mic, I personally prefer over the 87ai in many instances it has a warmer sound, there is no right and wrong, only what works for YOU at that time. I own a TLM49 and a U87ai. Just a friendly reminder that political discussion, (including "offhand" and 'sideways' commenting) is. Much warmer and more presence than the 87. Just a friendly reminder that political discussion, (including "offhand" and 'sideways' commenting) is. Hey there! I usually blend with a Mojave MA300 tube condenser and/or an AEA N22 (cause that’s the only ribbon I own) for vocals. Every time I see a picture of a Rode NT1A, I cringe. Someone made a comment about the midrange being pinched, and that's what I experienced on my voice. Hey there! The TLM49 works on very few voices, it does not have the large low end of the U87 or the transient response required for a really good singer. Tlm is smooth and buttery, but VERY clean- almost boring, while the u87 has that upfront transformer graininess that gives it a character. Are you using a TLM49 on Female Vocals because it is a darker voice and the female vox are typically brighter/harsher? Sure, any mic can work. Male n female rappers n singers.. thanx, Introducing the fabolous TLM67/U87 to U67 mod, Affordable LDC Microphone With Multiple Voicings. You can hear the U87, U87ai and TLM 49 in my Clipalator gear test page, all used in the same session on the same sources. Seeing one of their microphones in the studio is like a guarantee that professionals work there. You can hear the U87, U87ai and TLM 49 in my Clipalator gear test page, all used in the same session on the same sources. I agree the TLM 49 is a special mic for sure, has quite the "finished" sound. I own both U87ai and a tlm 49...I hardly use the 87 for anything. Tlm is smooth and buttery, but VERY clean- almost boring, while the u87 has that upfront transformer graininess that gives it a character. The TLM49 is really nice on male vocals, not so good on females. Introducing the fabolous TLM67/U87 to U67 mod. If you can't accomplish a solid vocal recording with either, than you should reassess your current workflow. For what it's worth, I'd rather have two TLM102s than a single TLM49, just stay the hell away from the TLM103 as that is a truly awful sounding mic.
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