But, I'd never sneeze at either of the other two, and if I spent any time with them I could change my mind. The microphone has a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz, features cardioid, omni and figure-of-eight polar patterns, and offers a 10dB pad and a low-cut filter. I thought I'd share the sound files and see if folks heard significant differences between them. Neumann TLM-103 vs U87 Review. ... a U87. The TLM-67 and my TLM-193 would be a pretty killer combo! I recently conducted a shootout between a vintage U87 and a recently manufactured U87ai. Neumann TLM 49 vs TLM 67. I have had the TLM 67 for about a year and a half. The TLM 67 uses an electronic circuit instead of an output transformer - the TLM bit stands for Transformer-Less Microphone - and it's the same shape and size as the well-known U87. I conducted these tests as "scientifically" as I could. I insisted on the U47, but he was dead set on the 67. Seeing one of their microphones in the studio is like a guarantee that professionals work there. Colbert • October 31, 2015 • No Comments • Neumann microphones have been an integral part of the sound recording and broadcast industry for over seventy years. I haven't tried the 127, but I'm really intrigued by the TLM-49 and this new TLM-67. It was a U67, which I had never really heard before. The TLM 67 reflects that kind of change in design; it’s audibly more linear — and more neutral — than the U87, with more attention to midrange. I'm well aware of the vintage u87's reputation or generally any era of the u87 mic. It’s a classic for a reason — it just works for 90% of singers. I'd love one though, and it'd be my first choice short of a U-67. U87 vs. U87ai Shootout. The midrange effortlessly cuts through dense mixes. Neumann TLM-103 vs U87 Review. I have an opportunity to get a vintage u87 that I have to try out yet (I haven't had experience with the vintage ones, just the ai) or to get a new TLM 67 with the shockmount included bundle for about the same price. The TLM 67 won top honors for studio microphones in the 2009 Musikmesse International Press Awards (see sidebar link). The other weekend I had a friend come over and track some vocals. Compared to the TLM 49, it’s a more balanced sound overall and will work with a much wider range of voices and instruments. I'll be honest, for me to get a u47/u67/old u87, I'll probably have to either make it with a huge deal, win the lotto (the former is more likely), or fall into a boatload of money some other way. He knew about my extensive mic aray (U47, 800G, Rode Tube Classic, U87, C12, M149), but brought a mic he just got off Ebay.