The bass roll off switch can be a useful feature, but is rarely an absolute necessity. This rise, beginning just above 4000 Hz, gives the voice just a little extra edge by comparison to the U87’s rise (which begins at 5000 Hz), allowing the voice to cut through the clutter more easily and before any equalization is applied. Thin voices get a little help from the rumble on the TLM-103. The 87 isn't an upgrade it's simply different... but not that different. For decades, the standard means of connecting VO talent to recording studios was via ISDN, high quality phone lines that communicate with propriety hardware equipment. This article will discuss both of these microphones and explain why the TLM103 is our microphone of choice for voiceover work. Stark differences, and the TLM-103 was the least impressive. The TLM-103 may be the most acoustically sensitive cardioid microphone in its class. The attenuation switch on the U87, when engaged, does (in my opinion) alter the sound of the microphone somewhat. Do tonewoods really matter in building a guitar. Mainly using on vocals and acoustics. However, Neumann U87 is much more versatile due to the multiple polar patterns, which has each own proximity effect, and additional low-cut filter and pre-attenuation pad. It’s up to you to take advantage of them in every way you can. Neumann U87 Vs TLM 103 Conclusion Basically, both Neumann U87 and Neumann TLM 103 are excellent products. They're entirely different mics. The TLM103 has a high frequency rise that begins just a bit lower in the frequency range than the rise in the U87. The TLM103’s lower self noise, its ability to handle higher SPL, its similarities and slight (yet pleasing) differences to the U87 and its lower cost  make it the “microphone of choice” for ProComm. This criticism comes largely from the music world; however this is hardly a criticism, because in the voiceover world the “character” should come from you, the voice over talent, and not the microphone. To throw a wrench in things, have any of y’all used the Gefell M930? The Neumann U87 has been an industry standard in the voice over field for many years and more recently, the TLM103 has risen to prominence. Creating great voice overs is a process. Both of these microphones are industry standards for a reason and both can reproduce sound clearly and accurately. So utilitarian. Beginning next month, FCC guidelines will go into effect that regulate the loudness of commercials in relation to the programs they accompany. The Gear Page is the leading online community and marketplace for guitars, amps, pedals, effects and associated gear. In the past, recording sessions involving multiple voice talents (where the figure 8 and Omni-directional patterns may have been necessary) would have been done in one room with everyone standing around one microphone. Home / ProComm Voices Blog / Voice Over Mics Compared: Neumann U87 vs. TLM103. This allows the voice talent to get up close and personal with the microphone at one moment, than stand back and shout out that great car deal or promote an upcoming drag race the next. Awesome. U87, IMFO, is the best all around LDC on the planet. Troubleshooting ISDN connection problems in a voice over session can be frustrating for voice talent and audio engineers alike. Thanks to its ability to handle an SPL of 138db the microphone can do all of this with a low risk of distortion. This eliminates the need for multiple polar patterns. Appreciate the context from someone who has both. I’ve seen 87s selling consistently lately around 2.5 and 103s for around 800 so maybe the market is low at the moment. ...put the 103 next to em any day of the week. The attenuation switch on the U87, when engaged, does (in my opinion) alter the sound of the microphone somewhat. It has a hand-tensioned diaphragm, which isn’t common in microphones these days. Just curious what the consensus is on these mics. The U87 offers more choices including 3 different polar patterns (Omni-directional, cardioid, and figure8), a -10db attenuation switch, as well as a bass roll off switch. The 103 is much brighter than the U87, and the U87 also has additional polar patterns (which can be useful). Second the TLM103 is capable of handling high sound pressure levels. What preamp are you using? TLM103 is immediately pleasing and bright but I’ll take an 87 on pretty much any source. You must log in or register to reply here. In fact they are so accurate that the biggest criticism of both of these microphones is that they tend to lack character. I build mic clones. It sounds distant and lifeless otherwise. I have a pair of 103 bought 15 odd years ago. It has the same capsule that is found in the Neumann U87 mic, but with a presence boost that the U87 doesn’t have. I've never regretted that choice. The U87 and the TLM103 are both great sounding microphones but we recommend the TLM103 for several reasons. Big big upgrade. Furthermore the TLM103’s ability to handle a higher sound pressure level (138db vs. 127db on the U87 with the pad engaged) negates the … They have each own virtues. Use the heck out of them, but for different applications. At the time it was first released the TLM103 had the lowest self-noise available of any large diaphragm condenser microphone. Copyright © 2020 ProComm Voices All Rights Reserved, Voice Over Mics Compared: Neumann U87 vs. TLM103, 3 Tips for a Successful Voiceover Session Using an IP Codec, ISDN Troubleshooting Tips: Configuring Musicam to Telos Connections, 8 Ways To Take Advantage Of Your Audio Engineer. Different mics will accentuate or cull different frequencies and/or harmonics, so despite the price, the U87 isn't a 'better' mic persay, but it may be better for your particular vocal tonality. I’ve built and use or sold to friends u47, u67, Elam251, u87, u47fet, km84 and modified a variety of chinese mics. Furthermore the TLM103’s ability to handle a higher sound pressure level (138db vs. 127db on the U87 with the pad engaged) negates the usefulness of the pad when comparing the two microphones.