Following the launch of the Sennheiser / Apogee ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital mobile recording solutions in 2015, 2016 will see the launch of an attractive bundle for the ambitious home recordist. Studio specialists Neumann.Berlin will combine their TLM 102 large-diaphragm microphone – complete with elastic suspension – with Apogee Duet, the most popular portable audio interface for Mac and iPad. This special bundle will exclusively be available in the USA, Canada, Germany and the UK from April 2016. It can be ordered via the Neumann website www.neumann.com/homestudio.
“We are extremely happy that the cooperation with Apogee now extends into the home recording field and also includes the Neumann brand,” said Wolfgang Fraissinet, Director Audio Recording at Sennheiser and President Marketing and Finance of Neumann.Berlin. “This bundle will be the go-to solution for the serious home recordist.”
The microphone: the Neumann TLM 102 large-diaphragm condenser
Designed for vocals and instruments, the TLM 102 is the perfect entry into Neumann’s world of true condenser microphones, offering a very harmonic, natural and detailed sound reproduction with a slight treble boost to give recordings the silky elegance that is so typical of large-diaphragm microphones. The gentle boost in the 8 to 12 kilohertz region also provides an organic separation between vocals and, for example, an acoustic guitar – a feature which is especially important for singer/songwriters. The bass reproduction is full and well rounded out even down to the lowest frequencies.
The TLM 102 is a ‘good-natured’ microphone that is easy to use and handle. It masters extremely high sound pressure levels of up to 144 dB with elegance, and has an integrated pop shield to smoothly record critical sibilants and plosives. Its transformerless output stage makes it insensitive to electromagnetic fields and minimizes any transmission losses. Due to its compact size, it can be easily positioned even if there is not much space.
For the bundle, the TLM 102 comes complete with an EA 4 elastic suspension, all the user needs to add is a standard microphone cable and stand.
The audio interface: Apogee Duet
Featuring Apogee’s legendary AD/DA conversion technology, Duet is the industry standard for professional portable audio recording on Mac and iPad, offering the ultimate in sound quality and elegant design. Duet offers two analogue combo inputs (XLR and ¼”) with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48V phantom power for the connection of microphones, instruments or professional line-level devices. On the output side, Duet provides two analogue 1/4” balanced outputs via the I/O port for connection to speakers or outboard equipment plus a separate, independently controlled 1/4” stereo headphone output. Via separately available Lightning and 30-pin cables, Duet can make a direct connection to iOS devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch).
Apogee Duet offers outstanding ease of use and intuitive operation. Its seamless integration with either iOS or Mac offers a smooth workflow and pleasant recording experience.