Neumann turns 80 with new microphone
May 19, 2008
Microphone manufacturer Neumann is celebrating its 80th anniversary with the introduction of the new TLM 67 microphone.
The TLM (transformer-less microphone) 67 has the shape of the old U67, but with a different sound. The U67 was a tube microphone, but the new TLM has a special circuit, which creates the typical sound of the old U67 tube mic. It also features a special color so that it can be easily distinguished from a regular U87 or U67, and carries a metal emblem to reflect the company’s 80 years.
The TLM 67 was on show at AES Europe alongside the Solution-D microphones, KMD miniature mics, and other products drawn from the Neumann portfolio.
A TLM 67 will be awarded to one entrant in each of three categories that test participants’ knowledge of musical history since the mid-20th century. The competition relating to music in the 1950s is already underway at the dedicated 80th anniversary Web site (
www.80yearsneumann.com), with challenges concerning the 1970s and today’s music scene set to open on June 2 and Aug. 1, respectively.
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