Hey everyone! Well, after purchasing the Focusrite Trakmaster Pro, I decided to test my old mic (Shure KSM 27) and my new mic (Neumann TLM 103). I can honestly say that the Neumann does not sound $800 better than the Shure. I hate to say it, but I think the Shure sounds more full. I did test the Neumann at the store and loved it. I still do love it but I am not hearing much of a difference. I have made a healthy living with the "Shure" and now I am thinking of going back to it. Help! I've become microphone obsessed! Is there a pill I can take? Anyway, if you could do me the honor and listen to my mic test and then let me know YOUR opinion, I would greatly appreciate it. JS, feel free to add your "I told you so" posting immediately. LOL!!
I think the Neumann was less colored and for production I think that's better. I could EQ your TLM 103 to sound like the Shure. I say let the engineer do the coloring, except maybe for auditions, then a little compression and normalizing might help you win a gig. But for the final job, just send it with light compression and only EQ if your booth has noticeable bass build-up. In that case i recommend treating your booth with some bass corner traps. Then you don't even need to EQ. I'm sure there are many opinions on this.
The TLM 103 sounds like TLM 103...but I agree the difference between that and Shure is not 800 bux.. I rarely use my TLM nowadays in fact.One thing with Neumanns though: they may not sound fantastic anymore compared to the rest, but they are the 'ticket' for some people, saying that if you have one, you are 'in'.