Tascam is expanding its TM-series of microphones with a number of new ‘versatile and affordable’ models including the TM-180 and TM-280 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mics, the TM-60 small-diaphragm condenser, and TM-Drums drum microphone set.
The TM-180 and TM-280 condenser microphones feature a 1.33in (34 mm) diaphragm and provide a switchable 80Hz highpass filter to eliminate unwanted low frequencies. A 10 dB pad enables high sound pressure levels – ideally suited for use on guitar cabinets, horns, and more.
While both mics can be used for voice and instruments, an integrated pop filter make the TM-280 especially well suited for vocals. In addition, the TM-280 can handle hotter signals; up to 135 dB SPL versus 130 dB SPL for the TM-180. Both are housed in sturdy cases and come with a shock mount, and the TM-180 includes a zippered carry bag.
TM-Drums is a set of four microphones designed to capture a small acoustic drum kit and deliver a ‘balanced, modern’ sound. The TM-50DB dynamic kick-drum microphone offers a frequency response of 50 Hz to 15 kHz, while the TM-50DS snare mic ranges from 50 Hz to 14 kHz. Both have integrated stand mounts.
The TM-50DB and TM-50DS are tuned to integrate with the pair of TM-50C small-diaphragm (16mm/0.63in) cardioid condenser microphones included for use on cymbals, hi-hat and as overheads. Each TM-50C can handle up to 135 dB SPL and comes with a mic clip and foam windscreen. A set of 3/8in to 5/8in thread adapters are included with the set.
Also new from Tascam is the TM-60, a small diaphragm condenser mic offering low noise and wide frequency response, and the new TM-AR1 Acoustic Control Filter. Designed for project studios, the TM-AR1 is designed to eliminate reflections and other acoustic artifacts when recording vocals and other acoustic sources. Accompanying this is the TM-AG1, a classic dual-layer pop filter that mounts easily to any mic stand.
Tascam TM-series microphones are available immediately with anticipated MAP prices of: TM-180 $149.99; TM 280 $249.99; TM-Drums $199.99; TM-60 $59.99; TM-AR1 $149.99; and TM-AG1 $19.99.