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Tascam TM-60 Battery-powered Condenser Microphone


TM-60 is a condenser-type microphone, which is quite different from the dynamic microphone which usually being used in live performances. The diaphragm operates due to the pneumatic vibration. Inside of a dynamic microphone, the voice coil operates with the diaphragm, which increases the weight of the entire part. On the other hand, the condenser microphone incorporates a diaphragm in the either side of the electrode in an electrical part referred to as condenser, realizing a lightweight structure. This allows excellent follow-up performance, greatly contributing to high-precision sound. Thus the mechanism to convert into electrical signals is completely different between the two: the dynamic microphones are powered by electromagnetic induction to obtain electrical signals, whereas the condenser microphones take out the potential difference between the condenser electrodes as a signal. To give the condenser the potential difference, power supply is required.

Condenser-type microphone
Cardioid (Unidirectional)
Operation by AA battery
Includes accessories of wind screen, mic stand, cable, mic clip and mic case

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Condenser microphones are largely divided into two categories according to the size of diaphragm: large diaphragm types, and small diaphragm types. The model such as TM-60 is categorized as a small diaphragm type. Its smooth frequency response is the characteristic of the small diaphragm types. The TM-60 has the frequency response which smoothly enhances its high end, where anybody can get a clear, crisp sound.

A standard condenser microphone requires phantom power supply for their operation. Phantom power supply usually has a large voltage of +48V, so when the phantom power is supplied from the recorder, the battery runs out quickly. TM-60 is operated by the batteries included in the microphone, so there is no need of phantom power supply from the recorder. This enables you to use the microphone without consuming the battery out of the recorder. A switch to save power consumption is available.

The polar pattern shows the characteristics in which the microphone can pick up the sound in a specific direction (directivity). TM-60 has a unidirectional pattern (cardioid). The unidirectional condenser microphone is ideal for recording vocal and any single sound source because it mainly picks up the sound from the specified direction.

The microphone has been tested with the TASCAM audio interfaces as well as PORTASTUDIO for their functionality and sound quality. The audio samples of TM-60 with a few TASCAM products are available on our web page. Of course, the microphones can be used with any acoustic equipment that complies with a condenser microphone.

Weight 1 kg
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