German mic company Neumann should need no introduction. Along with Austrian counterparts AKG, their models pretty much defi ned the European microphone in the 20th century. Quite an achievement, but where does it leave them in the 21st? In a world where quality and value often go hand in hand, spending over a grand on a mic has become a choice rather than a necessity. Neumanns answer has been to reinvent their product range, offering more and more choice. One major aspect of that process has been the transformerless or TLM mic range; the TLM49 is the latest to arrive.