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Tascam TM-180

Tascam - TM-180

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187.00 EUR/pcs


Easily gets a precise, high-definition sound quality from a condenser microphone

TM-180 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 electric potential difference, power supply is required.

A large-sized φ34 diaphragm contains suitable frequency response that highlights the lead part

Condenser microphones are largely divided into two categories according to the size of diaphragm: large diaphragm types, and small diaphragm types. While the small diaphragm types have flat frequency response and tolerance to high sound pressure, the large diaphragm types allows high sensitivity, low noise, and distinctive sounds. This is why the large diaphragm types are relatively popular for vocal recordings. TM-180 applies a large size, 34mm pure gold-coated diaphragm, and it is often characterized by its bright sounds. The frequency response of TM-180 shows a distinct curve at 1kHz or higher, and have a loose peak especially around 9kHz. By these characteristics, TM-180 acquires a clear outline in the recording of lead instruments as vocal or sax, for a strong, standout sound.


Ideal for a recording of single sound source, with unidirectional characteristics to catch the target sound

TM-180 The polar pattern shows the characteristics in which the microphone can pick up the sound in a specific direction (directivity). TM-180 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.


–10dB switch and a low cut filter switch, that smooths out the harshness from instruments

Low cut filter switch that enables to eliminate the background noise or any low frequencies on some particular instruments that you want to get rid of. For recordings like percussions or other instruments with high sound pressure, by turning the equipped-10dB switch on, it prevents sound distortion from an instrument that has high sound pressure during the recording.


Features at a glance
Condenser-type microphone
Cardioid (Unidirectional)
φ34mm aluminum diaphragm
Operating with the phantom power of 48V
Includes a suspension shockmount

Spec description
Model Condenser
Directivity Cardioid
Frequency response 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Output impedance 200Ω
Load impedance > 1kΩ
Sensitivity –35dB ±2dB (0dB=1V/Pa at 1kHz)
Max. SPL 130dB
S/N ratio 79dB
Connector 3 pin XLR, Male × 1
Phantom power 48V
dimensions (φ×L) φ1.97" × 7.5" / φ50 × 190 mm
Weight 14.8 oz. / 420g (Microphone body only)
Accessory Suspension shockmount (Screw φ5/8"), hard case, Soft case, 5/8 to 3/8 conversion adapter