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Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone

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Quality condenser with great frequency response.

Excellent primary vocal microphone for your home or project studio. It features a cardioid response pattern and excellent frequency response, and its high SPL spec ensure that it is also viable for louder signals such as drums and guitar cabinets. The TM-80 has an 18mm aluminum diaphragm. Package includes shockmount.

FEATURES
Audio
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20KhZ
Max SPL: 136 dB
Connectivity: XLR
Pattern and type
Capsule: Condenser
Pattern: Hypercardioid
Type: Mounted
Applications: Studio, stage
Phantom power required: Yes (48V)
Size and weight
Width: 1.9" (48 mm)
Height: 6.5" (165 mm)
Depth: 1.9" (48 mm)
Weight: .7 lb.
Included accessories
Case: Pouch
Clip: Shock mount
Power supply: No

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TascamTM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Comparable but better than my Nady SCM 900

Very pleased with this mic so far. I cannot comment on durability yet.
But the housing is tough and metal and looks good.
But more importantly, the sale price is excellent...Read complete review

Very pleased with this mic so far. I cannot comment on durability yet.
But the housing is tough and metal and looks good.
But more importantly, the sale price is excellent enough to buy several and use them without fear.
I would equate this with a couple of Nady SCM 900 mics I have had for nearly 15 years, but the Tascam is better. Compared to the Nady, the Tascam has much lower frequency response and is immediately noticeable compared side by side for voice work. Also, there is zero background hum where I always had some with the Nady.

We use these kind of inexpensive condenser mics for home recording, computer speech recognition and occasionally for commercial work recording church services, choir and small acoustic instrument groups. I have not used for rock band stuff..
For recording, they are actually pretty good for drum toms or bass if not placed too close. Also good as a second mic behind or to the side of a guitar cabinet. Too close or in front and you will get a bit of distortion.
Because they are inexpensive, I have no problem giving them to my kids for their own creative projects. It's amazing how good inexpensive mics have become since the 1970s.
I would recommend these for all but the most picky of hobbyists or hourly rate studios. Those will warrant something in a different price bracket that only absolute experts can tell apart.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not high-end, but nice, durable and forgiving for good price

This was my first condenser microphone. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the purchase. I have recorded vocals (singing and VO), sound effects, and even a banjolele, and it does a good...Read complete review

This was my first condenser microphone. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the purchase. I have recorded vocals (singing and VO), sound effects, and even a banjolele, and it does a good job. The sound quality, while not exceptional, is good. It is very forgiving, though. It doesn't seem to be very sensitive to soft sounds. It seems a bit more like using a nice dynamic than a condenser. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. I find that when set to pick up my voice at the same distance and level, my AKG P420 picks up three to four times as much background noise as the Tascam. Now, the AKG certainly captures more nuance in my voice, but the Tascam sounds very acceptable. I prefer to use the Tascam in less-than-perfect acoustic environments.

It's also very rugged. I have no case yet for this, and I take it places regularly. I stick it in a bag with a bunch of other equipment and cables, and as long as I pack it carefully and carry it mindfully, it seems to take good care of itself. I wouldn't want to drop it, but if I did, it would probably be okay.

It's worth pointing out that this is not a large diaphragm. In spite of the body style, this is indeed a small diaphragm condenser. I'm not sure if it's an electret or a "true condenser". Also, while it's listed as hypercardioid, it's actually cardioid. The shockmount works fine, but isn't high end or anything. The cable is fine, and the little desk stand is very fun!

Overall, while it lacks some features like roll off and pad, this is a decent choice for a home studio, or for mobile recording. It's durable, versatile, forgiving, and sounds good enough on vocals, instruments, and FX. If it's soaring vocals you want, you can do better with a large diaphragm condenser, but for a decent, low budget all-around first condenser, or for a go-to on the go condenser, this should be in your shortlist.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not high-end, but nice, durable and forgiving for good price

By Opie

from Kansas City, Kansas

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Forgiving
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • On-The-Go Recording

Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

This was my first condenser microphone. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the purchase. I have recorded vocals (singing and VO), sound effects, and even a banjolele, and it does a good job. The sound quality, while not exceptional, is good. It is very forgiving, though. It doesn't seem to be very sensitive to soft sounds. It seems a bit more like using a nice dynamic than a condenser. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. I find that when set to pick up my voice at the same distance and level, my AKG P420 picks up three to four times as much background noise as the Tascam. Now, the AKG certainly captures more nuance in my voice, but the Tascam sounds very acceptable. I prefer to use the Tascam in less-than-perfect acoustic environments.

It's also very rugged. I have no case yet for this, and I take it places regularly. I stick it in a bag with a bunch of other equipment and cables, and as long as I pack it carefully and carry it mindfully, it seems to take good care of itself. I wouldn't want to drop it, but if I did, it would probably be okay.

It's worth pointing out that this is not a large diaphragm. In spite of the body style, this is indeed a small diaphragm condenser. I'm not sure if it's an electret or a "true condenser". Also, while it's listed as hypercardioid, it's actually cardioid. The shockmount works fine, but isn't high end or anything. The cable is fine, and the little desk stand is very fun!

Overall, while it lacks some features like roll off and pad, this is a decent choice for a home studio, or for mobile recording. It's durable, versatile, forgiving, and sounds good enough on vocals, instruments, and FX. If it's soaring vocals you want, you can do better with a large diaphragm condenser, but for a decent, low budget all-around first condenser, or for a go-to on the go condenser, this should be in your shortlist.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Home Studio Microphone

By Major Camel

from Hawaii

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Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

Very inexpensive, yet has a heavy feel and excellent response. This is the quietest of my three condenser mics. The specs show this as well. I think a previous reviewer must have had a bad unit. My MXL 990 has a horrendous self-noise in comparison and is now just a paperweight.

This mic seems to have a big boost in the low frequency, at around 100 hz and another at around maybe 2khz. These were easily eq'd out. I am using this as a second track, singing into two mics at once and using the track from this one as a "backing or fattening" mic and it works very well. This is not my favorite mic. for vocals but is a GOOD one and very cheap. The shockmount is excellent quality and the cord is good as well.

This would be a GREAT voice mic. Spoken words really sound good through this one.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Home recording studio

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • Good Quality Accessories
  • Great sound low price

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Home Recording
  • Professional Sound
  • Vocal Or Instruments

Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

For those of you using stage mikes for your home recordings, this is an essential part of upgrading your sound. This is the least expensive, good quality recording mic available. This is a high quality mike at rock bottom prices-so grab one before the price goes up. The clarity and fullness of this mike cannot be overstated in comparison to a good stage microphone. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a decent stage mike at this price, and with the detail and accuracy of modern recording, you need a real recording mike. It makes a world of difference for your finished production. You also get a free shock mount and table stand, which would cost more if purchased separately.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Comparable but better than my Nady SCM 900

By NotARockstar

from Charlotte NC

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Pros

  • Good clarity
  • Good Frequency Range
  • hum free
  • Metal Housing

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual work
    • Home

    Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

    Very pleased with this mic so far. I cannot comment on durability yet.
    But the housing is tough and metal and looks good.
    But more importantly, the sale price is excellent enough to buy several and use them without fear.
    I would equate this with a couple of Nady SCM 900 mics I have had for nearly 15 years, but the Tascam is better. Compared to the Nady, the Tascam has much lower frequency response and is immediately noticeable compared side by side for voice work. Also, there is zero background hum where I always had some with the Nady.

    We use these kind of inexpensive condenser mics for home recording, computer speech recognition and occasionally for commercial work recording church services, choir and small acoustic instrument groups. I have not used for rock band stuff..
    For recording, they are actually pretty good for drum toms or bass if not placed too close. Also good as a second mic behind or to the side of a guitar cabinet. Too close or in front and you will get a bit of distortion.
    Because they are inexpensive, I have no problem giving them to my kids for their own creative projects. It's amazing how good inexpensive mics have become since the 1970s.
    I would recommend these for all but the most picky of hobbyists or hourly rate studios. Those will warrant something in a different price bracket that only absolute experts can tell apart.

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    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for pop vocals and acoustic guitars

    By Nick

    from Delray Beach, fl

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

      Honestly, this is a steal for the price. Works just as well as any high end condenser mic - bright sound and excellent clarity. Pretty much everything you'd expect from a condenser mic. Quality is great on it, sturdy and not noisy at all. Comes with a shock mount and cool little tripod stand too, which I really like :)

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This microphone exceeded my expectations in every way!

      By Evlmechanic

      from Chicago, Illinois

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      Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

      Beautiful finish, very professional feel, absolutely dead quiet recording with shock-mount adapter attached.

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I am glad I bought this mic!

      By jim550

      from Evanston, Il

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      Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

      Although they are not know so much for mics, Tascam is the father of home recording. They have always supplied user friendly gear. A condenser mic, suspension clip, cable and stand. The mic has a good feel and punch to it and this deal was great! I actually bought one for a friend as well.

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice deal

      By Studio B

      from Columbus, Ohio

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      Pros

      • clean natural sound
      • includes shock mount

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Recording

        Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

        I have used the mic for miking guitar amps and have been pleased with the results. The sound I get on the recording is the same as what I hear in the air, which makes it easy to keep things real and natural sounding.

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        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Couldn't be more pleased

        By Suburbanhobo

        from Ft. Lauderdale

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        Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

        Quality equipment at a bargain price. This is my first purchase and it came quickly and exactly as expected. Thanks Musicians Friend...

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        5.0

        Excellent for the price

        By mstivers

        from Sacramento, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

          This is perfect for my home studio. It is extremely quiet and has a great frequency range. For the price it is outstanding.

           
          5.0

          Good For Home Studio

          By FAST EDDIE 1960

          from Eastern Ky.

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          Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

          Works well in my home studio.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Great Mic for the price

          By LawMan5643

          from Chicago, zIL

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          Pros

          • For recording if you
          • Great Micrphone
          • This Mic is great

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

              So far this mic has served me well.

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              • No

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Deal of the day?

              By Johnny Reverb

              from Moorpark, Ca

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

              Didn't turn out to be such a great deal, mic is noisy . Have not checked into mods for this mic.
              Sometimes that can save a mic like this.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Great Deal

              By Hpete

              from Nemo

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              Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

              Great platform to customize.

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              5.0

              Clean, great sounding mic.

              By NewburgCityLimiits

              from Melbourne, Arkansas

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              Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

              I was surprised at the quality and column this mic produced making my acoustic guitar. Reproduces a nice tone.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Great Basic Mike for the money !

              By Zo

              from Lawrence

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              Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

              Buy two and make some great stereo recordings.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Great beginner studio mic

              By zammisband

              from Chicago, IL.

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              Pros

              • Affordable

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • great vocal mic
              • Home recordings
              • Practice
              • Studio Recordings

              Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

              I love this condenser mic. Excellent studio quality sound, captures singers full voice.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Great Quality at a Great Price!

              By Deacon

              from Sahuarita

              Pros

                Cons

                • None yet

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

                  Home Studio

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                  • No

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Mic ok

                  By TA Oklahoma

                  from Eufaula , Oklahoma

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                  Pros

                  • Built well
                  • Shock mount good

                  Cons

                  • High end lacking
                  • Phantom mic volume low

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily practice microphone

                  Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

                  Using it on several different instruments and some vocal work, it's not the quality of my 414 but it does work on some instruments ok, not studio quality for vocals but if on a budget it could be tweaked out to get you by , again not studio quality for drum overheads like SM 81 but again it can be tweaked out to work. I do use it for my leslie for practice daily and works great for that. For the cost its a good buy and I bought two and use them daily.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice mic with cord & stand + low stupid deal +free shipping!

                  By mrboulderco

                  from Boulder, CO

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

                  I use for karaoke-best sounding mic I've heard and great price. Short pictured mic cord wasn't listed in description, so I used chat by friendly, patient rep who checked and verified it was included as pictured, as it also is by manufacturer web site.

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