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Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone   

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Excellent primary vocal microphone for your home or project studio. It features a cardioid response pattern and excellent frequency response, and its...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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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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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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for pop vocals and acoustic guitars

    By Nick

    from Delray Beach

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    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 :)

      (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

      See all my reviews

      Verified Reviewer

      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.

       
      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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great Mic for the price

      By LawMan5643

      from Chicago, zIL

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This microphone exceeded my expectations in every way!

          By Evlmechanic

          from Chicago, Illinois

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

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

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (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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          Verified Buyer

          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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great Deal

            By Hpete

            from Nemo

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            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Tascam TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone:

            Great platform to customize.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Home Studio Microphone

            By Major Camel

            from Hawaii

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            Verified Buyer

            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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