The microphone used by John Mayer in this Instagram pic is a Neumann TLM 103 with a black finish. Given its height on the mic stand, it can be assumed that John Mayer is using the Neumann TLM 103 to record vocals. The mic is sitting behind his [Teenage Engineering OP-1 synth](http://equipboard.com/items/teenage-engineering-op-1-portable-synthesizer). This photo was posted to Mayer's Instagram Dec 2014.more
Never without !!
why do i own this mic for lead vocal it is open kinda up close so back off set up your mic level add a DBX 902 why it will save you time on the S sound on the highs plus DBX is a world class S killer. only the DBX 902 is the best tool for vocal there is others but DBX keep the vocal is a safe natural setting why play with a computer. i would say make do not fake it you can fake it in a computer ask yourself why.
This microphone captures the voice extremely well. If I could describe this microphone in a few terms, it would be tone rich. This is a pro's pro's kind of microphone, extremely solid and no inherent flaw. Super quiet microphone and inspires confidence recording with it.
"Work horse" people say a lot, which is true although perhaps a little reductive. It is as true to real life as a microphone could get - totally flat / transparent frequency response curve. Got all the moving parts a U87 does, and sounds like it. Perhaps a touch more 'crude' if I had to tell the difference.
Occasionally I yearn for a figure of 8 pattern, let alone an omni, but frankly my work load doesn't really require it so I just roll my eyes and move on : ).
This thing is amazing. I bought it because (1) its made by Neumann and (2) Drake used it for the whole recording of his break-through album "Thank Me Later" in a hotel room with Noah Shebib (40). Love this mic, it filters out all the noisy crap while remaining honest to its sounds.