The TM-280 Studio Microphone with Flight Case, Shockmount, and Pop Filter from Tascam is a condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern, a 34mm pure-gold-sputtered diaphragm, and is powered by 48V phantom power. It can be utilised to capture every nuance of your acoustic audio sessions in the studio, and it’s robust enough to handle the most powerful rock-and-roll performance.
It is equipped with a switchable high-pass filter and a 10 dB pad to help tailor your sound. Built with a 3-pin XLR male connector, the microphone comes with a foam-lined flight case, suspension shockmount, pop filter, and a 5/8″ to 3/8″ conversion adapter.
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio
80 dB A-Weighted
135 dB SPL RMS
35 dB at 1 kHz
1 x 3-Pin XLR
Easily gets a precise, high-definition sound quality from a condenser microphone
TM-280 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 static signals. To give the condenser the 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-280 applies a large size, 34mm pure gold-coated diaphragm, and it is often characterized by its bright sounds. The frequency response of TM-280 shows a distinct curve at 1kHz or higher, and have a loose peak especially around 9kHz. By these characteristics, TM-280 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
The polar pattern shows the characteristics in which the microphone can pick up the sound in a specific direction (directivity). TM-280 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.
Reached the low noise, SN(signal-to-noise) ratio of 80dB by using high-quality parts
A large diaphragm type handles noise really well. Especially the TM-280, it is formed with exceptional parts that has made this model the highest SN ratio with up to 80dB among the TASCAM mic series. It is ideal for vocal recording or any other lead parts when the volume needs to be turn up.
Designed high sound pressure tolerance keeps performances undistorted under a big volume
In general, a small diaphragm type handles high sound pressure better. However, the TM-280, 34mm large-size diaphragm is built with the sound pressure tolerance that reaches up to 135 dB SPL. It could be easy for vocalists or any other instrument players to perform with a loud volume.
-10dB switch with 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.
Comes with a suspension shock mount, a pop filter and a flight case
A professional suspension shockmount is included in order to secure the microphone with screws. A noise due to vibration during recording can be avoided as well. The package also comes with a pop filter that can be attached to the suspension, so you can start your vocal recording right away. In addition, a flight case is included that prevents damage while carrying.
Operation and sound quality verified with TASCAM products
The microphone has been tested with the TASCAM audio interfaces as well as PORTASTUDIO for their functionality and sound quality. The audio samples of TM-280 with a few TASCAM products are available on our web page. Of course, the microphones can be used with any acoustic equipment that complies with a condenser microphone.