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Pearl Microphone Laboratory TL 66

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  • MSRP: kr3,000


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CardioidPearl Microphone Laboratory TL 66

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The TL 66 is an electret condenser microphone with a fixed cardioid pattern.

Unlike many of Pearl’s products, the TL 66 does not use the company’s trademark rectangular membrane. Rather, the mic uses an traditional round capsule obtained from a third party.

Although some marketing material claims the TL66 is available in either Cardioid or Omni, as of 2010 the omni version is out of production.

Electronic Musician, 2004

When she first brought up the unmarked faders for this pair of mics on her drums, [Karen] Stackpole made a face and exclaimed, “Where did the lows go?” I had to agree that, in contrast to the other mics, the Pearls didn’t do justice to the beefy tone of her kit’s kick, toms, or snare. Stackpole ultimately summarized the TL 66 as delivering plenty of crisp attack but not much punch, and she singled it out as her least favorite mic of the pack [which also included the AKG C480B, Audio-Technica AT4051a, Josephson C42, and Neumann KM-184.] That assessment is valid, though I would add that this mic excels at clarity and could be used to add some zip to the sound of a thuddy, dull kit or a timid drummer.

The Pearl Microphone Laboratory TL 66 is also known as: TL66.


Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
TL 66 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (12 mV/Pa; 80 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
500 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 130 dB
Self-noise: 18.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
115g (4.06oz) 116mm (4.57'') 21mm (0.83'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 30–48v

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