Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering

Overpriced or Just Right? Teenage Engineering Drops $1,200 CM-15 Studio Mic

Feast your eyes on the latest addition to the world of audio recording, courtesy of Swedish innovators Teenage Engineering: the CM-15. This tiny studio microphone packs a punch with its large diaphragm capsule, extensive feature set, and extreme versatility. Known for its sleek and minimalist designs and products that ooze creativity, versatility, and playfulness, Teenage Engineering has done it again with what it calls “a rarity in the field”. So let’s get the lowdown on this mean, clean, lean mic machine – overpriced or just right?

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Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering

Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering

The CM-15 is the newest member of the field system, boasting a built-in professional USB-C audio interface with a preamp, a 3.5mm jack, and a 48V phantom-powered mini XLR. It’s a battery-powered studio microphone that’s ultra-portable and always ready for action.

Large-diaphragm capsules are usually found in professional recording setups, but the CM-15 breaks the mould by bringing this quality to portable equipment. This mic features an ESS Sabre analogue-to-digital converter, which captures exceptional detail and high-fidelity sound in any recording situation.

The CM-15 is perfect for padding those mean drums or more delicate recordings with its clean, rich, transparent, and natural sound. And the cherry on top? Thanks to the included standard 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch adapter, it’s universally compatible with traditional mic stands and tripods. You can even tilt it from 90 degrees to 110 degrees for optimal positioning on a boom arm or to better capture overheads.

Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering

Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering

The CM-15 delivers truly dynamic sound for any occasion. Whether in the studio or on the go, this microphone is a game-changer for professional audio productions. Check out the sound demo to hear the magic for yourself.

As with any Teenage Engineering gadget or gizmo, it’s evident that pure craftsmanship has gone into creating the CM-15, making it a versatile option for various applications. From vocal booths to drum kits, podcasts to interviews, and even synced audio for video cameras – this mic has you covered.

Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering

Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering

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Regarding connectivity, the CM-15 flexes its muscles with multiple outputs that can be used simultaneously, including a mini XLR, 3.5mm jack, and USB-C. It can also be powered via phantom power, battery, or USB-C, adapting seamlessly to your connected device.

The CM-15 is part of our ultra-portable sound recording and performance system, offering battery-powered, USB-C rechargeable devices with full interconnectivity. Compatible with iOS, macOS, and Windows, it’s the most powerful and highest-quality portable system in the world as we know it.

Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering

Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering

So, if you’re looking for the ultimate audio recording experience that fits inside your pocket, look no further than the CM-15. It’s time to elevate your game and bring studio quality to your portable setup.

There’s just one problem. This is Teenage Engineering we’re talking about. And with that comes a hefty price tag. Starting at USD$1,199 (AUD$1,791.43) for the microphone (USD$119 mini tripod not included). But if you plan on owning the complete Teenage Engineering configuration, including the CM-15, a TX-6 mixer (USD$1,199), and an OP-1 Field synthesiser (USD$1,999), you’ll be staring down the barrel of USD$4,516 (AUD$6,747.36).

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Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering

Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 mm x 65.5 mm x 19 mm
  • Weight: 132 g / 54.6 oz
  • Self-noise: 14 dBA
  • Max SPL for 0.5% THD: 138 dB
  • USB SNR dBA FS: 120 dB
  • Polar pattern: super-cardioid
  • Polarity: positive
  • Price: USD$1,199 (AUD$1,791.43)
Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering

Teenage Engineering CM-15 Studio Mic | Image: Teenage Engineering


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