Teenage Engineering Intros CM-15 Portable Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Teenage Engineering has introduced the CM-15, a tiny studio microphone with a large-diaphragm capsule and groundbreaking features, including a built-in USB-C audio interface with preamp and 48v phantom-powered mini-XLR in a portable, battery-powered device.

It’s part of TE’s portable sound recording and performance system, which they describer as “the most powerful, highest quality, portable system in the world”.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“CM–15 is our portable large-diaphragm condenser microphone and the first all-in-one mic offering a combination of 48v phantom powered mini xlr, usb-audio interface and preamp, 3.5 mm line output, and battery power.

included in the box: textile mini-xlr to xlr and usb-c cables, mic stand adapter (1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 UNC mount), protective pouch, and user guide.”


  • 1-inch diaphragm capsule, manufactured by peluso
  • ESS sabre ES9822Q PRO analog-to-digital converter
  • OPA 140 JFET amplifier stage with ultra low distortion
  • Flexible powering system with 10 hour rechargeable battery
  • Built-in table stand
  • Dimensions: 90 mm x 65.5 mm x 19 mm
  • Weight: 132 g / 54.6 oz

Pricing and Availability:

The CM-15 is coming this summer for $1199 USD.

53 thoughts on “Teenage Engineering Intros CM-15 Portable Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

  1. Which world are they referring to with “the most powerful, highest quality, portable system in the world”?

    OZ, Wonderland or maybe Harry Potter world?

  2. Wow, so you will only need 2 rechargeable devices wired together with a cord and costing several thousand to make a field recording…genius! If only someone invented a field recorder with a built in high quality Mike so you only needed one device!

    1. im retired at 48 and even i think this is silly. if you can afford it and are a serious person, you’ll just get much better gear. if you can’t afford it, it comes off as a bunch of rich dilettante wankers flexing their style while you work so hard to actually make something

        1. Honestly, it’s like these people are just jobs all the jobs in the overflowing “do what you like, make what you want” category on indeed.

  3. I don’t quite get the complaints about the price. This is a large condenser mic. There are currently.more than 100 other large condensers on the market that cost more than this. Why do people assume this to be overpriced?

      1. I don’t know yet, and neither does anyone else here. That’s why I don’t get the complaints, they are based on nothing but speculation.

      2. Hilarious that you use Neumann as an example, as if you aren’t paying a premium for the name Neumann. The capsule in this TE was made by Peluso.

    1. Please tell me more about your u87+1073. TE pricing finally meets the stupidity of pro-audio pricing, At least it does better than a wordclock generator

    2. Unfortunately for TE there probably are 1000s of high quality microphones on the market that are cheaper than their microphone. And fyi larger capsules are not better than smaller capsules. It’s often just the opposite as larger capsules are slower and therefore color the sound more,
      And I believe that TE’s new construction is not very well suited for field-use. Also I think that TE at least should include the Tripod stand for 1200!!

      1. 1k$ is not that much for this kind of mic, including a pre, converter and audio interface (but so does a 50$ usb condenser)
        A high quality large condenser microphone usually costs more than a small one from the same brand so this is a legit argument, the only thing is with this kind of pricing they are usually not made in china…

        1. Are you seriously gonna think a TE mic with built in pre amp will be better than using a 1073 with decent mic? May I remind you that TE never produced a single mic or pre amp before while the 1073 has been used on the most iconic albums ever created.

          1. No, I’m saying the pro audio market makes TE offers looks like bargains.
            Finally TE compete in a market where 1.2k$ for a mic is considered “basic”
            You see… everything is relative.

  4. The teenage engineering newsletter that announced this microphone was sent two days ago. Ever since opening that message, I have waited for this comment section. Did not disappoint.

      1. its impossible to explain if you dont already know what im referring to…
        its the same as someone who has never eaten an apple asking “what does an apple taste like?”…. Well.. It tastes like an apple“ you coukd say its sweet its sour its yummy etc, just like any other fruit…. But if you want to know what an apple tastes like.. You have to eat one yourself… You cant just take someones word for it and say you” know” when you are absolutely clueless

    1. If you don’t like it don’t buy it, you stick your nose where you don’t have to and declare it rubs your face…

  5. if this sounds amazing than with its feature set i think the price is pretty good, but only if it sounds incredible of course. the microphone market can get quite wild where $1200 would be entry level.

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