Issue 91

Teenage Engineering CM–15

A tiny large-diaphragm studio microphone that’s big on features.


28 April 2023

The CM–15 is the latest addition to Teenage Engineering’s Field System — the ultra-portable sound recording and performance system. Compatible with iOS, macOS, and Windows, it is a versatile studio quality, ultra-portable microphone that comes with a built-in professional USB-C audio interface with built-in preamp. Add a 3.5mm jack and a 48V phantom powered mini XLR and you have a truly one-of-a-kind battery-powered studio microphone that’s rechargeable via USB-C, and with full interconnectivity (MIDI and high resolution audio).

Lean, Mean & Clean Mic-Machine

Large-diaphragm capsules are preferred for professional recording, but are rare within the world of portable equipment. CM–15 features an ESS Sabre analog-to-digital converter, preserving high-fidelity sound and capturing exceptional detail in any recording situation. The mic offers clean, rich, transparent and natural sound. Use the gain switch on the back for padding those mean drums, or the other way around. Battery-powered with an integrated audio interface and preamp, CM–15 is always ready to use.

Teenage Engineering’s first microphone also means a unique sound quality to discover. Rich, transparent and natural, CM–15 captures clear and clean sound for professional audio productions, always ready to set up wherever you like to record. CM–15 is an incredibly versatile microphone, both inside and outside the studio. The large-diaphragm condenser capsule essentially means you get a better signal, so there is less noise and better depth of sound.

Vocal Recording: As a directional mic, CM–15 is perfect for the vocal booth, focused on picking up sounds in front of it.
Instrument Recording: With the the flattest frequency response at a 50cm distance, CM–15 is perfect for capturing a variety of instruments, including your drum kit.
Interview/Podcast: CM–15 is great for podcasts and interviews, where high audio quality and portability is necessary.
Field Production: With a compact form factor and 10-hour rechargeable battery, it’s a great tool for every ’trip’.
Camera Mic: When filming with a video camera, connect CM–15 through the line out to record synced audio directly.

Multi-Use Connectivity

CM–15 has multiple outputs that can be used simultaneously — mini XLR, 3.5mm jack, and USB-C. It can also be powered three ways, through phantom power, battery, or USB-C, instantly detecting the right power source for your connected device. CM–15 also includes a standard 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch adapter, making it universally compatible with standard mic stands and tripods

The included adapter allows for a 90° to 110° tilt, so you can mount the mic onto a boom arm or to better record overheads. Use tripod mini for portable setups (available separately)

On the bottom side of CM–15 you will find three audio outputs — mini XLR, 3.5mm jack and USB-C. The built in table stand can be used to rest and angle the microphone on a surface. The mic also includes a mini XLR to XLR cable for connecting to your recording console. The 3.5mm jack can be used with headphones, while USB-C is used for digital audio interface connection, firmware updates, and charging.


  • 1-inch large-diaphragm capsule
  • 10 hour rechargeable battery
  • 48V phantom power compatible pseudo-balanced mini XLR output
  • Dual mono 3.5mm jack line output
  • USB-C class compliant device with high performance 
  • ESS Sabre ES9822Q PRO analog to digital converter

Audio Characteristics

Self noise: 14 dBA
Max SPL for 0.5% THD: 138 dB
USB SNR dBA FS: 120 dB
Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
Polarity: Positive

Dimensions & Weight

  • 90mm x 65.5mm x 19mm
  • 132g / 54.6oz


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