With live recordings it is almost impossible to use an own set of microphones for the recording. Usually one mircrophone set will be shared among the recording and the live sound consoles. To avoid ground loops and strange effects, splitters are used to separate the different consoles. Using passive splitters has many disadvantages, since these additional transformers are installed exactly there where the signal level is extremely low and the source impedance is rather high. It is obvious that any load that is attached to the sensitive output of the microphone can and will alter the entire performance of the microphone dramtically. Long cables between microphone, splitter and the consoles add a high capacitive load that makes the entire situation worse as far as high frequency performance, frequency and phase response are concerned. An active splitter avoids the problem of high load on the microphone outputs; however, a huge part of the sound performance depends on the mic pre and the interaction between the microphone and the input of the pre amp. With active splitters, the splitter is the mic pre and the pre amplifiers of the recording system have only minor influence on the entire sound performance. Of course, this is also true as far as the noise performance is concerned. If the splitter pre amp is noisy, this noise will be added to the microphone signal. If your concern is best possible quality of your live recording, both principles should not be used.
The Splitter function of the TM301 makes it possible to use the microphone on stage just and only for recording. The mic pre has an additional transformer balanced output that operates independent of the gain setting. The level at the split output is 6 dB higher than the input level. The output impedance of this output is below 100 ohms. A second output transformer can be installed as an option.