Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double-Ribbon Microphone

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Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double-Ribbon Microphone Overview

The multi-award-winning Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double-Ribbon Microphone is exceptional in its sound and manufacturing: intricate handmade craftsmanship meets unique technical features. Affectionately known as a “gem”, the M 160 has enriched hit after hit with a sound character that has very little tonal colouring. A precise bass response, warm mids and silkily elegant trebles merge together to form a very unique sound. Those who are familiar with this microphone will know: there is no alternative to the M 160.

  • Globally unique double ribbon-microphone
  • Ideal for use with guitar amps and drums
  • Double ribbon with hypercardioid polar pattern
  • Extraordinary sound character
  • Handmade in Germany

Softens Harsh Sounds

The M 160 is ideal for miking electric guitar amps. This is due not only to its hypercardioid polar pattern, which is unique among ribbon microphones, but also to its special sound character. The M 160 delivers a warm but nevertheless natural sound. In addition, the M 160 easily masters the high sound pressures of a guitar amp and provides a signal that is perfect for processing.

Ideal for Drums

Whether as overhead, for the hi-hat or as a room microphone, the M 160 is an excellent choice for miking a drumkit. In particular, sharp sounds such as cymbals are reproduced in a well-balanced way. In addition, the low mass of the two wafer-thin double-ribbons ensures high impulse fidelity. Sounds with a strong attack are precisely reproduced thanks to the microphone’s quick transient response.

A Double-Ribbon Microphone for Every Application

The M 160 is an exceptionally versatile member of the ribbon microphone family. Its high-definition sound and wide frequency response of 40–18,000 Hz take effect when miking not only drums and amps, but also acoustic guitars, brass instruments and strings. In combination with a wind shield, the M 160 is a great choice for those who wish to give their voice a warm, vintage sound. Together with the dynamic double-ribbon M 130, which has a figure-eight polar pattern, the M 160 can also be used for M/S recording.

A Very Special Pattern

The M 160 is the only doubl-ribbon microphone with a hypercardioid polar pattern on the market. This polar pattern prioritises sound coming from the front, while most of the signals from the sides and some from the back are reduced. Rear attenuation is 25 dB at 110° and 250°.

This ensures excellent channel separation. Thanks to this technical refinement, the warm sound of a ribbon can be used in completely new situations.

Quality Made in Germany

The M 160 is the embodiment of top-quality craftsmanship. From the exact width of two hand-stamped pure aluminium ribbons, to placing them in the magnet gap with millimetre precision, through to testing the vibration behaviour. Manufacturing various components in-house, such as the microphone grille or the transformer, gives us permanent control over compliance with our high quality standards.

This is reflected in our choice of specialists. The production of an M 160 requires particular dexterity. In the end, all of this hard work becomes apparent in the microphone’s outstanding sound quality. Every microphone is a masterpiece thanks to exacting precision “Made in Germany”.

Use-Optimised Ribbon

Thanks to its compact dimensions and low weight, the M 160 is impressively easy to position in any situation. It is also uniquely robust for a ribbon microphone. It is thus one of the few of its kind used on loud live stages, even though it has been established as a studio standard. This classic microphone now comes safely stored in a sturdy hard case.

Individual Measurement Curve

Because each one is intricately handmade, each M 160 is unique. We even go one step further and individually measure each and every microphone. A print-out of the measurement curve is included with your purchased M 160.

Durable Materials

Our microphones are designed for daily use in professional conditions, which is why only durable materials are used in their construction. If the microphone nevertheless gets damaged, our service policy means that we can replace almost every part.

NAMM TEC Awards Technology Hall of Fame

This dynamic double-ribbon microphone has received an honour reserved for very few audio products. Thanks to its advancement of audio technology, the M 160 was inducted into the elite circle of the “NAMM TEC Awards Technology Hall of Fame” in 2019.


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Rated 5.00 out of 5 13/3/2021

Excellent for violin recording. Great detail without top end harshness.

sharon sullivan

Rated 5.00 out of 5 25/11/2020

Exactly what I needed for the sound I wanted.

Lucinda Elliott

Rated 5.00 out of 5 30/10/2020

After using this mic a few times in studios and being impressed I purchased one specifically for recording alto and tenor saxes - I’ve wanted one for ages as it suits both my sound and concept, I wish I’d have got one sooner rather than messing around with some other cheaper mics I have. Sonically It has a lot of body and sounds very smooth on woodwind which may not be to everyone’s taste. After a bit of experimentation I’ve had great results with it on flute and clarinet too. It’s a pretty unique mic being a ribbon with such a tight pick-up pattern, so I can imagine it’d be useful if you haven’t got an amazing room (fortunately I have). Output wise I noticed it needed quite a bit of gain which shouldn’t be too much of a problem as interfaces are pretty good these days, I’ve used it both with and without my Fethead and it worked really well. I’m looking forward to trying it on other sources like guitar amps, snare drum, and acoustic guitar. All in all I’m really glad I took the plunge and got one, it’s a classic mic for a reason after all.

mr Ian Bailey

Rated 5.00 out of 5 22/1/2020

Excellent mic for electric guitar. Using it for clean Jazz and loud rock guitar

Doug Kinloch

Rated 5.00 out of 5 07/10/2018

A true classic! Good value, one of the only true vintage ribbon mics still available from the '50s

peter middleton

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