Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double Ribbon Microphone
A double ribbon microphone that is especially sympathetic with vocals that contain a high level of sibilance and where a warm sound is desired. The double ribbon construction handles higher SPL levels without significantly adding to the diaphragm mass.
The M 160's low-mass, low-inertia ribbons reproduce transients with complete accuracy to create a crisply detailed sound and a transparent acoustic image. The true hypercardioid pattern provides 25 dB attenuation at 110 degrees, suppressing lateral interference and allowing high gain levels without feedback.
The accurate, uncolored sound of the M 160 is suited to a wide variety of demanding recording and sound reinforcement applications. Paired with the bidirectional M 130, it creates an authentic stereo image in the M-S (Mid-Side) miking technique. The compact metal casing has a matte black chromium plating with extremely low reflectivity, an important consideration in television and film applications.
The M 160s breakthrough design employs two aluminum ribbons in a vertical array only .0002 inches apart. Each ribbon is less than one twelve-thousandth of an inch thick, and much shorter than conventional ribbons. A special forming process makes them highly resistant to overload or mechanical shock.
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- Dynamic, double ribbon transducer
- True hypercardioid polar response
- Extended frequency response
- Characteristically warm and natural sound
Exactly what I needed for the sound I wanted.
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.
Excellent mic for electric guitar. Using it for clean Jazz and loud rock guitar
A true classic! Good value, one of the only true vintage ribbon mics still available from the '50s