Beyerdynamic M 160Item ID: M160
Hypercardioid Ribbon Microphone with Double Ribbon Transducer
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IDEAL Mic For Stringed Instruments!You'll be astounded at the wide range of applications for the M 160! Long regarded by audio professionals as one of the top choices for capturing the sound of a wide variety of acoustic stringed instruments (everything from violins and violas to acoustic guitars and zithers), the M 160 also delivers impressive results with typically hard-to-mic acoustic instruments in general. It can treat a blaring sax or a cracking hi-hat with the same skill and ease! Small, black, and chromium-plated to prevent glare, the M 160 is also ideal for television and film studios where discretion is important.
The M 160 is a dynamic microphone that, unlike other ribbon mics, has two ribbons! These ribbons, each of which is only 0.002 of a millimeter thick, are arranged one above the other just half a millimeter apart. Beyerdynamic's masterful technical design and production performance has produced a system that is sonically clear and well defined.
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Todd, Dunedin, FL
Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
An Amazing mic !
by Nico from Austin, Texas USAFor the money, you can't get a better ribbon mic. I own a pair of Cole 4038 at about $1300 per mic. The Coles are great, but when I use the M160 on a guitar amp, WOW ! What an amazing tone. The creamy... read more [+] mid-range, the soft top end. Everything is there. Combined with a 57 for the bite, a perfect combination. To top it off, I just put a Cole 4038 8-10 feet away from the amp, mix the 3 mics, no EQ, stunning ...
August 24, 2011
Music Background: Pro Musician, Recording Engineer, Studio Owner
Do yourself a favor pick one up, and have fun ! close [-]
One of the great all time mics
by Jim McCurdy from L.A., CaThis mic was great in the 70's when I used it on hi hat. I remember people looking surprised sometimes when they saw it at first. (I guess maybe there weren't many of them around in the New York studi... read more [+]os. But when they heard the thing, it was all smiles. It's got the kind of detail you want without an artificial quality to it. It's design characteristics make it the perfect choice for drum kit close micing or as an overhead. It also sounds amazing on sax, especially if it's a slightly shrill sounding instrument (piccolo, too). I'd say if money's not an issue every mic cabinet should have at least two.
August 8, 2009
Music Background: sound engineer (recording and live)
The M 130, the figure 8 version of this mic, is also excellent. close [-]
A fantastic, do-it-all mic
by Pulling Mussels from Brooklyn, NYI have to say that this mic takes the cake.
March 25, 2008
Music Background: Musician
I used it as a single drum overhead. The sound is so natural, and beats out just about any other mic for getting realistic sounding drums. ... read more [+]You can EQ the heck out of ribbon mics, so you can really manipulate the signal you get to get a great sound.
I've also used it to mic acoustic guitar (about 8" from 14th fret) and got exactly the sound I was looking for on the first try.
I have yet to try it on a guitar amp, but I'm sure I'll be pleased.
The really cool thing about this hypercardioid ribbon mic is its directionality across frequencies. It's one of few mics I know of that not only gets more directional as you move up to the midrange, but it opens up again as you move up to higher frequencies. It sort of sounds like the mic opens up for air again, so it can almost make a room sound bigger than it really is. close [-]
Won 2nd place in Microphone shootout
by J. Wilson from Nashville, Tn. 20 yearsAs most audio engineers do from time to time. We do comparisons test where a bunch of mic's are plugged in at random so no one will know what they are listening to. We did 12 mic's in all. U87, AKG 41... read more [+]4, and ten others. Some were over $2000. This test was totally by the ears. 5 people with golden ears did the rating. Everyone pick a unanimous #1 , #2 ,and #3. After that the mic's all started to sound about the same. Not a LOT of difference. To no one's surprise the U67 tube Neuman came in first place. What shocked everyone was #2. The Beyer M160. (some even voted it #1) #3 was a U87. The M160 mic is great on anything. It pops very easy. Use wind screen. I will buy 4 more. Try it on Piano, String instruments, horns, drums. Do your own test. You WILL WANT MORE.
July 3, 2007
Music Background: Audio engineer, Studio musician
Remember: Use your ears and not your eyes. close [-]
This is my secret weapon on stringed instruments. It gives me the tone Iím looking for without the need for adding additional processing. The bottom end is full and present without becoming muddy. The mids are warm and smooth. The high end is clear and detailed without being overly bright or harsh. Acoustic or electric guitars especially benefit from the sonic characteristics of this mic. Donít pass it by.
Beyerdynamic M 160
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