Beyerdynamic M 160

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.

Beyerdynamic M160 Ribbon Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Double ribbon design
  • Hypercardioid pattern to reject off-axis sounds
  • Excellent stringed instrument microphone
  • Black and chromium plated to prevent glare from broadcast lighting
  • Includes case and mic clip

Additional Media

M 160 Spec Sheet
M 160 User Manual
Studio Microphone Buying Guide
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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Ribbon
Ribbon Type Double Ribbon, Aluminum
Polar Pattern Hypercardioid
Frequency Response 40Hz-20kHz
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Connector XLR
Weight 0.8 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 100668

Customer Reviews

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Blown away at sound. Tracked acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals with 160 and it sounded great on everything.

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As a multi-instrumentalist horn player of 34 years with my own project studio, I had previously reviewed this mic on acoustic guitars, as many of my studio clients and music partners are acoustic players. I purchased the M160 and M130 as the combo, and have gotten great results. Since tracking acoustic guitars recently, I've used it on percussion, acoustic instruments, vocal overdubs, guitar cabs, you name it. The thing I love about this mic is its smooth response. You really don't need to do much to the tracks if you place this mic in the right place and set your gain properly. I really dig the warmth of this mic. Over the past couple of weeks I tracked my tenor sax on an album where multiple songs needed sax parts & solos, and this mic really blew me away. On many tracks, I didn't even use EQ or compression, which I always incorporate. The sound was just so dang professional with no EQ or comp! I'm also a trumpet player, and although I wasn't quite as impressed on trumpet, the brass tracks were still great. More experimentation forthcoming on trumpet. As opposed to open trumpet, I'm sure this mic would absolutely kill it on a Harmon / bubble muted trumpet. Seriously, I'm telling you, this mic will give you a contemporary sound on tenor sax like you wouldn't believe. I am seriously wanting another to utilize on drums, whether it be for overheads or side-snare mic'ing. This mic has a character all its own. I've read where the Royer 121 mics respond a little more like condensers in terms of frequency response, but this mic brings something amazing to the table. This mic has immediately become one of my "go to" mics for many sources. Pair it with a good pre and you will have a friend for life.
Music background: Performer, Local Producer, Studio Owner

Dig it....

I had high hopes for this mic based on it's history. I definitely wasn't let down. Super smooth on guitars and drums, and just what I need when recording pokey percussion parts. I already want a pair!

Sounds great I almost everything I put it on!

This is an excellent microphone. In the price range I believe no other microphone can touch the M-160. The mic has already a history that makes it dare I say legendary. Bonzos drum sound on "When The Levee Breaks" and every guitar sound recorded ever by probably the greatest guitar player in Rock history Jimi Hendrix. Do you really need to say anymore? I was skeptical of all the hype when I first bought it but that all disappeared the first time I used a stereo pair in front of a drum set. The most fantastic drum sound I've ever gotten in my studio. Pair this mic with a 1073 or a comparable clone and you understand why this mic is so legendary. Sounds amazing of a guitar amp. Sound downright creamy on Harmonica. I'm still discovering sources to use it on! Forget Royer and Coles get two M-160s.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Professional Musician

An Amazing mic !

For 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 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 ... Do yourself a favor pick one up, and have fun !
Music background: Pro Musician, Recording Engineer, Studio Owner

Sweetwater Advice

Austin Moss

We used this mic in front of a drum kit at a studio I used to work at in London and it was THE SOUND. Out of the 13 other mics set up in the room for the kit, this one soloed in the mix impressed the band more than anything else. Impress the band. Buy the mic.

Nick Schenkel

This is my secret weapon on stringed instruments. It gives me the tone I’m 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. Don’t pass it by.
See also: Ribbon Mics, Beyerdynamic, Beyerdynamic Ribbon Microphones