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

Tech Specs

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

Customer Reviews

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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

One of the great all time mics

This 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 studios. 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. The M 130, the figure 8 version of this mic, is also excellent.
Music background: sound engineer (recording and live)

A fantastic, do-it-all mic

I have to say that this mic takes the cake. 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. 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.
Music background: Musician

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