Beyerdynamic M 201 TG

Low-profile Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphone
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Get Great Instrument Sound in Your Studio with This Dynamic Mic!

The Beyerdynamic M 201 TG dynamic microphone lets you capture instrument sounds accurately, while its low-profile size and rugged construction allow you to place it just about anywhere. The M 201 TG also works well for vocals, but it really shines when you need a low-maintenance, dependable mic to pick up all manner of instruments. Its voice coil rejects hum from CRT video monitors, allowing you to use this mic at close range to your desktop setup. Whether you're miking drums, piano, guitar, or nearly anything else, the hypercardioid M 201 TG will work for you!

Beyerdynamic M 201 TG Dynamic Microphone at a Glance:
  • A great instrument mic
  • Bucks hum and rejects bleed
  • Durable and affordable
A great instrument mic

Ideal for miking practically all types of instruments, the M 201 TG features a compact design that makes it perfect for those hard-to-mic areas on drums and cabinets, and its versatility extends to pianos, strings, and even vocals.

Bucks hum and rejects bleed

This sensitive dynamic mic's coil design rejects electromagnetic interference, allowing you to use it in close proximity to video monitors and other hum-inducing gear. Its hypercardioid design is ideal for keeping outside sound bleed to a minimum, too.

Durable and affordable

The M 201 TG doesn't simply sound great - it's also very durable and amazingly affordable. Having a couple of these mics in your locker gives you both tonal flexibility and peace of mind, which will help your projects sound their best.

Beyerdynamic M 201 TG Dynamic Microphone Features:
  • Integrated hum-buck coil
  • Small dimensions for unobtrusive positioning
  • Rugged construction
  • Supplied with microphone clamp and storage bag
  • Transducer type: Dynamic
  • Operating principle: Pressure gradient
  • Frequency response (distant miking): 40-18,000Hz
  • Polar pattern: Hypercardioid
  • Side attenuation: > 20dB at 120 degrees
  • Magnetic field suspension: > 18dB at 50Hz
  • Diaphragm: Hostaphan
  • Case/finish: Brass
  • Connector: 3-pin XLR
  • Length: 160mm
  • Shaft diameter: 24mm
  • Head diameter: 24mm
  • Weight without cable: 220g
The Beyerdynamic M 201 TG is an incredible dynamic instrument mic!

Additional Media

M 201 TG Spec Sheet
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Hypercardioid
Frequency Response 40Hz-18kHz
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.49 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 406910

Customer Reviews

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The Best

As a recording engineer, this mic has made my job and life far easier. Pairing this on a snare top with an SM57 underneath has proven to capture a natural, fat sound, and I refuse to use anything thing else on a guitar amp. By itself it sounds amazing, but it plays well with other mics. Honestly, I don't think you could ask for much more from a mic, other than to have another one!
Music background: Recording/mixing engineer, musician

Glued to my snare drum

Just seconding the other reviewers here only thing I have to add is you'll spend more money on this microphone than say, a 57 but you'll also spend less time "fixing it in the mix".

Every engineer needs at least one M201

Among the GS and similar forums there are some constantly recurring themes. Fact is, there's some amazingly knowledgable people there, some of whom have crafted the hits you've heard your entire life. There, the Beyerdynamic M201 is all but synonymous with the words "Snare Mic". For good reason too. It's hypercardoid design goes great lengths in helping to minimize bleed from hi-hat, toms and Clangy crashes. I find it decidedly less finicky that the ubiquitous SM57 over the snare top, meaning I find that for my purposes, it's easier to obtain greater tonal variety by different placements on snare top, bottom and sides. Near, far, on axis and off: if you can name it, many of these positions can be successfully used with the 201 whereas the SM57 doesn't seem to be so versatile and often times just sounds plain...bad, when trying these alternate placements. Any departure from the stalwart "SM57 close to the top head, at an angle" approach seem to yield hit or miss results, at best. In my studio's mic locker, when it comes to dynamic mics for snare (I use condensers, LDC & SDC, just as often) I have 3 "Go-To's". They are, (in no particular order): The Beyer M201 (works every time) Shure SM77 (a transformerless SM57 style mic w/ aluminum voice coil, as opposed to the 57's copper coil. If you like the 57 sound, be sure to check the 77 out, but I digress...) Telefunken M80SH (a shortened version of the handheld Telefunken M80, which has a bright but seldom harsh hi-mid rise continuing through to the smooth but bright highs. It's almost as bright and lively as my favorite SDC for snare, the KM84/KM184, but displays the transient softening typical of a good dynamic/moving coil mic) What you might NOT hear so much is that this mic has myriad other uses, and I think that's where it really shines: It's very versatile. It sounds smooth, full and present on guitar cabs, and complements a ribbon mic very nicely in that capacity. It's a good choice if you're looking to find a dynamic for use on acoustic instruments, and/or hand percussion (love it on Congas and Djembe). I've used it three or four times to capture batter head attack on a kick drum with no ported front head, with a 47FET or similar in front at a short distance. On vocals, when paired with a good preamp, it's one of my very favorite dynamic microphones. When I track a band live In the studio, if I think I might use the live vocal track by any chance, it's always the m201. Sometimes I like the guide/live vocal track so much, I end up using it for overdubs later on. I tend to have pairs of everything, but for some reason, I've only ever had one M201, and it's one of my most used mics. Get one, you won't regret it, Best of luck, -M
Music background: Audio Engineer, Producer, Studio Owner

Excellent Mic

I recently bought a pair of the M201TG and used them with percussion in a contemporary music concert with live electronics. They worked great. I've done shootouts in my studio between these and the SM57, E935, SM137, and NT5 and it beats all of them on clarity and balance. It sounds extremely natural and has lots of detail. Hence, it's good for more than miking snares and guitar cabs, which is very necessary for me since I do a lot of close miking of orchestral instruments in concert. The difference between this and most dynamic mics is not subtle. During a rehearsal using SM57s, I swapped these mikes in, and the sound was immediately enhanced. Most dynamics are designed for the specific task of miking drums and cabinets. If you need that sound, then maybe an SM57 or something similar is in order. But if you are looking for a dynamic that sounds like a high quality condenser, then this mic is worth investigating.
Music background: Composer


So I wanted to start by saying this blows away the 57 on snare drums but its slightly different. You get a fuller sound and its side rejection is way better than the i5 and the 57 which is why its now my goto snare drum top mic! This doesn't have the high mid bump the 57 has. Extremely detailed and one of those set it and forget it on snares! A MUST HAVE for anyone recording drum tracks in my opinion!
Music background: Recording Enthusiast
See also: Dynamic Mics
, Beyerdynamic, Beyerdynamic Dynamic Microphones, Beyerdynamic Dynamic Microphones