beyerdynamic M160

Double Ribbon MicrophoneBeyerdynamic is one of the few manufacturers in the world who are still producing ribbon microphones. The classic among them is the dynamic double microphone M 160.

The M 160's excellent transmission quality and its hyper-ning characteristics with a noise suppression of 25 dB at 110 °, which suppresses lateral sound reflections and disturbing external sound, makes the M160 an ideal microphone whether the demands are placed on the recording or transmission technology. It is recommended both for stringed instruments such as violin, viola and cello as well as for the acceptance of piano and grand piano and for drums for the hi-hat. Ideal for saxophone.

The black chrome-plated surface of the M 160 and its extremely small dimensions allow it to be used both in television and in film studios, where it is important to avoid the reflections of light and the inconspicuousness of the microphone.

In combination with the dynamic double microphone M 130, the M 160 is ideal for stereo recording in MS (mid-side) technology.

  • Pure aluminum membrane
  • Polar pattern: Hyper cardioid
  • Instrument recording - especially saxophone
  • Drum miking (toms, hi-hat)
  • MS stereophony with the M 130
  • Frequency response: 40 Hz-18 kHz
  • Nominal impedance: 200 Ohm
  • Very good frequency response
  • Excellent transparency and transient response
  • Compact and robust design
  • Warm and natural sound
  • Bracket included
  • Length: 156 mm
  • Shaft diameter: 23 mm
  • Head diameter: 38 mm
  • Weight without cable: 156 g
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Vale Perkons, 27.07.2016
A couple of years ago I was looking forward to enrich my mic locker with some ribbon microphones so I ordered a pair of M160s and I was not disappointed. I use these whenever I need a smooth, warm, "vintage" tone, also on sources which might get too bright or harsh when recorded with condensers, for example, violins. When placed as overheads, the M160s give a very balanced picture of the drum kit and add that special ribbon colour which you'll immediately notice once you hear it. I also use the pair as X/Y room mics and the sound is powerful but not harsh. This microphone shines of strings, I have used it on guitar amps too with good results, even on vocals together with a large diaphragm condenser. Very versatile microphones which will be a great addition to anyone looking for a ribbon microphone tone.
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A classic on Percussion

JacobB, 11.10.2015
I bought a pair for live percussion and overhead duties. They are fantastic. The sound is detailed and incredibly coherent and the ribbons turn even the harshest heavy-metal China crash cymbal into a pleasant, smooth, shimmering wash of sound. The sound of the whole kit, in fact, is amazing. The transients are smooth and snappy, and also the body of the drums has a lovely low mid richness that it seems only ribbons can provide.

As usual with passive ribbons there is a low output voltage so good preamps are a must. I use a Midas M32 which can provide enough gain for loud sound sources and live stuff in general, but if I was recording a quiet source with the M160 then I would get a Cloudlifter.
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