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Universal dynamic microphone.
The M81 is the latest installment in TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's dynamic microphone range. Designed with the goal to develop a microphone that would not only complement the M80, TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's first dynamic offering, but to also stand out in a universe filled with dynamic microphone options.
When the M80 was first introduced in 2008, it quickly became a favorite in both live and studio environments. Its clear and detailed top end, articulate mid-range, and minimal proximity effect won the hearts (and ears) of thousands of new users, making it a staple for vocal and snare drum applications, as well as the most popular microphone in the TELEFUNKEN product line.
Building on many of the strengths of the M80, the TELEFUNKEN M81 retains the same minimal proximity effect, superior feedback rejection, and articulate mid-range. However, with the M81, the top end is pulled back a bit, yielding a flatter overall frequency response. This combination results in a microphone with a wealth of body and clarity, making it a great tool for taming brighter vocals and guitar tones and for fattening up percussion, horns and thinner sounding sources.
The TELEFUNKEN M81's tailored frequency response makes the microphone exceptional on electric guitars, percussion, rack and floor toms, and brass instruments. This microphone's wide range of uses and rugged reliability make it the workhorse for the new generation.
Finished in the same flint gray body tube and tri-chrome head grill styling as the R-F-T AR-51, the M81 is readily identifiable when reaching for the microphone. The M81 was very much designed with the AR-51 in mind. Great care was taken to tune the M81's overall response to be complimentary to the AR-51 when recording electric guitars.
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M81 Universal Dynamic Microphone
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Comments about Telefunken M81 Universal Dynamic Microphone:
If you're looking for a dynamic mic upgrade from SM57/58's, try the Telefunken M8x series. True, they run 2.5x the price, but they are worth it. Condenser-like airyness without needing phantom power.
I bought a "blemished" M81 to try next to my M80, after reading reviews claiming it was better matched to the male voice. The highs are definitely tamed on the M81 and the immediate impression was good. Nice and meaty. However, I like to use proximity (and lack thereof) to control vocal volume and noticed that the M81 dropped off very quickly compared to the M80. Almost a gated effect.
Upon further review, the foam inside the windscreen of the M81 is thicker and/or denser than that of the M80. The cartridges appear the same to the naked eye. Sorry to unveil the man behind the curtain (and, correct me if I'm mistaken Telefunken) but this appears to be the secret behind the "top end is pulled back a bit, yielding a flatter overall frequency response. This combination results in a microphone with a wealth of body and clarity, making it a great tool for taming brighter vocals and guitar tones and for fattening up percussion, horns and thinner sounding sources." claim.
So, for vocalists that prefer to use dynamics and (varying) proximity, stick with the M80 (and trim back the highs on your mixer if they're too hot). For vocalists that always eat the mic, for tom-toms and other fixed distance mic'ing, the M81 could be the mic for you.