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Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double Ribbon Microphone

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A classic!

Beyerdynamic is one of few microphone manufacturers worldwide that still produce ribbon microphones. The M 160 dynamic double ribbon mic brings you the sonic characteristics of classic ribbon mics with a modern twist. Thanks to the double-ribbon design, the M 160 has an ultra-fast transient response, which gives you superior detail while maintaining the smooth highs that ribbons are famous for. The M 160 is an outstanding microphone that's very effective for all types of remote and in-studio vocal reproduction. In the recording studio, the M 160 is recommended for miking string instruments such as violins, violas, cellos and for pianos, saxophones as well as for hi-hat and toms. It can effectively handle sound sources from pianissimo to mezzo forte. The non-glare black surface of the M 160 and its small dimensions allow unobtrusive use in TV or film studios.

When used in conjunction with the Beyerdynamic M 130 figure-8, double ribbon mic, the M 160's matched sound and hypercardioid polar pattern (side attenuation of 25dB at 110 degrees) makes it an ideal "mid" mic for recording in stereo with the M-S (Mid-Side) technique.

FEATURES
Unique double ribbon microphone transducer
Hypercardioid polar pattern
Extended frequency response
Excellent transparency and transient response
Compact and rugged design
Warm and natural sound
Applications; Instrumental miking such as saxophone, miking of drums (toms, hi-hat), MS-stereophony with M 130

A very versatile addition to your mic locker. Order today .

SPECIFICATIONS
Transducer type: Dynamic
Operating principle: Pressure gradient
Frequency response (distant micing) : 40 - 18,000 Hz
Polar pattern: Hypercardioid
Side attenuation: > 25 dB at 110 degrees
Open circuit voltage at 1 kHz (0dB = 1V/Pa) : 1.0 mV/Pa _ -60 dBV
Nominal impedance: 200 ohms
Load impedance: ‰ 1000 ohms
Diaphragm: Pure aluminum
Case/finish: Brass
Connector: 3-pin XLR male
Length: 156 mm
Shaft diameter: 23 mm
Head diameter: 38 mm
Weight without cable: 156 g
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BeyerdynamicM 160 Dynamic Double Ribbon Microphone
 
4.0

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4.0

Not a typical ribbon sound

By Kiki

from Norfolk, VA

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Comments about Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double Ribbon Microphone:

Just read the above. It's another valuable brush for painting the sonic picture.
Sound is so subjective...that's my disclaimer for this review.
First, the gear: Rivera Knucklehead Tre into and EVM 12L with Blackout loaded Jackson 7 string.
This mic udoubtedly is hyped in the 2k-4k region, but definitely not in an abrasive way. It really is great at providing the "meat" of your sound if you use lower treble settings like I do. It is one my favorite mics I have used on my cab. Has less proximity effect than the Peluso R-15 I have (which is an R121 clone). Very comparable to an SM7b with the mid boost engaged, but more natural. For typical speakers like the V30, and Classic Lead 80, may be a bit harsh and thin. Great mic on warmer speakers with lower mids.
Had the Rivera cranked. master on 7, preamp gain on 7. Mids on 3. No issues. Modern ribbons are troopers. In this amp, the mids matter just as much as the master for volume.
I give this a medium rating. It's pricey compared to other dynamics, but not so pricey considering how much reputable modern ribbon mics cost.

 
5.0

Stellar On Select Tracks

By Chase's Sire

from Georgia

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double Ribbon Microphone:

    Just thought I'd chime in on my personal experience. I've used this mic on drums, percussion & tambourine, guitar cabs, acoustic instruments, horns, and even voice. This mic may seem deceptive at first, not "exciting" like some hyped mics, but when you start mixing, well, that's usually the tell-tell sign of a good mic. This mic is an absolute necessity on saxophones. I've never gotten a better sound on tenor sax - seriously, no compression or EQ needed if tracked properly. My studio partner used this mic to track a song where he played every individual track himself - vocals, percussion, solid state guitar amp, snare drum, misc. instruments, and the tracks were easy to mix with little effects or dynamics needed. This mic may seem pricey, but I'd have no reservations about purchasing another, and hope to do so in the near future. I have no complaints at all with this mic. BTW, I did drop this mic once from about 4-5 ft while trying to attach it to the mic clip (a ribbon no-no), and it continues to work fine. Beyerdynamic makes great mics. I perform with a pro area blues / rock / party band and the sound guy uses nothing but Beyerdynamics.

     
    3.0

    vintage vibe

    By tjs

    from alabama

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    Comments about Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double Ribbon Microphone:

    This mic reminds me of a vintage low-fi sound on drums anyway. Its like a condenser without the added highs. I did not try it on guitars. This would not be my first or even third choice, but I would like to keep this one around. There is something cool about this mic, and if I had a better live room I think I would have gotten better results.

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