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Beyerdynamic M 88 TG Dynamic Directional Microphone
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The Beyerdynamic M 88 Dynamic Microphone has been a classic mic since it was introduced in the 1960s. Incorporating a new low mass diaphragm element,...Click To Read More About This Product
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Legendary for miking bass drum.
The Beyerdynamic M 88 Dynamic Microphone has been a classic mic since it was introduced in the 1960s. Incorporating a new low mass diaphragm element, the directional M 88 TG mic has earned its place in the history of recording the kick drum. Sound engineers have found that the lightening fast response of the microphone reproduces the complex sound patterns of the drum, resulting in a tight "thump" without the need for complex signal processing. This characteristic works equally well on other instruments especially where intricate low frequencies and their harmonics need to be captured. The Beyerdynamic
M 88 TG is one of the microphones most frequently specified by sound engineers worldwide.
Extended frequency range with rising high end and exceptional bass reproduction
Integrated humbuck coil
High SPL handling capability
Supplied with microphone clamp and storage bag
Vocals, bass drum, bass amp, cajon, studio
Operating principle: Pressure gradient
Frequency response (close miking): 30 - 20,000 Hz
Polar pattern: Hypercardioid
Side attenuation: > 23 dB at 120
Open circuit voltage at 1 kHz (0dB = 1V/Pa): 2.9 mV/Pa = -30.7 dBV
Magnetic field suspension: >20 dB = 50 Hz
Nominal impedance: 200 ohms
Connector: 3-pin XLR
Length: 181 mm
Shaft diameter: 25.5 mm
Head diameter: 48.5 mm
Weight without cable: 320 g
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I've owned and used M69's and M88's in the past, going back over 20 years. I am so sorry I sold my M69 make in 1990. Trying to find another one now. What can I say about the M88?. One mic that can literally do EVERYTHING and sound great at it. I've got a friend who's afraid to try it (silly) because she's afraid she'll want 10 of them for her band and can't afford the 4.5 grand to buy them .. I would though rather have ONE or two of these than never have any at all!. BTW, they work great on fiddles and acoustic guitars too. I just love Beyer mics. I even have a little hanging condenser choir mic (SHM-22) that is fantastic once I tape it up, for overheads. I mean, it's smaller than a fountain pen but it's so darn nice. Even if it costs you a couple hundred used, get atleast one M88 (and a couple of M69's) for your collection!. BTW, anyone want to sell theirs cheap?
Great for vocals, kick, snare bottom, bass cabs, and trombone. People will look at you funny when you place this inside a kick drum, but if you have a PA with some good low-end drive you'll just end up blowing them across the room when you open up the channel anyway. Using it on snare bottom will give you the punch that you won't get from a common top-only mic setup. It does have one downfall: the handling noise is very evident. This means that it will take some extra EQing to clean it up and that it doesn't always work well for handheld vocals, but in very few mics will give you this caliber of warmth. Naysayers tell you that you're a fool to buy this, but they would say otherwise if they had any idea of what it is capable of.
This is what I use primarily for the kick drum. It's especially great for the genres I work with where you need to get that punchy kick. I tend to really boost around 5k and 9k with this, drop the low mids and boost around 100hz and it does the trick for me. I'd love to try out more mics on the kick but this one really has me going! Nice and punchy and great for any rock genre.