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Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double Ribbon Microphone

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Beyerdynamic is one of few microphone manufacturers worldwide that still produce ribbon microphones. The M 160 dynamic double ribbon mic brings you t...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

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  • Good audio (3)
  • Versatile (3)

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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.

 
4.0

nice and real

By tjs

from AL.

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Pros

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

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    Best Uses

      Comments about Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double Ribbon Microphone:

      I bought this mic a year ago, but sent it back. Last week I gave it another try. On drums it was ok, my room is big but doesn't sound good. I can only get close mics to sound good. On the base amp it is my best mic, beating out the re20 (tighter low end). On electric guitar amps it sounds 70's man, although a 57 is fine to . On acoustic guitar it sounds really natural, I was surprised, I thought it would be dull (concert body,low boom factor) . I am keeping it this time. It is the only non figure 8 ribbon mic I know of.

       
      5.0

      A sweet miracle of a microphone

      By Brian

      from Minneapolis

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Unique
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double Ribbon Microphone:

      This is an incredible mic. As a ribbon it's unlike the response of either a dynamic or condenser - it's not inherently better or worse than either but it's another option that you (maybe didn't you know you) need in your studio. It's an incredibly high quality product. The hypercardioid pattern is pretty unique for a ribbon so opens up recording opportunities I didn't previously know were possible. For any situation where you want a gentle yet clear response in a directional pattern, this is your best bet. It's incredible on guitar, horns, hi-hat. I haven't yet tried it on a guitar amp or as drum overheads but I think it'll do well in those situations too.

      The only downside is that, as a ribbon, this is inherently a somewhat fragile product. Pushing the phantom power button the preamp will damage a ribbon mic so I don't let this mic get used by anyone other than myself. Also, I assume it's more fragile than an SM58 so I take great care to not drop it or mistreat it in any way.

       
      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 AL.

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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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