The Beyerdynamic M 201 Microphone is a classic dynamic, workhorse stable microphone for all instrumental applications. Its uniform frequency response and small size make the M201 TG especially effective for recording and reinforcing snare drums, hi-hats, rack toms and percussion.
The M 201 embodies natural sound reproduction like no other dynamic moving-coil microphone. It reproduces clear, detailed sound, which is why many people use it as an alternative to a condenser microphone while benefitting from the robustness of a dynamic sound transducer. This unique combination, combined with the high-quality craftsmanship typical of beyerdynamic, makes the M 201 one of a kind on the microphone scene.
Versatile for a variety of sources
The M 201 delivers a clear, detailed signal even at extremely high sound pressures. Preferably used with snare drums and electric guitar amps, this dynamic moving-coil microphone is also suitable for recording acoustic guitars and brass instruments – in the studio as well as live on stage.
The M 201 dynamic moving-coil microphone delivers an impressively natural, transparent sound across the entire frequency response of 40–18,000 Hz. It never puts its own stamp on the original signal, but instead captures it authentically. In addition, the superb basic sound leaves all options open for further processing. These features make the M 201 a must-have in every demanding microphone setup.
An allrounder for speech recording
The M 201 has an unmistakable talent for recording speech recording and podcasts. This is where the dynamic moving-coil microphone’s excellent polar pattern proves advantageous, effectively muting interference. The largely linear frequency response with smooth treble boost ensures a balanced speech signal, while the optional wind shield will suppress plosives.
A closer look: hypercardioid
The M 201 features a hypercardioid polar pattern. This has a number of advantages. Priority is given to sound coming from the front, while most signals from the sides and some from the back are reduced. This ensures excellent channel separation. In addition, the M 201 is less prone to feedback, making it suitable for use in noisy surroundings.
Quality Made in Germany
Handmade in Germany since day one, the M 201 boasts the typically high-quality craftsmanship that has distinguished beyerdynamic for decades. Acoustically relevant components such as the diaphragm and microphone grille are not simply bought in, but intricately made in-house. This provides a unique quality standard that is reflected in the sound.
A Look Inside
The Hostaphan diaphragm, a wafer-thin foil with exceptionally low mass, has excellent vibration behaviour and is responsible for an impulse fidelity that is high among dynamic moving-coil microphones. In addition, the M 201 has an integrated hum compensation coil that minimizes electromagnetic interference.
Small but impressive
The M 201 is a pencil microphone. This microphone’s compact dimensions and low weight make it easy to position even in cramped conditions. In addition, its solid metal housing provides robust protection for everyday use in the studio or live on stage. This classic microphone now comes safely stored in a sturdy hard case.
Beyerdynamic M 201 Microphone Features
- Can be used for numerous sound sources
- Ideal for snare drums, electric guitar amps and acoustic guitars
- Exceptionally natural sound reproduction
- High directionality
- Handmade in Germany
Beyerdynamic M 201 Microphone Specifications
- Transducer Type: Dynamic
- Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient
- Polar Pattern: Hypercardioid
- Frequency Response: 40 - 18,000 Hz
- Rear Attenuation at 1 kHz: > 20 dB at 120°
- Open Circuit Voltage: 1.2 mV/Pa (-58 dBV)
- Magnetic Field Suspension: > 18 dB at 50 Hz
- Nominal Impedance: 200 O
- Load Impedance: =1000 O
- Diaphragm: Hostaphan®
- Case/Finish: Brass
- Connector: XLR, 3-Pin, Male
Beyerdynamic M 201 Microphone Includes
- Beyerdynamic M 201 Microphone
- Microphone Clamp
- Microphone Case
- Manufacturer Warranty
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My go-to snare *bottom* mic. There will be lots of crackle and pop to add dimension to a well tuned snare when you put this on the bottom head. "4 stars" because on other sources it has not been my favorite when compared to a 57, 421, 441, D2 and a bunch of other dynamics I tried. So for me it is a bit of a one trick pony BUT it is a super awesome trick!
This is my 2nd Beyer 201 TG, and 2nd review of it, here. The first thing I did upon receiving the new mic was to compare it with my 1st mic (.. it was purchased in 2004). The two mic were nearly indistinguishable, which is what I'd hoped for, wanting the option of using these as drum overheads. Again, these are great sounding mics, very versatile and rugged, clean mids and highs and useful low end that I've noticed is not present in other good dynamic mics (there's a tool for every job). It is nice for vocals, super on guitar amps, superior on drums. The 201 is one of the best, if you can afford one, you'll be very pleased in the long run.
Most people think of the SM57 as the do-all standard dynamic mic. The M201 is a better version - just as flexible, just as indestructible, but less honky and better sounding.
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I have owned this mic for close to ten years, and it has that Hi-Fi European dynamic mic sound. Solid as a rock, snaps into the mic clip nicely, and even has a foam windscreen for vocals( although you need some additional gain boost for that use- more than just 65 to 70db in my opinion ). This mic is mostly neutral on sources, but that can be really good. One of the best recordings that the 201TG gave me was from a clean electric Marshall guitar amp. WOW! Clean, bright and snappy without overdoing it. Great for snare, toms, AND the kick drum too.
I purchased the Beyer M 201 to replace an SM-57 for recording snare drum, and I am very happy with it. The hypercardiod pattern is very good at rejecting bleed from the hi-hat, and the M 201 produces a nice solid tone to the snare tracks.
My band uses this as a high-hat mic mostly, and it sound phenomenal. It has a slight bump in the midrange, and it gives it a great edge. I would totally recommended this to anyone!
This is one of the best snare drum microphone. Used by a lot of sound engineers. I own 2 of them and they are very good -although not very sensitive- dynamic hypercardioid microphones. They can be used for HiHat or Electric guitar amp micking with a lot of success too... as well as with several accoustic instruments. A real winner.