Beyerdynamic M160 Ribbon Microphone (Old Version)


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The Beyerdynamic M160 Ribbon Microphone is one of the indisputable legendary ribbon microphones of the classic rock era. The M160 Ribbon Microphone is perfect for miking string instruments and guitar amps.

It features excellent transmission qualities. Its hypercardioid polar pattern with a noise cancellation of 25 dB at 110° suppresses lateral sound reflections and external noise effectively. Therefore, the Beyerdynamic M160 Ribbon Microphone is an ideal for applications demanding the very best in recording and transmission technology. The compact and rugged construction allows the unobtrusive use on stage.

Beyerdynamic M160 Ribbon Microphone Features

  • For miking string instruments and guitar amps
  • Warm and natural sound
  • Hypercardiod polar pattern
  • Extended frequency response
  • Excellent transparency

Beyerdynamic M160 Ribbon Microphone Applications

  • Hi-Hat
  • Snare
  • String instruments
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Acoustical guitar
  • MS-Stereophony (in conjunction with M130)

Beyerdynamic M160 Ribbon Microphone Specifications

  • Transducer Type: Dynamic
  • Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient
  • Frequency Response: 40 - 18,000 Hz
  • Polar Pattern: Hypercardioid
  • Rear Attenuation at 1 kHz: > 25 dB at 110°
  • Open Circuit Voltage at 1 kHz (0 dB = 1 V/Pa): 1.0 mV/Pa = -60 dBV
  • Nominal Impedance: 200 O
  • Load Impedance: = 1000 O
  • Diaphragm: Pure Aluminium
  • Case/Finish: Brass
  • Connector: XLR, 3-Pin, Male
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 156 mm
    • Shaft Diameter: 23 mm
    • Head Diameter: 38 mm
  • Weight Without Cable: 156 g

Beyerdynamic M160 Ribbon Microphone Includes

  • Beyerdynamic M160 Ribbon Microphone
  • Microphone Clamp
  • Owners Manual
  • Manufacturer Warranty

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The Beyerdynamic M160 is one of the indisputable legendary ribbon microphones of the classic rock era. Andy Johns made it famous when he ran a pair of these pointed down a hallway, through a pair of 1176 compressors and a Binson Echorec to capture John Bonham's kit for 'When The Levy Breaks'. It's also a rather famous microphone on guitar amps. We have found that the M160 is a little more forgiving due to it's more tamed low-frequency response than most 'big-ribbon' ribbon mics. Therefore, it works pretty well when pointed at an acoustic guitar if you're after what is reminiscent of a 'Stones' acoustic sound. It's one of those perfect microphones for helping digital to sound less-so by capturing the source with a little less zing - while retaining a very nice depth. The M160 is also really good for eliminating 'tiz' and that sizzly top end on guitar amps while keeping the sound less "huge" and fitting in the mix with a really nice frequency balance. In fact, the Beyer M160 has become one of our preferred electric guitar mics. This little mic certainly knows a thing or two about rock and roll, and can work wonders for a number of other instruments than just guitar and drums and other styles of music as well. And the M160 will definitely work wonders on horns and on strings. Give it a shot. It's really one of those microphones that you really just have to have one or two of if you're serious about your mic locker.

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