Telefunken Elektroakustik M81 Universal Dynamic Microphone
The Telefunken Elektroakustik M81 Microphone was designed with the goal to develop a microphone that would complement the M80 and also stand out in a universe filled with dynamic microphone options.
Telefunken Elektroakustik M81 Universal Dynamic Microphone Details
The Telefunken Elektroakustik M81 Universal Dynamic Microphone was designed with the goal to develop a microphone that would not only complement the M80, Telefunken Elektroakustik's first dynamic offering, but to also stand out in a universe filled with dynamic microphone options.
When the M80 was first introduced in 2008, it quickly became a favorite in both live and studio environments. Its clear and detailed top end, articulate mid-range, and minimal proximity effect won the hearts (and ears) of thousands of new users, making it a staple for vocal and snare drum applications, as well as the most popular microphone in the Telefunken product line.
Building off many of the strengths of the M80, the Telefunken M81 retains the same minimal proximity effect, superior feedback rejection, and articulate mid-range. However, with the M81, the top end is pulled back a bit, yielding a flatter overall frequency response. This combination results in a microphone with a wealth of body and clarity, making it a great tool for taming brighter vocals and guitar tones and for fattening up percussion, horns and thinner sounding sources.
The Telefunken M81's tailored frequency response makes the microphone exceptional on electric guitars, percussion, rack and floor toms, and brass instruments. This microphone's wide range of uses and rugged reliability make it the workhorse for the new generation.
Finished in the same flint gray body tube and tri-chrome head grill styling as the R-F-T AR-51, the M81 is readily identifiable when reaching for the microphone. The M81 was very much designed with the AR-51 in mind. Great care was taken to tune the M81's overall response to be complimentary to the AR-51 when recording electric guitars. Basically, the Telefunken M81 is designed to be used on... well, anything and everything! It truly is a "Universal Dynamic Microphone."
Telefunken Elektroakustik M81 Universal Dynamic Microphone Includes
- Wooden box
- Additional black head grille
- Mic clip
Telefunken Elektroakustik M81 Universal Dynamic Microphone Specifications
- Type: Dynamic Moving Coil
- Capsule: N/A
- Frequency Range: 30Hz / 18kHz
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Impedance: 200 ohms
- Weight: 13.1 oz (371g)
- Size: 7.25" (184mm) length x 1.88" (48mm) diameter
- Connector: 3-pin male XLR
What We Think
The Telefunken Elektroakustik M81 is in a word, "?beefy". This mic has a fat sound to it. A darker top end than the M80, and a nice bloom in the mids, makes the M81 give out some punch and depth. Great for vocalists with sibilance issues, rich and smoken for guitar cabs (great for leads), and an absolute killer on rack toms "" if you need your toms to thunder, this is the mic for you. Check out the shorty version! This is a mic for your short list. Telefunken made a clear winner here.
- Ryan Ferris
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while not fantastic it is well priced and also works well as a reference i use it to practice singing to see if i was on key. I would suggest it on snare and possibly guitar.
I compared this with 2 different 57s on heavy electric guitar, it blew away one and was neck & neck with the other but had a very different quality. The sound is very open, smooth and linear in comparison to the 57, while the 57 has more bottom thud from proximity effect. If you're finding your 57 is muddying your tracks then this should be your new mic.