Beyer M160 guitar mics

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by Jon Best, Jul 3, 2001.

  1. Jon Best

    Jon Best Active Member

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    These mics have been recommended to me by a few people that I trust, but I've been too lazy to find one to get my ears on. Does anyone have an impression of this mic that they'd like to share? :)
     
  2. Lobstman

    Lobstman Guest

    The M160 is the only ribbon mic I've ever used, so I can't compare it to Royer, RCA, etc- but here's what I CAN say...
    Overall, very "smooth" sounding- large, but not out of control or tubby bottom end, slightly rolled off top (about what you'd expect, right?). Sounds GREAT on standup bass, nice zeppelin-y accoustic guitar sound when used with a truckload of compression. Sounded slightly nasally the one time I tried it on electric guitar (about two feet out, aimed dead center of the cone), but I didn't get to play with the placement as much as I'd have liked. I'm really looking forward to trying it as a drum overhead / room mic. I don't know what else is in your mic locker, but for my only ribbon mic (for now...), I'm pretty happy- it compliments my U87, 414s, 421s, RE20 etc very nicely.
     
  3. drumsound

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    I've got a pair of Beyer M260 Hypercardiod ribons on loan right now. I'm using them on Trumpet and Trombone and am very happy. I'm considering getting a couple. Though I may pop for a Royer.
     
  4. davemc

    davemc Guest

    I use my M160's for Overhead , less harsh them the km85's beforehand to digital. I would like the stereo royer although I got these two for a third of the price. I am happy with the sound.
     
  5. anonymous

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    They are ^#$%ing awesome guitar mics [don't take my word for it...it's one of Glynn John's favorites...and he's seemed to capture a decent guitar tone or two over the years], and one of my absolute 3 favorite conga/percussion mics.

    Other than that...they look kinda funny to me.
     
  6. Lobstman

    Lobstman Guest

    Originally posted by Fletcher:
    They are ^#$%ing awesome guitar mics [don't take my word for it...it's one of Glynn John's favorites...and he's seemed to capture a decent guitar tone or two over the years]

    Any tips on placement? I was a little hesitant to jam it on the grill like it was a '57.
     
  7. dynamo12

    dynamo12 Guest

    I've a pair of M130's, the bidirectional version of M160, and i usually
    put them right on the grill of the amp. Never had a problem.
    Same with the M500's. Beyer's are great sturdy mikes. Jo
     
  8. bradmcgowan

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    I've had good luck placing them about 8-12" away, aimed halfway between the dust cap and the edge of the cone for a "close-miked" sound. That was on a 4x12 Marshall cab. On a 2x12 Marshall cab it sounded really good about 2 feet away aimed at the logo.

    Brad
     
  9. DanKennedy

    DanKennedy Guest

    Absolutely great hi-hat mic too, if
    you needs one.
     

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