Beyerdynamic M 201 TG Hypercardioid Dynamic Directional Microphone
Manufacturer Part No: 406910
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M 201 TG Hypercardioid Dynamic Directional Microphone description:
The M 201's unique construction reduces handling noise to a
minimum, giving excellent results as an audience response
microphone in TV studios and for location production of vocals and
sound effects. Its uniform response and small size make it
especially effective for recording and reinforcing snare drums,
hi-hats, rack toms and percussion. It also works well with banjos
and acoustic guitars.
- Hypercardioid polar pattern
- Clarity, neutrality, and superior intelligibility
- Rugged construction
- Integrated hum-buck coil
- Transducer type: Dynamic
- Operating principle: Pressure gradient
- Frequency response (distant miking): 40 - 18,000 Hz
- Polar pattern: Hypercardioid
- Side attenuation:> 20 dB at 120
- Open circuit voltage at 1 kHz (0dB = 1V/Pa): 1.2 mV/Pa ?
- Magnetic field suspension:> 18 dB at 50 Hz
- Nominal impedance: 200 ?
- Diaphragm: Hostaphan
- Case/finish: Brass
- Connector: 3-pin XLR
- Length: 160 mm
- Shaft diameter: 24 mm
- Head diameter: 24 mm
- Weight without cable: 220 g
This page first created on: 25/07/2007
I bought this to use with an alto sax. I did not want a vocal mic or instrument mic like an SM57 which has a mid range lift and the M201 is supposed to have fairly flat response. I found the signal from it to be very clear, but a bit lacking in body and quite bright. I haven't tried it in a live performance yet but I'm guessing this will turn out to be a good thing and the sax won't sound muddy through the pa. However, when I checked it out through my home recording setup it didn't sound very good. After much experimenting I found eq settings that filled out the sound and rolled off the top end and left me with a decent recorded sound. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to use similar eq settings with the pa.
By comparison, the M201 is much better than my SE Electronics SE2A small diaphragm condenser (which is half the price), but nowhere near as good as my AT4033 large diaphragm condenser mic (which is twice the price) so it seems like reasonable value for money.
The M201 has very low output! I could only get it to record at all through my Focusrite audio interface my turning the mic pre-amp all the way up.
Despite it being a hypercardiod mic, I could move around a fair amount without affecting its ability to pick up the sound.
This customer purchased the product in June 2016
I've been using the Beyerdynamic m201 to mic up bass cabs and it sounds great. Its quite hi-fi sounding with plenty of low end and doesn't pickup much surrounding stage spill. Overall a great mic and built to last.
Its expensive compared to a Shure SM57 but well worth the extra outlay in my mind.
This customer purchased the product in August 2012
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I have owned one of these for about 20 yrs, bought another to make up a pair. Recording a string quartet for learning feedback. Rugged, accurate, very directional, good scope to play with the sound by positioning. Just easy to work with. Superb results.
This customer purchased the product in October 2016