One of the longest-running microphones still in production, the beyerdynamic M160 began as a unique offering in the world of ribbon microphones. The M160 features a hypercardioid polar pattern, which means it strongly rejects sounds emanating from behind the microphone and at its sides. For this reason, famed producer-engineer Eddie Kramer recorded Jimi Hendrix’s vocals and amplifier with this beyerdynamic classic, thereby cutting the amount of drum and bass bleed into Jimi’s live signal. Likewise, Andy Johns reached for the M160 to obtain John Bonham’s massive drum tone for Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks.” This is but a small sampling of the variety of its use throughout music history. The microphone features a broad frequency sensitivity ranging from 40Hz to 18kHz. For reference, the spectrum of the human hearing range is considered to be 20Hz to 20kHz.

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