Telefunken Elektroakustik M81 Dynamic Microphone
The Telefunken Elektroakustik M81 is the latest installment in their dynamic microphone range. 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."
- Type: Dynamic Moving Coil
- Capsule: N/A
- Frequency Range: 30Hz / 18kHz
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Impedance 200 ohms
- Size: 7.25" (184mm) length x 1.88" (48mm) diameter
- Connector: 3-pin male XLR
|Package Contents||Includes mic clip|
|Unit Weight||387 g|
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Number of Microphones||Single Microphone|
|Frequency Range||50 Hz - 18 kHz|
|Sensitivity||-56.8 dBV/Pa (1.45 mV)|
|Max. SPL||135 dB|
I'm really loving this microphone, sounds fantastic!
I'm had this mic about 9 months now. I got it at the same time as the M80, so you can check out my review on that one as well. I've used this exclusively on guitar cabs, so I can only comment on it in that capacity.
I really like this mic. I find this mic shines with how it captures the mid range and it sounds great as a stand along guitar mic or mixed. If you're an SM57 guy, this mic isn't a "better" 57. It has it's own thing going on, with the 57 having the impact and teeth in the upper mids and the m81 being richer with more openness & presence.
Telefunken says it tames brighter sounds, but don't let that make you think it's a dark mic. It's certainly darker than the M80, but it has enough presence to keep it from sounding dark.
The M81 mic works extremely well on V30 speakers. I find it's pretty easy to find the mics sweet spot. I do struggle with it on my G12T75 cab though. That's when I reach for the M80.
Anyway, it's a great mic. Definitely give it a shot if you're looking for a different flavor of dynamic.
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