TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik is introducing the new M81 universal dynamic cardioid microphone at the NAMM 2012 Show, booth 1868.
The new M81 has a more linear frequency response than the company’s M80, resulting in a microphone with a distinct clarity but with a different depth and body to the tone, and less of the M80’s characteristic high-end response.
The performance of the M80 has been likened to that of a condenser microphone and has become popular for vocal and snare drum applications, especially for touring and live performance. As an alternative to the extended top end capabilities of the M80, the new M81 is a tool that is a bit less specialized, resulting in a more universal application ability.
The new M81 offers superior feedback rejection, detailed and balanced frequency response, and a smooth present sound that is not “boomy.” The frequency response attenuates the high end, making the mic suitable for electric guitars, percussion instruments, rack and floor toms, as well as horns, especially trumpet. It is also a good fit for vocals that do not benefit from the high-end response of the M80.
Finished in the same gray and “tri-chrome” styling as the R-F-T AR-51, the M81 is easily distinguishable from the black M80. Designed with the AR-51 in mind, the M81’s overall response is complementary to the AR-51 when recording electric guitars.
The package includes the microphone, mic clip and leather carrying bag, and sells for $249.