Originally Posted by firby
When you use that setup, are you positioning the red dots on the mics any certain way? I think that those red dots are telling the orientation of the ribbon. I always wondered about that.
I too like the sound of a m160!
The M160 uses two ribbons and the determination of the relative position is indicated by these two red dots along the longitudinal axis of the double ribbons.
These red dots are important when placing them because of the M160's hypercardioid polar pattern. The added proximity affect and directivity (sensitive in one direction than in another) makes positioning paramount.
I make sure these dots are always pointed in the same direction when the M160s are used as pairs. When the mics are not pointing straight down over the drum kit I make sure the axis of these mics are in the vertical position.
You should also store these mics with the “red dot” pointing up to help minimize ribbon sag. Laying them horizontally could cause the ribbons to bow.
I hope this helped;-)