Beyerdynamic M69 N by John Eppstein
This microphone is a somewhat less expensive sibling of the famous M88, which it closely resembles - in fact it's pretty much the same microphone with the exception of the front of the windscreen (which is flat, not rounded) and the diaphragm. This results in a somewhat more limited frequency response and a lower SPL capacity. It is still an excellent vocal mic for live performance (this is the mic used by Ann Wilson in Heart, among many other artists) and in budget studio applications (I'd take it over a similarly priced - or even somewhat more expensive - LDC any day), and does a fine job on electric string instruments, brass, woodwinds, and most drums, although the more limited low frequency response makes in not in the league of the M88 on kick and floor tom. I'd still take it over an SM57 on those drums every time.
There are two versions - the M69TG has a ruggedized screen, as the screen on the classic M69N(C) tends to get a bit ragged when used for live performance.
The gain before feedback achieved by this mic onstage is amazing if you're used to Shures, and while it does have a presence peak similar to a 58, the fact that the response is much, much smoother in that region makes this a vastly superior microphone. It sounds sweet and well defined where a Shure sounds harsh and smeared.
Beyer used to guarantee that any two randomly chosen units could be used as a matched stereo pair and also used to include an individual pen plot of each mic's frequency response, by serial number with each mic. (I understand that they stopped doing the pen plot because it became too expensive to do.)
The mic utilizes a humbucking coil for noise suppression. Actual frequency response exceeds the published spec, as can be seen from the frequency plot on the website.
Price category Professional
Transducer type Moving coil (dynamic)
Polar pattern microphone Hypercardiod
Microphone frequency response 50 - 16.000 Hz
Dimensions 182 x 48,5 mm
Net weight without packaging 320 g