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Beyerdynamic M88 TG

Beyerdynamic M 88 TG

4.55 4.55 out of 5, based on 4 Reviews

A dynamic microphone with a hypercardiod polar pattern. Capable of handling high SPL.


25th January 2012

Beyerdynamic M 88 TG by MRHANDSBAND

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Beyerdynamic M88 TG

I recently purchased the Beyerdynamic M88TG, and boy oh boy am I impressed! I was initially just looking for a great bass drum mic, and to be clear, this mic blows any other dynamic out of the water for that application, outclassing just about every other traditional kick drum mic. The M88tg has the upper range clarity of a large diaphragm condenser, but man is it smooth and natural sounding. Put this mic in front of any tuned kick drum, and you’ve got a beautiful recording! But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because The M88TG is unbelievably handy for a very wide range of applications! The M88 is has a very open and natural sound. I have had unbelievably good results micing electric guitar cabnets, as well as bass cabinets, and horns! Much like the Shure Sm7, and the EV RE20, the M88TG was originally intended to be used as a vocal mic. Obviously a vocal mic is an extremely personal thing, though for certain voices this mic really can shine! Pair this mic with a preamp that has a good amount of headroom, and you will be very pleased with the possibilities! At around 300 dollars, the beyerdynamic M88TG is a great workhorse for project studio, as well as high end establishments.

24th February 2012

Beyerdynamic M 88 TG by edva

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25
Beyerdynamic M88 TG

The Beyerdynamic M 88 TG is a unidirectional, hypercardioid dynamic microphone that has become a minor classic in its own right. Designed in the 1960's, the M 88 still looks, and performs, like a modern, state of the art instrument.
The mic is extremely simple in presentation and appearance, generally shipping in a small zippered pouch, with a basic plastic clip. A handsome fellow in muted black, the mic exudes quality for a basic dynamic. And the sound is quality as well, in many respects.
It is very "full bodied" for a dynamic, extending out to both ends of the spectrum. The M 88 sounds "bold" in the sense that it is not afraid to favor both the highs and the lows in a source, bringing those areas forward as a listener might do with a "smiley face" EQ on a home stereo. Why not, if it sounds good?
But the mic never loses its cool, or sounds out of its league. Tonally colored but in a deliberate, honest, and predictable way, the Beyer M 88 is one of the best dynamic microphones of all time. Usable on almost any source, and will flatter most. I use it on kik drum, upright bass, floor tom (awesome!), and as a go-to "all rounder" on stage.
(As a postscript, the M 88 was originally issued with a fine mesh, silver colored grille, which was somewhat prone to coming loose, so was replaced with the "TG", or Tour Group, version, with a bigger, black mesh grille. However, on one of its best uses, kik drum, the new big mesh grille allows too much air movement, and the diaphragm can be damaged, so a popscreen should be used. There is a re-issue of the fine-mesh silver grille models being released.)

4th March 2012

Beyerdynamic M 88 TG by tincan

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Beyerdynamic M88 TG

I had never used the Beyerdynamic M88 before, but I had experience with the m201 and always liked it. The studio I was working at happened to have just recently added one to their mic collection so I decided to give it a go on a Marshall with some greenbacks in it.

Man was I surprised, really smooth top end that seemed to extend to the sky with the level of detail I was hearing in comparison to my other classic standby's (421, 57, 121). The M88 really brought a different sound to the table and gave me something I usually ended up eq'ing into other mic's.

In the $400 price range I definitely think it gives a lot of value for the money, and would be a great addition to anyone's mic locker. The Beyerdynamic website lists it as a great device for capturing "Vocals, bass drum, bass amp, and cajón", I think that it has the ability to shine on almost any source.

I highly recommend this mic! Everyone should give it a chance. I think I might try it on snare next time I do drums.

15th March 2012

Beyerdynamic M 88 TG by monkeyxx

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Beyerdynamic M88 TG

I own the TG model. It has a very big sound, it seems to inflate anything you put it in front of, putting a big, full, bright, yet smooth sound out of the speakers.

Before I owned fancy tube condensers, this was a go-to for vocals for me, for a while. It really excels there, sounding a bit more bright and polished than an RE20 or MD441 on my voice. My other main use for this microphone is bass cabinets, it's my favorite on that source, never sounding bad. You get a big colorful sound that seems animated. There seems to be a sort of dynamic effect to the M88 as if there's a compressor of some sort pumping a bit in a subtle way, compared to other tighter sounding mics..pretty neat.

I've also tried this mic inside a kick drum, and it lent a very neutral sound without much of any sort of hype. I tested it on a floor tom, and it sounded very good, but I haven't used it in a production yet in this capacity, though I intend to.

I'm really curious how this might sound on a distorted guitar cabient, given its general smoothness.

The album "Cherry Peel" by Of Montreal was recorded entirely with an M88 microphone on each of the various sources, and to me, sounds very impressive, and is an indication of the versatility of this mic.

I found mine used for $250 and for that price it has been a great value. I'd be happy to try some of Beyerdynamic's other microphones in the future.

 
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