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How do I avoid breaking a Beyer 160 Dynamic Microphones
Old 21st November 2008
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How do I avoid breaking a Beyer 160

I keep reading these mics are fragile , If I just use them for Overheads and acoustic guitar I shouldn't have a problem blowing them out ? Right ?
Old 21st November 2008
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just don't blow into it, or subject it to any wind blasts, and it'll be fine.

Mine has survived a violin player blowing into it.

They're not that fragile.
Old 21st November 2008
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just don't blow into it, or subject it to any wind blasts, and it'll be fine.

Mine has survived a violin player blowing into it.

They're not that fragile.
Cool , I like the sound but don't like the thought of putting money into repairs ,

I want to use it on a loud guitar half stack , this might not be the best though because of all the air movement ?
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Cool , I like the sound but don't like the thought of putting money into repairs ,

I want to use it on a loud guitar half stack , this might not be the best though because of all the air movement ?

It'll be fine. There's not much air movement coming from a guitar amp. If you put your hand in front of a source, and you feel wind, then be careful, but I've NEVER experienced that with a guitar cab.

I just recorded some metal stuff through a ridiculously loud Ampeg V4/Marshall 4x12 cab using mine, and it was no problem at all. Hendrix's amps were often mic'd with them, and lord knows he wasn't the quietest player either.

It seems to work best a few inches to a foot back off the speaker anyway, which will lower the risks of damage. Or, if you're really paranoid, put a pop-filter in front of it, or turn it off-axis a little.

Seriously though... Don't worry about it. Kick and Snare and toms are probably the only sources that I wouldn't use mine on.

It's a rugged mic.
Old 21st November 2008
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I don't think you can blow a beyer ribbon with a guitar amp......never had a problem. Like said, they're not THAT fragile....
Old 21st November 2008
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It'll be fine. There's not much air movement coming from a guitar amp. If you put your hand in front of a source, and you feel wind, then be careful, but I've NEVER experienced that with a guitar cab.
I once read that when you place your hand in front of the speaker and you feel wind, its not actually wind, its the movement of particles hitting your hand and you "feel" it like wind....
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I once read that when you place your hand in front of the speaker and you feel wind, its not actually wind, its the movement of particles hitting your hand and you "feel" it like wind....
That sounds like something to meditate on while sitting indian style alone on a tall mountain.....
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That sounds like something to meditate on while sitting indian style alone on a tall mountain.....
....yeah, while listening to the guitars you've recorded with yer beyer......heh
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Thanks for the feedback guys . I'm excited , ribbon mics are the sound I've been looking for , I like stoner rock where every thing is warm ,fuzzy , never harsh and lots of mids ,
Old 21st November 2008
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Thanks for the feedback guys . I'm excited , ribbon mics are the sound I've been looking for , I like stoner rock where every thing is warm ,fuzzy , never harsh and lots of mids ,
M160 on amp = Jimi.....you'll love it! Combine with a nice un-harsh condenser and between the two you're in there......hell, get a pair, favourite overheads....
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Is that a Beyer in your avatar, Karloff?
If so, which one?
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M160 on amp = Jimi.....you'll love it! Combine with a nice un-harsh condenser and between the two you're in there......hell, get a pair, favourite overheads....

Yeah I'm getting a pair mainly for Overheads , but using them on guitars is a huge plus !

I heard Jimi also sang into them ,
Old 21st November 2008
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Yes, but as they're ribbon mics you'll have to use a pop filter otherwise you are likely to damage it. I'm surprised the violinist didn't damage it when he blew into it...the mic that is.
Old 21st November 2008
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My guitar setup is

Orange AD 30 Half Stack

SG standard

API 512c pres ,

I've been using a 57 and SM7 but soon it will be a 57 and a Beyer 160 ,
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Yes, but as they're ribbon mics you'll have to use a pop filter otherwise you are likely to damage it.
Maybe on vocals, but not guitars or OH's or ac. guitar, or whatever. I've never used a pop-filter with mine, and i haven't had a problem.

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I'm surprised the violinist didn't damage it when he blew into it...the mic that is.
I was too. it was the fist day that I used it too.
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