The Telefunken Dynamic Series of microphones has become a favorite among live and studio engineers since their release in 2008. Ross discusses his experience using them on a weekly basis.
The Telefunken Dynamic Series of microphones encompasses three different models (and variations thereof): the M80 Dynamic, the M81 Dynamic, and the M82 Dynamic. Let’s take a look at the differences.
The M80 Dynamic, released in 2008, has quickly become a favorite amongst live and studio engineers alike. The design centers around its low mass capsule, which offers greater sensitivity than a typical dynamic microphone and coupled with its super cardioid polar pattern yields nearly condenser-like performance, which I have experienced first hand when putting the M80 head to head with a Shure Beta 87A. The M80 has a frequency range of 50 Hz to 18 kHz, with a nearly 10 dB boost from 3 kHz to 10 kHz, making it a bright, articulate microphone, perfect for vocals or snare drum. It also utilizes Telefunken’s custom T80 impedance matching transformer, which pairs nicely with the low mass capsule. Off the shelf, it has a nice black rubberized handle and is available with either a black or chrome head grill. However, you can get a variety of solid color, wood, and metal finishes from the Telefunken Custom Shop. Telefunken also offers a short body version of the M80 called the M80 SH, perfect for use on snare drums, guitar cabinets, or anywhere that a lower profile is more desirable, as well as the M80 WH wireless head for use with Shure wireless systems.
The M81 Dynamic shares many of the same characteristics of the popular M80, such as the frequency range, polar pattern, and T80 transformer. However, the frequency response of this microphone is much flatter overall, making this microphone a solid choice for pretty much anything! Vocals, guitars, toms, and horns all sound stellar through the M81. Like the M80, it is offered in a short body version (M81 SH) and wireless capsule (M81 WH). It is offered in a flint gray body with tri-chrome head grill.
We currently use M81 wireless capsules on both male and female vocal for a weekly worship service at my church, and couldn’t be more pleased. We actually started with M80 wired microphones, which were a big step up sonically from what we were using previously. After trying one M81, we knew that for the main vocalists that we have, the M81 would be perfect. We can get lots of gain before feedback, and the vocals cut through the mix while still retaining their body, as some microphones tend to thin out the voice in order to increase clarity.
Rounding out the series is the M82 Dynamic. Originally designed for kick drum, it has found a home in other applications such as broadcast vocals, guitar and bass amplifiers, and organ. It is an end-address microphone, with separate KICK EQ and HIGH BOOST switches, enabling you to get different tones from the microphone for different applications. The KICK EQ is a passive filter that removes some low midrange frequencies around 350 Hz, reducing the boxiness that is commonly cut when processing a kick drum. The HIGH BOOST is a gentle shelf starting at 2 kHz and ending with around a 6 dB boost at 10 kHz. This brings out the beater in kick drum applications, or adds some clarity in other applications such as vocals or guitar amplifiers. The body and head grill have a durable smooth, black finish. The M82 is also available in a “Broadcast Package” which includes the M786 Radio Boom Arm (featuring a built-in XLR cable) and the M700 Elastic Shock Mount. Also included are a stand mount adapter, 5-meter XLR cable, and protective zipper case.
The Telefunken Dynamic Series are a great addition to any mic locker for stage or studio. We’d love to get one in your hands.