To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its ribbon microphone, beyerdynamic is releasing 200 limited-edition M 160s with their original chrome-plated housing.
Since beyerdynamic introduced the M 160 ribbon mic in 1957, it has hardly changed the manufacturing process, according to Managing Director Wolfgang Luckhardt.
The diaphragm is a strip of aluminum 2 micrometers thick stretched between the poles of a magnet. The low moving mass gives ribbon microphones a pulse behavior that enables pick up of sound nuances.
With no electronic components except the transformer, there is minimal interference with the linear sound characteristics of a ribbon mic, the company says.