Telefunken has launched new versions of its M80 and M81 mics specifically for drum applications, the M80-SH and M81-SH.
These new mics have the same specifications as the original models, except they offer short bodies for ease of use in tight spots with limited room, and they also come with Telefunken's own right angle SGMC5R Stage XLR cable to reduce the length further.
M80-SH(UK RRP £238)
Designed to be used on snare drums, and for vocal applications where a lower profile mic with right angle XLR cable is needed, the M80-SH provides a wide frequency response and higher SPL capabilities. It also delivers a tight cardioid polar pattern and a frequency response "boasting a subtle rise in the high end," which makes the microphone suitable for snare drums, vocals and instruments on stage and in the studio. The M80-SH comes with a choice of chrome or black head grills, and ships with a leather bag and five-metre SGMC-5 XLR cable with right angle female XLR.
M81-SH(UK RRP £238)
Offering many of the M80's strengths, the M81-SH retains the same minimal proximity effect, feedback rejection and articulate mid-range of its predecessor. With the M81-SH, though, the top end is pulled back slightly, resulting in a flatter overall frequency response. The mic delivers plenty of body and clarity, making it ideal for taming brighter vocals and guitar tones, and for fattening up toms, percussion, horns and thinner-sounding sources. The M81-SH also ships with a leather bag and five-metre SGMC-5 XLR cable with right angle female XLR.
DD4 (UK RRP £1,134) and DD5 (£1,350) Dynamic Drum Mic Kits
Telefunken has released two more drum mic kits as well. The DD4 consists of 1 x M82 for bass drums, 1 x M80-SH for snares and 2 x M81-SH for toms. The kit also includes plastic and metal mounting hardware and Telefunken SGMC5R Stage XLR cables, all housed within a rugged touring case. The DD5 five-piece kit is the same, with the addition of an extra M81-SH.
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