Telefunken Elektroakustik has released two new versions of the M80 and M81 dynamic microphones specifically for drum applications, the M80-SH (pictured) for snare and M81-SH. These are the same specification as the regular M80 and M81 but have short bodies for ease of use in tight spots with limited room and they also ship with Telefunken’s own right angle SGMC5R Stage XLR cable to further reduce the length.
Telefunken has created the M80-SH for use on snare drum and vocal applications where a lower profile microphone with right angle XLR cable is needed. The wide frequency response and higher SPL capabilities offer the user a superior alternative to the midrange-laden character of the "industry standard dynamic microphone." A tight cardioid polar pattern and a frequency response boasting a subtle rise in the high-end result in a microphone that is equally suitable for snare drum, vocals, or instruments on both the stage and the studio. The M80-SH is offered with either chrome or black head grills and ships with a leather microphone bag and five-metre SGMC-5 XLR cable with right angle female XLR.
The M81-SH was designed with the goal to develop a mic that would not only complement the M80-SH, but to also stand out in a universe filled with dynamic microphone options. Building off many of the strengths of the M80, the Telefunken M81-SH retains the same minimal proximity effect, superior feedback rejection, and an articulate mid-range. However, with the M81-SH, the top end is pulled back a bit, yielding a flatter overall frequency response. This combination results in a microphone with a wealth of body and clarity, making it a great tool for taming brighter vocals and guitar tones and for fattening up toms, percussion, horns, and thinner sounding sources. The M81-SH comes with a leather microphone bag and five-metre SGMC-5 XLR cable with right angle female XLR.
The Telefunken Elektroakustik M82 is a new, large diaphragm dynamic microphone that borrows its look from the classic U47’s body and headgrille shape. Hand-assembled in CT, USA, the M82 is a robust, end-address microphone features two EQ switches: KICK EQ and HIGH BOOST. These switches function independently of each other, which yields four unique settings.
The M82’s KICK EQ switch engages a passive filter that reduces some of the lower mid-range frequencies (centred around 350Hz) commonly cut when processing a kick drum. The HIGH BOOST switch tilts the upper mid-range and high frequencies (starting around 2kHz with a 6dB boost by 10kHz) to allow for extra articulation. In the flat setting (both switches off), the M82 is equally suited for vocals, guitar amps, and brass.
Telefunken has also released two new drum mic kits, the DD4 which includes one M82 Bass Drum, one M80-SH Snare, and two M81-SH Toms. The DD5 five-piece kit is the same as the DD4 but with an additional M81-SH.