Beyer M160 on Snare?

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Beyer M160 on Snare?

Post by Mane1234 » Sun May 01, 2011 5:14 am

Anyone ever use this on a snare? I know it can handle the SPL but I was just wondering if anyone ever tried it? I don't want to do anything to hurt it cause it's my favorite ribbon mic. I'd be running through a Sytek most likely. Thanks
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Post by cgarges » Sun May 01, 2011 9:19 am

I've tried it and haven't liked that way it sounds, but I know people who do. Apparently, Tony Visconti really liked them on snare, but would only use them on a "one take" kind of drummer for fear of doing some kind of damage to them.

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Post by MoreSpaceEcho » Sun May 01, 2011 12:09 pm

i like it a lot. i only use it on quieter stuff. but i like it aimed at the shell from say 6" back. a very useful sound that you can turn up loud in the mix without feeling like the snare's right in front of your nose.

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Post by Mane1234 » Sun May 01, 2011 8:39 pm

Thanks for the replies....It's anything but slow, quiet music in a one take situation...I'll go a different route.
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Post by decocco » Thu May 12, 2011 3:49 pm

I like m160 on snare.

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Post by I'm Painting Again » Mon May 23, 2011 2:16 pm

yes I like it on the snare..but NOT on top..on the bottom..it's quite good there coupled with another mic for the top..try it..

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Post by fossiltooth » Tue May 24, 2011 6:33 am

It can be kinda cool! Works for a good retro vibe- kind of accentuates the pop and crack of the drum, and de-emphasizes the hollow ring and kettle-tone of the shell.

Here's a mic test page that has some clips of the m160 on snare compared against a Shure sm57, Sennheiser 421, AKG 414 and Royer 121 : http://bit.ly/kSFu4O Doesn't beat trying it yourself, but should help give a good sense.

For future instances when you find yourself asking questions like this: you have our express permission to try any mic you have access to on any sound source you can think of! (not that you need it). Just report back with your findings!

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Post by Mane1234 » Thu May 26, 2011 9:21 pm

Thanks for posting that link. Wish I had some of those combos to try out. One of them that I do have is a pair of 012's and a Sytek which will get some consideration next time round. My original post about using the M160 on snare was mostly just to see if anyone had a reaction along the lines of "for the love of God man don't do it" sort of thing. I'd hate to wreck one of my favorite mics because of something stupid like believing I know what I'm doing.
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Post by mikoo69 » Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:17 am

what about the m160s on Toms? or Front of Kick?

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Post by MoreSpaceEcho » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:09 pm

never tried it on floor tom, but i've gotten nice results on rack tom. liked it as front of kit mic too. got a really nice sound the other day with just the m160 as overhead and a d112 on the kick. m160 was over by my right shoulder, aimed at the snare.

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Post by ??????? » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:56 pm

I agree with M160 on bottom snare with something else on top. It can be really nice there, and out of harm's (stick's) way.

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Post by Ryan Silva » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:22 am

??????? wrote:I agree with M160 on bottom snare with something else on top. It can be really nice there, and out of harm's (stick's) way.
Man, I?m so addicted to the sizzle of the snares on the bottom mic. I am always afraid of losing some of that going with a ribbon.

Does anyone find that to be an issue come mix time?

P.S. my standard mics for BS are: KSM 141 or Chameleon Labs TS-1

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Post by ??????? » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:35 am

It's just different. You know how M160 can work on acoustic sometimes, and sometimes you want something brighter? It's kind of like that.

The amount of 'sizzle' from the wires has more to do with the wires themselves and how the drum is set up (in my experience anyway). Sometimes the wires are actually too active and need a little taming.

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Post by Ryan Silva » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:12 am

I hear that.

Thanks.

Ever tried a 441?
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Post by ??????? » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:40 am

not on bottom snare, no. I could see that working rather well.

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