Telefunken M82

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Product Description

The M82 is a robust, end-address microphone that features a large dynamic diaphragm with superb low-frequency capabilities. Though it was designed to capture fat and punchy kick drum tones, the two onboard EQ switches make the M82 equally suited for a multitude of sources including vocals, percussion, guitar, and bass amplifiers, organ, and brass instruments. Both the KICK EQ and HIGH BOOST switches function independently and give the user the ability to tailor the microphone’s response to the source with ease. The M82 is hand-assembled and tested in our American facility.

Characteristic Sonic

Although it was designed with the kick drum as a primary application, the two EQ switches make the M82 equally suited for a multitude of sources such as vocals, percussion, voice broadcast, guitar, and bass amplifiers, organ, and brass instruments. On kick drum, the M82 is both fat and punchy. When placed just inside the resonant head hole, the M82’s tailored frequency response captures both the beater attack and the resonance shell without the need for multiple microphones.

Circuit Design

The M82 is an end-address microphone, meaning you place the top portion of the headgrille at your source, and features two separate EQ switches: KICK EQ and HIGH BOOST. These two switches function independently of each other, which yields four unique settings. This gives the user the ability to tailor the microphone’s response to the source with ease.

The M82’s KICK EQ switch engages a passive filter that reduces some of the lower mid-range frequencies (centered around 350Hz) typically cut when processing a kick drum. This helps keep your kick drum from sounding “boxy” and allows the low end to stay strong. This setting is tailored specifically for kick drum use.

The HIGH BOOST switch tilts the upper mid-range and high frequencies (starting around 2kHz with a 6dB boost by 10kHz). For kick drum use, this allows for more beater attack when placed inside a kick drum. This gives you the option to have either a vintage-style kick drum sound or a more modern sound. For a source such as vocals or guitar amps, the high boost provides further articulation and airiness in the upper register.

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