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Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Ramirez » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:54 pm

Talk me into it...

What are your experiences? Seems a great all-rounder for kick, 'live in the studio' vocals, brass, upright bass.

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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Dan LB » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:16 pm

Yep. GREAT on all of those! Very good mic
I've used them on kicks, bass cabs and brass
Do it! You won't regret it :thumbup:
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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Smellthevalve » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:25 pm

After trying a beta58A and an md421 I found I preferred how my voice sounded with an M88 - clarity without edginess,

Also used a TG88 on a violin some years ago at a wedding with reasonable results.
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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Bob Bickerton » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:35 pm

Yes, a great microphone. That and the M69 are my go to stage vocal mics now, though the M69 is my preference most of the time. The M88 exhibits a good degree of proximity effect, so you have to watch out for that, but it’s easily controlled with EQ.

I’ve heard stories that the M88 gets a hard time as a kick mic and may be compromised for more subtle uses following that application. Consequently, I haven’t used mine for that purpose.

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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Dan LB » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:40 pm

Bob Bickerton wrote:
I’ve heard stories that the M88 gets a hard time as a kick mic and may be compromised for more subtle uses following that application. Consequently, I haven’t used mine for that purpose

That's why you need two!! ;)
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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Bob Bickerton » Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:19 am

Dan LB wrote:
Bob Bickerton wrote:
I’ve heard stories that the M88 gets a hard time as a kick mic and may be compromised for more subtle uses following that application. Consequently, I haven’t used mine for that purpose

That's why you need two!! ;)

Or buy an M99 for kick :thumbup:

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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Darren Lynch » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:45 am

It's a great microphone. The proximity effect is very pronounced. The thin grill helps with the open sound, but makes the very mic very prone to pops and air blasts (I do wonder how this is avoided for stage work). So back off a bit, use a pop shield and you'll get a quality vocal sound. I'm a supporter of quality dynamic mics...rather than buy a cheapo condenser that would really rather be a C414 or U87, you are getting a definitive recording tool (As in, the M88, MD421, M201, SM7 are not cheapo versions of something better, they are themselves, and they work).
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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Ramirez » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:38 am

Thank you people!

Beyer do recommend using one of their windshields in a bass drum... I'm hoping it would be OK that way? It would be on kick for softer styles/players anyway.

The proximity effect is something I'm slightly concerned about... but if, as Bob says, it's fairly easily tamed with EQ it's OK. Its live sound applications would be a major bonus for me too.

I have access to a good collection of U87, 414, Sony C48, MKH40, MD441, M201 etc. whenever I need them, as well as my own AT4050, Line Audio OM1, M-Audio Sputnik and SE R1, so the M88 seems a very interesting all-rounder to have, and a different option to what the studios I use have to offer.

The only thing holding me back is that I can't prioritise between the M88, a couple of M201 or waiting a while and going for a pair of Beyer MC930 or an used Neumann TLM193 (That's my 'sensible' to-buy mic list!)
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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Bob Bickerton » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:44 am

I would consider the TLM193 to be my favourite recording mic on many sources.

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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Ramirez » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:47 am

Bob Bickerton wrote:I would consider the TLM193 to be my favourite recording mic on many sources.

Bob

I know, and your continued recommendation of it a major factor in my wanting one!

I think we do some broadly similar work, so your experienced advice and posts here are among those I value the highest.

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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Darren Lynch » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:32 am

Forgot to mention - it's a sensitive mic and if it were a guitar pickup would definitely qualify as 'high output'. Not much pre-amp gain needed. I recently had my M88 and M201 up for a shootout on vocals. Both sounded very good and open. The M88 sounds weightier than the M201, which made me think M88 lead vox and M201 BVs would combine nicely with very little tinkering. With both mics, moving towards or away whilst listening on close back headphones allows you to dial in a sympathetic amount of proximity effect (you'll hear the vocal sound suddenly sit in the mix). I found a working distance of 8-inches was good for the M88 on male vocals.
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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Ramirez » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:41 pm

Well, I've now ordered one. Thanks everyone!
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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Aural Reject » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:51 pm

Bob Bickerton wrote:I would consider the TLM193 to be my favourite recording mic on many sources.

Bob

...but what you really need is a TLM170... :evil:
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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:04 pm

Aural Reject wrote:
Bob Bickerton wrote:I would consider the TLM193 to be my favourite recording mic on many sources.

Bob

...but what you really need is a TLM170... :evil:

:thumbup: :D One of my most favouritist mics ever... :clap:

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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Bob Bickerton » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:10 pm

Aural Reject wrote:
Bob Bickerton wrote:I would consider the TLM193 to be my favourite recording mic on many sources.

Bob

...but what you really need is a TLM170... :evil:

Very true...... I also need to win Lotto......

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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Ramirez » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:24 pm

Hmm, it seems like I've ordered a Beyer MC834 too.

I'm telling myself that I'm sending one of the mics back...
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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby jaminem » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:33 am

I got a mint M88TG from a guitar auction for £45...

Its great on bass guitar....

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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby Ramirez » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:15 am

jaminem wrote:I got a mint M88TG from a guitar auction for £45...

Why you little...


Patiently awating mine now.
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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby jaminem » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:44 am

Ramirez wrote:
jaminem wrote:I got a mint M88TG from a guitar auction for £45...

Why you little...


Patiently awating mine now.


sorry dude...
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Re: Beyerdynamic M88

Postby niallharp » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:41 pm

The M 88 is a superb Mic. Up there with the EV Re20, Shure SM7b, Sennheiser MD441 et cetera.
It does however, have a huge proximity effect, and is prone to pop in… I wouldn't use it with an experienced singer. But for just about anything else it's great. An even better Mike is the M 99. Check it out
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