Introduced at the 133rd AES Show in October, 2012, Telefunken Elektroakustik's new Solid Color finishes for their popular M80 Dynamic microphone line were inspired by The Mars Volta, who took it upon themselves to paint their M80 in solid white. TELEFUNKEN is now making the M80 available in a variety of solid colors from their custom shop.
The first act to pick up on the M80 Gold was AFI. In the words of FOH Engineer Jamie Rephann, "the lead vocal mic hits the stage about 5 times per show, and not only did the M80 not break, but the one that hit the stage every night sounded exactly the same as the other 3 we used at the end of the tour! And the gain before feedback is the best I have ever experienced. I will never use another mic on stage for vocals!"
Featuring a wider frequency response and higher-than-normal SPL capabilities, the TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik M80 delivers condenser-like performance in a rugged dynamic design, producing a microphone equally suitable for voice, instruments or drums on both stage and in the studio.
Due to its low mass capsule and super thin (yet surprisingly rugged) capsule membrane, the M80 presents a wider range of emotion from a live vocal with an intimacy that has been traditionally reserved for studio quality condenser microphones.
The head and capsule assembly has been designed to reduce proximity effect to which adds low end clarity for vocals, while still providing strength, authority, and an "open, airy" character without adding danger of upper midrange feedback or "honk."
The M80 also features a custom wound impedance matching transformer, which is where the magic really takes place. When coupled with our proprietary capsule assembly, the results have won hearts and minds in far less time since its introduction than we ever imagined possible.
The M80 system comes packaged with a mic clip and leather-carrying bag for quick and safe transport from gig to gig.