Title: Beyerdynamic M 130 Review
Author: Nick Mavridis
Translated from the original German article
Among you readers there are surely some who may grin now and think: “I have been working with this microphone for many years now and I know why.” I can understand this statement: In general microphones with an eight polar pattern are suitable for MS and other stereo techniques; they are frequency stable and have an excellent off-axis attenuation, ribbon microphones are good-natured devices with a harmonious sound, which lack a little bit highs, but are fast enough to collect sonic details of the sound sources. The Beyerdynamic M 130, in particular, features more properties that other Ribbons cannot provide such as robustness and compactness. Both are not insignificant, when I think with what caution I have to handle my huge, sensitive and very heavy Coles. Another thing what is not or only partially true for other ribbon microphone is the price: with 500 Euro at the shop it is surprisingly inexpensive because terms such as “precision tool made in Germany” or “Classic” usually mean exorbitant prices! "
Conclusion: Well with the Beyerdynamic M 130 it is as with most classics. One could complain about small detail or principles. There is hardly anything one could complain about, because the M 130 does not have out-of-date details such as holders worthy of discussion as some Sennheiser classics. Although being a ribbon microphone, it is even quite insensitive to external influences. What remains is a sound transducer which exploits the advantages of the principle and minimises the disadvantages better than any other microphone of this kind. Regarding the sound some users desire an even stronger character like Coles or AEA can provide. With the beyerdynamic M 130, however, you will receive a microphone which can be used with many instruments – it slightly colourises but sounds still beautiful and supplies a signal which can still be processed when needed without “decay”. The long history of the M 130 can be fully traced and I would not be surprise if we see it for many decades on the market.