Professional Audio 06/2016
Title: Prefer something loud
Author: Igl Schönwitz
Translated from the original German article
According to the manufacturer a microphone can be either optimised to a maximum freedom from distortion or a maximum sound pressure level. The TG D71c puts the focus on the latter which meets the intended use.
The Beyerdynamic microphone is supplied in a padded fabric bag that safely protects it during transport. However, the excellent crafted boundary microphone makes a virtually indestructible impression. The black housing builds towards the center in the shape of an elegant sine wave to the top and is just high enough to provide a standard XLR connector space.
With a size of 90 x 86 mm, the TG D71c is slightly smaller than its direct competitors (...), but with a weight of 413 g it has a comparatively heavy weight. Both feature a flexible yet stable placement in the instrument, therefore, we can already assign a first plus point here.
The sensitivity of the TG D71c is with a value of 1.2 mV / PA relatively low - but that can also be an advantage, because after all, loud sound sources are to be picked up, which tend less likely to overdrive the preamp in this way.
For the use on drums, we were able to test the microphone in a Pop-production in the studio.
In addition to this setup, we placed the TG D71c and a (...) e901 boundary microphone for a direct comparison in the bass drum.
Interestingly the TG D71c behaves slightly different. I feel that it does have quite a boundary character, but it transmits more natural sound of the bass drum than its competitors. This became obvious especially in comparison with our studio microphone setup aligned on natural sound. Therefore, I could imagine to be quite happy with the TG D71c as the only bass drum microphone - not only with a heavy metal production.
Beyerdynamic‘s contribution to the subject “Boundary for loud instruments” is an excellent microphone, which shows no technical weakness. Sonically, it does have its own coloratura, which pleasantly stands out against the competition with a relatively natural sound, without denying its boundary genes.