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Bidirectionalbeyerdynamic M380

Bidirectional Dynamic Microphone

The M380 is a moving-coil dynamic microphone with a bidirectional (figure-of-8) polar pattern. The capsule is adapted from the driver of one of Beyerdynamic’s headphone lines, reportedly the DT770/990.

The capsule is fitted with a humbucking coil. No output transformer is used.

The mic’s housing is robust diecast zinc.

Beyerdynamic M 380 moving-coil elementThe microphone exhibits a strong proximity effect. At 1m, the response is -10dB at 20 Hz. At 2cm, the response is +14dB at 20 Hz.

M380, blackThe M380 utilizes the beyerdynamic MKV8 stand adapter. The mic was available in at least two colors: bronze and black.

Steve Albini lists the M380 as one of his favorite mics for bass cab and kick drum.

The beyerdynamic M380 is also known as: M380N(C), M380NC, M380N, 380, M-380.


Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
M380 Bidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Bidirectional (5 mV/Pa; 15 - 20,000 Hz)
Coil Diameter Impedance SPL/Noise
n/a 600 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 140 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
370g (13.05oz) 160mm (6.30'') 66mm (2.60'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications

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