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Beyerdynamic Opus Series

beyerdynamic Opus 53

Beyerdynamic (booth #6500, Hall A) will introduce the new Opus Series Microphones, targeting drums, percussion, instruments and boundary applications. The percussive series includes the Opus 53, Opus 83, Opus 88 and Opus 99, and focuses on accurately capturing the inflection and dynamics of drums and other percussive-type instruments, while the Opus 51 acoustic boundary microphone is suitable for all boundary applications.

“The drum kit presents a world of sonic color and dynamics from the subtle inflection of a bus roll to the tight thump of the kick drum or aggressive crack of the snare,” says Rick Belt, general manager for Beyerdynamic. “Our engineers tailored these five models of the Opus Series to acquire every tonal nuance of the drum kit or any other percussive instrument, including piano for our boundary microphone. This percussive/instrument Opus Series will provide drummers, instrument artists and engineers with progressive miking options, as well as a superior boundary-type microphone for all appropriate applications.”

The Opus 51 is suitable for studio and stage applications such as miking instruments and is of particular benefit when used upright or for grand pianos where the microphone can be placed internally or laid inside a kick drum for additional ambience capture. The Opus 51 can also be used within a round-table discussions system, as well as stage and film applications for ambience recording. The microphone element is integrated into a solid metal plate with a heavy-duty protective surface, resisting accidental damage from kicks or footsteps. The half-spherical polar pattern of the Opus 51 has a very wide and even pickup angle and is suitable for miking large sound sources. A power supply is required and can also be used as an adapter to connect the microphone to any other phantom power source. The frequency response of this condenser microphone is 30 to 20k Hz through a semi-spherical polar pattern.

The Opus 53 is a high-quality condenser microphone (back electret) that comprises a lightweight carbon-fiber–reinforced composite casing. The frequency response of 30 to 20k Hz has been optimized for universal miking of instruments.

The Opus 83 is a studio condenser microphone employing back electret technology with a wide frequency response of 40 to 20k Hz combined with a slight proximity effect. The 83 handles a maximum SPL of 138 dB @ 1 kHz with a THD of 1%, a signal-to-noise ratio of 60 dB relative to 1 Pa, and operates between 12 and 48V from a phantom power supply.

The Opus 88 condenser microphone’s (back electret) clamp is equipped with an integrated preamp, and yields a frequency response of 30 to 20k Hz and a maximum SPL of 136 dB (at 48V phantom power) or 126 dB (at 12V phantom power). For connection, the Opus 88 is fitted with a 3-pin XLR plug at the microphone clamp. The microphone clamp is also available without preamp as MKV 87 with an integrated 3/8-inch thread.

The Opus 99 dynamic has been developed especially for miking bass drums. The strong neodymium magnet system and a mass-reduced special diaphragm give the microphone a powerful reproduction with transient characteristics within the 30 to 18k Hz frequency response. The microphone can operate at very high SPLs without loss of sound quality and virtually no distortion. The mic also comes with an optional ST 99 stand.

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