Steffens is not a manufacturer, but rather an OEM reseller of audio equipment from Köln, the German catholic metropolis #1. Consequently, they sell their microphones, built by companies like Beyerdynamic or MBHO – you got it: to churches.
There’s one major disadvantage with many Steffens mics, as with most mics from the vast and badly documented field of church audio: They are equipped with a fixed bass rolloff for higher speech intelligibility, There’s one major disadvantage with many Steffens mics, as with most mics from the vast and badly documented field of church audio: They are equipped with a transformer wound to roll off the bass frequencies for higher speech intelligibility. This is pretty important in a church, but rather undesirable in a recording studio – nevertheless, they are sturdy high-quality mics, most of them are very feedback-resistant and can handle some abuse, and they might just be your perfect live mics.
SB are their ribbon mics, SD are dynamic mics, SK are condenser mics. There are exceptions to this rule, though, and their nomenclature is not really consistent.
Notable mics by Steffens include:
– Steffens SB681, which is essentially the Beyerdynamic M160, a dual-ribbon microphone
– SB 661, which is the Beyerdynamic M260 single element ribbon mic
– Steffens TS 711C, which equals the Beyer M69 dynamic moving coil mic