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Cascade Microphones Fat Head Ribbon Microphone (Brown / Gold)

You Pay: $175.00
Product Highlights
  • Figure 8 Polar Pattern
  • High Sensitivity & Detail

The Cascade Microphones Fat Head Ribbon Microphone is cost effective yet versatile enough to handle any vocal or instrument recording, and live sound application. The Fat Head features a hand-tuned ribbon element that incorporates the legendary symmetrical ribbon design in order to achieve a true symmetrical figure 8 polar pattern. Its frequency and sensitivity response delivers pristine audio results, and the element's design is very useful when executing a mid-side or Blumlein recording. The Fat Head ships with a shockmount, wood box and an aluminum case.

Hand-tuned ribbon element
True figure 8 pattern
Balanced audio input signal to both sides of the ribbon assembly
Suited for guitar cabinets, drum over-heads, vocal, piano, horns, strings and more
Transducer Ribbon (velocity) Microphone
99% Pure aluminum, 2.5 micron
Polar Pattern Symmetrical Figure 8
Frequency Response 30Hz - 18kHz (3dB)
Maximum Input Sound Level (1% THD@1,000Hz): 165dB
Power Requirements None
Output Connectors 3-Pin male XLR
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 6.50 x 3" (16.51 x 7.62cm)
Cascade Microphones Fat Head Ribbon Microphone (Brown / Gold)
  • Aluminum Case
  • Deluxe Oil Stained Wood Box
  • Premium Suspension Shockmount
  • Drawcord Cloth Storage Pouch
  • Micro-fiber Cleaning Cloth
  • Specifications and Typical Measurement Report
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Cascade MicrophonesFat Head Ribbon Microphone (Brown / Gold)
     
    4.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (6)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (7)
      • Professional recording (7)
      • Amateur recording (6)
      • Performances (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

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      5.0

      Killer sound!

      By Jason

      from Amherst Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Looks Good
      • Phantom power safe
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Cascade Microphones Fat Head Ribbon Microphone (Brown / Gold):

        For the money you can't beat the Fathead. When I tried it for the first time I had to crank my Digital MPA almost all the way up to get a good signal for mid/side recording which kind of bummed me out. The MPA has 60dB of gain for the digital output which is what I'm using and 70dB for the analog but I needed more for mid/side. Then I found the Cloudlifter(another $ but worth every cent)The Cloudlifter gives you 20 to 25dB more CLEAN gain via phantom power and life is now very good for recording with any low output mic. Do some research about ribbon and other low output mics and check out the Cloudlifter.

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        5.0

        Great ribbon mic for great price!!

        By Colekg

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Cascade Microphones Fat Head Ribbon Microphone (Brown / Gold):

          This mic has proven to be a great purchase. I have used it for vocals, trumpet, bass clarinet, and percussion. It's versatility and overall great sound makes it my most often used mic. If I had the budget I would get two!

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          4.0

          A good first ribbon mic

          By Ailo

          from Tromsø, Norway

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Cascade Microphones Fat Head Ribbon Microphone (Brown / Gold):

          I wanted to buy my first ribbon mic, and because of the low price I went for the Fat Head. It definitely has its own character, I find it very useful on guitar amps.

          What I don't like about it is the noise, but in a way it blends the sound so it gets a special sonic signature.

          I could recommend this mic to everyone who wants to try out a ribbon mic, but for professional use I'd go for a higher end model.

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          4.0

          Great Mic!

          By John

          from Central New Jersey

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

          • Cant think of any

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Cascade Microphones Fat Head Ribbon Microphone (Brown / Gold):

          I am a college student studying audio engineering and an aspiring songwriter. Normally I would use an sm57 to record my guitar amplifier. Before I got this microphone, I was looking into buying a new amplifier because my distorted guitar recordings sounded very harsh. The second I heard my guitar tone through this mic, a smile ran ear to ear. It sounds decent on an acoustic guitar. Because its a ribbon mic, it doesnt have that top end you look for in an acoustic guitar recording but I think it would end up sounding good mixed with my cadm179.

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          4.0

          So Far So Good

          By Rockin' Rob

          from Montana

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Cascade Microphones Fat Head Ribbon Microphone (Brown / Gold):

            Great mic for the price!!!! I have only been using this mic for a few days and so far I love it! Everybody that has seen it loves the look, and I love the sound! This thing is working great in my home studio. I am primarily using this mic for voice over work for commercial production and it sound great!

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            5.0

            Absolutely fantastic

            By Jeff

            from Upstate, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Cascade Microphones Fat Head Ribbon Microphone (Brown / Gold):

              The most characteristic sounding mic I have ever owned. It is so raw and natural. Extremely warm and suprisingly versatile. This is my favorite mic and costs less than half of my other previously favorite mics.

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              5.0

              Lovely, a great value

              By Ero

              from Brooklyn. NY

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Cascade Microphones Fat Head Ribbon Microphone (Brown / Gold):

                A well-crafted microphone, with a soft, silky sound. Great quality for the price.

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                5.0

                Sweetness with this ribbon mic!!

                By studio-g

                from MN

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Affordable
                • Classy
                • High quality
                • Smooth

                Cons

                • None at this time

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Cascade Microphones Fat Head Ribbon Microphone (Brown / Gold):

                Great things come with the Fat Head Ribbon Mic package! First off, if you haven't used this mic before.. definitely give it a shot and add to your collection. It's an affordable ribbon mic packing high end quality! Build quality is excellent, sounds so real and smooth which a ribbon mic should (not overdone at all in the highs and not muddy at all..just right), and overall just a very cool smooth working and looking mic! I've used this on male and female vocals with success and it REALLY shines when recording electric guitar cabs. I've also heard numerous times that it captures a great sound with an acoustic guitar, sax, and violin as well as many other instruments I can imagine. The mic package includes a sharp looking carry case, sleek wood type box for the mic, soft cloth mic case, and quality shockmount! All that for under $200! One of my best investments in recording so far. Give it a try, I think you'll appreciate it as much as I do!

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