Cascade Microphones X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone (Lundahl LL2912 Transformers)

Cascade Microphones X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone (Lundahl LL2912 Transformers)

Cascade Microphones X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone (Lundahl LL2912 Transformers)

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Product Highlights

  • 90° Blumlein Stereo Capsule
  • 2 x 1-3/4" Long Ribbon Element
  • High Sensitivity
  • Figure 8 Polar Pattern

Transformer: Lundahl LL2912 Transformers

Lundahl LL2912 Transformers Stock Transformers

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Cascade Microphones 104-L-A overview

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The X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone from Cascade Microphone features dual 1-3/4" long ribbon elements with figure 8 polar patterns, mounted vertically and angled at 90°. The Blumlein stereo capsule, ribbon elements and high quality output stage combine to produce the stereo imagery and sound quality suited to capture live performances, instruments and drum overheads with pristine results. The microphone is terminated with a 5-pin XLR output and is shipped with a 20' XLR cable, shockmount, windscreen, and case.

Two matched ribbon motors are positioned one above the other, and offset at 90°
Stereo separation is superb and off-axis coloration is minimal
Premium suspension shockmount, thick padded vinyl pouch and an upgraded aluminum case
UPC: 608766969939
In the Box
Cascade Microphones X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone (Lundahl LL2912 Transformers)
  • Aluminum Case
  • Premium Suspension Shockmount
  • Thick Padded Vinyl Pouch
  • 20' 5-Pin XLR Cable
  • Splitter Cable for Left/Right Channels
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty on Microphone
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Ribbon Capsule
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    Cascade Microphones 104-L-A specs

    Analog Performance
    Transducer Ribbon
    Polar Pattern Figure-8
    Frequency Range 25 Hz to 16 kHz
    Maximum SPL 135 dB SPL
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
    Sensitivity 2.6 mV/Pa
    General
    Output Connectors 1 x 5-Pin XLR
    Length 9.5" / 241.30 mm
    Diameter 1.25" / 31.75 mm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.7 x 11.6 x 4.7"

    Cascade Microphones 104-L-A reviews

    X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone (Lundahl LL2912 Transformers) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Add to the Mic Locker! As a home studio owner I have to find products that add quality to my recordings without letting the price get too high. While a stereo ribbon mic from Royer would be wonderful to own, this mic sounds great and is very affordable. Even more affordable on B&H. I was holding out until the right time to buy it, but when I noticed it was $100 cheaper on here, I had to have it. This mic will live in my full time drum set up. Since I record a lot of music by myself (playing all of the instruments with no engineer), I need to get a great sound fast, so I leave everything setup. I have 2 coles 4038's as my main drum overheads and bought this mic to have as a stereo room mic. It instantly helped my drum sound. This allowed me another mic option for treating my drums while leaving my OH's clean. What I've actually settled on is putting it in-between my Coles to get a close, and clean, capture of the drums and then adding the UAD Ocean Way plugin to just the Cascade. Voila! My drums sounds more like they are in a real studio, but I still have my usual drum mic system setup to treat things how I like. Then I'll mix that in to taste. I am more of a musician than an engineer, but I do here that it is different than my Coles. The Coles have a lot more bottom and low mid range which is great for my drums. The Cascade seems to have slightly more top end, and picks up more of the space around the microphone. When I had the Cascade directly in between the Coles, the sound was more open and brighter. I heard more sound from the room itself in the Cascade. So they DO sound different, but I really love having both of these in my setup. The only potential Con is just that of any ribbon mic. You'll need a lot of gain to use this on quieter sources. I tried it on Violin the other day with my Lindell mic pres (Important to note, my Chandler TG2, or API's would have been a much better choice but they were in use at the time), and I had to switch to a different mic. I just couldn't get it loud enough. I highly recommend the X-15 for anyone looking for a great sounding, and affordable stereo ribbon microphone.
    Date published: 2014-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mic for the money I've been using this mic for drum overheads for about a month, including two live shows. I've had at least 4 people comment on how impressive and professional the mic looks. And I like the simplicity of the stereo Blumlein pattern in one mic. Easy setup for gigs. I'm running it straight into a Mackie mixing board but find that the gain needs turned up to about 50-60% in order to get a useful level. Around 60-70% gain and noise starts getting introduced. I imagine that a higher quality mic preamp would really help bring down the noise and improve the sound quality. But until then I am happy with this mic. It picks up the cymbals natural sound (not a harsh condenser sound) and has plenty of bottom end to capture all the rack toms, and even the floor tom. Cannot comment on the sound difference between the standard and lundahl transformer. But some of the reviews I found were that the lundahl was worth the money. I am happy I went with it.
    Date published: 2013-11-12
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