Cascade Microphones FAT HEAD BE Ribbon Microphone (Stock Transformer)

Cascade Microphones FAT HEAD BE Ribbon Microphone (Stock Transformer)

Cascade Microphones FAT HEAD BE Ribbon Microphone (Stock Transformer)

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  • Hand Tuned Ribbon Element
  • Figure 8 Polar Pattern
  • 135 dB SPL
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The FAT HEAD BE (Bare Essentials) from Cascade Microphones features a symmetrical ribbon design with the corrugated aluminum membrane positioned in the center from front to back, producing a balanced audio input signal to both sides of the ribbon assembly. This design is especially useful when working with a mid-side or Blumlein recording set-up and is also applicable to live stage use.

The microphone is well suited for recording guitar cabinets, or used as drum over-heads, and for capturing vocal, piano, horns, strings, etc., with a "warm," full bodied signature. This stock transformer BE version includes an identical FAT HEAD microphone as found in other packages, but dispenses with the aluminum case, wood box and premium shock mount to lower the cost of admission. The microphone ships with a rubberized microphone stand clip and a vinyl pouch.

Hand-tuned ribbon element
True figure 8 pattern
Stock output transformer
Balanced audio input signal to both sides of the ribbon assembly
Suited for guitar cabinets, drum over-heads, vocal, piano, horns, strings and more
UPC: 608766969854
In the Box
Cascade Microphones FAT HEAD BE Ribbon Microphone (Stock Transformer)
  • Microphone Clip
  • Vinyl Pouch
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty on Microphone
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Ribbon Capsule
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    Analog Performance
    Transducer Ribbon
    Polar Pattern Figure-8
    Frequency Range 25 Hz to 16 kHz
    Maximum SPL 135 dB SPL
    THD 1%
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
    Sensitivity -54 dB
    -56 dB
    -58 dB
    General
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Voltage Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Length 6.5" / 165.10 mm
    Diameter 3" / 76.20 mm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.4 x 4.5 x 3.0"
    FAT HEAD BE Ribbon Microphone (Stock Transformer) is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow....you won't regret buying this mic! I've been struggling a w/ recording dobro and banjo (lacking a bit of body) and with research, realized I would need to invest in a ribbon mic if I wanted to get a thicker sound.� Only issue I had was cost....so I put it off....until I found the Cascade Fathead.� I got the BE (Bare Essentials) version, which is basically just the mic and a clip (I use a Shure SM58 clip instead of the one they sent)....and use it in combination w/ my AKG C414....HUGE difference on the low end and overall beefiness of the tracks.� I'd even try this on in combination w/ an SM57 for acoustic instruments....the results would be incredible.� I'm certain this mic would also be amazing on some vocals, electric guitars and piano too.� For $160US (free shipping to Canada) it's really a no brainer.
    Date published: 2018-03-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thick! This mic sounds great! I took it home and tried it on vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo. The sound had a Nice vintage vibe. It's not the type of mic I'd use on an entire session, but a nice addition too my collection. Against the Royer 121, it lacks top end, but it's also 1/10th the price.
    Date published: 2015-02-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value. Not bad for the price. It has a bit more definition than the MXL R144. It has the full sounding ribbon character which is nice as an overhead in jazz drum set miking. I also use it as a room mic in a mid/side config.
    Date published: 2016-06-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Got a dud, check your mic Ordered the mic back in april after hearing good things and finally had a reason to use it in the studio this month. Pulled it out, plugged it in and put it in position. Powered up my preamp (phantom power off) and immediately noticed a weird buzzy sound. Rotating the mic so that the more bulbous end is facing downwards causes it to not buzz, but anytime it is returned to another position the buzz returns as well. I'm relatively sure that means the ribbon is stretched. I know ribbons are easy to damage, but I had taken extra care handling it and used a pop filter even just for this first use, still had the buzz after being only 20 seconds out of the box. When it's not buzzing, it sounds great, but if you order, be sure to test it as soon as you get it. It's my own fault for waiting so long to hook it up, since now I'm outside the 30 day exchange window. But, I still got sent a dud and now I'm stuck with a mic I can't aim directly at my amp without it sounding like garbage. Don't make my mistake, if you do order this mic, check that mammer jammer as soon as you get it. If you don't want to deal with the chance it's faulty, then I wouldn't recommend ordering one at all. I can still use it angled (for now at least) so it gets 2 stars for not being completely useless.
    Date published: 2014-05-29
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