Cascade Fat Head BE Ribbon Microphone
The Cascade Fat Head BE Ribbon Microphone offers the same famous sound as the Cascade Fat Head Ribbon Microphone, but at a reduced price
The Cascade Fat Head BE Ribbon Microphone (Bare Essentials) offers the same famous sound as the Cascade Fat Head Ribbon Microphone, but at a reduced price. It has the same ribbon motor and transformer, but saves you money by including less accessories (no aluminum case, wood box and premium shockmount). The Fat Head BE comes with a mic clip and vinyl pouch. Unlike most ribbon motors designed today with an offset ribbon the new Cascade Fat Head BE houses a hand-tuned ribbon element that incorporates the legendary symmetrical ribbon design. This design offers a true figure 8 pattern. The corrugated aluminum membrane itself is positioned in the center from front to back, thus producing a balanced audio input signal to both sides of the ribbon assembly. This design is very useful when executing a mid-side or Blumlein recording set-up and also great for live stage use. The Fat Head BE warm full-bodied signature and increased sensitivity is what you would expect and demand from a professional ribbon microphone and the Fat Head BE delivers. The Fat Head BE is suited for guitar cabinets, drum over-heads, vocal, piano, horns, strings, and much more.
Cascade Fat Head BE Ribbon Microphone Features
- Type: Ribbon (velocity) Microphone
- Ribbon type & Dimensions: 99% Pure aluminum, 2.5 micron, 1 3/4" (L) X 3/16" (W)
- Polar pattern: Figure 8 Symmetrical design
- Sensitivity: -56 db +/- 2 dB (0 dB=1V/Pa)
- Frequency response: See PDF below
- Output Impedance: <=200 Ohms
- Recommended load impedance: >1000 Ohms
- Max.SPL (1% THD @1000 Hz): 135 dB
- Connector: 3-Pin male XLR
- Size: Diameter: 3" (O.D. grill), overall length 6 1/2", 1" (O.D. body)
Cascade Fat Head BE Ribbon Microphone Includes
- Fat Head BE Ribbon Microphone
- Microphone clip
- Leather pouch
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I ordered the "Bare Essential" package through Front End Audio. They mostly sell high end stuff but had a nice sale over Memorial Day.
There was a problem with the order... Cascade was out of the BE's. So Front End talked it over with Cascade and they sent the full package. Better paint job on the mic, the really nice case and polished grill, all for the same sale price as the BE. Front End even called to "warn" me about the upgrade.
Most places would have said it's on back order and that they would let me know when it was in stock. These guys went out of their way to send me a relatively inexpensive mic. So a big thanks to Front End and Cascade!
I looked at and listened to a ton of reviews on this mic. They are all true. It's dark. It's vintage sounding (perhaps the transformer upgrade cleans it up some). It has a purpose. It complements a dynamic mic on a high gain guitar amp. It eq's very smoothly. I don't think it would be good for vocals. But for guitar cab it's quite a winner. I think the shock mount would have been nice to have, but the clip in the BE version works great and is easier to position right up to the speaker, if desired. I tried it in the different preamps that I have, and to my surprise, the ART MPA Pro (with Mullard AT7's) sounded great with this mic. I was able to dial in the impedance and roll off the low rumble, and had plenty of gain on tap. I read a lot of reviews where people took out the inner mesh. I took out only the front mesh, as the rear mesh would have been a bit of a challenge. Definitely opened it up without the mesh. I like it. I'm using it. Dave the sales guy is great! YAY!
The cascade fat head be ribbon is an unbeatable value. It's easy to spend 5-10 more for a quality sounding ribbon mic. The fat head delivers the sound I want at a price I can afford.
I use the Fathead for guitar amps, side (for mid-side config) and room mics. I love the sound. The Fathead BE is everything you need an nothing you don't. Keep the wood box, keep the shock mount, keep the flight case that come with other models - just give me the sound.
First off, these are the first Ribbon mics I've owned, I am currently recording an album and have used these on Drum Room and as a spot mic (of sorts) for the Ride Cymbal, they sound brilliant on these (the only sources I've used them on so far).
I'll hopefully one day have a couple of Royers but in the meantime these will do perfectly.