Cascade Fat Head II Active/Passive Ribbon Microphone
The Cascade Fat Head II Active/Passive Ribbon Microphone is designed to offer smooth, warm and natural voicing for instrument reproduction, high-SPL capability and extended frequency response. The Active/Passive feature allows the user to have the option to switch between either mode with a simple flick of an internal switch.
The Cascade Fat Head II Active/Passive Ribbon Microphone is a first for this type of design. The Active mode requires phantom power and will add up to 25dB of gain, (this opens up the option to use this microphone with a wide range of preamps). The use of a very low noise differential amplifier circuit provides high gain while keeping the noise level low. The Cascade has optimized the circuit to preserve the warm, open, detailed tone of this Cascade Fat Head II Active/Passive Ribbon Mic by choosing operating conditions and electronic components that minimize tonal alterations. The discrete active devices in the mic are carefully matched for minimum distortion.
By isolating the output of the ribbon from the microphone preamp the ribbon is consistently loaded at an optimal value resulting in less ribbon loading coloration. This set-up is extremely quiet and can handle 135 dB SPL. The Passive mode is best utilized with high gain preamps that are capable of powering the microphone with sufficient gain and eliminated the self noise that is usually evident in low gain preamps. Extremely long cable runs with minimal signal loss is possible due to the low-impedance output of the Cascade Fat Head II Active/Passive, in addition, the ribbon element is resistant to damage by phantom power.
Cascade Fat Head II Active/Passive Ribbon Microphone Features
- Phantom-powered Active electronics provide stable impedance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers
- Passive mode provides the option for use with a high-gain preamp (where extra gain is not needed)
- Smooth, warm and natural voicing for instrument reproduction High-SPL capability and extended frequency response
- Extremely powerful N50 neodymium magnets for high output level
- High sensitivity and low self-noise
- This microphone is perfect for use on a wide range of instruments (guitar cabs, vocals, strings, horns drum overheads, orchestras and more) and live-stage settings.
- Active or Passive mode is activated by a simple flick-of-a-switch Active electronics are designed, manufactured and fitted in the USA
- Versatility, compatibility with the widest range of mic preamps, we have also made the active gain stage internally switchable, so that you can bypass the active gain stage, using a high quality switch with gold contacts.
- ACTIVE/PASSIVE switch is mounted internally for safety (caution should be used when engaging the Active switch, an additional 25db of gain will be added to the signal path)
Cascade Fat Head II Active/Passive Ribbon Microphone Specifications
- 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 Passive: -56 db +/- 2 dB (0 dB=1V/Pa
- Sensitivity Active: -25 db +/- 2 dB (0 dB=1V/Pa
- 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 II Active/Passive Ribbon Microphone Applications
- Electric Guitars
- Drum Overheads
- Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro
Cascade Fat Head II Active/Passive Ribbon Microphone Includes
- Cascade Fat Head II Active/Passive Ribbon Microphone
- Premium Suspension Mount
- Padded Storage Pouch
- Micro-fiber Cleaning Cloth
- Aluminum Case
Cascade Fat Head II Active/Passive Ribbon Microphone Downloads
- Cascade Fat Head II Active Mode Frequency Response Report (PDF)
- Cascade Fat Head II Passive Mode Frequency Response Report (PDF)
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