Cascade X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone
The Cascade X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone features two separate matched ribbon elements that incorporate the legendary symmetrical ribbon design. Offering a true figure 8 pattern, and delivering an excellent sensitivity and frequency response range, the X-15 comes in a top quality finish.
The Cascade X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone houses two separate matched ribbon motors that are positioned one above the other. The elements are offset 90 degrees and are configured in the Blumlein setup. Stereo separation is superb and off-axis coloration is minimal. Add in the excellent sensitivity and frequency response range the Cascade X-15 will produce an audio that is second to none.
The fit and finish are of top quality and includes a premium suspension shockmount, thick padded leatherette pouch and an upgraded aluminum case. Package also includes a 20ft. 5-Pin XLR cable that connects directly to a splitter cable that Y's to two 3-PIN MALE XLR connectors for connection to outboard gear.
Unlike most ribbon motors designed today with an offset ribbon element the new Cascade X-15 houses two hand-tuned ribbon elements that incorporate 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.
Cascade X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone Features
- Features 2 hand tuned symmetrical Ribbons
- Easy setup for stereo recording
- Superb Stereo Imaging
- Upgradeable to Lundahl LL2912
- Award winner
Cascade X-15 Stereo 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: -51.7 dB +/- 2dB (2.6 mV/Pa)
- Impedance: <=200 Ohms
- Recommended Load Impedance: >1000 Ohms
- Max.SPL (1% THD @1000 Hz): 135 dB
- Connector: Heavy gauge 5-Pin male XLR
- Size: Diameter; 1 1/4" (O.D. grill), Overall length; 9 1/2", 1" (O.D. body)
Cascade X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone Includes
- Cascade X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone
- Suspension Shockmount
- 20ft. 5-Pin XLR Cable
- Splitter Cable
- Leatherette Pouch
- Aluminum Case
- 1 Year Warranty
Cascade X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone Downloads
- Cascade X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone Cut Sheet (PDF)
- Cascade X-15 Stereo Ribbon Microphone Frequency Response Report (PDF)
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I've been using the X-15 for about 3 years on a variety of ensembles and instruments/vocals. It's smooth, detailed and when used as the center of a Decca tree or stereo array, it makes an excellent center. I've used primarily with Earthworks on the outside and the bend is excellent. No problem with build quality except the Y splitter for 2 channels from the 5 pin cord. This needs to be much more substantial. I've had to buy several. Hopefully Cascade with improve this!
The are build issues with this mic. The top cap just fell off as I took it out of the case. I find the output uneven for L & R channels - HOWEVER - when I did get them to be level, I liked the sound image very much. I used it as a room mic for a live drum kit in a project studio. I am looking into the Sontronic or Avantone for a new stereo mic.