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FAT HEAD Short Ribbon Microphone

Legendary symmetrical ribbon design is incorporated into the FAT HEAD

Unlike most ribbon motors designed today with an offset ribbon the new Cascade FAT HEAD 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 warm full-bodied signature and increased sensitivity is what you would expect and demand from a professional ribbon microphone and the FAT HEAD delivers. The FAT HEAD is suited for guitar cabinets, drum over-heads, vocal, piano, horns, strings, and much more.

Cascade Fat Head Demo
by Wesley Jensen and the Wildcats

My name is Jeremy Coverdale, I run a studio in Redding, Ca. I also play in Wesley Jensen and the Wildcats. We have been using your Fat Head mic a lot for various different tracking needs and I really love what you have done. The Fat Head I am using is on loan to me from a fellow engineer friend. I gotta say, I have been using this mic with many other mics 10x the price and it really holds up. The Fat Head I am using is not even the upgraded one. I am amazed by the warmth and clarity. Also, We just made a little promo video of a live recording of one of our new songs and recorded all the audio with the Fat Head placed in the middle with us standing around the mic. I ran the mic into a Universal Audio LA610 (really makes this mic come alive). This is a live one take video and I am more than happy with how well the audio came through. It took a little figuring out the best distance from the mic for each of us but i think we really got a good mix... there was very little eq done and NO overdubs.


RJ Ronquillo - "Trouble In Mind" Republic Guitars Highway 61 travel resonator- Recorded with a CASCADE FAT HEAD

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  • 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)


  • FAT HEAD Ribbon Microphone
  • Aluminum case
  • Deluxe oil stained wood box
  • Premium suspension shockmount
  • Drawcord cloth storage pouch
  • Micro-fiber cleaning cloth
  • Specifications and typical measurement report

Frequency Response and Polar Pattern:

With Stock Transformer

With Lundahl Transformer


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Upgrade Transformer Option

Optional Lundahl transformer available

White paper: LL2912 Transformer







"Best Value in Audio Today"

"Cascade Ribbon technology is the best value in audio today, if you are making music you NEED these mics. Nothing surpasses the natural sound of ribbons and Cascade makes this classic sound within the reach of virtually any studio".

Aaron Levinson/ Grammy Award Winner








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