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Fat Head BE Stereo Pair

The new go-to microphone for recording guitar

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Fat Head BE Details

The FAT HEAD BE offers the same famous FAT HEAD sound (sonically the same as all of the other stock FAT HEAD'S) featuring the same ribbon motor and transformer - less aluminum case, wood box and premium shockmount. The FAT HEAD BE has been described by Guitar Player Magazine as the new go to microphone for recording guitar.

Suggested Applications

  • Ribbon Microphone Application Uses - Drums Icon Drums
  • Ribbon Microphone Application Uses - Guitar Icon Electric/Acoustic Guitar
  • Ribbon Microphone Application Uses - Strings Icon Stringed Instruments
  • Ribbon Microphone Application Uses - Horn Icon Horn Instruments
  • Ribbon Microphone Application Uses - Banjo Icon Banjo/Mandolin/Dobro

Reviews

Ribbon mics are sometimes used with, or as an alternative to, the classic Shure SM57 when miking guitar speakers. Unfortunately for home recorders, ribbons usually cost ten times the price of a 57. Priced only slightly higher than the Shure, the Cascade Fat Head BE ($159 street) changes all that. It houses a hand-tuned ribbon element incorporating a classic symmetrical design that offers a true figure-8 pattern.

The corrugated aluminum membrane is center-mounted to produce a balanced input signal on both sides of the ribbon. I first tested the Cascade at a recording session, where the engineer miked my amp with a 57 and the Fat Head. The ribbon mic was plugged straight into an interface, with no additional preamps. The result was some of the fattest, warmest recorded guitar tone I have ever heard. Even at home, with a significantly cheaper interface, the Fat Head delivered previously unheard low end and nuance. Not just for guitar, the final test was as an ambient mic at a drummer friend’s studio, putting it up against a ribbon mic costing ten times as much.

What little difference there was we found preferable. You can order upgrades and special preamps from Cascade but all these tests were conducted with the bare essentials (hence BE). For making great recorded sound available to guitarists of limited means, the Cascade Fat Head BE rates an Editors’ Pick.

KUDOS Rich, warm, full sound. Insanely low price for a ribbon mic.

Guitar Player Magazine
By Michael Ross / August 7, 2014

  • Type
  • Ribbon (velocity) Microphone
  • Ribbon Details
  • 99% Pure aluminum, 2.5 micron, 1 3/4" (L) X 3/16" (W)
  • Polar Patterns
  • Figure 8 Symmetrical design
  • Sensitivity
  • -56 db +/- 2 dB (0 dB=1V/Pa)
  • 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)

Included

  • (2) FAT HEAD BE Ribbon Microphone
  • (2) Microphone clips
  • (2) Leatherette pouch
  • Stereo Blumlein Bar