I’ve been messing with a budget ($157) ribbon/figure 8 mic, the Cascade Fat Head BE. At first just for recording Dobro, as I noticed a nice and natural smoothness to it, and I wanted to use it for mid-side stereo Dobro recording. Recently though I tried it in place of my AT 4033 LDC (condenser) for single mic “gather around” group recording. It surprised me in a good way. Natural roll off of highs /brittleness without having to mess with EQ like with a condenser. Anyhow I’m no recording expert but seems like a good option to me. Fair warning, unless your pre-amps have good clean headroom, you may need a clean boost like a Cloudlifter or similar. Otherwise you’ll get some noise.
Since these are figure 8 pattern, I had to put an isolation/baffle on the opposite side. And no way I would try this live, since it would pick up the audience.
Just sharing my findings. Here’s a sample (attached) of our country/swing group doing a single mic session from a couple days ago.
I like ribbon mics in general. Nice to hear you like the Fathead BE.
A Cloudlifter or similar is mandatory with many ribbon mics. But ... with a Fathead you have to use a Fethead!
Oh geez I didn’t see the Fethead when I did my research on pres. Oh well, the Cloudlifter works great, just cost me a bit more.
Yep I’m lovin’ the ribbon experience!
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