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Feb 18, 2020 - 10:32:31 AM
221 posts since 11/28/2012

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.


Feb 18, 2020 - 1:02:41 PM

956 posts since 2/2/2011

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!wink

Feb 18, 2020 - 2:12:28 PM

221 posts since 11/28/2012

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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