Cascade Microphones V55
Cardioid Tube Condenser Microphone
The Cascade Valve 55, aka V55, was an early large-diaphragm tube mic from Cascade Microphones, produced from 2004 through about 2007. It had a transformer-coupled output and a fixed Cardioid pickup pattern.
The capsule was a 35mm center-terminated design.
The tube was a Mullard 12AT7WA/CV4024, a high-quality, low-noise tube manufactured in Great Britain. Presumably these were installed by Cascade Microphones staff in the US, as the rest of the microphone was manufactured in China.
The mic had a -10dB pad and a high-pass filter. Its amplifier circuit was relatively quiet, at 16dBA, and used a transformer-coupled output.
The V55 shipped with a “vintage style” switchable (115V/220V) power supply, 8-pin screw-on cable, a microfiber cleaning cloth, an elastic shockmount with spare elastics, a wooden storage case for the mic, and an aluminum flight case.
PSU photo credit: Dennis Stone
The Cascade Microphones V55 is also known as: Valve 55.
The mic was released in 2004.
|Pickup Patterns||Pads & Filters|
(20 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
| Capsule diameter: 35mm
||200 Ohms (Low)||Max SPL: 130 dB
Self-noise: 16.0 dB(A)
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