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Cascade Microphones V55

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  • MSRP: $669
  • Discontinued


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CardioidCascade 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.

V55 PSUThe 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
Cardioid (20 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Capsule diameter: 35mm
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 130 dB
Self-noise: 16.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
715g (25.22oz) n/a n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Includes tube power supply

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