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Audix FireBallV Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid

4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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  • Ultra -small professional dynamic instrument mic for live sound and studio
  • Ideally suited harmonica, Beat boxing
  • Handles "cupping" without impacting sound quality
  • Volume control knob
  • Designed, assembled and tested by Audix in the USA
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The FireBallV, with a cardioid pickup pattern for isolation and feedback control, is equipped with a VLM diaphragm for natural sound reproduction with exceptional transient response. Designed for harmonicas (both diatonic and chromatic) and beatbox, the FireBallV has the added feature of a volume control knob. Clear, accurate and capable of handling SPLs in excess of 140 dB without distortion, the FireBallV is ideally suited for both live stage and recording applications. The FireballV come with a wide frequency response of 50 Hz - 16 kHz and is lightweight, compact and comfortable to hold. Because the FireBallV is a low impedance microphone, when applying with a guitar amplifier, a high quality, low-high impedance transformer is required. Transducer Type: Dynamic Frequency Response: 15 Hz - 16 kHz Polar Pattern: Cardioid Output Impedance: 150 ohms Sensitivity: 1.5 mV/Pascal @ 1k Off Axis Rejection: >23 dB Maximum SPL: >140 dB

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Item Weight 4.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 4 x 2 x 2 inches
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B000H2DAXA
Item model number FireBallV
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4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #16,213 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#45 in Musical Instruments > Live Sound & Stage > Microphones > Dynamic Microphones > Multipurpose
#6,046 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com July 19, 2004

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By Nathanael E. Myers on August 5, 2011
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Ive been playing harp for a long time and ive used a lot of equipment. My primary amps have been a 59 Bassman reissue and a Sonny Jr.- Sonny II. If you're used to a mic with a crystal or ceramic element don't buy this mic! The gain on this thing is pretty poor. A good mic for acoustic style harp or singing/playing through the PA..Sonny Boy style...but not for you if you want a mic with gain or a crunchy sound. Im not in the habit of saying anything negative ever but if you're used to a JT-30 or Green Bullet with a vintage element this thing will disappoint you. On the plus side the size of this mic is cool and the volume control always wins points with me. Im kind of stuck with this thing so im going to try an EQ and maybe try a differnt amp or two. Just a heads up. If you think you'd like to buy this mic id strongly advise you find someone who has one and try it with your harmonica rig set up. Thanks and Happing Harping.
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I picked this mic up a few years ago when it was the only harp mic around at the time with a regular XLR connection, and I needed a harp mic that would plug directly into the band's soundboard I was guesting with. The guy at SamAsh sold me on it by letting me try it and pushing the fact that it didn't feedback. That fact alone sold me! The size, which is just a little bigger then the head of an SM58 I'd say AND it has a volume control are other excellent points! I'm embarrassed to say that I was unaware that it was low-z, and when I tried to plug it into my guitar amp, thought there was an issue, so this sat in my harp case unused for YEARS, up until I read that all was needed was a low to high z converter, and I now use it all the time! WARNING: this is a very CLEAN mic, so you have to set your tone at the amp end, I like to crank the high gain all the way up and turn the low all the way down since this mic picks up EVERYTHING, with too much low gain it was detecting my breathing HARDCORE! But no worries, with a little tweaking of my amp I set the tone where I needed. A nice toy to add to my gear, but with the fact that you can pick up an amazing vintage pimped out mic on eBay for about the same price as this, totally depends on what you are using it for, so do what I did, go somewhere that sells this mic and try it out and decide if it's what you want! Happy harping!
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The unit is a little beauty of a Mike, nice clean tone. Also purchased the recommended adaptor cord for use with guitar amp. Using with Fender Blues Jr. playing Blues Harps. One major complaint..the volume control has no indicators at all? This appears a minor oversight, but I will try and paint on it myself? Otherwise appears built like a brick, love the red color, like holding the planet Mars in your hands! Dave / Aka: Boneface; "Wiskey Blues Band"
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I know this mic is for Harmonica, but it has to be the best mic I've tried for beat-box, with the S-58(Sure-58) as a pretty close second place, runner up. You really have to have a nice rig to pick out the difference with most sounds.

The FB-V (FireBall-V) has a short body and a slightly larger head than my S-58 mic.
The shorter body on the FB-V makes it a lot lighter and differently balanced than a standard mic shape, but absolutely perfect for cupping in your hand, like you do with a harmonica or beat-box..
I really like the feel a lot more, and it seems to pick up more bass, than my S-58.

Lip bass, sounds really fat, and you can aim your mouth dead on, down into the top of the mic, instead of angled across it like you have to on a S-58.
It also has a volume on it. It's the red thing in the image, right below the cage head adapter. It feels well built and rolls easily - with a little weight behind it.., but, as a volume control, it seems to be rather touchy, with all the variability in the first 1/8 of a turn. Turning it up more, doesn't seem to do anything much. (four stars, ONLY for that reason)
This really isn't a problem for me, since I use an external volume, and I only ever use the built in rolling vol. to turn the mic all the way on, or off.

Great mic. I recommend it to anyone who is doing or getting into beat-box.
I think, this black-friday, I'll buy a second back up one.
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Good for live beatboxing.
Don't use for recording (probably a given, but just in case you were wondering)

For what it's worth, I consider myself a "semi-pro musician". So I'm not super experienced with all the different mics and sound system setups out there. It's not my day job and we only do about 25-30 shows a year.

I've had this mic for a couple years now and use it regularly at rehearsals and it's probably done 20-30 live shows. I recommend it for live shows.

Live Sound:
For beatbox this is the only mic I've found that can my really handle my hard snare. Which is a very hard "Pffft", with all air directed directly into the head of the mic. It picks up the low end (lip buzz, kick drum) very well. It could just be my style, but it doesn't pick up my highs as well as the sm58. Generally though I can forgive a lot with a good kick and snare.
It's very clear this is not a vocal mic and it's not meant to be. If you beatbox and sing in a cappella group (like I do) I recommend having a second mic for your vocals (even if you have two 58s, you need to EQ beatbox different, of course).

Recording:
We do a lot of "live" recording directly from our board and then mix after the fact. I think it will sound better once we figure out how to get the EQ from the board to carry over to the recordings, but in general I don't recommend this mic for recording. If you can do a better setup than we have (which shouldn't be hard) you would be better off with a real wind screen and high quality condenser mic.
You can hear some samples here:
[...] Anything that says "Living Room Session" was recorded on the FireBall V.
[...] Just a short live clip, but was also on the Fireball V.

Durability:
This mic is a tank.
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