Audix FireBallV Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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).
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.
This mic is a tank.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works well and sounds flat (a good thing). I use for playing blues harp. Only drawback thus far is that the black paint comes off the grill easily. Read morePublished 10 days ago by MJMNEWJERSEY
Amazing microphone. Used to perform VP for an a cappella group in front of over a thousand people and it worked wonderfully. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nabil Sawan
Good harmonica mic EXCEPT that like most microphones with volume controls its non-linear. With linear pots, the amount of resistance changes in a direct pattern. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great microphone for use with harmonica. Get it. You'll love it.Published 9 months ago by Angler R
This is a great mic for use with a harp. I have a fairly complete project studio in my home, complete with a number of condenser and dynamic mics. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Phillip W. Leslie
This is a good alternative to bullet style mics as the volume control is a feature harp players really need. Read morePublished 23 months ago by bluesboss
This mic is the closest thing I've found to a magic bullet for my feedback issues. Turned up tonight probably twice as loud as I've been able to with other mics. Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by JD