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FETHEAD
BOOST YOUR RIBBON OR DYNAMIC MICROPHONE

FetHead
Philosophy
FetHead is a low-noise, high quality, in-line microphone preamplifier. It provides improved sound for Ribbon and Dynamic microphones. The electronics are housed in a robust metal chassis with a balanced 3-pole female XLR input and a balanced 3-pole male XLR output, rugged enough for use at home, in the studio or on tour.

FetHead comes in three versions
Fethead: A regular version for Ribbon and Dynamic microphones
Fethead Phantom: A FetHead for Condenser microphones
Fethead Filter:A FetHead with high-pass filter for Ribbon and Dynamic mic's

Which microphones benefit
In short, we noticed an improvement on all tested microphones. A Shure SM57 for instance, sounds more responsive over a broader frequency range. When mated with a high-end dynamic microphone like a Sennheiser MD441, or Shure SM7 FetHead really shines. Ribbon microphones benefit greatly too because of a much better impedance match, which lessens the load on the microphone, giving it better transient response characteristics. FetHeads high quality, low noise signal amplification also extends the usable range of a ribbon microphone, by making it more suitable for recording softer passages.

Protects the microphone
Some ribbon microphones do not tolerate phantom power, FetHead's circuit uses Phantom power but shields it from its input (and the microphone's output), as a result it offers effective protection to the microphone.

Got my fetheads today and I must say I am impressed ! Even my noisiest and most low - output ribbon mic "came to live" using the fethead, and not to be speaking of my somewhat low-end dynamic mics.. Beautiful!
Alvin

I recieved the Fethead, it works well with my Shure 57. all the best,
Naoaki

I had a chance to hear one your FetHeads at a friend house with a ribbon mic & a regular old SM-57. One word, AMAZING!!! It added nothing to the sound but more sound!
Steve

Would like to express my complete satisfaction with your product! Cheap and effective, I have even posted a comparison online because I was so pleased with it. Thank you very much, I expect I will be buying from you again in the future.
Oliver

It's going well - Chris has testes the FetHead with an SM58, it boosted the gain cleanly and produced a subtle change in tone that gave the mic a better defined low end - very good! Best wishes,
Greg

Did some quick testing last night, much prefer the sound of the FetHead to my focusrite built in pre amp, I'm using a Rode Procaster and it sounds much better with this, great job :)

Hello, I purchased a Triton Fethead a year ago. It worked GREAT with my Shure SM7B.
Jen

First let me say that the FetHead is awesome! Best thing for my AEA R84's and SM7 ever! I will be picking up another one. Thanks!
John

I've enjoyed my fetheads for quite a few months now. I am even more amazed how they sound for each session they're in use (which is often!) Now i'm thinking about buying more..
Best Regards, Sjur

I've had a FetHead for a year or so and really love it with my SM7b on vocals. I just bought a second one so I can use them with a pair of ribbons.
Thanks,Jason

The Fetheads arrived today. With a short testing the impression is very positive: they do what is promised and what we are looking for. We are expanding our radio production to several countries and will most likely order more of these in near future.
Regards,Lauri 13-5-2011 10:33

I just ordered one of your FetHeads and I was wondering about something: Would it be possible to run a hot, unbalanced signal through the fethead in order to saturate its transformers for a nice distorted sound? Would this damage the fethead? Also I would like to say that I am very impressed with how well the FetHead works and how affordable it is.
Cheers, Karl.

I received the fethead this morning, just did some tests with my sm57, I do find the improvements really good. Thanks for making such a nifty product!
Regards, Alvin

Hi, the Fethead arrived safely and works perfectly -
many thanks. Mark

The goodies just arrived and Ive had a quick test; very impressive even just into my pc audio, so much more open-sounding than just winding the gain up on interface. I should say these little units ought to be great tools for the pro and home studio markets. Thanks very much for all your support.
Best regards, Stuart

My 2 FetHeads arrived today, I tried them out and the they sounded fantastic (I will definitely be ordering some more in the near future)

Many thanks - these are a really great product!
Tony

Thank you very much! I am impressed with the results and I get to use my old ribbon mic on quiet sounds!
Nisse, sweden

My Fethead finally arrived today! Works perfectly! Super Clean gain all the way!

My only problem is now I'll need to buy one for all my mics! Hahaha I work in a music store over here I'll be recommending these highly!Great product! I'll grab another 3 soon as I have the cash!
Cheers Mate Clenn

De Fethead is binnen, toch behandeld als pakje. Afijn een buitengewoon lange reis Gelijk even geprobeerd, met de Ribbon moet ik de tijd nemen, maar mijn oude Senheisser MD421HN, klinkt veel helderder, terwijl de rest van het karakter blijft. (Via Golden Age Project 73 -> Focusrite liquid 56).
Dank, en met groet, Severin

Thanks for the info. I use to live in Den Helder back in the 1990's and had quite a few nights out in Alkmaar, it's a beautiful city, you're a lucky man to live there! Also, I already have one Fethead, and I'm loving it, my SM7b is finally usable on non-explosive level sources!
Regards, Mick .

Best-Buy! Ik ben 200% tevreden met de FetHead. In mijn oren (en voor mijn stem) klinkt mijn Beyer Classic Ribbon nu beter dan mijn 10x zo dure Neumanns.
Beste wensen, Willem

Gisteren de fethead voor het eerste live gebruikt op een August Albert show,bedoeling was om drums met ribbon kit mics live te brengen (max 4 kanalen) fethead heeft enorm geholpen om ribbon mics toch live te kunnen gebruiken, top kan ik via deze weg nog 1 bestellen of liever via de website ?
groeten christophe

This past weekend, I try my fethead, and now really my ribbon microphones work a lot better! Just wanted you to know that in Argentina there is a crazymen happy with your work! Thank you!
Gonzalo.

Received my two Fetheads and plugged them in with a ribbon mic and a "Elvis" mic. Performed as advertised! More open sound , reduced noise and less gain needed from mixer input gain knob.
Thank you Scott

I've just bought another Condenser Mic, the Rode NT1A, and it is working fantastic with the Fethead Phantom...no static is introduced and the signal is boosted as advertised.
David

Just got back from testing the fetheads. working excellently with my ribbon mics! Thank you very much for providing such high quality products for such a low price!
Trond

Fethead - Great Product! I just received my second Fethead today. I am using two Fetheads with a pair of modified Apex 205 ribbon microphones for a Blumlein XY stereo setup. The fetheads are excellent to boost the ribbon mics to an acceptable level for use with my tube preamp. Thank you very much for an excellent product.
Jim CANADA

I really like the Fetheads: they are a must have for remote recording in my opinion.
James

Hi, Thank you for your answer. I will contact you when I have the funds for theD2O. And I want / need another Fethead! That little beast is fantastic!
Thanks, Jouni

We recieved some really nice product feedback from KRAMER:
I COULD NOT DO MY JOB AS A RECORD PRODUCER WITHOUT THE HELP OF PRODUCTS MADE BY TRITONAUDIO. THAT'S A SIMPLE FACT. NONE OF MY VINTAGE RIBBON MICS WOULD SOUND THE WAY THEY DO ON MY RECORDS IF I DID NOT HAVE MY FETHEAD PLUGS. I OWE A HUGE DEBT TO TRITONAUDIO. THANKS FOR DOING WHAT YOU DO, AND DOING IT SO WELL!

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How it works
Attach FetHead on to a balanced microphone cable and plug it straigt into the microphone, no extra cables are required. Switch on phantom power and enjoy 20dB of clean gain!


Features
  • Ultra low noise Class A JFet amplifier
  • 20db amplification (@ 1000 ohm load)
  • double single ended amplifier topology
  • Hand matched jFets
  • Shielded enclosure
  • Z-in 22k
  • 18-48 v phantom power





FetHead Phantom
FetHead Phantom
FetHead Phantom is a FetHead version which allows phantom power to reach the microphone. It was developed after several requests from different audio engineers to build a FetHead for condenser microphones with low output. We tested FetHead Phantom on a broad range of condenser microphones and are very happy with the results. It works well with electret microphones like the countryman or an AKG C1000. These are microphones which consume little power, FetHead Phantom also works great on "real" condenser microphones like a Neumann U87, AKG C414 etc.

Note: With Rode NTG2 microphones, especially in combination with mobile recorders, we advice to use a regular FetHead, please see this detailed description.

FetHead Phantom can be distinguished by the type indication ring and red markers below the TritonAudio label.

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FetHead Filter
FetHead Filter
FetHead Filter is a Fethead version with a built-in 6dB/octave high pass filter with a corner frequency of 220Hz (other cutoff frequencies available on request). It is specially designed for microphones which exhibit an excessive proximity effect / low frequency response, like long motor ribbon microphones. The components which make up the filter are not directly in the signal path but are applied to the components which set the gain of FetHead Filters amplifier, thus making it frequency dependant. This way the sonic character which makes a FetHead attractive to the ear is preserved.

FetHead Filter can be distinguished by the type indication ring and green markers below the TritonAudio label.

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