FetHead Filter is a high quality, phantom powered in-line preamp. It has a built-in high pass filter at 220Hz cutoff (other frequencies are available on request), this reduces the excessive low frequency/proximity effects
that some microphones exhibit, such as long motor ribbon mics. The filter elements are not directly in the signal path but are applied to the components which set the gain of the FetHead Filter's amplifier. This ensures frequency dependence and that the sonic characteristics of the FetHead Filter are preserved.
Which microphones benefit
Proximity effect is a phenomenon that leads to an increase in low frequency response as you move the mic closer to the source. The closer you get, the bigger the bass boost. This effect might be cool to achieve a very deep radio voice, but on other sources it might be problematic. Our Fethead Filter helps to tame excessive low frequency buildup and guarantees clear sound.
Your Fethead Filter will latch straight onto any XLR equipped microphone, or anywhere else in the signal path between microphone and preamp/mixer. The electronics are housed in a robust metal chassis with a balanced female XLR input and a balanced male XLR output, rugged enough for use at home, in the studio or on tour.
Protects the microphone
Some older ribbon microphones do not tolerate phantom power. Fethead Filter uses phantom power to power its circuitry, but doesn’t pass phantom power to the microphone, so rest assured your ribbon mics are safe.
"Will the FetHead protect my ribbon mic?"
"Can I use the FetHead on the preamp side of the signal chain?"
"What is the difference between the regular FetHead and the FetHead Phantom?"
A regular FetHead is designed for dynamic microphones and ribbon microphones, it has a relatively high impedance of 22k which allows the microphone the microphone to operate at "no-load" condition. A FetHead Phantom is designed for for Condenser microphones or other Phantom powered devices, it passes Phantom Power to the microphone.