Originally Posted by hollywood_steve
Which of the BLUE capsules is used with the Cactus? I know that the capsules arent interchangeable, as with the Bottle, but I think that the Cactus has one of those eight (Bottle) capsules permanently attached - but which one?
(FWIW, I've got the Bottle w/ the B6 & B7 capsules and it is truly god-like)
I have a Cactus special edition which is an exclusive to Steve's Music in Montreal.
I can assure you that the heads in the Cactus are interchangeable
. I own one with 2 heards! (point of order Mr/Mrs. chairperson?)
Mine came with both the B7 and B6 (that is the special edition part) for the same price.
The B6 through the Cactus electronics is very sweet and rich. The B7 is like a u47 to some degree. However, it does not sound like some cheap 47 clone. This mic has it's own character and stands tall against anything in the category.
I have never been nor shall I ever be a fan of the u87. I think that it is a great mic for people who have no body or roundness or size to their voice. It's a great multi purpose mic. But for trained singers who know how to project and know how to support who have some size, control and some dynamic range? I'll take the Cactus.
The exact reasons why I am not an 87 fan is the reason why I go for the Cactus when it comes to working with trained singers with large voices.
Try using a u87 on a heldentenor and you will find it sorely lacking. The Cactus on the other hand takes that roundness, and size from say A2 to a high B flat and can take it and portray it without you asking yourself the typical u87 question; "Where's the beef?"
Except the beef is clear and open and is not constricted nor squashed.
Is it dark? Yes. To a degree. It sounds like a modern 1950's sound for exceptional jazz vocal and classical voice. (kinda sounds like a 47 but not exactly)
Do you like the way that Ella Fitzgerald sounded? To me that is dark and was very classy.
Through a Mercury M72 or an AM 16, Eyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Caramba! The Cactus is anything but prickly.
Again, I would not recommend it for smallish voices, or untrained voices. It's great from classical to jazz. (I think that I have said this like 3 times by now)
If you have a singer who is all over the place then hide him in the mix with an 87.
The Cactus will pull you right to the front and put you right in the middle.
Diminished proximity effect does not imply a lack of low end openness and flexibility. There is more than enough low end there. If you do not have it to begin with, then the Cactus will not hide a small voice via mass coloration. tutt
I have a real leaning towards Blue as a company. I don't think that their shockmounts are the greatest. They do the job (no more no less).
The power supply has changed and gone is the meter that used to be on it that you can still see in the manual (the 9610 power supply).
The cases however are first class. Again, The capsules are interchangeable.
(I second the vote for the Korby. > great mic.)
I also love the Bottle. Great mic.