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Judas Tube Ribbon Microphone


5.0 average, based on 1 reviews

Product Information

Like the BeesNeez Judas, the BeesNeez Judas Tube is set to become an international favourite.  Finally, an international first, a Tube Ribbon Mic that not only sounds phenomenal but set’s a new benchmark in price.


For decades, experienced engineers and artists have turned to ribbon microphones for their realistic sound and incredible warmth.  During this time though, many have struggled to use these mics on certain sources due to the low output of the microphone which has meant the need for high gain preamps not just adding the needed output but additional noise too.


The BeesNeez Judas Tube microphone employs a head amp that is whisper quiet, we have designed it also to not exhibit the usual tubey characteristics that would likely overpower the amazing sound of the microphone.  The Tube in the BeesNeez Judas Tube microphone is the Raytheon 5702WB, a Sharp cut off pentode wired in Triode. 


Like many of its predecessors, the BeesNeez Judas Tube Microphone has a clear and flat frequency response but as for comparison, this is where it stops.   The condenser like output of the Judas Tube opens to the user a whole new world of ribbon possibilities, coupling that with the superiority of great modern components such as the neo magnets and the implemented Lundahl and Cinemag transformer, we have been able to create an end product of standard that simply was not available during the height of ribbon popularity.


Until now, ribbon microphones of this quality have been priced far beyond mere mortals.  The BeesNeez Judas Tube will outperform, outlast and impress even the most critical customer.


The entire BeesNeez Judas Tube is made in our Australian factory, starting with brass rod, we turn and mill the body using our 4 axis CNC Turning Centre, we then etch prime and spray the body and ends.  The assembly is then baked in our oven (yes the type that you can cook in!!).  While the body and internals are baking we assemble the ribbon motor and ribbon.  Every ribbon is cut and pressed to exacting standards ensuring the best possible result, every time.


The BeesNeez Judas tube is at home recording Brass and Wind instruments, guitar cabs and sounds stellar as a room mic or drum overhead, where though it comes into its own, due to its superior head amp design is with the myriad of other sources that previously was not possible such as whisper quiet vocal tracks etc. The clear and flat frequency response coupled with the condenser like output level makes the mix phase a dream by remaining punchy and defined in the mix with minimum post processing.


   Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient with vacuum tube

   Vacuum Tube: JAN mil-spec 5702WB pentode wired as triode

   Polar Pattern: Figure-8

   Generating Element: 2.6-micron aluminium ribbon

   Magnets: Rare Earth Neodymium

   Frequency Response: 30 -15,000 Hz +/- 3dB

   Sensitivity: -36 dB (re. 1v/pa +/- 1 dB)

   Self-Noise: < 18 dB

   Output Impedance: 150 Ohms, balanced

   Rated Load Impedance: 1 K-Ohm

   Maximum SPL: >135dB SPL @ 20 Hz

Power Requirements: Plate supply: 220 VDC, Filament supply: 5.6 VDC

Product Code: Judastube01

Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 5

My best ribbon yet!

I can't believe this thing! I have used many other ribbons, including the Lily, and other brands such as AEA (R84, N22), and this one is my new favorite. This is totally not a whimsical switch in preference, either, as I am familiar with the AEA stuff, and I know that they make good all-arounders, and in general, more "neutral" ribbons that blend well. The Judas Tube can both stand out AND blend in amazingly well, which is something that not every mic that I own can do. For example, while I LOVE the Lily, I find that I have to be a bit more mindful of the context I use it in--but for what it can achieve in that context, the Lily itself does well, 5 out 5 stars, no question about it. The Judas Tube takes the qualities I loved about the Lily, and adds a great high, more naturally extended high end that makes everything sit just perfectly. Still has a sense of "smokiness" that I love for recording Jazz saxes, like the Lily, but adds a bit of "fire" and warmth. I have absolutely no reservations about what type of source or application to use on the Judas Tube, it is much more "universal" in terms of what it can do, just like the Lulu FETS. Easily smokes the rest of the mics in my collection, with the exception of the other Beesneez mics that I own. Looking forward to buying another one!

Michael :: Mar 11 2015, 05:56 am

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