CAD E100S Condenser Microphone Supercardioid
CAD E100S Condenser Microphone Supercardioid
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The CAD E100S is a supercardioid condenser microphone featuring a large diaphragm and the lowest noise floor in its class. It has a bootstrapped, full differential Quadra-FET front end and CAD’s proprietary circuitry to enhance recording quality Read More

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GrizzledGeezer
46
Sep 27, 2017
Once upon a time I was a serious live recordist. I owned four Pearl (now Milab) variable-pattern condenser mics. I made all kind of orchestral and choral recordings with them. And they cost all of $250 each. At $650 MSRP, you'd expect these to be variable-pattern.
lynno
0
Sep 28, 2017
You've been out of it for a while, huh? I just looked at the only listed Milab dealer in the USA. The least costly Milab large diaphragm condenser microphones are the cardioid pattern only DC-96B or C for $1259. The two multi-pattern mics are the DC-196 for $1489 and the VIP-50 for $2249. I'd say a microphone with the reputation of the CAD E100S for $299 is a steal!
GrizzledGeezer
46
Sep 29, 2017
Yup, it's been a while. Of course, it's been over 40 years since I bought the TC-4Vs. And they weren't selling very well, whic is why (I think) the importer was willing to give me four for $1000.
Nevertheless, they really ought to be variable-pattern. Once you've used variable-pattern mics for live recording, you'll never go back fo fixed-pattern.
TK42DAN
7
Sep 26, 2017
So much want to pick this up, but am totally turned off by the number of QC problems being reported. You just shouldn’t feel like you’re playing the lottery with a $300 item.
TK42DAN
7
Sep 26, 2017
I know, right? Even at $299 it's a big purchase for us, and I'd just like to be more confident. I've even read/watched videos of people relaying support messages they received from CAD which were not encouraging. It's a great looking mic at a solid price point for so many people. They could dominate at that level with a little effort, especially given the number of YouTubers who review it. Still, I'm tempted. We'll see.
LoriJ.Moran
3
Sep 26, 2017
Good Luck!
bhgemini
13
Aug 12, 2017
Had to do a few adjusts to my Peavey PV 14 USB mixer, but now the mic sounds flawless. No noise at all, that I can pick up, even playing back the vocals at a loud volume. So glad. I was worried at first that a lot of noise was coming in, but just had to make some Windows USB and mic setup setting adjustments, and play with the gain and pre settings on the mixer. Adjust some things first and you may get rid of any issues. I may also be picking up the Audient iD4 audio interface for travel. Does anyone have one yet?
bhgemini
13
Aug 14, 2017
Update. Have spent hours adjusting on my work Windows 7 laptop. Cannot get it to be quiet on this one. Doubt the mic is at fault (in 24 hours). Probably my mixer and Win 7 just can't get along. I've done all of the mic config and recording adjustments recommended by Peavey. May have to use my personal rig or old mbp. BTW those settings worked great on the Win 10 diy desktop machine.
chirospasm
15
Aug 11, 2017
Noise floor is AMAZINGLY low on my mic -- arrived a day or so ago. In a fairly acoustically treated space, with the gain cranked 2/3 of the way up, this thing is still dead silent. Hope everyone's experience is similar.
Oh, and: it's warm, neutral, and does wonders for my voice.
steveblizin
50
Aug 17, 2017
Ha! I just this minute received a "Blue" Universal Pop Filter. ($44 on Amazon) It's big, wide and metal so I expect it to be a good solution. It's only a problem when you're 6-8" off the mic, which is probably too close anyway. Another dead-simple but unattractive solution is to put a pencil in front of the mic and use a rubber band to hold it on. Not pretty - but it works. Try that first!
Steaz
18
Aug 11, 2017
Just got mine in the mail before leaving for work. The front of the mic also seems to have some scuffing on the unit as others have reported. Honestly as long as it has its advertised low noise floor and sounds great I'll be happy. Testing it later tonight.
Scoobis
11
Aug 10, 2017
My E100S arrived today, I hooked it up, and the first thing i noticed was a loud 60HZ humm when i touch the pad switch. anyone else get this?
I get no 60hz hum unless my hand is near or actually touching the switch.
I cant put it into a quiet room at the moment to test the noise floor... soon i hope.
GregJones
3
Aug 17, 2017
Massdrop took care of me ... my mic has been returned.
Not sure I'll ever again venture into the world of CAD but Massdrop has retained my future business.
Scoobis
11
Aug 17, 2017
Again, another missed opportunity by CAD. You would think they would monitor something as public as massdrop and make it right for you. Now wouldn't that ahve been a good public relations move.
Scoobis
11
Aug 5, 2017
W00t, I just got the notice last night that its been shipped, beat the ship date by a week!
bhgemini
13
Jul 31, 2017
I took the chance, but had called their sales line first. The man I spoke to, claimed it was just uninformed Massdrop people who bought it, then saw a complaint video, and jumped on a slam-wagon. He claimed they didn't have the right equipment, cables, or environment, and that that caused noise. He then directed me to watch Booth Junkie's comparison to the Neumann, and see how quiet Mike thought it was. I said yes, he did, but that was after Mike sent it back two times to get it fixed. No explanation about quality issues, how many were impacted, or steps that fixed it. He just ended with buy it if you feel comfortable doing so, don't if you don't.
Scoobis
11
Aug 1, 2017
Sad that we have to "take a chance" or even feel that way. What a total miss by CAD they could turn this into a public reations WIN if they handled it right.
Funny cad sales mentioned booth junkies, as you pointd out, Mike from booth junkies had some go arounds with CAD on his original E100S, before they finaly did repair/replace it. There was another reviewer, Kadence got his from massdrop, it had noise, coulnt get cad to fix / replace it, and told him to return it to the seller, so he ended up returning it to massdrop for a refund. Ive seen some other reports of the issues reported by people who would know a bad cable / equipment from a bad mic. I'm not going to say its common, but common enough people are reporting this one particular issue.
Giving people a hard time over an issue or even a percieved issue is also extreemly bad customer service and PR. I've yet to read were cad has just taken care of the problem withouth somone needing to push cad to do it. But like most things, only the bad stuff gets reported, seldom the good stuff. So i am taking those experiences with a grain of salt.
I dont understand some companies though, it is VERY bad PR also for sales people / CAD to not own this problem, and fix it and say its fixed. blaming it on cables, or inexperienced operators does nothing good for their credability. I'm not saying that some of the reports are not as they discribe. but we know of enough reports from people who know what there doing, that they shouln't be trying to make anyone belive it has not been an issue.
They could easily gain a lot of credability by just getting out in front of this and saying if anyone has this issue we will exchange the mic no quesitons asked. if corse it would make a lot of sense for them to insure that the repalcement mic was as quiet as it is supposed to be. Id bet that would boost ther sales as it would give people a confedence level. And frankly i doubt they would get that many sent in. and sonone who did could say what a good expereince they ahd with CAD.
Here is the thing, we know there an excellent mic hand built, in the usa. I can accept a certan % chance of an issue, and i think most who have particiapted in the drop are aware of the possibility. All i think any of us would expect is that if you happen to get one with a problem that CAD just take care of it. Sure we love to see a 0% issue rate with any product, but the next best thing is great customer service.
My benchmark for self noise is my rode NT1A, which is pretty darn quiet though the CAD is supposed to be quieter. If it is noiser then my Rode, they will certianly be hearing form me and if it is quieter, i'l certanly say so here.
Steaz
18
Jul 31, 2017
I was reading some people needed an adapter to mount this to their boom arms, has anyone had to do this with theirs? anyone have a link the the thread-size or the adapter?
Steaz
18
Aug 11, 2017
Not sure, I ordered an adapter next day from amazon that arrives today, the mic does as well. Going to hook it up and hope everything works fine with my current mic arm. This is my first XLR microphone.
Scoobis
11
Aug 12, 2017
Seems like this silliest thing to cheap out on. you can buy a cheap Chinese mic and it comes with one. What did they save ... maybe 2 bucks if they bought them in quantity O.o
Scoobis
11
Jul 30, 2017
I an exited to receive it. I only hope they have tightened up ther quality control. Time will tell.
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