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CAD M179 Condenser Mic

CAD M179 Condenser Mic

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Product Description
Old meets new in the CAD M179 condenser mic, which combines a vintage capsule design with modern electronics to produce an open, natural sound. It uses the dual-diaphragm version of the company’s well-regarded E300 capsule—an externally biased capsule with a gold-sputtered 1.1-inch diaphragm—and delivers a high output level and fast transient response with low noise and low distortion Read More

Sep 11, 2017
Just want to give my recommendation for these.
Great microphone, especially for someone new to recording. You can stick it in front of just about anything and it will sound either good or great. It will hold its own against much more expensive mics too.
Frequency response is pretty flat. Low end is a bit more extended and present than other budget LDCs, mid range is smooth but not carved out, and top end is fairly clean but can catch some sibelance sometimes.
Options on this mic are FANTASTIC, especially for this price.
Great mic for $200, even better for for $159/$139. Will be getting a 2nd.
Sep 1, 2017
Received mine Monday, earlier than expected. Excellent, versatile mike. Neutral. Very quick and responsive on attack -- great for percussion and acoustic guitar, but the same attack makes sibilance more pronounced on vocals. Still really glad I got this mike.
Aug 9, 2017
I have TWO M179s.
I got them for $90 each, used, and many will claim an AKG C414 XLS sounds far better, I actually prefer one of my M179. I've never tried the Rode NT1, but I was tempted to buy that over this, but I have no regrets. I really like the fact I can vary the pickup pattern without any button pressing.
Great for drums, although I use my pair for general-purpose in-studio stereo recording. They sound pretty good on my male voice as well, assuming you have a quiet place to work. They are very sensitive! I don't notice any white noise when using these -- they will work well with most mic pre-amps just fine I'd say, assuming the preamp can provide phantom power.
A $20 large generic shockmount will fit these just fine. I like to put a foam windscreen on them to keep the plosives down and for protection against bumps. This is a side-address microphone, which is a bit awkward for me as I typically use dynamic microphones.
I can recommended this if you need a general purpose condenser microphone for home studio work and don't want to dump all your money on an AKG C414. These are worth getting for drums as well, regardless of budget. Great price.
Aug 8, 2017
Want to throw my hat in for these as well - the studio I run has probably something to close to 100k worth of really top flight mics at this point, both modern and vintage (usual suspects as far as the old stuff plus over a dozen Josephsons, custom shop stuff from both Dimitri Wolfwood and Shannon Rhoades, etc) but I still have half a dozen M179s, and they'll end up on toms just as often as the e22s. For the price there's really nothing to complain about - they're pretty quiet, they can handle a crapload of level, having infinitely variable polar pattern is a really unusual feature on a mic at this price point and importantly they really sound pretty good on almost anything you put them in front of (but toms, actually toms, I know it's almost a cliche at this point but they slay on toms). Only other large capsule condenser I can really think of around this price point I like better is the Aston Origin, and it's a different beast (fixed cardioid, won't take quite as much SPL). $150 is a decent price too. I think you'd be hard pressed to buy a better all-around microphone for that kind of money.
Jul 31, 2017
How much did this cost?
Aug 8, 2017
StarrySnoogThe lowest price was the same as this new drop - $149.99, although shipping to Australia is almost $10 less this time :)
Jul 16, 2017
You know engineers spend a lot of time designing products with enginuity and purpose that it's an art in it of itself and looks often take a back seat. But this has got to be the ugliest mic I have ever seen. Good job CAD.
Jul 14, 2017
Thinking I'll buy the Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic for use on my laptop. Do I need anything else for this to be functional?
Jul 14, 2017
oaklandrichieYou'll need an xlr cable. Audio2000 and LyxPro are two good brands of affordable cables. You might want to be careful with the Icicle, I've had friends who's Icicles would overheat and start distorting. Maybe go for a Behringer UMC22 in that price range. Also the M179 needs a little more gain than the average mic so the Icicle might not quite make it.
Jul 13, 2017
I was tempted by the low noise (11 dB) and variable polar pattern. I just spent 2 hours reading and watching online reviews for the CAD M179. Common review conclusions were that it was impressive, still used to the exclusion of other mics, and useful for many situations. Negatives were the large case (insig to me) and high phantom power need. I ordered two due to the consistent reviews, low noise, and that variable polar pattern which will make it unique to the many other mics I own.
Jul 13, 2017
MD100I just recently added a second one of these to my mic locker and to my surprise, it came in a smaller and way better case than my first one. Just wish I had waited to get it from here.
Jul 13, 2017
I use(own) the 177, single polar pattern version, and really like it. I was pleasantly surprised by it as other CAD models did not always impress. The added polar patterns(179) would give great flexibility to a solid mic, especially in the price range. Reasonably neutral sounding - not too much HF hype - very acceptable rejection (cardioid only on mine) - and low self-noise. No problems after 9 years of ownership.
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