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CAD CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save  

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Overview
  • Designed for acoustic guitars, stringed instruments, cymbals, hi-hats, and more
  • Hi-pass filter
  • Attenuator
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  • MSRP:
    $199.99
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    - $150.00
  • Your Price:
    $4999

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A great pair of overhead condenser mics at a great price.

This is a really well-designed special deal. If there is any single microphone category in which it is likely that you will be buying two of them, it is in the category of overhead condensers. Designed for drum overheads, the CAD CM217 solves your cymbal capture at a fantastic price.

In order to get a clear picture of your drummer's cymbal blends, you need two overhead condensers. The CM217 is equipped with a high-pass filter to avoid rumble and an attenuator to accommodate drummers of varying heavy-handedness. Mic clips included.

The CM217 is additionally good for acoustic guitars, string instruments, cymbals, hi-hats, and more. A great way to record acoustic guitar is to use one CM217 aimed at the lower bout and another aimed toward the neck. You get a lovely mix of attack and body that is adjustable in the mix.

Great mics, great deal.

Features
  • Designed for acoustic guitars, stringed instruments, cymbals, hi-hats, and more
  • Hi-pass filter
  • Attenuator

Make sure the detail and charm of your drummer's cymbals are making it to your final audio capture. Order today.

 

CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save Specifications:

  • Operating Principle: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz to 13KHz
  • Sensitivity: -41dBV (8.9mV) @ 1 Pa
  • Impedance: 230 ohms
  • Hi-pass Filter: 200Hz, 6dB/oct
  • Attenuator: 10dB
  • Power Requirements: P12, P24, P48, 11mA(P48)
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CADCM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save
 
4.6

(based on 93 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (39)
  • Compact (38)
  • Good audio (35)
  • Easy to use (31)
  • Versatile (23)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (28)
    • Home studio (24)
    • Amateur recording (22)
    • Outdoor events / games (16)
    • Professional recording (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (22), Professional musician (16), Novice (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    One of the best value mics out there.

    I give this mic my highest rating. I have 4 of them that go into the field with me as sound reinforcement for choir. That is a hard duty for a microphone. Many...Read complete review

    I give this mic my highest rating. I have 4 of them that go into the field with me as sound reinforcement for choir. That is a hard duty for a microphone. Many choirs are using the hanging mini AT mics, and they sound better than this CAD, but they'd better at 5 times the price per mic.

    My SM81s are used just for recording purposes, and I've figured out how to get a good choir recording with a pair of 81s and a large diaphragm condenser as a solo mic.

    But I can't lose those 81s because I ain't made o'money. Plus, in most sound reinforcement applications, the awesome quality of the SM81 is lost in the crowd noise and the PA system. What you need in a live choir mic is DECENT sound quality and a high Gain Before Feedback.

    I find with these CADs, I get incredible amounts of gain--have to severely dial back the gain on these compared to the handheld SM57 we use as a solo mic. And it's no slouch in the gain department. As for sound quality, having a single SM57 dynamic in the mix is a good way to gauge SQ because everybody knows what the 57 sounds like. And with all EQ settings at zero, these little CADS are far more open sounding and give a much more 'live' feel than a 57 can do. But they still require some tweaking for best performance. The 57 also needs a lot of 'thinning' in the midbass to achieve a bit more balance with these condensers. The sound is very different and requires compensation for timbre matching. That's not a bad thing, since the slight midbass hump of the 57 is actually a much loved characteristic of that mic, very useful in other applications.

    I find that if I have time to adjust the EQ parameters for the midrange of these little cheapies, I can get very, very nice sound out of the house system. But it does require some effort to balance the feedback fight with the sound quality mission. That would be true even with expensive mics of course, but since many of those have a flatter response curve to start with, the job is less involved.

    I leave the bass unattenuated because with a choir you need as much bass as you can get. I also find that shockmounts are critical in live applications of this mic--it is just too 'live' to handle any bumps agaist the stand gracefully.

    Behaves generally as a small-diaphragm condenser should. This is our second Christmas with this set. They got set up for five performances and about 20 rehearsals this year and they're all still working, so fingers crossed.
    Bass rolloff and -10db pad, comes with basic clip.
    I'm giving this thing 10 quality stars because of how inexpensive it is. So quality for me with regards to this mic is inextricable from the value proposition.
    Where else are you going to find mics at 30 bucks each that can do what this mic can do?

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    OK for the price

    This mic is not bad for the price. It's not as open as some other condensor mics due to a sharp roll-off above 10K. I would not use it on critical tracks due to...Read complete review

    This mic is not bad for the price. It's not as open as some other condensor mics due to a sharp roll-off above 10K. I would not use it on critical tracks due to the lack of high frequencies and detail. There are plenty of better mics you can get for tracking your main stuff that are still affordable. I plan to use it as an ambience mic but nothing beyond that.

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    5.0

    Cant go wrong for the money

    By duffman

    from Geneseo, Illinois

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about CAD CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save:

      Bought these for drum overheads. Have not had a chance to try them for that purpose yet. However did use them to record acoustic guitar. Clean & clear.

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      4.0

      Spoons

      By Sayer

      from Barstool, CA

      About Me Experienced

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            Comments about CAD CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save:

            I play spoons seated, with a vocal mic. Our Band plays a whole range of music and sometimes I need a mic to bring out the sound of the clackers. Bringing one of these in from the front on a boom connected to the vocal mic stand pointing down about 30 degrees, keeps any ambiant noise out. Our standard mics were too big for the offset stand, these were perfect. Haven't tried them on stage with the rest of the gear (Noise) yet, but they seem to do the trick in a room full of hot mics and the size is perfect.
            Whatever......

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            5.0

            Nice and simple

            By Bryan

            from Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about CAD CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save:

              I bought a pair of CM217's to use as audience mic's at Promiseland Church San Marcos. They work great! Super low profile too so they dont stick out like a sore thumb on the stage. Now the broadcast and podcast have that audience energy that was lacking. Thanks Sweetwater for a GREAT deal!

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              5.0

              Clean little secret

              By Brightsword

              from Winston-Salem NC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about CAD CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save:

                Bought these for acoustic guitars and mandolin for the tiniest coffee shop system I could make up ( and because they were CHEAP!) Pleasantly surprised at their sound quality and versatility. Have used these successfully in the role of perimeter mic. Their diameter is too small for some mic-clips so keep thier clips with them. They are so light and small that you may place them with almost any type of non-conventional holder. Nice little miccs!

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                5.0

                Outstanding quality in a tiny package

                By tsurikov

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about CAD CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save:

                  I found out about these from a musician friend who uses them in her mandolin-orchestra gigs. I would've never believed that a tiny, inexpensive mic like this could have any quality to it. But it does! I use it to amplify and record bowed instruments (fiddles, cellos, etc.), plucked-string instruments (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, saz, etc.), and occasionally folk drums (dumbek, tapan, etc.). All sound great through these mics. And because they're small, I can mount them on a side-mount boom on a mic stand, so I get vocal and instrument mics on one stand without clutter or worrying about the stand tipping over.

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                  3.0

                  Gear Bag Necessity

                  By Dan

                  from ABQ, NM

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Not 4 Acoustic

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Overhead Mic

                  Comments about CAD CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save:

                  Used a set of these before for micing cymbals...not sure if micing and acoustic guitart is a good bet, but for the price...a must have in the PA gear bag.

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                  4.0

                  Great Mics at a Great Price

                  By Richinmusic

                  from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Functions
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about CAD CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save:

                    I haven't used them too much yet, but they sounded great as dum overheads and as a stereo pair on acoustic guitar. I am a huge fan of less expensive mics, modern manufacturing methods afford us all better products at better prices....IF we do ourresaerch first (like reading reviews!!!lol). These are great little mics!

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                    4.0

                    Worth the money..

                    By Steve

                    from Indiana

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events

                      Comments about CAD CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save:

                      I use these low profile mics for overheads on drum sets. They don't have that bulky look hanging over your drummer. They sound great and worth the price.

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                      5.0

                      Replacement Mics, but wasn't needed

                      By FuzzBoxStudio

                      from Manassas, VA

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                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • A Bit Too Lightweight

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about CAD CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save:

                      I bought these as a pair for two reasons. Price and need. It ended up need was not a good reason. I didn't read the paperwork closely and found that they need phantom power. My 6-mic mixer only has phantom on two inputs. Ended up I was using one with power and one without. Oh, well. I have spares now and can work up other uses for them.

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                      4.0

                      Good Deal on Overhead mic

                      By DJT

                      from Boulder CO

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good price

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about CAD CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save:

                        These mics at buy one get one is a fantastic deal.
                        they are small but very good quality for miking the cymbols on my drums in the studio. I hang the mic from the ceiling and I do not need a stand. I position them for the best sound by location on the ceiling and how far I let them hang. I bought two sets of buy one get one and I could mic all (4) cymbols. I have not tried these on acoustic guitar yet but I think they will work good for that as well. I'm sure there are better mics out there but for this price and my budget they are the best buy for the money. The only reason I gave them a 4 intead of a 5 is becasue they are of home studio quality. However, I would think could even work in a pro studio in the correct application.

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