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CAD CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save  

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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.

SPECIFICATIONS

CM217 Condenser Mic - Buy Two and Save

  • 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
 
4.5

(based on 101 reviews)

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    (67)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (46)
  • Lightweight (46)
  • Good audio (43)
  • Easy to use (37)
  • Versatile (27)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (32)
    • Performances (31)
    • Amateur recording (27)
    • Outdoor events / games (18)
    • Professional recording (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (28), Professional musician (16), Novice (9)

    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

    Great sound!

    By Studio B

    from Lewis Center, Ohio

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

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

      I was having trouble getting a clear, full frequency sound on my live drum tracks. When I added these two mics as overheads, I was psyched with the result. The great price on a Stupid Deal of the day made it even better.

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      4.0

      decent mics for the price

      By jam92189

      from LA, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • A Little Thin On The Mids
      • A Little Thin Sounding

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      Well i bought this because I work doing a lot of studio and Live sound work and I needed something I wouldn't mind getting beat up. they work pretty well and sound clean. the fact that the top end ist super present is kinda a good thing because in live and in recorded tracks sibilance is always your enemy. they do need a little boost in the mids sometimes but that is a easy fix with a eq after besides they they are good mics for the price. i even use them for my voiceover stuff for my youtube page now.

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      3.0

      just ok

      By tatts

      from Niantic, Il.

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • No Range
      • Pricey / Poor Value
      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

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

      Very small. Doesn't pick up that far. Their just not what i expected. I wouldn't buy again. I'm trying them in different places on my drum set. I'll see if that works better.

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      4.0

      BIG surprises come in SMALL packages!

      By Berwyn Rick

      from Berwyn, IL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fragile Mic Screen

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

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

      I bought these as part of a Stupid Deal of the Day. When I unpacked them, my heart sunk and I thought, "Dang, these things are SO small. They probably won't sound very good – you got what you paid for," and was prepared to return them. Before doing that, I decided to do a shootout between the CM217s and my pair of Nady CM90s, which come at a similar price point, and which up to this point, I thought were pretty decent, compared to my AKG C1000S, which I've always disliked and considered rather overrated. I recorded identical stereo acoustic guitar parts into Pro Tools. I recorded them flat with no pad or low cut roll-off as the CM90s have no such switches. One mic was pointed just left of the bridge of the guitar (right-handed – sorry, lefties!), and the other pointed at the joint between the neck and the body of the guitar. With the CM217s, prepare to be STUNNED – BIG surprises really DO come in small packages! Wow. The CM217s had a nice, flattering, full-bodied sound, picking up the body resonance of the guitar with no overhyped high end to accompany it, like you might expect. It actually sounded pretty close to what I was hearing in the room! The CM90s, on the other hand, were hyped on the upper mids and high end, and you could actually hear a dissonant harmonic overtone clearly being added to the resonance of the guitar. The low end was also lacking on the body tone. Not flattering at all. The other thing I noticed on the CM90s is that the gain levels on the mics were not evenly matched. I had to really boost the input gain on my preamp for one of the mics to match the output levels of the other. This was not a problem on the CM217s – the levels were perfectly matched with the same settings on both channels on my ART Digital MPA II preamp. The only caveat on these mics is to be careful with mounting or removing the mics from the clips, as you could easily dent the screen – only handle them by the body (part of the the issue of them being so small). Otherwise, for the price, these mics come HIGHLY recommended – even better yet, if you can get them on a Stupid Deal of the Day! Anyone want to buy my CM90s??? :-)

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      4.0

      Great for the money

      By surfVillain

      from Queen Creek AZ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        These a light, sensitive, defined, and work nicely on brass and snare. Double as a talk back mike for an isolated drummer, Nice and compact... and inexpensive.

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        5.0

        compact an crisp performance

        By integra-sparks

        from Michigan

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Can Use For Vocal Backup
        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Very good value
        • Works Great With My Uke

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          Use this for Shaker, Uke and backup vocal mic. Gives consistent performance even when 'moving around a bit' Remember this does need a phantom power supply.

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          5.0

          Wow, Wow, WOW

          By GUITARMAN412

          from North Andover, MA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

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

            For the price, this is one of those unbeatable deals. These little guys are the best instrument mics I have ever used, and I've been through several brands and models of pencil-style condensers, and these are the winners by a long shot. The sound I get from these requires little to no EQ, as they sound crystal-clear and pick up such a detailed audio picture. I've used them for guitars, basses, and drums, and they do not disappoint.

            I use them most often for my acoustic guitars, and the fact that they come in a pair makes it even better. Position one pointing directly at the 12th fret, and the other at roughly a 45 degree angle to the bridge, and you will get an amazing sound. The fret mic will pick up the high end, and the other will add the lower, deeper end, giving you a warm, complete guitar sound. For the drums, these are my overheads of choice, and I do use the pad and high pass filter included on the mics. They pick up the "slap" from the sticks like a champ, and the cymbals sound perfect (not too harsh, but present).

            Overall, these are impossible to beat for the price. Don't let the size fool you, they will give you amazing results. Especially for someone who likes to record on a budget, I assure you that these will not disappoint.

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            4.0

            Great for the price!!

            By MasterKontrol Audio

            from Bloomington, Indiana

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

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

              This deal can't be beat! So far I have only used these as overhead drum mics and I think they work very well.

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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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Spoons

                By Sayer

                from Barstool, CA

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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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