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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.


FEATURES
  • Designed for acoustic guitars, stringed instruments, cymbals, hi-hats, and more
  • Hi-pass filter
  • Attenuator
  • Mic clip included

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 111 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (53)
  • Lightweight (53)
  • Good audio (49)
  • Easy to use (44)
  • Versatile (33)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (38)
  • Performances (35)
  • Amateur recording (31)
  • Outdoor events / games (20)
  • Professional recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (34), Professional musician (20), Novice (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

BIG surprises come in SMALL packages!

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...Read complete review

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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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

Handy Pair of Mics

By Akubra Dude

from Richardson, TX

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    I gave the CM217 4 stars for functionality and a 5th star for excellent value when purchased as a pair.
    In one of my audio engineering capacities, I am the tech consultant for two community theaters in my area. Anyone familiar with community theater should not be surprised with the words "tight budget". I used a pair of these as drop mics over the stage to provide monitoring of the dialog/action to the green room and wardrobe areas. Their small size was a plus because helped make them visually unobtrusive up amongst the light rigging. Since these are coming down from the ceiling beams, I really appreciate the built-in high pass filter which helps cut down on the rumble from the HVAC system. Because of that, coupled with my use of these only for voice, I was able to run the cables straight to a small, no-frills mixer and amp in the wings instead of making the longer round trip to the main board at the back of the venue for EQing. These mics are pretty "hot", so I understand the utility of having the built in attenuator. I have never used that feature since I'm not doing near-field micing. I also need every dB of sensitivity I can get in order to have the ability to pick up -- literally - the sound of every "pin drop" on stage. After two years I am still highly satisfied with them so when a the 2nd theater recently asked for a back stage monitoring system I did not hesitate to purchase another pair. Both theaters were delighted with the results.
    Unless you are brand-loyalist or have money to burn, I see no reason to not to try a pair of these in your kit, even if only as a back up pair when your in a squeeze.

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    4.0

    It's Not the Gear; It's the Ears.

    By Chainsaw

    from Footville, WI

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

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

      I bought these because I wanted a matched pair of overhead drum mikes and, considering the reviews and the two-fer price, I couldn't resist these. I have tried them on acoustic guitar and am impressed. I haven't yet used them on drums so I am reserving the fifth star. During testing while wearing headphones I thought I was having a noise problem but then realized that the mikes wear picking up the sound of the water heater through the walls of my studio booth. They're pretty hot. I am not a gear snob. I've been doing this so long I can make five monkeys on a street corner banging on pickle buckets sound good with a cassette deck. It's not the gear. It's the ears.

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      5.0

      Great for the price

      By Vic

      from Denver, Colorado

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

      If you don't want to spend too much on some condensers I would recommend these. They do a superb job

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      2.0

      Mediocre

      By ACP

      from CFL

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      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

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

      These are inexpensive small diaphragm condenser mics that are adequate for only a limited number of uses. They're tinny and shrill sounding. I'm using them as audience mics and that may be the only use I can think of that these are good for. Maybe a choir.

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      5.0

      Tiny mic, great sound

      By Jeff

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        These were a Stupid Deal purchase. My duo partner and I were trying to assemble the smallest, lightest, yet best-sounding PA system we could for playing small venues. I decided to take a chance on these little guys. They ARE small, both fitting in a small camera case, including the clips. We clamp them onto our vocal mic stands to capture guitar, banjo and uke. The sound is more than adequate for our needs and it saves us from having to haul larger mics and two more mic stands. Several musicians and sound techs have commented on how good they sound, especially given their size and price point. In all, a great purchase. Note: They're not good for vocals and we did have to fabricate small foam windscreens for using them outdoors.

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        5.0

        Great little microphones!

        By Dave from DM Studios

        from Louisville, KY

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          Great little microphones. Work like a champ for overhead drum micrphones.

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          4.0

          Good deal

          By Dash

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            Bought a pair when they were SDOTD, and worth every penny. Used as overheads on a live gig - easy to mount on a lightweight boom - decent natural sound. Maybe a bit more noise (hiss) than a higher end mic but for live use or non-super critical recording a pair of these can be very versatile, and a worthy addition to your collection.

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            4.0

            Very nice, it does the job

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            By Mothra

            from Cleveland

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

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

              Right out of the box, I tried them out on my acoustic guitar. Better than what I expected. Did a full recording session with them as overheads on my drummer's set, and they had a nice sparkle to them on the high end. These will come in handy in the future, I'm sure.

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              2.0

              Be sure you want these, it costs to much to return them!

              By paul m.

              from NY, NY

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

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

                  I took a chance and purchased these on one of those F.B. flash deals figuring that if they were just ok I could return them. They aren't horrible but nothing I would keep... They don't do well for the 2nd acoustic mic and they overload too quickly to be an effective drum overhead or in a high spl application. That said they were cheap for the pair and thought worth the try. I should have read the return policy much more closely as I am in the position of just keeping them as I would have to pay shipping both ways.

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                  5.0

                  Great Drum Overheads!

                  By Shaun

                  from Orlando, FL

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Drum overheads
                    • Events

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

                    I use these as drum overheads for my percussionist and they sound great! With SM57's on the kick, snare, and toms and these as the overheasds the drums really sound full. Great for my purposes!

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