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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
 
4.6

(based on 96 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (41)
  • Lightweight (41)
  • Good audio (38)
  • Easy to use (34)
  • Versatile (25)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (29)
    • Home studio (27)
    • Amateur recording (24)
    • Outdoor events / games (17)
    • Professional recording (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (24), Professional musician (16), Novice (8)

    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

    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

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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

            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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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