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CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone  

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The CAD CM217 is a small diaphragm condenser microphone that was designed for acoustic guitars, stringed instruments, cymbals, hi-hats, and more. Fea...Read More

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Perfect for acoustic instruments, strings, cymbals, and overhead.

The CAD CM217 is a small diaphragm condenser microphone that was designed for acoustic guitars, stringed instruments, cymbals, hi-hats, and more. Features include hi-pass filter and attenuator. Mic clip included.


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SPECIFICATIONS

CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

  • 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 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
 
4.0

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Performances (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Go for the BOGO option

    NOT for loud sources! There is also two-for-one package on MF for the same price. Might as well go with that option.I was hoping to use these as tom mics, but they couldn't...Read complete review

    NOT for loud sources! There is also two-for-one package on MF for the same price. Might as well go with that option.I was hoping to use these as tom mics, but they couldn't handle the loud low end, even with the pads engaged. I tried them as overheads and it was still too loud for the mics, although in some live applications you might not care about a little clipping.Where these mics do shine is as ambiance (audience) mics. Small, inconspicuous, and with high end detail and bass roll-off switching. Since they were overloaded so easily, I kept the pads engaged. If you're recording sermons, audience mics are crucial, feed them to the tape, but not to the monitors or house, they'll feed back.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    They overload very easily so watch out

    I got two of these with CAD's drum mic package. Jury's still out on that (I'm finding these CADs and all Chinese mics dont have a lot of dynamic response and some funky charactaristics...Read complete review

    I got two of these with CAD's drum mic package. Jury's still out on that (I'm finding these CADs and all Chinese mics dont have a lot of dynamic response and some funky charactaristics that can be a surprise if you grew up with Shures, EV(s), and Sennheisers...you get what you pay for). Anyway, I never used these as the kit intended as overheads (I used Nady condensers instead) so I keep these as extras for around the studio or in my road bag for when I get inspired at home. The pad makes them good for acoustic guitar and hand percussion such as tambourines, sleigh bells, and small diameter congas and bongos (used these guys for recording all of these instruments in a quiet room with pretty good results). What these suck at is any thing with a lot of punch, like as someone else has said, toms. Using these as a cymbal mike I found a horrible "boom" happen whenever I went to my 14" and floor tom while recording...sounded like a cannon had gone off even with the pad on. Truly a WTF moment. If you get these with the CAD drum mic kit they may be an ok deal, but on their own I'd say buy the Nady condenser 2 pack instead if you need overheads or cots-effective condensers in general and you'd be better off.

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    5.0

    CM217 Condenser Microphone

    By Bob

    from Mid West USA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

        When you need to mic a stringed instrument these work very well. I even used one for vocals when another mic failed. But, you have to stay about 2 feet away. Never tried it on drums.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Use on top end leslie

        By Ta

        from Oklahoma

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

          Use two on top end of leslie after learning how to set the mic they work great and price and size of mic made it easy to set up in tight spots. at first did not care for them but after spending time fine tuning them and learning the sound settings they will do the job. The price on stupid deal of day also sold me on them to try glad I did. Two more mic in My mic war chest and use them daily no problems have had them for about 6 months no problems.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          i would buy more

          By Karingas

          from Guadalajara México

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

            Exellent for the price, good sound , i used in diferent instrument and sounds nice, I gonna buy moré of these

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Overhead/Instrument mic

            By InSub

            from Louisville, KY

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

              4 Stars in general, but 5 stars at BOGO price.

              We use these for drum overheads and they work great. Nice and clear through our MOTU 8Pre. We've used these live (Behringer SX3242FX mixer)as overheads with just the kick, snare and hats mic'd for extra oomph and that was our best live drum sound to date.

              We've also used it to record saxophone, and it sounded great for that too! Our sax guy was very impressed with the result.

              Haven't had a chance to do acoustic guitar yet, but the recordings we've captured so far have been clean and accurate, so I expect a good result there too.

              We've been using these for 1 yr now mostly at home recording(only a handful of live shows). The mic stands they've been on have been knocked over a few times, but they're still going strong.

              If it goes on BOGO again snatch up a pair quick. Great for capturing a stereo source.

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              (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not a working product

              By Ed Loera

              from Hoffman Estates,IL

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              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

              Well don't how to put it but, I'm running the cm217 condenser mic though a "phantom Pro with a 48 volt." the switchs on the condenser don't light up if they are to. I could have been mistaken about them or could be wrong hope not.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Having a problem with my CM217's

              By TomCat

              from Near Nashville, TN

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Cute Little Mic
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Pop's Static
              • Pops Crackles
              • Static Noise

              Best Uses

              • Not Sure Yet

              Comments about CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

              I got two of them on sale (S.D.O.T.D.) Plugged in just to see if they work. They put out a signal so I Set them aside for couple months still in the boxes in air conditioned room.

              Just for kick's I decided to compare them with some other small condenser mic's. When I connected them to the console, same way as the other mic's, I was getting intermittent pops and static in both, along with the audio. It was lower level but still loud enough to hear along with voice.

              All other mic's tested OK.

              Wondering if anyone else has turned up the gain a bit on the CM217 and noticed this noise with a quiet background?

              After I send in for warranty repair, we will try it again. Unfortunately these two are not usable as is.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              pretty good little mic

              By aaroncushing

              from Fredericton, NB

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio

                Comments about CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                I picked up a pair of these on a BOGO, and at that price point, they're fantastic! They include a clip, a little plastic nubbin tool for flipping the pad and low-pass, and a thread adapter for fitting to two sizes of mic stand threads.

                Haven't had much chance to drive these yet, but so far so good. My plan is to use them primarily for drum overheads, but I suspect they will also see time in front of an acoustic guitar, and maybe with a choir/vocal ensemble. Great little mics that seem like they'll do the job well.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Actually quite good!

                By SoundMan-aHWKr

                from davenport, ia

                Comments about CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                Not my "go to" for anything really, but certainly wouldn't be afraid to use it for any number of things like acoustic guitar, bass cab (tried it, it works), classic string instruments, or percussion.
                Being so tiny and still having a pad and roll off switch is impressive.
                Very small, a little bigger than a pinky finger. Decently rugged I suppose. I've had absolutly no problems with 6 of them. Sound quality is much better than one might expect. Ironicly as drum overheads I really don't like them, the high end is rather harsh and doesnt eq very well. I love them as an overhead for congas and bongos and such. Just a few weeks ago I stuck one of these on a stand in front of an acoustic guitar with vocal and the single mic was outstanding. Excellent blend of voice and instrument. The voice was clear, the guitar was smooth and rich. It was really just an experiment since I already had a direct guitar signal and vocal mic for the house. I recorded the cad mic straight to my laptop and listened to it later. I prefered the mic to the direct record feed from the board.
                That's cheap for something that works as a great utility mic.

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                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                David Raye

                By Unnamed User-ESwgV

                from Columbia mo.

                Comments about CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                I bought these to mic my fr 48 steel fender resonater, as i sway an rock while i play i had tonal difference as i went . I am completely surprised by the clarity and 0 self noise i mounted one in several places lower f hole , far lower cone and 2nd from back lower cone ,settling for the fhole pointing backto bridge . Like this i can still get treble but can adjust bass proximity by tilitng mic down to 1 in of the body and angled towards the treble strings. I love the size and with the bass roll of and pad on feedback is minimal the tone is great how can you beat this two for one price i dont know. Only problem was one had some paint in the groove for the cable lock makes it hard to get out .AS fr 48s are the by far heaviest steel res. on the market and the most toneful once you fix the bridge the minimal weght gain is nice.Yes i will probabley buy 2 more . As a after thuoght i mounted one inside the res. and it handled it with grace, the sound was so throaty it cut on clarity but with sev, mounting position attempts i think it may be equal to a surface mount.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                They overload very easily so watch out

                By bluesdrummermark-m10is

                from Massachusetts

                Comments about CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                I got two of these with CAD's drum mic package. Jury's still out on that (I'm finding these CADs and all Chinese mics dont have a lot of dynamic response and some funky charactaristics that can be a surprise if you grew up with Shures, EV(s), and Sennheisers...you get what you pay for). Anyway, I never used these as the kit intended as overheads (I used Nady condensers instead) so I keep these as extras for around the studio or in my road bag for when I get inspired at home. The pad makes them good for acoustic guitar and hand percussion such as tambourines, sleigh bells, and small diameter congas and bongos (used these guys for recording all of these instruments in a quiet room with pretty good results). What these suck at is any thing with a lot of punch, like as someone else has said, toms. Using these as a cymbal mike I found a horrible "boom" happen whenever I went to my 14" and floor tom while recording...sounded like a cannon had gone off even with the pad on. Truly a WTF moment. If you get these with the CAD drum mic kit they may be an ok deal, but on their own I'd say buy the Nady condenser 2 pack instead if you need overheads or cots-effective condensers in general and you'd be better off.

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