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CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone

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Designed for drum overheads, but capable of capturing any signal with high-end detail. Add some sparkle to your mix with the CAD C9. Mic clip include...Click To Read More About This Product

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Cardioid condenser for overheads and more.

Designed for drum overheads, but capable of capturing any signal with high-end detail. Add some sparkle to your mix with the CAD C9. Mic clip included. It is flat between 200Hz and 5kHz, with a gentle rise into 6K through 8K, dropping off precipitously at 10K. These go very well in pairs.

FEATURES
  • Great for cymbals: overheads, hi-hat
  • Works well for acoustic Instruments
  • Low profile
  • Quality clip included

Order today and see how good your cymbals really are.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Operating Principle: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz to 13KHz
  • Sensitivity: -41dBV (8.9mV) @ 1 Pa
  • Impedance: 230 ohms
  • Power Requirements: P12, P24, P48, 11mA(P48)
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CADC9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone
 
4.4

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (23)
  • Good audio (20)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Versatile (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (16)
  • Performances (13)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (13), Experienced (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Stupid Deal, Smart Purchase

I purchased a pair of C9s for home use. I have professional recording studio and I wanted a cheap stereo pair for home recording. So far I've used them on an acoustic guitar and...Read complete review

I purchased a pair of C9s for home use. I have professional recording studio and I wanted a cheap stereo pair for home recording. So far I've used them on an acoustic guitar and upright piano. To get the best results I've placed the mics very close to the source in both cases. Too far away and you start to get more room ambiance and depending on the room acoustics, you may not want that. I am looking for a tighter sound and they sound very good if you close mic the source.

For a Stupid Deal price they sound great for a home recording option.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Incorrect Specifications

The specifications state that this mic has a hi-pass filter as well as a 10dB attenuator.

It has neither.

The specifications state that this mic has a hi-pass filter as well as a 10dB attenuator.

It has neither.

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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Incorrect Specifications

By JohnAKent

from Central VA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • No Attenuator
  • No Hi-Pass Filter

Best Uses

    Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

    The specifications state that this mic has a hi-pass filter as well as a 10dB attenuator.

    It has neither.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Stupid Deal, Smart Purchase

    By Dr. Samurai

    from Bradenton, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

      I purchased a pair of C9s for home use. I have professional recording studio and I wanted a cheap stereo pair for home recording. So far I've used them on an acoustic guitar and upright piano. To get the best results I've placed the mics very close to the source in both cases. Too far away and you start to get more room ambiance and depending on the room acoustics, you may not want that. I am looking for a tighter sound and they sound very good if you close mic the source.

      For a Stupid Deal price they sound great for a home recording option.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Bang for the buck

      By bullheadamplification

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

          I managed to pick up the CAD C9 pencil condenser mic during a Stupid Deal of the Day. WOW. Even at it's listed price, it does an excellent job for the dough. Great clarity and decent noise floor. No pad or low freq roll off, but I didn't expect that for the money spent. I just ran a quick test and threw the mic on an acoustic guitar. Perfect. I have over 28yrs experience in the industry and LOVE deals like this. Very unexpected, but excellent!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Works well for my little set-up

          By CrisperD

          from New York

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Acoustic Instruments
            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Light Vocals
            • Overhead Ambient Capture
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

            I bought this on a whim as a "Stupid Deal of the Day" mainly because I needed a decent mic to record acoustic guitar and possibly some scratch vocals. I I'm using a small, inexpensive setup: M-Audio StudioPro 3 powered monitors, Behringer Xenyx 802 6 channel phantom powered mixer into Cubase LE 5(Windows 7 Version. This mic is very clear sounding with and balanced in my opinion. I like the compact size too. Wish I had bought 2 of them so that I could experiment with ambient stereo fields. Overall, I'm happy with the purchase.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Value for the price

            By T.J.

            from Nebraska

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Pretty Good Overall

            Cons

            • Not very sensitive

            Best Uses

              Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

              Being used as an overhead drum microphone and does a decent job. The sensitivity is OK but it is a good value for the price.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Stupid Deal Of The Day=Super Deal

              By Harmony Kat

              from Troy, NY

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Small Powerful

              Cons

              • Must have phantom power

              Best Uses

              • Acoustic Guitar
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

              Powerful little mic good for acoustic guitars and drums. Smaller than I thought but that turned out to be a good thing. If you have a small PA make sure it has phantom power or you can't use this. Super mic if you by on the Stupid Deal Of The Day. I don't think I would pay retail though.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good mike

              By Ben_51004

              from Southeast North Carolina

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                Right now I have this set up to mike my hi-hat. This will be used for amateur recordings and performances. Gives a nice clear sound. I'm very satisfied with the mike at this point, although I do wish it had come with a windscreen for outside use. Good value in my opinion.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                inexpensive solution for drums overhead

                By Geezerguitarguy

                from Reading, PA

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Clear Wide Pickup Range
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Plenty Of Signal Strength

                Cons

                • Limited Bass Response
                • Limited Functions
                • Uneven Response Curve

                Best Uses

                • Cymbals Mic For Kit Drums
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                Being used as an overhead mic on a small jazz drum kit. Works admirably on the gig to add sparkle to the cymbals and snare. Phantom powered, plenty of pizazz at the board. Works well combined with a shure 57 on the bass drum, though limited bass response would prevent me from using the CAD alone for full range instruments or vocals. Good deal on Stupid Deal of the Day.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Does the job very well

                By MRich

                from Philadelphia PA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Convenient
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Priced Right
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Acosutic Guitar
                  • Performances

                  Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                  I picked this up on one the Stupid Deal offers. I use this mic for live acoustic performances (when there is no sound system) to augment the piezo pickup sound of my guitars. This mic is wide open sonically - I use a Behringer mixer w/ phantom power and I do roll off a bit of the upper treble. I situate the mic over the bridge area on a classical guitar then blend the piezo and mic signals to suit the sound. It works great.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Works great, especially for the price

                  By BBK228

                  from Ballston Spa, NY

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  See all my reviews

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                    Like most on here, I grabbed these as a Deal-Of-The-Day. I have been using a pair of Behringers as my drum overheads but wanted a second pair to put out front of the band for live recording without losing my OHs. I ran a comparison, mounting both the Behringer pair and these in an X/Y over my drums along with a Shure Beta52 on my bass drum. The C9s are a little brighter than the Behringers. I then added a Behringer B2 about 4 ft. in front of my kit (Pearl Reference) and found the brightness of that combined w/ the C9s was a little too bright for my recording. I think when recording I will stick with the Behringers as overheads, the Beta52 on the bass and the B2 in front, but for live I will just use the C9s and use the Behringers out front to record the band. These could also easily be used for acoustic guitar and other acoustic instruments and would provide enough brightness to keep everything clear in the mix. Very handy little mics!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Surprising

                    By SoundGuy1

                    from Michiana

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                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                      Quite surprised at the quality of the sound. I bought these to use as overheads for drums. I had an gig the day they arrived and thought I would just plug them in to see how they sound. I had one of the crew just speak into them while I was at foh. His voice came through quite clear and natural sounding. No channel EQ was needed.

                      These mics are quite compact in size and lightweight which make them manageable on fully extended booms and small enough to get in and around compact drum kits. I'm looking forward to putting this on an acoustic guitar and other stringed instruments.

                      If they prove useful in a few other applications I think I'll add another pair or two.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best Bang for Your Buck, Hands Down!

                      By Elise

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                        I'm a sound designer, and I would say without reservation that a pair of these microphones is one of the best purchases I've made. The price is obviously a steal, especially considering how versatile this mic is. It's clear without being gritty, has a decent output level without a high noise floor, and is remarkably durable considering it's a pencil condenser. If I'm not recording a voice over or using my field recorder out and about, I use these mics exclusively when working on sound design, and I've never thought twice about it. They work great on every sound I've thrown their way!

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        nice micsu

                        By eres tu

                        from Victoria Tx

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Performances

                          Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great little mic for the price

                          By Guitar George

                          from Pacifica, CA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                            Wish I'd bought TWO!

                             
                            5.0

                            A bright, hot little microphone!

                            By RubyTuba

                            from Park City, KS

                            About Me Professional Musician

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                              I'm lazy. In my demo studio, I don't like to waste time moving a microphone between tracks. I leave this little C9 Cardioid Condenser plugged in all the time, parked on a short stand in front of my bass and guitar amps. When it's time to do a track, I just point it at the amp I want and hit "Record". It sounds really nice, gets brilliant highs, and adds a little "room air". It was a GREAT buy - I wish I'd thought of it a long time ago! Now I don't have to drag my vocal mic over and adjust the boom way down when I just want to do a scratch rhythm track.

                               
                              5.0

                              Mic It

                              By Old Bass Wizzard

                              from Bellefonte, Pa.

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                              Purchased two of these due to the price. (Stupid Deal of the Day) Added to the mic collection for my home studio to record overhead cymbals on drum kits.

                               
                              5.0

                              Exactly what I needed

                              By copydo

                              from Lawrenceville, GA

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                                I purchased for my home studio to record some acoustic guitar. I does the job well. I am pleased with the results of the recordings.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great mic for special uses

                                By Jerry

                                from undisclosed

                                About Me Professional Musician

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • limited frequency response 13k

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances

                                Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                                This is a really small mic. It works well for acoustic guitar (neck position), mandolin and banjo. It is a bit limited in frequency response on the high end but that works well in a live situation where high end feedback is a problem. 13k will still get a lot of the upper brightness that most can hear.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Nice mic, good price

                                By Cajon guy

                                from North shore Lake Superior

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                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                                  Bought this to pick up brush work on the face of my cajon. Also have a kick drum mic in a grommet in the back panel.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I would buy this product again for the value.

                                  By Drummer Dave A.

                                  from Grand Haven, Michigan

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                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about CAD C9 Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone:

                                    Bought this mic to use on my drum kit for the high hat and am very pleased with how it brings out the high frequencies. It is definitely doing the job during live performances and the price was great!

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