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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.


Great mic and affordable. Order today.

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
 
4.1

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (8)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Overhead/Instrument mic

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...Read complete review

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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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

mini condenser mic

By joe

from Williamstown, NJ

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    used for miking horns

     
    4.0

    Great Mic for the money!

    By Russ

    from Las Vegas, Nv

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about CAD CM217 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

      I use these mics in my home studio to record overhead cymbals on my drum set. They are clear and clean!

       
      5.0

      CM217 Condenser Microphone

      By Bob

      from Mid West USA

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      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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Use on top end leslie

          By TA Oklahoma

          from Eufaula

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          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.

            (2 of 2 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

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Overhead/Instrument mic

              By InSub

              from Louisville, KY

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              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.

                (0 of 7 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.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Having a problem with my CM217's

                By Uncle Tom

                from Tennessee

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                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.

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                pretty good little mic

                By aaroncushing

                from Fredericton, NB

                About Me Novice

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                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.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Actually quite good!

                  By SoundMan-aHWKr

                  from davenport, ia

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                  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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