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A total drum set miking solution!

This all-in-one drum microphone package by CAD contains one KM212 dynamic cardioid kick drum mic, three TM211 dynamic cardioid tom mics with attached drum mount clips, one SN 210 dynamic cardioid snare mic with attached drum mount clip, and two CM 217 cardioid mini pencil condenser overhead microphones with external roll-off and pad. The 7-piece set comes in a convenient vinyl carrying case with shoulder strap.

FEATURES
  • One KM212 dynamic cardioid kick drum mic
  • Three TM211 dynamic cardioid tom mics with attached drum mount clips
  • One SN 210 dynamic cardioid snare microphone with attached drum mount clip
  • Two CM 217 cardioid mini pencil condenser mics with external roll-off and pad (phantom power required)
  • Comes packaged in a convenient vinyl carrying case with shoulder strap
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CADPRO-7 Drum Microphone Kit (7-Piece)
 
4.5

(based on 178 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (116)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (71)
  • Easy to use (70)
  • Lightweight (62)
  • Compact (61)
  • Durable (44)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (5)
  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (55)
  • Home studio (53)
  • Amateur recording (47)
  • Outdoor events / games (45)
  • Professional recording (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (52), Professional musician (29), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A solid set of drum mics.......Nice job.

I purchased these mics as a replacement for many more expensive professional mics that I had sold off throughout the years after closing a commercial studio. Some heavy hitters for professional studio use. Read complete review

I purchased these mics as a replacement for many more expensive professional mics that I had sold off throughout the years after closing a commercial studio. Some heavy hitters for professional studio use.
I'm filling a need in a home studio. I didn't expect to get "high quality/robust" mics....just enough to do the job on a budget, as it's mostly for personal/occassional use now vs. my Senny's, AKG's Shures, etc., which were used in that commercial studio day in and day out.
Well, I'm actually very satisfied with this set for drum miking - Yes..even the kick mic that many seem to have negative opinions about. It works fine.....it's all about drum tuning/damping/mic position and proper EQ....not over EQ.....watch for those phase issues which will pull things apart.....miking drums properly is an art.
The mics are quite good and robust for my applications.....they will find many other uses as they all have different characteristics, and that's why you pick certain mics, not just the most well known, or expensive mics. I used to follow the pros advice, spent tons of $$ and finally learned that these are tools, and the user needs to be a craftsman, and it's what can be done in a craftsman's hands that makes the "magic". As long as the tools are well designed, hold up, and work properly, the rest is up to the user. I'm very happy with this CAD set. Are there better mics.....sure....but will these get you what you need on a budget.....YES!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Have Realistic Expectations

I will say first that you have to come into this mic set with realistic expectations. You will get what you pay for. I am generally an SM57 and Beta52 fan, and I...Read complete review

I will say first that you have to come into this mic set with realistic expectations. You will get what you pay for. I am generally an SM57 and Beta52 fan, and I knew that I would not be getting anywhere near that quality for the price I paid during a Stupid Deal of the Day promotion for this set. That said, I will review these mics for what they are. I just wanted to give that piece of information because I have recorded drums countless times over my 22 years of playing and have never had such a difficult time achieving a desirable sound. Originally, I purchased these as a backup set in case I found myself in a jam. I immediately noticed that the mics, as a whole, lack attack. Everything requires a lot of EQ work to improve the sound, which is still lacking after this process, in my opinion. The bass drum mic captures minimal true lows, thus making capturing definition difficult. Through EQ'ing, you may be able to improve this a bit, but the sound is still not to my liking. I play a Gretsch Renown Maple and, when using these mics, the bass drum sounds pretty cheap on sound captures (and nothing like it should). In person, my bass drum has a defined tone. Through the mic, however, it simply sounds "muddy." Mind you, I am using an Evans EMAD batter head, Evans muffler, and a Kickport. The snare and tom mics have a bit of a "hollow" sound. They, like the bass mic, lack attack. Even through EQ'ing, they sound far away and lifeless or, once again, "muddy." They lack definition despite their true sound in person (I use EC2s). Personally, I am not a fan of the clip/bracket system, as I find the wing nuts loosen, thus shifting the mic position halfway through a take. This, in my opinion, is unacceptable, as the sound (although already not stellar), gets changed mid-take. Could you use them for a demo? I mean, sure. However, go in knowing that this is all they could achieve, as a "true" sound is highly-difficult to obtain. As for me, I am going back to my SM57's and Beta52.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

get 'em now! (audio samples)

By Jacad79

from Orange Park, FL

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Comments about CAD PRO-7 Drum Microphone Kit (7-Piece):

okay, so this is my THIRD review on these mics. I've had them for well over a year now, and they haven't let me down! while the snare, tom, and overhead mics are very clear and definite, the kick mic has a tendency to piss off a lot of other users by sounding "dead." however, that is just not true. and I know my opinion on this has fluctuated in between reviews, but I have since figured out how to get the sound I want from the kick:

1. have a decent kick drum!
2. learn proper mic placement.
3. EQ, EQ, EQ! you'll probably end up spending a lot of time tweaking around for the sound you want, but in the long run, you'll be surprised at how little effort it takes to get it.
4. compress the crap out of that channel! noise gates are cool, too.

let me just add that these mics aren't meant to capture good sound, but ACCURATE sound. so if your drum kit sounds like trash, then expect your recordings to sound no different. also, the mics are good for challenging you and building up your skills as an engineer. the only con I can really think of is the cheap-o mounting clips, but I've worked my way around that factor as well. a must have for low-budget/home studio applications!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A solid set of drum mics.......Nice job.

By Ron P.

from Mass.

About Me Experienced

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about CAD PRO-7 Drum Microphone Kit (7-Piece):

    I purchased these mics as a replacement for many more expensive professional mics that I had sold off throughout the years after closing a commercial studio. Some heavy hitters for professional studio use.
    I'm filling a need in a home studio. I didn't expect to get "high quality/robust" mics....just enough to do the job on a budget, as it's mostly for personal/occassional use now vs. my Senny's, AKG's Shures, etc., which were used in that commercial studio day in and day out.
    Well, I'm actually very satisfied with this set for drum miking - Yes..even the kick mic that many seem to have negative opinions about. It works fine.....it's all about drum tuning/damping/mic position and proper EQ....not over EQ.....watch for those phase issues which will pull things apart.....miking drums properly is an art.
    The mics are quite good and robust for my applications.....they will find many other uses as they all have different characteristics, and that's why you pick certain mics, not just the most well known, or expensive mics. I used to follow the pros advice, spent tons of $$ and finally learned that these are tools, and the user needs to be a craftsman, and it's what can be done in a craftsman's hands that makes the "magic". As long as the tools are well designed, hold up, and work properly, the rest is up to the user. I'm very happy with this CAD set. Are there better mics.....sure....but will these get you what you need on a budget.....YES!

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Have Realistic Expectations

    By TyGuy

    from New Jersey

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about CAD PRO-7 Drum Microphone Kit (7-Piece):

    I will say first that you have to come into this mic set with realistic expectations. You will get what you pay for. I am generally an SM57 and Beta52 fan, and I knew that I would not be getting anywhere near that quality for the price I paid during a Stupid Deal of the Day promotion for this set. That said, I will review these mics for what they are. I just wanted to give that piece of information because I have recorded drums countless times over my 22 years of playing and have never had such a difficult time achieving a desirable sound. Originally, I purchased these as a backup set in case I found myself in a jam. I immediately noticed that the mics, as a whole, lack attack. Everything requires a lot of EQ work to improve the sound, which is still lacking after this process, in my opinion. The bass drum mic captures minimal true lows, thus making capturing definition difficult. Through EQ'ing, you may be able to improve this a bit, but the sound is still not to my liking. I play a Gretsch Renown Maple and, when using these mics, the bass drum sounds pretty cheap on sound captures (and nothing like it should). In person, my bass drum has a defined tone. Through the mic, however, it simply sounds "muddy." Mind you, I am using an Evans EMAD batter head, Evans muffler, and a Kickport. The snare and tom mics have a bit of a "hollow" sound. They, like the bass mic, lack attack. Even through EQ'ing, they sound far away and lifeless or, once again, "muddy." They lack definition despite their true sound in person (I use EC2s). Personally, I am not a fan of the clip/bracket system, as I find the wing nuts loosen, thus shifting the mic position halfway through a take. This, in my opinion, is unacceptable, as the sound (although already not stellar), gets changed mid-take. Could you use them for a demo? I mean, sure. However, go in knowing that this is all they could achieve, as a "true" sound is highly-difficult to obtain. As for me, I am going back to my SM57's and Beta52.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not bad for the price, lackluster sound

    By Hoof

    from Fort Worth, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about CAD PRO-7 Drum Microphone Kit (7-Piece):

    Pretty decent set of mics, not bad for demos and home recording, give you a nice clear signal from each mic without a lot of bleed, but they don't sound very 'sweet.'

    I could never get a good low pitched, fat floor tom sound out of any of the tom mics without a lot of EQ and compression, rack toms sounded ok though - The bass drum and snare mics were both ok, but nothing to write home about - The overheads felt ugly to me, and they didn't seem to sweeten up very much with EQ or reverb either.

    In comparison I always used a relatively inexpensive set of 2 MXL condensers as overheads or room mics and either of those mics made the drumset sound better, fuller, and sweeter than the whole set of CADs. When listening back and mixing down I would almost always end up muting the CAD toms and overheads and using the MXLs instead.

    I would've been better off spending a little more on a nice bass drum mic and an sm57 to go with my two good overhead condensers and doing a 4 mic approach (which is what I'm doing now).

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Value

    By IP

    from Gilbert, Arizona

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about CAD PRO-7 Drum Microphone Kit (7-Piece):

        I have high end microphones including the holly grail blue bottle. I also have various drum kit microphones to compare to this set from Cad to. After using this set of microphones with two other engineers, we were very impressed.

        We passed the signal through a 32X8 TL Audio VTC board, a warm but also neutral desk. We paired the industry standard AKG D112 with the the kick mic KM212 as "kick ins"to hear the difference. After one hour of recording we drew the following conclusion:

        The Tom mics were as good as other mics we have used.
        Their mounting bracket is the best we have ever used.

        Overheads were adequate, holding up to most out there.

        The kick drum handled high spl very well, but was a bit less clear than the AKG D122. Still the combo of the two made for a great sound in the mix.

        We did not try the snare mic, sorry for this oversight.

        Overall, this is a great set of gear for the price–you can not go wrong buying it!

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        great budget mics

        By beyondbetrayal

        from winnipeg, mb

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Cheap
        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Value

        Cons

        • Bass Mic
        • Snare Mic
        • Sound Vs High End

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about CAD PRO-7 Drum Microphone Kit (7-Piece):

        got a set of these a few months back.. i'm not very good with recording but i can still make these budget mics sound pretty good

        heres a quick video of my playing with some cad pro 7's... very happy with the value of these

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySZUfek8DKE

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Worth every cent

        By RChrist

        from Canada

        Comments about CAD PRO-7 Drum Microphone Kit (7-Piece):

        I did not expect much from a cheap mic set, but these are a deffinate must for a home studio. very clear and good sound. The only real beef I have with them, is that the kick mic is a little dead. So just use a condenser mic with it to brighten sound a bit. I've done a few recordings with them now and I without spending a lot more you won't find a better set of drum mics.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Honest Mics

        By Christine Markesteyn

        from Orlando

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        Comments about CAD PRO-7 Drum Microphone Kit (7-Piece):

        I was lucky to buy these before the sale ended, but I would have still purchased them at the regular price. I have had my eye on these mics for over 2 years now, and I am very pleased with them. The overhead mics look kind of cheesy in the pictures, but in person they are tiny, heavy, good-looking overhead mics. The rest of the mics are much smaller than you would think, and the smaller the better. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much smaller they were than I expected. I am happy with this purchase, most MF customers are. Thank you C.A.D.
        The integrated mounts are great, high-quality, and sized and shaped perferctly for the rim of a drum. They are not cheap, and they allow good adjustability. The case is a nice bonus, and the mics themselves are not cheap garbage. The snare mic is supercardioid, while the tom mics are cardioid. The overhead mics can be used for applications other than drums as well. Many features.
        The are plastic. They used a cheaper material for the housing in order to provide quality components at a low price. They do not feel like they would break, they are even heavier than you might expect for plastic mics. I say "plastic" but its more like a lightweight polymer. The grill for the mics is metal, the clips are plastic and metal. The quality of the sound is good, but they will not make your drums sound any better than they do in real life. If your toms/kicks sound "ok" than these mics will sound "ok". I call them Honest Mics because they reproduce the sounds of your drums and cymbals honestly, without improving on them. If you're buying budget mics, chances are you have budget drums, mic cables, and a budget mixer too. Keep this in mind when people say these mics don't sound good. I did. The kick mic is not as bad as people say, and most people sound-replace kicks when recording anyway. I am using it for my floor tom, and I have 2 radio shack karaoke mics in my kicks. They sound horrible, but they produce a signal that I later sound-replace. Works like a dream. I have been using an SM57 on my snare for years now, its a $100+- mic, and to my delight, the CAD snare mic sounds even better on my snare drum, a brass piccolo. I am going to use it on the top head, and put my Shure snare-side instead!
        $30 per mic. You could spend that on clips alone, and they might not even be as good as these integrated mounts. As far as construction and sound-quality, I think the included overheads are worth the price of the entire package alone. Awesome value on a quality product.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        listen to how these mics (can) sound!!

        By Jacad79

        from Orange Park, FL

        See all my reviews

        Comments about CAD PRO-7 Drum Microphone Kit (7-Piece):

        this is my 2nd review of these mics. after having them for over half a year now, I've learned my way around them a lot better. my thoughts on the snare, tom, and overhead mics are the same, but the kick mic really does fail. however, you can make it work with a LOT of audio processing. listen to how these mics can sound (first song in the music player):

        http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacob-Cadmus-music-page/205051609534199?sk=app_178091127385

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        4 years later

        By Rox

        from in the studio

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about CAD PRO-7 Drum Microphone Kit (7-Piece):

          4-5 years later they're still working & sounding good.they're not top line/high end gear but if you know how to mic & mix drums they work just fine. the condensers also work great for acoustic insturments like piano & guitar.I've even used the senare mic & tom mics for electric guitar & they work just fine too. great value for the buck,especially on the SDOTD.just try buying a good multi mic case & drum mic mounts separately for the same $$$....

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