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Mic Review: CAD e100s (UPDATE)

So I finally picked up a CAD e100s

Of course, it’s been officially retired from CAD's product line, so you can’t buy it new. The one I got doesn't seem too noisy*, and captures warm, smooth vocal characteristics I don’t always find with my Neumann TLM 103. I noticed more of a bass presence without the high-pass filter, but liked it, and with some help from an audio pro, this thing is sounding damn near perfect. Now whenever I record with this mic, it sounds like someone is adding a little bit of vinyl crackle - subtle but effective.


* A few years ago, CAD issued returns on “noisy” versions of this model, but used models are still available.


Pros

  • Impressive sound and simple user interface

  • Versatile and effective

  • Affordable ($500-$600 range)

  • Built-in -10db PAD switch and bass rolloff

Cons

  • Still a bit noisy at higher gains

  • Shock mount isn’t easily detachable


UPDATE: One Year Later


It's been a year of using my CAD e100s and, unfortunately, the noise issue only got worse. Sadly, the mic has been retired to a lonely wooden case and I don't plan on using it anytime soon. However, CAD has since released an updated, cheaper version - the E100Sx. I haven't heard anything yet but may consider this one down the line...


For now though, the CAD e100s has been a bust, and I'll be sticking with the Neumann.

e100s Microphone installed in a professional booth.

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