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Mike Stranks
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CAD M179
      #1066065 - 13/09/13 07:25 AM
Just a quick query....

Does anyone have one or used one extensively? Thoughts?

In particular, does the high phantom current-draw cause any issues in the real-world - eg in a home-studio where it's the only mic drawing phantom?

Cheers. Mike


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Re: CAD M179 new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #1066100 - 13/09/13 09:32 AM
Phantom power current draw shouldn't be an issue with any decent mixing desk. In fact, you should be able to short all the mic input pins to ground with phantom switched on without causing problems.

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Re: CAD M179 new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #1066110 - 13/09/13 09:54 AM
Quote Mike Stranks:

Does anyone have one or used one extensively? Thoughts?




I've had two. It's a nice sounding mic and, with the variable pattern, very flexible. However, the first one I had -- which was when it first came out -- became unusably noisy, and I've heard of similar problems afflicting others. The second mic (which I've had for about 5 years now) is still fine. It may be that early models had an issue that was fixed for later mics, but I don't know for sure.

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In particular, does the high phantom current-draw cause any issues in the real-world - eg in a home-studio where it's the only mic drawing phantom?




I've never found anything that couldn't cope with a single mic, and although 8mA of phantom current is unusually high it is within the phantom power specification. Best not to use dozens of them at a time, though, or on the end of several hundred metres of mic cable!

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Re: CAD M179 new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #1066160 - 13/09/13 02:01 PM
Thanks chaps

... maybe I will...


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Re: CAD M179 new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #1066167 - 13/09/13 02:18 PM
I've had two for quite a few years with no probs. at all.

I love them in the studio and live too — from micing flute, to accy guitar in fig 8 with co-axial monitor in the null: Magic.
And they're good at single-mic bluegrass scenarios.

Cut at 6k (and 12k sometimes) to silk-ify the response if needed.

Continuously variable no-bang pattern changes are a boon.

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Re: CAD M179 new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #1066323 - 14/09/13 06:03 PM
I did have a mains hum problem with this mic on a budget mixer which I haven't had with other mixers since.
Solved it by sticking some aluminium foil over the pad/hpf/pattern inset and grounding it on the screen grill.

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Re: CAD M179 new [Re: Smellthevalve]
      #1066356 - 15/09/13 07:10 AM
I used a pair of them quite a bit a few years ago, and I was impressed at how much smoother they were than other cheapy LDC designs at the time, so I'd certainly recommend them.

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Re: CAD M179 new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #1068173 - 30/09/13 06:42 AM
I have one on order...


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Re: CAD M179 new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #1068246 - 30/09/13 03:03 PM
Hope you love it. I think the CAD 179 is the most useful condenser model of mic I've ever bought.

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