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Type: Microphone: Phantom Powered Cardioid Condenser
Item: CAD C195 Cardioid Electret Condenser Microphone
US $79.95 – $99.99
Note: there are no official distributors for the UK listed on the manufacturers website.
At a Glance: Due to their good performance and ease of manufacture (hence low cost) the vast majority of microphones made today are electret microphones. The manufacturers of the C195 recommend it for live vocals, acoustic instruments, strings, piano and cymbals/overheads.
High Notes: The value of this mic is excellent, giving remarkable performance for a low price.
Off Pitch: A number of users found the mic a little too sensitive to feedback but fine if the vocalist remembers to keep the mic pointed towards their mouth and away from the speakers.
A Singer Says: Though there’s no one best mic. I have had good luck with CAD 195. Good price point and good sound, however it works best in acoustic setting without too much background noise. -Kim B.
More: I have a “dark” voice, and this mic helps with definition/intelligibility while the proximity effect let’s me sing bass once in a while. We routinely blow away other mics costing many times more. My sound man calls it my “secret weapon!” -Norton Lawellin
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