CAD M179 Video Review And Blumlein Pair Tutorial

A video demonstration of the CAD M179 continuously variable polar pattern large diaphragm condenser microphone… first as a Blumlein pair on a drum and guitar combo recorded live in the same room, then showing an array of possible polar pattern combinations on acoustic and vocals.

Watch in HD with a good set of headphones or studio monitors to get the full effect of the recording. Youtube really mangles the audio below 720p!

In this video, I do a demonstration of the CAD M179 continuously variable polar pattern large diaphragm condenser microphone… first as a Blumlein pair on a drum and guitar combo recorded live in the same room, then showing an array of possible polar pattern combinations on acoustic and vocals. I’m really pretty blown away with these mics for the price. I can’t think of a single microphone I’ve purchased in 20 years for under $500 each with this much versatility and neutral frequency response. And I only paid $250 total for the pair on Amazon (though the price seems to vary).

Everyone raves about these on drumkit toms. I haven’t tried that yet, but I’m interested in how they might stack up to my AEA R84 ribbon mics used with my modified/augmented Glyn Johns drum miking technique. I can’t imagine they’ll beat the AEAs in figure-8, but there may be times where I want a more delicate response that a cardioid or even omni can provide… especially with brushes or an otherwise quiet drum part.

And as I mention in the video, the bass response of these M179 mics is pretty impressive. I’m looking forward to trying them out on a bass amp — possibly even as a stereo pair. Or likewise, they might make a good kick mic outside a solid resonante head.

Basically, this is now one of several mics I’ll recommend to anyone starting out building a microphone collection for a home/project studio.

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