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23rd August 2012
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Tom Mic Comparison: Sennheiser MD 421-II and CAD m177

The Sennheiser MD 421 is known as one of the industry standard mics for toms, and the CAD m179 has recently become a popular, less expensive, alternative in that application. This is a comparision between the MD 421-II and the CAD m177 (the discontinued cardioid only brother of the m179). I find both mics useful for toms and the differences are subtle. I hear more transient "snap" with the 421 and more "tone" with the CAD. The bleed from the 421 sounds more tight, focused, with more upper midrange emphasis and the bleed from the CAD sounds more open with more extended highs and lows. Take a listen for yourself!

Signal Chain: Microphone ---> KORG D3200 recorded at 48kHz
*No processing was applied to the tracks
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File Type: m4a 01 High Tom MD 421-II.m4a (1.14 MB, 380 views) File Type: m4a 02 High Tom m177.m4a (1.14 MB, 282 views) File Type: m4a 03 Mid Tom MD 421-II.m4a (1.19 MB, 192 views) File Type: m4a 04 Mid Tom m177.m4a (1.21 MB, 168 views) File Type: m4a 05 Floor Tom MD 421-II.m4a (1.09 MB, 283 views) File Type: m4a 06 Floor Tom m177.m4a (1.09 MB, 248 views)
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Some pics: The toms were Tama Silverstar's 10", 12", 16".
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The m177 sounds fuller.
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