The CAD E100s is an American made large supercardioid condensor microphone. It has 2 switches on the front of the mic. One is a 80Hz hi-pass filter and the other a 10dB pad. Comes in a great case. (looks good in the studio ) and has its own shock mount. It has a flat frequency response from 40Hz to 4kHz and then rises 4dB 4kHz and about 12kHz. It has a published self?noise floor of 3.7dBA.
On to the real world application. I tested this out on male and female vocals (mainley what i track in my studio) Lets just get this out the way: THIS MIC IS QUIET. Super quiet. Most of us with condensor mics are use to plugging in mics and hearing some buzz, hiss, something. I plugged this in and didint say a word so i heard nothing. First testing into a GA Pre-73 into mbox3. I must say that this thing sounds big. The lack of noise and just vocal brought out the vocal a touch more. With the hi-pass switch engaged it helped get rid of the bass that would not be needed in a mix anyway. And it is very smooth. Its not harsh or brittle. I have a mxl v67g and mxl Genises to compare. The v67 is great for my voice but the e100s is even better due to its smooth nature. Its not a bright mic. But its not dark either, its smooth. The highs are present but not piercing. The MXL Genisis is very clear on the bright side of things. But compared to the e100s its noisy. The noise diffierence is night and day. Not saying the Genisis is too noisy but the e100s is so quiet like i said you have to check if its plugged in.
While testing female vocals the "smoothness" of the E100s mic shines. I beilve the slight bump in the 4-12khz range might be where this benefit comes from. This mic just has this forward charcteristic about it. And the supercardoid pattern is very tight. A step to the left or right can change the sound of what you get completley. Directly in front of the capsule about 6 inches away gives you a very clear smooth sound.
I didnt use the -10 pad feature beacause im just using vocals, so i cant atest to that feature much. But what i can say is this is the best mic for mine and the female vocalist i work with that i have ever heard. Im not saying its the worlds greatest mic. Im saying its the best for the two sources ive tried it on. (I have borrowed and rented other mics outside for both my vocals and my female client other than those i mentioned, so yes i do have other refrences to go by. Neumann, AKG, Blue, and Rode, etc.) And i will go so far as to say its hands down the quietst mic i have ever heard. The CAD E100s is a stellar mic. PERIOD. not for its price range. Just a awesome mic. Id recommend it to anyone no matter what they use.
I've had this mic for years and only until I spent several thousand on an expensive Neumann was this mic outdone. Not to say there aren't mics under a thousand dollars that aren't on par with the E100S, but I'm very confident in saying that there are none under $500 that are going to do what this mic does. I've used this mic on drums, guitar cabs, acoustics and in some instances it still beats out my more expensive vocal mics. Buy two, they're cheap enough.
This is a great mic. I don't have too much to add to the previous reviews, as for the price it's a very versatile mic that can't be beat. However, it's output is hot. The -10db pad doesn't quite cut it for drums. I can't imagine it would be enough in front of a guitar amp or a honkin Tenor Sax player either.
I've used it in front of the Kick drum and also as a bottom snare mic. In both applications it sounds excellent. Out in front of a Jazz kick drum it's perfect. I think it even sounds better (on certain drums) than my Bock 195 on kick. That is saying a lot! But again, I need to enable both the -10db pad on the mic and a pad on the mic pre for any miking of drums as it is just too hot. If they had put a -20db pad on the mic itself it would have been perfect, as a lot of nice pre's seem to be missing pads nowadays (ie, Great River, True Systems Precision 8 etc etc) so I have to pick which mic pre I use it with.
Also, I can't say it's my favorite Vocal mic. I admit I have not tried it with many vocalists as I seem to have better (and more expensive) options for that. However when I have I usually picked something else. But if you are on a budget it would be perfectly fine, and for various studio duties and instruments it's a great all round mic.
I picked up my CAD E100 for just under $200 on Craigslist. The original, American made model has a round CAD logo (vs. the egg-shaped model on newer models).
The side-address condensor mic has built in, rechargeable batteries that augment the 48v phantom power for ideal performance. There is a LPF switch and a -20db pad switch.
I have used the mic only on vocals and find it to be extremely accurate. It captures the tone and character of the singer's voice without colouring it very much. I do find the sibilance to be a little bit exaggerated with this mic. There is not the same 'fullness of voice' captured with this microphone as might be desired - instead the vocals that I have recorded were a bit dry. The better vocalists I have recorded really like this aspect - the ones who need a bit of help do not like it so much.
The E100 captures the nuance of the room and it's performance in suboptimal rooms might not be desirable. I tried the mic in a few locations and in some recordings the echo of the plaster walls was so pronounced that, unless this is the effect desired, recordings would not be usable.
Running the mic through a plugin or outboard preamp that adds some more fullness would be a good way to get this mic to give you great results. Its clear, accurate and captures every detail.
It's also loud! Without using the -20db pad on the mic, the preamp set with zero gain was going into the red at even low levels. If you want to add some preamp color, you'll need to use the pad switches for sure.
All in all, I really like this mic but you need a good singer and a good room to get a good result... I suppose that's almost always true though!
I wanted to do my first post on my first condenser microphone that I'm actually keeping for the long run. The CAD E100s is a condenser microphone that has a street price of $500. For a home studio guy, that is quite a lot of cash. Luckily, I got mine for $265. A complete steal! You can find this mic on ebay and other places for cheaper if you search around on the net. I can't promise you that you'll find as good of a steal on it as I did though. Just to be clear, the CAD E100 and the CAD E100s are two completely different mics. The CAD E100s is the newer version of the CAD E100 and the current mic we are discussing.
So lets go through it's features really quick. It is pretty simple. No multiple patterns. It is SUPER cardiod meaning that it really REALLY focuses on picking up from the front. It has a 80hz roll off switch and a 10db pad switch. Both very useful. That's it pretty much. It also has a built in shock mount that works extremely well and comes in a nice wooden case that really makes you respect it because the case makes it look like the treasure that it really is.
Like every microphone, it all depends on personal taste but I will try to give as accurate of a description of the sound as I possibly can. I only tried it on vocals myself. As far as the sound goes, it is smooth, vintagy, very transparent and warm sounding. Great low end and top end! Doesn't have bad popping or sibilant issues or hyped top end like with typical cheap condensers. It seems like they really tried to make this microphone have a more tube mic kind of a sound. The top end is extended well but it's just really smooth. It is versatile in the sense that it captures whatever is thrown at it faithfully but non versatile in the sense that sometimes the way it captures the sound isn't the best fit. Although this was my first great condenser, I would recommend you having at least one other versatile condenser in your locker before you give this one a go. However, I doubt that you will be disappointed in having this mic regardless of when you get it. It's just a great mic to have! Oh! Forgot to mention...it is EXTREMELY quiet with a self noise of 3.7. Not that the specs of self noise really matter for most home studio guys but just know that is is EXTREMELY quiet. You can record anything from really loud to really intimate with this mic. Doesn't matter. Thanks for reading!
Had to put my review in here.
I recently picked up the cad E100S, based on a few trusted reviews. In comparison i own a tlm49, dany bouchard u87 clone, brauner phantom classic, akg C214, telefunken copperhead, and a few quality pres and converters (manley, ssl, api, ua2192).
We really werent expecting much with this mic. For our vocal test we set it up with a apollo twin. We stepped back and listened to the sung (male) vocal take.
We were really impressed with what we heard!
all of a sudden his vox came to life, better than any of the above mics mentioned. And just with the apollo preamp. with a quality pre like the manley it should have some serious balls. It picked up all the deep resonant tones from the bottom of his throat and chest that none of our other mics could touch. Smooth with a big tight bottom end.
It sounds even more rich, compressed and vintagey the closer you get to it, almost 'tube like' as another reviewer stated. For close micd stuff i dont think you could find much better. It also has none of that harsh/shiney sound that you would expect from a mic at this price (mxl/rode anyone?), but sibilence might be problematic on SOME singers, as with all mics.
it doesn't have the extreme detail that a good Neumann has, but it has its merits, that's for sure. for a deep rock vocalist or VO artist I would seriously consider trying this mic. as others have stated, it is very quiet, but also needs a little more gain. but, being so quiet this isn't a problem.
The cad e100s is an amazing mic on the right voice, and a genuine keeper. Since this review ive sold the copperhead, akg and brauner in preference for the cad e100s. the profit has been invested elsewhere in the studio. All my vocal bases are now covered with the u87 clone, tlm49 and cad.
The e100s is much better quality sonically than most other mics in its price range (if not all of them), and if it were 3 times as much it would still be a good buy. somehow I suspect if it was in a fancy looking body it would sell bucketloads....you will either love or hate it... some singers just cant see past the look of this thing.
Nothing else sounds like the e100s- this may be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your application- but so far, on the right singer, there is no substitute. and this particular singer refuses to use any other mic in his recordings now.
Definately worth a test drive!
JUST A SHORT NOTE- it seems like a few reviewers here and amazon, musicians friend etc. are reviewing the old E100... its a completely different mic guys. other than the looks its not the same sonically. maybe cad should've given it a different name...
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