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CAD M179 Condenser Mic

CAD M179 Condenser Mic

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Multi-Pattern Condenser Mic for Drums & More

Old meets new in the CAD M179 condenser mic, which combines a vintage capsule design with modern electronics to produce an open, natural sound. It uses the dual-diaphragm version of the company’s well-regarded E300 capsule—an externally biased capsule with a gold-sputtered 1.1-inch diaphragm—and delivers a high output level and fast transient response with low noise and low distortion. Equipped with a continuously variable pickup pattern selection and a switchable high-pass filter and -20dB pad, the M179 is particularly well suited for use with drums. Members of the Gearslutz community rave about using the mic for this purpose, and Zen Pro Audio’s Warren Dent calls it “one of the few mics I’d be willing to put anywhere on a drum kit… period.”

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Note: A complimentary EPF5A pop filter is included.

CAD M179 Condenser Mic
CAD M179 Condenser Mic
CAD M179 Condenser Mic
CAD M179 Condenser Mic

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  • Continuously variable pattern with a "hard" cardioid center detent
  • Large 1.1 in (2.8 cm) dual-diaphragm external-bias condenser capsule
  • Gold-sputtered diaphragms
  • High SPL capability (143 dB SPL with pad)
  • Transformerless balanced output circuits
  • 20 dB non-capacitive pad
  • 6 dB/octave at 100 Hz high-pass filter
  • Stainless steel internal pop/EMI filter


  • CAD Audio
  • Type: Side address, external bias condenser
  • Frequency response: 10–20 kHz
  • Polar pattern: Variable
  • Impedance: 200 ohms
  • Sensitivity: -36 dB V (16 mV) at 1 Pa
  • Equivalent noise level: 11 dB A
  • Maximum SPL: 143 dB SPL (with pad)
  • Total harmonic distortion: Less than 0.15%
  • Switches: High-pass filter, 20dB pad; high-pass filter; 100 Hz, 6 dB/octave
  • Minimum power requirements: 24–52V phantom power capable of delivering at least 8 mA
  • Connector: 3-pin male XLR type
  • Finish: Durable charcoal gray urethane, satin nickel-plated front and rear screen
  • Dimensions: 2.25 x 7 in (57.2 x 117.8 mm)
  • Weight: 17.8 oz (506 g)


  • MZM-5 elastic suspension shock mount
  • EPF5A pop filter
  • Carrying case with key


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Oct 6, 2017 PT.

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