If you are in the market for an affordable condenser microphone that can handle a variety of jobs with ease, you may wanna take a looksie at the CAD M179. Although I am not necessarily a fanboy of all CAD products, the M179 is a true little jewel of a mic.
Uses: Allot of engineers like this as a drum overhead microphone, but it can be used on just about anything. The CAD M179 can take up to 143 decibels (with the pad enabled), so you can even throw it in front of loud sources - like a guitar amplifier.
Features: The M179 has a continuously variable polar pattern selector - basically this means that you can select a Hypercardioid, Cardioid, Figure of 8, or Omni - and everything in between those patterns as well! This ability makes this microphone very versatile. It also features a Pad and a High-Pass filter to boot.
Price: At $199 street, this microphone is a steal - especially if you need something inexpensive for events like live festivals, or other duties where you'd rather not bring out your more expensive microphones.
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