CAD Audio M179

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The M179 multi-pattern Studio Microphone from CAD Audio.

Last time, we tried out the CAD Audio GXL3000. I would have called it the GLM3000 for “Great Little Mic”. Sounded excellent, multi-pattern and under $100USD street price. It’s right below if you happened to miss the cast. But this show is about an only slightly more expensive microphone from the same company…

The CAD Audio M179 is a bit of a surprise. First; while the microphone is rather modest in size, the carry case is huge. Be assured that your M179 will be well cushioned. The 1.1 inch dual diaphragm condenser sounds nice and crisp. Voiceovers are sharp and punctual. Admittedly, I worked this mic too closely during recording (about 3 inches) and worked in a few minor plosives. Although my own brain blocked them out, they were present in the playback. I could have filtered them out, but that would color the result. You are hearing the mic with compression (as we normally do), but not a bit of EQ.

Feed this one either P24 or P48 volts phantom. The shock mount is first rate. No clamp-on, as with the GXL3000. High-pass (100hz) and 20db pad switches sit above the ‘360 degree pattern wheel’. This is the icing on an already good cake. The M179 doesn’t just switch patterns in and out, off and on. A cardioid center detent wheel allows you to smoothly roll from omni to cardioid and then hyper-cardioid. Throw in a figure eight pattern as well.

So – the husky shock mount holds onto a slightly compact (compared to the GXL3000) microphone that sounds not too big nor too small. For voice work, the M179 suited me just fine. It also helps to know that this is a well respected microphone that has a current street price around $159.

Don’t take my word for it though. Join me and listen in to the M179.

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CAD Audio GXL3000 Microphone

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The GXL3000 Studio Microphone from CAD Audio.

I first noticed the unassuming GXL3000 microphone as part of a BSW promotion. Intrigued by the low price; word on the ‘net was that this inexpensive (sub – $100USD) piece is a great performer.

After trying it out myself, I can say this one excels, even if you disregard the great price point. Why?

Before even plugging in, I liked the looks of this one. Squint your eyes a bit and stretch out the body. That little mesh crown at the top reminded me of a U47 on a diet. Looks aside, this model comes with a ‘pinch’ type shock mount …and a zipper leatherette pouch. You’ll find 3 pickup patterns included. Omni, figure-8 and cardioid. For everyday VO and speech/vocal work, I concentrated on cardioid. A glance at the microphones back reveals a 10db pad and a 100hz high pass filter.

How does it sound? Let’s fire up phantom and give it a try.

Well, the best answer is to listen in and hear the 3000 in Studio1A. In words, I would say it has excellent speech articulation. Nice and crisp. The bottom end is well cared for, allowing me to get by with barely a p-pop, even without a filter. I always listen for that articulation bump and how it is characterized. It gives a nice crispy, but subtle punch.

Let me know what you think? In the sub-$100USD category, I think this is a lot of microphone for the money. That’s just my opinion though. Stop by and listen in!

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Adobe Audition for Mac

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Audition for Mac on the Studio1A Mac Pro.

It seems like yesterday. I was working in a cramped radio station production studio with sound effects libraries on vinyl, cart machines and reel-to-reel decks to the left and right of the mic boom. Creating and editing a good spot was easy if your razor blade was sharp and your splices were marked well. How far we have come.

Today, Adobe announced that Audition for Mac is available as a public beta download. Having worked with the beta for some time, I can tell you that it’s come a long way. For many years, Audition fans (including myself) have clamored for a Mac version. Today, Adobe makes multi-track History for droves of fans that needed more in a Mac based multi-track editor and recorder.

I’m most happy about what Adobe did not do. So many ports of great programs get lost in the translation. Not with Audition. If you’re a seasoned Windows Audition user, you should be editing and bouncing in no time at all. The interface was designed to be as close as possible to the Audition we know. New highlights include intelligent multi-core CPU support on a completely re-built playback engine, World-class audio restoration tools, thousands of royalty free loops, effects and beds and much more.

All of this is great, but nothing beats turning to my Mac Pro and being greeted by an old friend. The search is over.

At Studio1A, we’ll be following up with you and tracking Audition for Mac to its final release. Stay tuned!

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