CAD Microphones – Equitek E100S

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The Equitek E100S from CAD Microphones.

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Unique is how I’d characterize the Equitek E100S from CAD Microphones. In so many ways, it is just a different piece.

First; it has that classic rectangular look and a shock mount that can’t quite be described by words, although low-profile is a good start.

The E100S looks great on a boom or stand. It’s a large diaphragm condenser, but coated with nickel instead of the standard gold sputter. The nickel likely gives it a signature sound – although the quad FET configuration powering this mic may account for some of that. There is a nice rich low-end with a little dip somewhere in the middle of [my] speech. But, just when you think things might get muddy, this nicely orchestrated mid-range brings in just the right amount of articulation.

The sound studio guys (a different breed than most broadcasters) seem to love this mic and I could hear why they covet this model. I was quite impressed with how it handled speech. At a quoted 150db SPL, this element claims to handle some loud audio. Again, I wonder if the nickel coating (being stronger than gold) has something to do with the mics high SPL rating.

The pickup pattern is supercardioid and did a great job of rejection, while letting me work it just a bit off the side. During playback of the show, I noticed some thunder (not quite plosives) in the speech. As I backed away from the mic, you may notice the sound lightened up slightly and fell into place very well.

A simple 80hz rolloff and 10db pad are in plain sight on the front panel. Somewhere between ribbon, dynamic and condenser lies the unique sound of the E100S.

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Kiwi from Blue Microphone – Sweet!

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The Kiwi Multi-Pattern Studio Condenser from Blue.

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I always thought microphones like the RE-27 and other broadcast standards were physically large …until I hefted the BlueMic Kiwi from its lush wooden box. Then comes the over sized shock mount. It almost tipped my trusty Atlas desk stand over. Happily, it did not.

At Studio1A, we’ve been talking a lot about Blue lately, and with good reason. Blue Microphones keep the hits coming. With their new Reactor, Spark, and the Yeti Pro a lot of buzz has followed. Instead of buzz, as you probably know, I like to plug them in and try them out.

Waiting on the very latest, I recently received the Kiwi. In the multi-pattern category of Blue, the Kiwi appears to tower above the Reactor and Cactus. But don’t let size fool you. One of the smoothest sounding voiceover microphones from Blue is called the ‘Mouse’. …little mic, big sound

Back to the Kiwi, which has been in production for several years. The large diaphragm condenser sounded very polished with a bit of vocal sparkle. For my type of work (speech), I enjoyed the cardioid pattern, but also found that omni brought some fantastic ‘air’ to the sound. The pattern control allows you to mix in a little cardioid with your omni, or vice-versa. I received the Kiwi Kit (includes shock mount). I’m not sure you can get it without – and I doubt anyone would want to perch this beauty on a generic mount. Do be aware that there are Kiwis out there with the ‘older’, clamp type mount. Either will do the job, but the newer, bottom thread is much more fitting of a mic in this class.

There weren’t any surprises with the Kiwi. Just a reliably smooth performance from all patterns. The back side of the figure 8 pattern was slightly dull compared to the front. As mentioned, omni mode is a real treat, without sounding noisy.

Now – the bad news. Some might just call it economic reality. Coming in at an average street price of $2000USD, the Kiwi is a serious investment. What justifies that kind of price tag?

This mic is beautifully engineered and constructed of discrete electronics, leading to a transformerless low impedance input. Two diaphragms matched in an anechoic chamber are nestled nicely behind the grill mesh. Fit and finish is immaculate. You just don’t find this type of detail and craftsmanship on many other brands. The cherry wood box is a nice touch. The diaphragms (as with many Blue mics) were carefully held in place for transit to avoid damage. The small nylon screws should be kept and re-used if your Kiwi needs to travel.

Tune in, and give the Kiwi a listen. We’ll be seeing and hearing more from Blue Microphones.

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New Year, New Gear

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Just waiting to be unboxed. Coming soon – the Kiwi from BlueMic!

2011. Did we really start camping out here at NewMediaGear in 2005? Not quite, but the foundation was being set over at PodSqod.

A lot has changed, yet much stays the same. Not sure we could change all that much anyway! A New Year is here and we’re ready to check out the great new stuff coming out of trade shows like NAMM and CES, followed by Summer NAMM and NAB. Wow. And then, there are those hidden gems we didn’t yet get to in the year past.

It’s good to be back, flip the calendar page over and get back to work. That’s the best part. Bringing you the best in voiceover, broadcast and pro-audio recording gear so you can hear before you buy …or just listen in.

Great to see you out there. …chat soon!

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