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The Equitek E100S from CAD Microphones.
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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