CAD U37 USB Condenser Microphone Review
Among the bestsellers of USB Microphones is the CAD U37 which offers no fuss plug ’n play recording into any device at a budget price. For simple vocal applications such as podcasting, voiceovers and the like, the CAD U37 is a fan favourite and continues to sell consistently after many of years in the market.
This large diaphragm side-address condenser microphone features a cardioid polar pattern and offers warm, rich recordings with high sensitivity input. This is optimal for a single speaker or source of audio requiring attention to detail without picking up too much background noise.
In addition, it features a -10dB pad which lowers the input to record loud sound sources without overloading the signal, and a bass roll off filter to remove low frequency rumble like passing vehicles or electric appliances which can really muddy up a recording and require EQ treatment later. These are the only two switches found on the CAD U37 so it is definitely a go-to for beginners and those looking to test the waters of recording without making a big initial investment.
The body of the microphone is made of plastic which may not make it the most durable, but with proper care that means that it’s lightweight and mobile, great for travel. It comes with a light tripod that is built perfectly for the addition of a pop filter (at extra cost) which can really do wonders in cleaning up many unwanted B’s, P’s and pops made by the lips in close up speech.
- Low Price
- Impressive clear sound quality
- Very easy to use
- Lacks durability
- Limited functions
- Type: Condenser
- Polar pattern: Cardioid
- -10dB pad
- Includes: Desktop tripod, 10’ USB Cable
- Dimensions: 9 x 12 x 4 inches
While the CAD U37 is certainly no Rolls Royce of USB microphones, it has performed well for many of podcasters over the years and continues to be a bestseller in a crowded market. It may just be all you need at just what you’re looking to spend.