The CAD U37 Review: A Limited Budget for Your Podcast Microphone

The CAD U37 Review A Limited Budget for Your Podcast Microphone

Some companies, and even some well-heeled individuals, don’t mind spending quite a bit of money for podcast equipment. That’s understandable, since it’s actually a very effective marketing tactic that can justify the investment. Many people don’t have the budget for such expensive tools, and they may not be all that serious with podcasting in the first place.

For these podcasters, there’s the CAD U37.

Features of CAD U37

In the podcasting microphone industry, just like everywhere else, you get what you pay for. But with the CAD U37, it doesn’t necessarily follow that buying cheap gets you a “cheap” useless microphone that’s virtually a plaything for kids. In fact, with some effort in post-production editing you can end up with good podcasts with this mic.

  • This is a USB mic, and it doesn’t need any special program or drivers to install. Plug it in, set it up with your OS, and you’re all set.
  • This is a condenser mic with a “large diaphragm” design. Basically, what all these boil down to is that it’s well-suited for vocals because the low-end response is more stable.
  • It uses a cardioid pickup pattern, which means that it focuses on what’s right in front of it for its sound source to record.
  • It’s also built as a “stand alone” model, so this reduces the mechanical vibrations while it improves the acoustics.
  • It comes with two controls on the mic, and one of them is to control the sensitivity of the mic. This filter reduces loud noises and any problems you may cause when the mic is too close to you.
  • The other control is the bass pickup, which offers a bass reduction feature that can prove useful in minimizing any mechanical vibration.

Pros

Here are the features that may make this your go-to mic.

  • It’s extremely affordable. Its price is so low that you may even be tempted to get into podcasting because you don’t need a large budget at all. What this means is that newbies, young folks, and experimental types can get into podcasting and other activities without too much of a financial risk.
  • The value of this mic seems to really get better when you realize just how many applications you can use it for. It’s not just for podcasting. You can do it to record voiceovers for videos or even for making videos directly. Use it for your Skype sessions. You can even use it for gaming.
  • This is a USB mic, and this translates into hassle-free setups. All you really need to do is to plug it into any USB port and then use the OS to set it up as your input source. There’s nothing to the installation, as you don’t need special software or drivers.
  • You get two switches that help you reduce the noises you may invariably capture and record in your podcasts. These switches help maintain the clarity of your voice, whether you’re recording a podcast or using it for gaming or Skype.
  • Obviously, its voice quality doesn’t really match up to what you get from more expensive mics. But for this price range, it’s excellent especially when you compare it to what you get over built-in mics in gaming headsets. Though it’s cheap, you don’t get any sort of major issue with the sound quality.
  • You can also just add any cheap pop filter externally to improve the sound quality even further.
  • While the overall build is mostly plastic (which explains the low-cost), the grilles are metal and they come with the two-layer design that’s also seen in more expensive mics. It’s actually more robust than what the price suggests.
  • It comes with foldable legs, which work well enough, though it seems fragile.

Cons

With this price range, it does seem a little unfair to list all the features you would receive with more expensive models. Still, you have to be aware of the following potential problems.

  • You really do need to put in a filter so reduce the plosives.
  • There’s no monitoring feature that lets you check what you sound like in real time over a headset.
  • It’s just a cardioid pattern available, so don’t even think about using it for interviews and group talks.
  • Reducing the noise pickup may also reduce the crispness of your voice recordings. So in the end you may have to exert some effort in your post-production editing to eliminate the noise.

Summary

Just because you don’t have a lot of money doesn’t mean you should end up with a toy microphone. The CAD U37 isn’t a toy, even though it’s mostly plastic. It offers a considerable improvement over built in headset mics, and it even has features that can minimize noise.

If you’re strapped for cash, then get this mic—despite the shortcomings, it actually offers a lot of value for your money.