CAD GXL3000 Large Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone Review
A Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic with MULTIPLE PATTERNS for under $200 ?!
CAD offers many introductory level microphones, but this one caught my eye so I bought it to review.
We can’t all afford a Neumann U87 Microphone, but there are plenty of large diaphragm condenser mics out there that’re affordable, including the CAD GXL3000. I’m by no means comparing the two, but just like you don’t have to have a Lamborghini to drive to work, you don’t need the most expensive microphone in the world to get quality recordings. I chose this one to review because it includes many features for the insanely low price that it’s sold for. Don’t be disheartened by low priced microphones. There are many more factors to achieving a good recording than just the mic, which include quality preamps, a good vocalist/instrument, the room in which you’re recording and of course the experience of the audio engineer or producer.
Overall : 5 / 5 – I was quite impressed with the performance of this microphone, especially since I only paid 120 dollars for it.
Quality: 5 / 5 – The CAD GXL3000 has amazing quality for the price. The tonal quality is actually quite warm and rich for this low tier of a microphone. I was using high quality pre-amps but was still shocked by the recordings this microphone can produce.
Value: 5/5 – This Mic has amazing value relative to it’s price. It includes a 10db pad, a high-pass filter, and 3 different polar patterns which is quite rare for a microphone in this price range.
So I purchased this microphone simply to review it for the site. When I saw the specs and features I thought it’d be the perfect introductory level microphone for beginners, and after testing it out quite thoroughly, my original impression still stands. This is a large diaphragm condenser mic, so it’s quite sensitive and not ideal for some applications, but still remains versatile due to having 3 different polar patterns to choose from. I was pleased to see they included a shock mount and vinyl pouch as well. My only complaint is that you do have to be very precise with the placement of this mic. Too far away and you won’t hear much, too close and you’re more than likely going to clip (depending on how well you gain staged). Of course this is pretty common in large diaphragm condensers, and I wouldn’t expect much else from one of the lowest priced ones available.
Specs and Features:
- 3 Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional which can be changed via a switch.
- Frequency Response: 35Hz-20kHz
- Sensitivity: -38 dBV (13mV) @ 1 Pa
- Impedance: 200 ohms
- Max SPL: 135 dB (pad engaged)
- Self Noise: 20 dBA
- High-Pass Filter: 100Hz, 6dB/oct to reduce unwanted low end frequencies.
- Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48V, 3.5 mA