New Gear Review: CAD U37SE Special Edition USB Mic

As part of CAD’s upcoming 85th anniversary in 2016, here is their U37SE Special Edition USB mic. This is a professional studio, side-address microphone for social media, gaming, journaling, podcasts and desktop recording projects.

The U37SE is a cardioid-only pattern microphone with a large condenser capsule that has an extended frequency range and good transient response. It is a first “go- to” USB mic choice for vocals and recording musical instruments.

To minimize possible distortion from loud sources, there is a -10dB attenuator pad you can switch on/off. Also very pro is the switchable bass roll-off filter that will cut down bass buildup due to proximity effect such as occurs from close vocals. This filter also lowers annoying room rumble and/or traffic/street noise.

The CAD U37SE is a “plug and play” USB 2.0 microphone with no need of a software driver; it comes with a 10-foot USB cable and is offered in colors including: Gray & White, Red & White, Orange, Candy Apple Red and Camouflage.

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.