The CAD U37 is a sub-par mic that has a lot of issues, to be quite frank. It’s stand is decent, and it’s good for voice over commentary, but that’s about it. If you’re looking for a mic that can handle instruments, vocals, or just loud recordings in general, this isn’t the mic for you.
It has a lot of latency issues (What is latency?), and the overall sound quality has been described as as distorted and fuzzy. People complain of buzzing, echo, humming, and a high pitched squeal (sort of like a piggy). 😛
It also is way too sensitive, picking up a ton of sound. Acoustic Sound Treatment does help, but I wouldn’t even bother spending that much dedicated time to this piece.
Stand is of a good quality.
Good for voice-over/commentary.
Plug and play USB.
Latency issues on PC and MAC. Can’t monitor your voice in real time.
Clipping/distortion above 80dB (basically it distorts loud sources).
No On/Off or Mute Switch.
Flashing LED annoying.
Note: These are all issues that I read about. You may or may not experience all of these, but you will most definitely go through some (Latency most notably).
Who this microphone benefits?
I would say voice-over and that’s about it. But there are other, better options. More on that later.
What you will need?
Nothing, as it’s plug and play. A pop-filter is always useful though.
The free Audacity is a great program for recording!
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
You will need to change the default microphone in your “Recording Devices” settings.
A lot of people were saying this is barely better than your CPU’s internal mic.
Despite all the Cons, this mic may work pretty well for you. If you decide to purchase (which I would advise against), here are some things to remember:
You get what you pay for.
The mic may work great for awhile, and then suddenly crap out (reviews point this out).
There are much better options for not much more money.
There’s not much point in buying a super cheap mic only to have to purchase a better one later after it dies.
Similarities & Differences
Both have headphone jacks, with potential latency issues.
Both have a tendency to stop working after some time.
Both are USB plug and play.
The Samson Go Mic is more portable and compact. The U37 is meant as a desktop mic.
The Go Mic is more versatile, having both cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns. The U37 only has cardioid.
The Go Mic may be able to handle instruments and vocals better than the U37.
The Go Mic is pretty solid, made of metal, and feels heavy. The U37 is mostly plastic, although the grill is metal.
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The Go Mic is the way to “go” here if you need a portable option. Lol. It’s sound quality is pretty fantastic for a mic in this price range, and it’s got a ton of cool features: It’s all metal, feels heavy, and it’s stand is also extremely versatile. You can adjust it pretty much in any direction due to the ball joint attachment, it’s stand can be clipped on your laptop or used on your desk, and it’s got a headphone jack if you want to track your recordings. It also has 3 polar patterns for different recording situations.
The main drawback is that there are a lot of lemons floating around out there, and you may end up getting a bad one and having to return it for a good one. Interested in learning more about the Go Mic?
If you can splurge a little, and need something with better sound quality and more features, I would recommend the Yeti above the U37 and pretty much every other USB mic. It ranks at the top of a lot of short lists, and is power packed everything you need to start up a professional sounding home studio booth. Need the solution to all of your voice-over needs? The Yeti is your boy.
Stu is determined to provide the truth about all things audio, and strives to deliver excellent content to you the reader! In his spare time, he likes to fish, paint, play guitar, attend church, take photos, record videos, graphic design, and more. His attention to detail and perfectionist attitude are what allow him to excel, but it can be both a blessing and a hindrance at times.