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.
The Blue snowball is a user friendly mic that delivers simple, efficient, and practical results. It’s phenomenal for all types of voice over work, ranging from pod-casting, webinars, Skype, you-tube, and basically anything that requires you to blab into the mic about things! 😛
It’s a rather large and unique specimen, standing on a tripod and resembling that of grapefruit .. in both size and weight. Lol. Many reviewers have commented on not being prepared for such a big and textured ball. They were expecting something smaller, but at the same time were pleasantly surprised by it’s solid build quality.
I’ve read quite a few reviews and many of them have mentioned owning this mic for 2 years, all the way up to 5. It’s longevity and reliability contribute to this, making it a proven solution to your dilemma.. It becomes the #1 safe option in entry level affordability.
It’s got a crisp clean sound, like Rice Krispies in the morning. 🙂 It works well without a pop filter, but you may want to look into accompanying the Snowball with a good one. Reviewers have noted a vast improvement in sound quality in this regard.
You also may want to take note that the output level according to many is a bit low, and you might have to be very close to it when speaking. To some it’s just too quiet, and only picks up sound when you’re right up on it. Ironically, it’s still very sensitive and picks up a lot outside of the immediate vicinity. Make sure you’re in a quiet area away from ambient noise if you can help it.
EQ and Polar Patterns
The good news is that it does very well with EQ. If you happen to want to clean up the sound later on, you can with great results. It doesn’t have a mute button or on/off switch however, but does have a selection of two different polar patterns that may come in handy..
Cardioid. Meaning it receives sound only from the front
-10db Cardioid. Same as the cardioid setting, but reduces the volume a bit.
Omni directional. Picks up sound from all directions. Works very well with interviews, pod-casts, and any situation that has multiple persons speaking.
There is a switch on the back for each of these settings, but it’s labeled 1, 2, and 3. One reviewer found that to be a little irritating because they don’t actually tell you which is which. I will though!
One thing to know about the Snowball is that it isn’t well suited for actual vocals or singing. In these instances, it is used as a backup for the Blue Yeti, which serves as a nice upgrade. It does very well as a travel mic on the go, but I’ve read a few reviews saying that if you can, just go for the Blue Yeti instead. It’s the gradual next step up from the Snowball.
Perhaps the best thing about this little beast is the fact that it’s pretty indestructible, especially coming in at such a low cost. Reviewers harp on it’s durability, and that it can withstand quite a bit of abuse. As touched on before, it’s a lot heavier and bigger than pictures would indicate, which ends up contributing to it’s solid structure.
Some have complained about the tripod however. Being that the actual microphone is so big, it can become top heavy and prone to falling over. A good remedy for this is the DS7200B.
This provides a better solution as it’s a lot heavier and more solid. The dragon pop filter that it’s frequently paired with on amazon makes for a great one two punch to go a long with your Snowball. Think of Mike Tyson here, crushing his opponents with speed, precision and efficiency. 😀
All of that Tyson silliness aside, you don’t have to go that route. The tripod that comes with it, in most cases will do you just fine. The separate pop filter however is almost mandatory since you have to be very close to the mic to get that lush sound without the plosives.
Built solid as a rock.
Heavy USB cable.
Easy to hook up. Is automatically detected when plugged in.
Works well even without a pop filter.
Great for voice-overs, podcast, Skype, webinars, screen-casts, gaming, quick and easy live recording, sax, etc.
Picks up the bass nicely in your voice.
Does well with EQ.
Clean sound, does a great job of eliminating noise when you’re very close to it.
Great customer support from Blue microphones.
Output level low, you may have to speak up quite a bit.
Selector switch labeled 1-3 instead of which polar pattern you’re on.
Takes up a lot of room on your desk.
Proximity issue. You will have to get in real close to get the best sound possible from it.
No on or off switch.
No mute button.
Tends to be top heavy and fall over quite a bit.
Who this mic benefits?
Anything voice over related, as we’ve discussed. I’ve also heard that it does well with some instruments, from saxophone to acoustic guitar. Just don’t buy it primarily for this purpose. It’s really best suited for voice-over applications.
What you will need?
Nothing unless you would like to upgrade by getting the separate stand and pop filter as I’ve pointed out above. My advice would be to try it out as is and see how it functions for you, then add accordingly.
Great sound at an amazing value. Perfect for voice-over, not as good however for vocals. Does well with instruments, but you may not want to purchase it solely to record them.
Similarities & Differences
Both USB plug and play.
Neither have an On/Off Switch or Mute button.
Both excel in voice-over type situations.
Both are very sensitive to sound in all forms.
The CAD doesn’t do well with instruments or vocals, while the Snowball is said to do pretty good in these instances.
The CAD U37 is built rather cheaply, while the Snowball is more rugged and solid.
The Snowball has 2 polar patterns: Cardioid and Omni-directional, while the CAD is only Cardioid.
The Snowball may have some issues with recording a bit quiet, and you might have to get real close to it and speak up. The CAD by contrast is just really loud and obnoxious (like your typical female celebrity), and gives your recordings this awful shrill/harsh quality. Just sayin’.
The Snowball is undoubtedly the better choice here, but many people say that if you’re considering the Snowball, just get the Yeti instead, as it’s the logical upgrade and a fantastic USB mic overall. In my opinion (and many others) it’s the best on the market, and comes packed with all the features you need in one convenient package. It’s really the perfect all in one solution. Interested in learning more? Check out my informative and in depth…
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