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CAD M179 Mod (for your mic) - Hear it vs. the U 87ai
I’ve had the opportunity to use it on lots of different so ..
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CAD M179 Mod (for your mic) - Hear it vs. the U 87ai $449.00 $379.00
by Brad McGowan
I’ve had the opportunity to use it on lots of different sources including front of kick, toms, overheads, vocals, and acoustic guitars.

I’ve always felt that the M179 was a decent mic and have enjoyed using it on toms and drum especially. At some point I got the itch for a U87 style mic and decided to see if the M179 could become something that could achieve that kind of classic sound.

So I sent it to Michael and he did his thing—U47 style capsule swap, upgraded electronics, etc. The man delivered to me a better mic indeed!

Whatever graininess it had is now gone. Any “cheapness” or sibilance in the high frequencies has been replaced with expensive silkiness. It has depth, detail, dynamics, punch. It sounds fabulous on vocals.

I keep meaning to bring it to the studio across the street where they have a U87ai for a shootout. As a point of reference my other primary vocal mics are a U67, Gefell UM70, and an SM7B. The modded M179 provides me with a modern/present vocal sound that fills a gap I had in my tonal palette. The quality of sound is easily on par with those other mics.

As much as I liked the M179 before it wasn’t on the same level of performance for sources like vocals and acoustics. It now rivals my Gefell UM70 for flexibility and versatility due to the multiple patterns and Neumann-esque voicing. I have three other M179’s and would definitely like to get at least one more done at some point.

Bottom line: the mic went from “bargain value” to “sounds 5 times as expensive” IMHO. My only regret is that it doesn\'t look as snazzy as it sounds.
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