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Rating and Reviews: CAD Trion 8000 Tube Mic

Add a multipattern tube mic to your recording arsenal for an affordable price with the CAD Trion 8000! Shockmount, case, cable and power supply are included.

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"Just get it." submitted August 25, 2008

By a customer from g5studios.com
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Music Style: Christian
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Sound: Got it and recorded my first vocal session and was blown away at the responsiveness of this mic. I am a very discerning ear and feel that this is a great buy. Feature: No pad with this mic but so far none is needed. Ease of Use: Plug and play is a time saver. Let it warm up and you will more than like this mic. Quality: Hard to tell at this point. Just got it but so far it has been great. Value: This is where this mic truly shines. I have use Neumann, AKG and others and this has by far been the best buy for the money. Manufacturer Support: If it works no need for support. I am not in a position to rate this side yet. The Wow Factor: Definitely a classic design. Overall: I hope to be experiencing this quality for a very long time.
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"GREAT MIC.... TERRIBLE CABLE!" submitted October 5, 2008

By a customer from reddies.hsu.edu
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Musical Background: Composer, Arranger, Organist, Pianist
Music Style: Classical, Jazz, Experimental, Church
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Sound: Great warm sound.... nothing else to say! Its Great! Feature: The switchable pickup patterns are GREAT! I love them! However, I gave this a 7 because my 6 pin cable didn't last very long (about 6 months) under NO abuse or movement, and fining a replacement has been UNSUCCESFUL!!!! If anyone out there knows of a replacement (6 pin) please email me (dw154515@reddies.hsu.edu) Ease of Use: Its a tube mic... plug it up, turn it on, let it set for a little while, make rich warm sounds! Quality: I give a 7 simply because of the 6 pin cable issue (see above) but the mic itself is in great shape. Value: You really cant beat the sound. I truly love it! Manufacturer Support: Tried emailing them twice about a replacement cable, but they have failed to return a response. (Its been around 3 months since I contacted them the first time) The Wow Factor: Its hot! Overall: Great mic, but be sure to pick up an extra 6 pin cable if you can ever get your hands on one!!
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"Best Tube Mic Under $800" submitted January 3, 2008

By a customer from plan9studios.com
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Musical Background: Inde Producer
Music Style: Rock, Metal, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acoustic...
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Sound: Gritty yet smooth, just the right amount of stubble. Compresses when you expect it to (keep it from loud instruments - this is really a vocal mic), picks up EVERYTHING including clothes rustling, every breath, etc (can be good or bad). Low noise for a tube mic. It sounds like a AKG 414 with some peach fuzz. One of the few mics I EQ very sparingly, depending upon the vocalist and what frequencies stick out at me, but usually a small 1db bump around 200Hz and I've done sessions where no EQ goes on this baby (which is pretty unheard of for me). Feature: Comes with a great basket, not a cheapo MXR type. Includes power supply, spy case (sans handcuffs) and a 30' cable. Power supply has nice bright power lights on each side which is a serious plus. Ease of Use: Let her warm up for about an hour for best, most consistent results. Basket shockmount tightens up properly and doesn't sag, but the mic is seriously heavy. Be CAREFUL mounting it on a crappy tripod mic stand. Quality: Like most condensers, I wouldn't dare taking this on the road, but the construction is solid, all metal and I don't hesitate using it in the studio. Again, if you don't want to break it, buy a nice stand. Value: This is worth every penny. But I'm a big believer in the power of the witch and not the wand. This is not a holy grail product that will make hits for you. It is a paintbrush. And a friggin fantastic one that I reach for consistently, but it is still the artist that makes the difference, knowing how to use it. Manufacturer Support: Emailed them once and never got a reply. But at least it wasn't support related. The Wow Factor: Other than being a blatant visual rip off of the Blue Bottle, it is still a beautiful product with a gorgeous sound. Overall: Sound is great, although very specialized. CAD needs to innovate in their visual look and not copy someone else, which is sad because the sound quality is one of the biggest bargins in the industry.
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"Excellent value - very versatile" submitted March 27, 2011

By a customer from hotmail.com
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Musical Background: Engineer
Music Style: Rock, Metal, World
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Feature: Great first tube mic for the project recordist. Plus Dave from Advanced Audio microphones offers a custom modification for this model. Putting it in the ballpark of other much more expensive microphones. For $250 it was a no brainer. Value: Extreme value for what you pay.
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CAD Trion 8000 Tube Mic Customer Review submitted August 6, 2007

Sound: You can not beat this price for a Tube Condenser. Prety good deal. I own a few Mac and PC based DAW's. Actually 3. I've done Multitracking for almost 20 years now. This is a whole lot less expensive, and I do not need to buy a Tube mic pre now. Winston Owner-Hunter Media Prodcutions, LLC. Seattle, WA
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