CAD Audio originally took shape as the Astatic Corporation in 1931, founded by C.M. Chorpening and F.H. Woodworth, two ham radio operators who needed
a static-free microphone for their transmitters. They worked with local engineers to develop the company’s first crystal radio microphone, the model
Having overcome the problem of static—hence the company name “Astatic”—and improved the quality of radio transmitter microphones in general, Chorpening and Woodworth went on to incorporate in 1933 and develop a line of innovative crystal mics, phonograph pickups and recording heads. Astatic also made significant contributions to the allied effort in World War II with an underwater sound detection hydrophone and static-discharger for Army and Navy aircraft.
Now known as Astatic Commercial Audio Products, the company has evolved into a successful manufacturer of commercial microphones for a wide variety
of industrial applications. Astatic microphones can be found in restaurants, airports, churches, schools, and corporate boardrooms worldwide. Their
ongoing success is based on Variable Pattern Technology available in hanging, gooseneck and boundary microphones. The pick-up patterns can be controlled
on the microphone, by using the remote pattern control box or through some of the industries’ most popular digital signal processors.
CAD (Conneaut Audio Devices) Professional Microphones was initially formed in 1988 as the Pro Audio division of the company to design and manufacture
microphones for the recording and live sound markets, segments not served by Astatic. Initially, CAD introduced a revolutionary servo circuit console
and breakthrough processing products, then went on to develop a series of innovative and cost-effective high performance studio microphones. These
included the highly acclaimed E100, E200 and E300 EquitekTM Series mics that literally defined the project studio revolution of the late 1980s
and early 1990s.
More recent developments include CAD’s first line of CAD Live Guitar Microphones, the D80 Dynamic, D82 Ribbon, and D84 Condenser. New additions to the
StagePassTM Wireless series with the 1600 handheld and 1610 body pack, UHF, 100 Channel Wireless systems, CAD’s wireless offering continues to grow.
Maybe the most exciting new addition to the EquitekTM Professional series is the E19 theatre style ear worn microphone. Included in every StagePassTM
1610 system, the E19 gives you the sound and reliability not available currently on the market.
For the home recording enthusiast CAD is introducing new studio headphones, usb microphones, as well as two new stand mounted acoustic enclosures, the
AS16 Stand Mounted Cabinet enclosure and the AS22 foldable stand mounted acoustic enclosure. With the current AS32 Acoustic enclosure we now have several
styles and sizes to fit all your home studio needs.