The cardioid polar pattern consistently rejects sound at its off-axis points and yields high immunity to feedback. The metal housing and steel grille ensure road-ready toughness. A recessed on/off switch is provided for convenient muting of the mic between speeches or performances. The XLR 3-pin output offers compatibility with most microphone preamps, mixer inputs, and portable PA systems. The CAD12 ships with a microphone clip for easy mounting on a mic stand (available separately).