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Behringer C-1 Studio Condenser Microphone

by Behringer
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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  • Professional large-diaphragm condenser microphone for unsurpassed audio quality
  • Ideal as main and support microphone for studio and live applications
  • Exceptionally flat frequency response and ultra-high sound resolution
  • Cardioid pickup pattern for outstanding sound source separation and feedback rejection
  • Ultra low-noise transformerless fet input circuitry
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Behringer C-1 Studio Condenser Microphone + Behringer PS400 Micropower Phantom Power Supply + Stagg 3m High Quality XLR to XLR Plug Microphone Cable
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Technical Details
Item Weight771 g
Product Dimensions29.7 x 18.1 x 8.1 cm
Item model number000-226
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 180 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight980 g
Date First Available12 Nov 2006
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Studio Condenser Microphone

Product Description

The BEHRINGER C-1 is a professional and super-affordable large-diaphragm condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. It provides all the performance you?d expect in a top-notch professional condenser microphone: exceptionally flat frequency response, ultra low-noise transformerless FET input circuitry and incredible audio transparency. With its high-quality transducer and gold-plated XLR output, the C-1 is very neutral-sounding and truly delivers on the promise of noise-free transmission. It also offers a phantom power LED indicator and a swivel stand mount. Whether miking acoustic or electric instruments or using it for vocals or drums, the BEHRINGER C-1 is an excellent choice for both live and studio applications.

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170 of 173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Microphone, Excellent Value 24 Sep 2010
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For the price, this is a brilliant microphone. For anyone looking to build a home studio or do any kind of recording I highly recommend this product. Just a few warnings:

- The mic does not come with any cables; the (connector on the bottom of the mic is a male XLR).
- This mic requires phantom power - you can't just plug it directly into your PC (unless you have an expensive soundcard designed for the purpose). I bought a seperate phantom power supply unit, the Behringer MicroPower PS400, which provides the necessary juice for the mic to operate. For use with a PC I have the following setup: Mic -> male-female xlr cable -> phantom power unit -> female xlr-mini jack cable -> pc. I don't use a preamp, the levels are sufficient for my recording purposes (although your results may vary!) Note that there IS a usb version of the mic, the Behringer C-1U, but personally I'd avoid it; you never know when you might want to use the mic WITHOUT a pc...

Hope this was a help to any prospective buyers! Again, this is highly a recommended mic.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money 8 Aug 2010
I thought long and hard before parting with my cash for this microphone. We run a small recording studio in my workplace and often use a Rode NT2 condenser mic. I wanted a condenser I could use at home for recording using Pro Tools but didn't want to spend a fortune. The Behringer then was a complete shock to me. Good quality plastic carry case, good quality metal mike housing, professional looking, chunky and with reassuring weight to it etc etc. I decided to record some guitar at work using the Rode NT2 and then record the same piece into Pro Tools using the C1 and then compare them. There are more features on the Rode NT2 such as pattern choice, cardiod etc etc and a filter, but hey, thats what you pay 200 quid for. For the price, the Behringer was brilliant. I cannot recommend this enough. Don't spend a fortune, buy one of these and you wont be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By cat
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I bought this having spent some time reviewing and it seemed like very good value with lots of positive feedback. You will see scathing comments from the 'anti-Behringer league' but please, do bear in mind the cost of this item. I suspect most of the scathing reporters will have spent substantially more on their microphone of choice.

My initial thoughts were of great disappointment as there was a terrible buzz / hum. This was regardless of what phantom supply was used and what lead. I looked long and hard on the old faithful internet and everything pointed to an earth loop problem suggesting that my hardware was earthing to different points which could cause the problem. I found a particularly good response on a forum relating to an earth loop hum on a different product, so using the guidance of that learned forum member, I ruled out each symptom one by one to conclude there was a fault with a microphone.

I worked through these possible causes, using different phantom power sources, initially on my presonus firestudio mobile, then from my spirit folio RAC PAC mixer. Both resulted in the humm or buzz. I tried an alternative shure dynamic mic plugged into both, no humm or buzz even with the phantom power on so it wasn’t a 48v problem. I bought another XLR lead through AMAZON which arrived next day thanks to my prime membership, but still the C-1 hummed so it didn’t seem to be the lead.

To alleviate the earth loop possibility, I disconnected my macbook pro from the mains charger and powered the presonus through firewrire only (no need for a wall-wart which is very handy ! ) – so the power was all from the battery. The C-1 still hummed but again the shure dynamic mic didn’t..
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For The Money... Unbelievable performance. 25 Jan 2009
I purchased one of these microphones a couple of years ago now and to be honest i wasn't expecting much quality at this price. Condenser microphones I have used in the past in studios have always been in at least triple figures, if not more. However I was actually pleasantly amazed by the transparency of the sound reproduction. I think I expected limited frequency response and a muggy, coloured sound you so often get with cheap microphones... none of that here; clear, uncoloured sound reproduction. I'm sure top mixing engineers will argue that to their ears you can tell it's not a top quality mic, but frankly if you did the pepsi challenge with this and a triple figure mic, I bet there would be few who could distinguish one from the other. In any case, let's face it, at this price you can't really go wrong.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly dissapointed, even for the price. 3 Nov 2013
By DuckMan
The micophone itself looks and feels quite good, allthough it also feels a little light (which is usually a bad sign). It even comes in a very professional looking carrying case. Perhaps all of this is done just to hide the very bad recording quality of the microphone. At first, I thought there was something wrong with my audio interface (Tascam US220L). I sold it immediately, and bought one of the best ones available (the Focusrite Saffire 6 USB), I even bought some new cables.

None of this could improve the sound quality. The output levels remain extremely low, forcing you to turn the gain up, ruining every bit of quality that was ever there. Recording vocals is therefore impossible, unless you hold your mouth right against the mic. I find this quite strange, as the C-1 is actually a small diaphragm mic (even if it presents itself otherwise), which usually pick up more sound.

I have come to the conclusion that my microphone is either broken, or that this is just the quality I paid for. Either way, behringer should really focus a lot more on quality control, even for the extremely low price. I would recommend buying a slightly more expensive mic from a more trusted manufacturer.

Ps. For everyone looking for a cheap mic, the Behringer C-1 is the exact same mic as the Samson C01, so don't get fooled by the price difference.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mic
Really, really good mic.
Comes in a plastic hard case lined with foam, and a cut out for the mic.
Recorded an Acoustic guitar with it tonight, and it sounds great. Read more
Published 8 days ago by joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mic great price
great quality mic. really pleased and a very cheap price. completely changed everything i thought.about mics. my other mic i thought was good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by smeagol
1.0 out of 5 stars Very low volume
I bought this mic and behringer power box with neccessary cables to record guitar and singing. However, the volume leves are extremely low. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Murray Wallace
1.0 out of 5 stars An absolute disaster... DO NOT BUY THIS!
Bought this microphone as I am a singer recording music as a hobby.

When I started using it, I couldn't even hear myself over all the HISSING from it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sammy R
3.0 out of 5 stars Too hissy for me
Bought this needing another microphone in addition to a RODE NT1a I already own. Thought I would try to see if a much cheaper option could compete. Read more
Published 2 months ago by robseym
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mic worked wonderfully
Perfect ! It was a budget microphone but it is by no means bad. I highly recommend this microphone for recording.
Published 3 months ago by Charles Canning
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Yes, it is very good and excellent value for the money. I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone interested in getting a condenser mike. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mannsmixed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mic for the price
I used this mic as a room mic for drums. Did the job perfectly. Bit of eq and it sounded great.
For a budget mic this is a great buy.
Published 3 months ago by Mark Heaney
2.0 out of 5 stars How do you like your hissing noise?
Bought this mic with a Behringer 302USB mixer, and sadly I could not get any useable audio out of this mic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lemmex
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch
This little cracker Solves the problem of which mic to use in a budget studio set up. For the price the performance is superb. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul H
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