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Samson C01U Recording and Podcasting Microphone Pak

4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Subcategory: Vocal Microphone
  • Type: Large Diaphragm Microphone
  • Capsule technology: Large diaphragm condenser
  • Pickup pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
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Technical Details
Item Weight5 Kg
Product Dimensions40.6 x 15.2 x 33 cm
Item model numberSAM C01U PAK
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 2,524 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5 Kg
Date First Available21 Sep 2007
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Product Description

Samson changed the way the world records audio with the C01U and C03U USB Studio Condenser microphones — the first studio quality condenser microphones equipped with a USB interface. The C01U Recording / Podcasting Pack includes everything needed to record digital audio on a PC or Mac with an eye on maXimum portability. The C01U Recording / Podcasting Pak comes bundled with Cakewalk Sonar LE, their vastly popular digital audio workstation software, giving users additional power and versatility to digitally record audio in any situation. The C01U features a 19mm internal shock mounted diaphragm with a cardioid pick up pattern ensuring pristine studio quality. The package is equally at home with those wishing to enter the eXpanding world of podcasting, one the hottest trends in the digital audio revolution. In addition to the C01U microphone and Cakewalk software, the package comes with a desktop mic stand, mic clip, shockmount and USB cable in a durable, lightweight aluminum case. The packs are aimed at a variety of uses, from corporate events and presentations to music applications to portable podcast recording applications. Specifications Bundled with Cakewalk’s Sonar LE digital audio workstation software C01U features a 19mm internal shock mounted diaphragm Cardioid pick up pattern Includes mic clip, MD5 desktop mic stand, SP01 shockmount and USB cable Comes in durable, lightweight aluminum case

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for Podcasting 24 Feb 2008
Everyone tries to podcast using headphones with mic's - usually Plantronics or Sennheiser.

The best way to improve a Podcast - is to buy a better Mic. This the first rule, and easiest.

There are several mics to consider, of which Samson and Rode are the two at the top of the tree.

This podcasting kit is superb, the shockmount is superb, the stand is superb, and I'm delighted that I bought the kit - the quality is sublime.

It has American and European fittings. It's despatched with the LARGER US fittings attached. Now to attach the mic to the stand, you'll need to match up either to American or European fittings, it's up to you, as you get both. If you unscrew the base of the mic, you'll find the neat Europe fittings underneath - its design is brilliant, as it'll work in either continent.

It doesn't have a headjack on the mic, for this you'll need the Rode podcasting kit.

Most important is performance. If you're on XP, you Must download the presoft software. This makes a tremendous difference!! If you're on VISTA, you can't use presoft, so go to Control Panel > Sound > Samson Mic > Properties > take up the level to around 80 or so.

Now it ships with the mic on a low setting, around 6. So you'll initially wonder why the recordings are so quiet, they're still great, but quiet. So take it up to 50, or 80, which ever suits your voice better. This makes so so much difference... but it will now pick up overhead airplanes and dogs barking.

It works basically on plug and play. Straight out of the box. Providing, someone's tipped you off about the American connectors being fitted on arrival. :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samson C01U Mike Pak 21 Feb 2010
This mike has done everything I could have wished. The quality has been fantastic for the money, and best of all it has been so easy to set up and use. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, but not as good as I expected. 25 Jan 2013
The quality you get just doesn't justify the price. You have to do a decent amount of fiddling to get it to sound alright, and you'd better hope you don't live in a big room, otherwise the mic will sound very open. It can pick up a lot of background noise, but that's expected from a condenser mic. It also sounds less crisp than I'd like.

It's not too bad though, it's useable, but I'd have liked a lower price.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Microphone! 2 Nov 2009
This is a brilliant product. Many thanks to the previous reviewer, - I had no trouble with sound and installation (Vista). I am not a musician, I record voice audios only for personal/work use, so I cannot comment on an enclosed software (Sonar LE). I use Adobe Soundbooth and it works very well for me (even better now that I have a decent mic). To give you an example of sound quality: my six year old son loves to record little stories and listen to his voice, from another room I heard his playback and had to come back in to check, because there was absolutely no difference between live voice and a playback. So it sounds great and looks great on my table:)!

I bought this set after reading many different reviews on the internet, it seems that the only problem people had with this microphone is that it was too quiet, probably all Vista users like myself. The microphone does come with a low sound setting, so again check the first review here and change the sound settings accordingly. I did however order anti-pop screen just in case. Overall, I am very happy I had enough sense to invest in this product. I can get to some quality work now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good value as you'll find. 3 July 2014
By Andrew W. M. Perry VINE VOICE
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A really solid kit, with a sturdy, good-quality microphone and a solid case. The software is good, but just won't address the mic properly. No problem, though - Audacity and Audition both do the job quite nicely.

The only real downside is that the desk stand's upright is not quite as solid as the rest of the kit, but on the whole it's an excellent kit for a really good price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INCREADABLE 29 April 2014
By james
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This product is perfectly priced, is robust and looks great!
This is great for podcasting,recording and the like

cool case too)
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The Pak was a gift for my son Philip - and he is very much satisfied with it - together with the Samson SAPS01 Studio Quality Filter. He uses it for making videos on youtube
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is perfect! 16 Oct 2013
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It is by far the best USB PC recording microphone. Plug and play. Amazing quality. Comes in a protective DJ case with all the necessary stuff. No regrets.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars If you're a singer, stay away.
Great for podcasting but not great for singers. I bought this to record vocals and to make demos and covers with. I sing mainly broadway style which includes a lot of belting. Read more
Published 10 months ago by T
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally very good
Easy to set up, works well as expected. Only complaint was the rubber grip on the bottom of the stand was attached very poorly and I had to glue it back on. Read more
Published 10 months ago by James3000117
1.0 out of 5 stars Had to return, has Item didnt work.
looked good but pity i didn't get a chance to use it,has Item didn't work, so returned for a refund.
Published 11 months ago by littlebee
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
This piece of kit is absolutely fantastic. The only reason why I didn't give 5 stars was because my microphone arrived with a massive dent in it but it didn't affect the usage of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by MetalFoX
3.0 out of 5 stars Tinny with unusable software
Nowhere in the marketing are you told that the Cakewalk software does not work on a Macbook, had I known I would have bought seperate components in kit form rather than the set -... Read more
Published 11 months ago by N. S. Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy to Use
I love the easy to use feel of the microphone, i didn't need the software that came with it but iv'e got it now anyway. Read more
Published 12 months ago by James Hurrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly
Read some of the other reviews of this, then just went for it. The sales representative quickly sorted out the customs issues and delivery was very quick. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by Åsmund Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product !
Great product, works well and how it should, great price also for what you get. Would order from them next time and I would recommend it to anyone.
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by Shikesh
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