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Samson CO1U - USB Studio Condenser Microphone

4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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  • Plug in and start recording through USB - No extra gear needed!
  • 16-Bit resolution, 44.1-48kHz sampling
  • Cardioid Pickup Pattern - Large 19mm diaphragm with a heavy gauge mesh grill
  • Smooth flat frequency response
  • USB connection cable included
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Technical Details
Item Weight898 g
Product Dimensions21.1 x 20.3 x 14.7 cm
Item model numberSAM C01UCW
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 72 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 Kg
Date First Available5 Sep 2006
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Product Description

The C01U USB Studio Condenser Mic is the first affordable studio condenser mic with a USB interface. For the first time ever, musicians who record music on computers have a simple, affordable way to capture high-quality vocal and acoustic instrument performances. The perfect microphone for laptops and home studio set-sups. The Samson CO1U includes software and desktop stand

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean, Clear, Female Clarity 27 April 2008
Dead easy USB, runs direct from Vista drivers, with superb results - EVERYTIME.

Using Audacity, free software to record podcasts.

the recordings are clean, clear and excellent quality.

Faultless performance from this mic.

Has a Cardioid(heart shaped frontal direction), Omni (all directions) and a figure of 8, so that it picks up you and the person you're facing for interviewing.

Good off axis performance, so you can move up to 18 inches from the mic and maintain clear recordings. Some mics limit your movement, this one doesn't.

Slight plosives (p's and b's), so use a windshield, or put some popsocks over the mic (dont' laugh, popsocks really work!). Especailly when set to maximum sensitivity.

Two points.
1. Stand fittings are european (smaller) and American (larger). Undo the US fittings and the European fittings are underneath them. But they don't tell you that! So you'll spend 10 mins or so working out how the stand thing fits together, unless you know about the preinstalled US screwmount.

2. It comes preset with the recording level set to 3. This is very quiet.
to change go to start/control panel/sound/recording/[select micrphone]/properties/levels [slide from 3 to 90]
Now stand back. It will record airplanes flying overhead, dogs barking in the street, the whole lot, even gurgling in your radiators. Superb sensitivity. This way it picks up every nuance in your voice, every inflection.

Good mic for female voices. Some mics are optimise for deeper male voices, this has a Radio 4 daytime bright/clean professional feel.

So if you want Radio 4 clarity, airy, clean, beautiful midtones, you'll be dead happy. Also it's a dream for podcasters. Literally plug and play, with Vista. And lets face it, so little works with Vista, that's a huge bonus!
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the price, a top mic 6 Mar 2010
By Drummer
For the price, you get a very good microphone. I purchased it for around 60, and I didn't have very high hopes, I was looking for something to record a loud drum kit with. When I got it, I thought, oh well, it will just be super loud and distorted like cameras and other cheap mic's I've tried, I might as well try it before I send it back. When I did record it, the quality was super. Now, I was playing a super loud drum kit, in a bare untreated room with pretty poor acoustics- And I got a clean, distortion clear recording which could pass off as being recorded by a mic three times the cost. I'm very impressed. Just imagine how good it could sound in a decent room...

Also it connects to your laptop/computer via USB, so you don't need to buy XLR cables and mixers and interfaces- Easy, simple, cheap and gives a very impressive sound recording.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full recording system for 50...and it works! 12 Dec 2007
I was really surprised when i got it out the box, it was a good big metal solid piece of sturdy kit, very easy to use (I'm not the quickest with these things but I had the hang of it in about 2 minutes on my friend's windows vista computer (though it took me half an hour on my clapped out banger laptop))

You really do just shove it in and it works(hopefully). I DL'd a program called "samson softpre" from the company's website, which made it work a lot more sensitively too.

The only real problem I have is that it picks up the cooling fan noise on my laptop...but thats not the fault of the microphone!

Sound quality is really pretty damn good, speaking singing playing guitar banjo piano, making childish flatulence noises, everything i've tried so far has sounded good on it.

It comes with Sonar LE Cakewalk...Cakewalk is what most people in the recording industry use I believe, and its bundled in with the microphone, installs easily and quickly.

Don't waste time buying a stand for it, it comes with one!

The only real alternative i've found to this is the MXL desktop recording kit, which does appear to be a bit better (such as the stereo recording), but its not worth paying twice the price for IMO.

Samson C01U: 50;solid kit;useful software;easy to use; stand included

best recording deal around...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samson Condensor Microphone 31 Jan 2010
This was a surprise present for my daughter who composes and records personal tracks on the computer. She had explained the type of microphone she wanted and they were all mega pricey. Anyway I heard her talking about Samson microphones and saw this on Amazon.
She was realy pleased with it. It definitely has a good quality pickup. At one point it caught me cackling like a witch in another room watching TV.

It is chunky and heavy, and fitted perfectly on the microphone stand that my daughter already had. My daughter is really pleased with its quality, no hissing and no distortion.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Samson CO1U - USB Studio Condenser Microphone 3 Dec 2009
I use it to record my acoustic guitar and its very loud and clear. Make sure you turn up the mic volume by going to control panel - sound - recording.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 25 April 2011
Verified Purchase
I could go into long detail about its performance, but i'll just cut to the chase.

I'm an artist and i needed a mic. This mic is clear and it sounds like a professional studio mic.

Just remember to turn up the volume when you plug it in and fix the MONO/STEREO settings so that you hear yourself from both channels of the speaker.

That being said, Great buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent for acoustic recording but for recording a band you really...
Okay so I'm going to try and be as helpful as possible from a musicians point of view if you are looking to record a couple of acoustic instruments such as guitar, Piano, vocals... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Luke Howard
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, but not without problems.
Bought for recording podcasts / video voiceovers, this is my first microphone upgrade from the standard desktop / built-in microphone. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Rob Hardy
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing for the price
Absolutely amazing for the price. A bit of background noise but it can be super easily removed in something like Audacity (noise removal). Read more
Published 17 days ago by Connor Bensley
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb.
Ordered on a Tuesday, arrived on Thursday in great condition and packed well. Obviously got it immediately out of the box and started singing with it. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Shane Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid purchase
No complaints - easy to install. I use mine mostly for voice-over work so I really just need high quality recording and great sensitivity, which it has, but it also copes well with... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Genevieve Girling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very nice microphone, a massive upgrade for people using headset microphones, combined with audacity for perfect audio quality.
Published 1 month ago by Dave
1.0 out of 5 stars NO SERIAL FOR THE SOFTWARE
I recently bought this product to find out the cakewalk software that comes with the product gives you a month free trial, after the month you have to enter a serial number to use... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Parti
5.0 out of 5 stars Neat, good sound, absolutely great for webinars and game streaming
So, yeah, sound quality on this mic is pretty damned good for what it is - it's cheap and very cheerful! Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Sawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant piece of kit. Cannot fault it.
Been using it almost daily since I bought it in March. Not a bad recording among them!

It does pick up background noise pretty well, but most condenser mics will do... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Robo
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating and very disappointing waste of time
I read the reviews and was convinced. Having dabbled with home recording previously using four-track cassette and eight-track digital I was always let down by too much hiss and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by george lee
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