Samson CO1U - USB Studio Condenser Microphone
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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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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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C01U USB Studio Condenser Microphone
The C01U USB Studio Condenser Mic is the first affordable studio condenser mic with a USB interface.
First and still the best
This classic USB microphone bridges the gap between mid-level USB audio adapters and pro-line products that require additional drivers, special software, and/or excess cabling. The C01U is USB compatible with any Mac or PC, as well as most DAW software programs, including GarageBand. Its supreme ability to produce pristine audio recordings with ease and mobility, along with a desktop mic stand, mic clip, USB cable and carry pouch also included, makes the C01U a most valuable addition to any studio.
For musicians, the convergence of computer and audio technologies has established the home/mobile studio as an alternative to the professional recording facility. Whether you're touring the country or experimenting in your project studio, the C01U sets the standard for integrating your computer into your recording experience. Use the cardioid pickup pattern to record vocals or close-mic an acoustic instrument at a pro-level directly to your computer. The C01U is perfect for recording music on-the-go or in limited spaces, allowing all musicians tremendous freedom to create.
The evolution of podcasting has created a need for high-quality production capabilities that are also attainable by everyone. Satisfying these criteria, the C01U is a podcaster's dream come true. Given a simple USB connection straight into your computer, it provides your podcasts with unparalleled quality in audio recording. With the C01U affordable for all, the voices of web journalists are empowered to establish a real identity in the congested world of podcasting.
Samson offers a collection of pro-level accessories (all sold separately) that can be used to further enhance the recording experience of the C01U, including the PS01 microphone pop filter and the SP01 spider mount. The PS01's nylon mesh screen will reduce vocal popping and sibilance from affecting the performance of your C01U. It also comes equipped with a universal mic stand mounting bracket and a flexible metal gooseneck for convenient placement. Lastly, the SP01 provides the C01U with a reliable shockmount system to absorb unwanted vibrations and disturbances.
This microphone comes with Cakewalk's Sonar LE digital audio workstation software.
- Plug-and-play, with no drivers needed
- Hypercardioid pickup pattern
- 16-bit, 48kHz resolution
- Smooth, flat frequency response of 20Hz - 18kHz
- Solid, die-cast construction with heavy gauge mesh grill
- Includes swivel stand mount and USB cable
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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...
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.
I got this item because I needed a decent mic for recording acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica at home. I have used some really awful mics in the past which always left a hiss or seemed to muffle the sounds which has negatively influenced my music.
With this mic I had no trouble recording crisp beautiful sounds: when the track I'd recorded was played back when I was out of the room, I thought my mate was playing on the guitar.
Perhaps this isn't considered the perfect mic for recording guitar with, but if you're like me in that you can't afford an impressive home studio then you could do much worse than this, I personally couldn't fault the sound quality, I've been recording for about 8 years now in varying degrees and I give this a thumbs up.
The only fault I can find is that I couldn't work out how to get my 'Reason' software to recognise the mic, but the recording software that came with the mic worked fine so I just exported it over which was easy enough.
If you need to see a demo take a look at youtube, there's some good displays on there.
In all, a good mic, a great price. 10/10.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent Mic. If you want to hear it in action then pop along to devondice.co.uk and listen to one of our podcasts I (Joel) use the mic on the show and you hear for yourself,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Wright
Still using it pretty regularly for voice recordings after god knows how long. This isn't the best mic you can find but at the price point it is pretty bang on. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Grey
Brilliant audio quality for such brilliant value.
The fact that the product runs off USB is even better.
i have had this for 7 years now, next month will be 8 years and it still works perfect. I will be buying more. Buy it guys its worth it. Amazing qualityPublished 7 months ago by priscjackson