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BEHRINGER STUDIO CONDENSER MICROPHONE C-1


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  • Professional, large-diaphragm condenser microphone for unsurpassed audio quality
  • Ideal as main and support microphone for studio and live applications
  • Cardioid pickup pattern for outstanding sound source separation and feedback rejection
  • Pressure-gradient transducer with shock-mounted capsule
  • Ultra-low noise, transformerless FET input eliminates low-frequency distortion
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 2.1 x 7.1 inches ; 14.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000CZ0RLK
  • Item model number: C-1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,517 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 26, 2007

Product Description

Product Description

BEHRINGER STUDIO CONDENSER MICROPHONE C-1

Studio Condenser Microphone

  • Professional, large-diaphragm condenser microphone for unsurpassed audio quality
  • Ideal as main and support microphone for studio and live applications
  • Cardioid pickup pattern for outstanding sound source separation and feedback rejection
  • Pressure-gradient transducer with shock-mounted capsule
  • Ultra-low noise, transformerless FET input eliminates low-frequency distortion
  • LED indicates phantom power operation
  • Swivel stand mount and transport case included
  • Ultra-rugged construction with metal die-cast body
  • Gold-plated 3-pin XLR output connector for highest signal integrity
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
  • Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany

The C-1 is a cardioid condenser microphone designed to capture your sounds with incredible realism, sensitivity and accuracy.

What is a Condenser Mic?

Condenser microphones are the ideal choice for capturing vocals and acoustic instruments. They're the primary type of microphone used in recording studios and radio stations. They are capable of capturing much more detail than dynamic microphones because of their wider, flatter frequency response. Another difference between condenser and dynamic mics is that they contain active circuitry that requires phantom power (+48 V DC) for operation. You can power them from any phantom power equipped BEHRINGER XENYX mixer, plus enjoy the benefits of our state-of-the-art XENYX mic preamps.

Why the C-1?

The C-1 is an affordable, high-quality way to put this essential studio tool to work for you. Thanks to its cardioid (heart-shaped) pattern, the C-1 microphone picks up your source signal while rejecting off-axis sounds that can ruin an otherwise perfect recording. With its excellent transducer and gold-plated XLR output, the C-1 is very neutral sounding and truly delivers on the promise of

But That's Not All...

The C-1 is built to be your go-to condenser mic for years to come. Its tough, die-cast body can withstand all the rigors of bleary-eyed late-night recording marathons. And with its rugged foam-padded carrying case, it travels in safety and style. We also included a swivel stand mount so it can be affixed to your studio's mic stands.

Value

This condenser mic is an excellent choice for live and studio applications, and it's available at a price that will leave you with enough cash left over to secure other recording essentials. Check out the incredible C-1 at a BEHRINGER dealer near you.

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The C-1 is a cardioid condenser microphone designed to capture your sounds with incredible realism, sensitivity and accuracy. This condenser mic is an excellent choice for live and studio applications, and it's available at a price that will leave you with enough cash left over to secure other recording essentials.

Designed to capture your sounds with incredible realism, sensitivity and accuracy. Click to enlarge.

Includes rugged foam-padded carrying case and swivel mount.

View polar pattern and frequency response. Click to enlarge.

What is a Condenser Mic?
Condenser microphones are the ideal choice for capturing vocals and acoustic instruments. They're the primary type of microphone used in recording studios and radio stations. They are capable of capturing much more detail than dynamic microphones because of their wider, flatter frequency response. Another difference between condenser and dynamic mics is that they contain active circuitry that requires phantom power (+48 V DC) for operation. You can power them from any phantom power equipped BEHRINGER XENYX mixer, plus enjoy the benefits of our state-of-the-art XENYX mic preamps.

Why the C-1?
The C-1 is an affordable, high-quality way to put this essential studio tool to work for you. Thanks to its cardioid (heart-shaped) pattern, the C-1 microphone picks up your source signal while rejecting off-axis sounds that can ruin an otherwise perfect recording. With its pressure-gradient, shock-mounted transducer and gold-plated XLR output, the C-1 is very neutral sounding and truly delivers on the promise of noise-free transmission.

With its exceptionally flat frequency response and ultra-high sound resolution, it's perfect for perfect for acoustic instruments, overhead, piano, and plenty more.

Built to Last
The C-1 is built to be your go-to condenser mic for years to come. Its tough, die-cast body can withstand all the rigors of bleary-eyed late-night recording marathons. And with its rugged foam-padded carrying case, it travels in safety and style. We also included a swivel stand mount so it can be affixed to your studio's mic stands.

C-1 Specs

  • Transducer Type: Condenser, 16 mm
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Connection: Gold-plated balanced XLR connector
  • Open Circuit Sensitivity: -33 +/- 2 dBV (0 dBV = 1 V/Pa)
  • Frequency Response: 40 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Max. SPL (1% THD @ 1 kHz): 136 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Load Impedance: >1 kohms
  • Supply Voltage: +36 - 52 V
  • Supply Current: 2.5 mA
  • Dimensions: Shaft: 54 mm, length: 169 mm
  • Weight: Approximately 0.45 kg

What's in the Box
Behringer C-1 Studio Condenser Microphone, Carrying Case, User's Manual

Customer Reviews

It great for in home studios.
Eunice
I've had a great little Behringer audio mixer for years and it has phantom power supply capability.
Charles White
You can't go wrong with this one.
Jose Martinez

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

119 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Jose Martinez on October 16, 2008
First things first: I'm a working musician and I live in the REAL WORLD. I can't afford a $4000 Neumann but I wanted a moderately priced good quality condenser microphone. I record audio to my computer through a Behringer Xenix 1202FX mixer (which is great!) and an M-Audio Audiophile 2496 sound card. I thought it was time to give this Behringer mic a shot and, you know what?, it works like a charm! I know a Neumann may catch a fly's fart in mid air, but I'm pretty satisfied with this cheap beauty. I have recorded proof of what I say: crisp clear voice recordings, accurate reproduction of instruments. Beautiful. You can't go wrong with this one.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By M. Christiansen on August 18, 2006
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This thing is killer; throw in a pop filter and some sort of stand and you have an amazingly pro setup for not much. If like me you have tried using a different type of mic (like a standard dynamic mic) to record normal accoustic sounds like voice or non-amplified instruments, this thing will be way, way better. I can't compare directly to other condenser mics but do not perceive any fundamental drawbacks with this one, which is amazing given the price.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Milcka Carrera on September 28, 2008
I Bought this Mic for a Recording Studio. In that time i had a very low budget so I only could afford these. But my surprise is that is a veeeery good Mic for recording purposes. It captures with brightness everything that goes on in the vocal room. I even tried it in my bedroom, and nearby the state put a Amusement park, and the voices, the screaming and the sounds of the machines that were not perceived by bear ear, it was recorded clearly. I totally recommend this item, specially if you have a low budget for your recording studio. If you can pay more, you could by a better-performance Condenser Mic, but for low budgets? This is the one...
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By gh on May 15, 2010
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I work in film/video production, and I'm always on a lookout for a good mic to add to my gear cabinet -- and Behringer C1 is certainly one of those gems. I also teach video production and animation to high school students, where I use Behringer C1 as my go-to mic for voice-overs and any Foley sound effects. Besides Behringer C1, I also own two other relatively inexpensive condensers: a Studio Projects C1 (my favorite vocal mic, but with a price tag of about $250), and an AudioTechnica AT2020 (around $75), which I also rate highly. I find the Behringer to be equally good for most recording purposes as the other two condensers. I like to leave my Studio Projects mic in my home studio, so Behringer is my primary voice over mic when I need to set up mobile studios -- such as when working with high school youth.

In a recent audio recording session, I had a Behringer C1 plugged into one channel of a small Behringer Eurorack (now Xenyx) mixer, with the AudioTechnica AT2020 plugged into the other channel, panned hard left and right respectively, feeding the signal directly into my Macbook Pro for recording with Audacity. The event was a panel-discussion with 6 teenage participants -- the idea was that the Behringer C1 would pick up the 3 kids on the left side of the table, and the AT2020 the kids on the right side. The mics were on booms, so I would adjust their position slightly to make sure the current speaker would be on-axis. The distance between the mics and the panelists was 2-3 ft, and the room was fairly quiet. The results were incredible - both Behringer C1 and AT2020 excelled, giving incredible richness to the spoken word recordings (both male and female).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Patrick L. Burns on June 30, 2010
OK so I was VERY skeptical when I first learned of the C-1 and saw its price. Most condenser mics are in the hundreds to thousands of dollars range. With a MSRP of just $60, the C-1 is in the same price category as an average dynamic mic. Based on its price alone, one would expect this mic to be noisy and cheap sounding. However one would be VERY wrong.

Simply put, this mic is superb in every way. Its got a rich, warm sound and is VERY quiet. As other posters have said, "it can pick up a flys fart in midair" and thats pretty accurate! In fact it's only drawback is that it might be TOO sensitive for people new to audio recording. You're going to want to use this in a very quiet environment or your going to have to live with it picking up EVERYTHING - the fan on your computer, cars and people passing outside, birds singing in the trees, your nighbors lawn mower a block a way, the fridge in the other room when the compressor kicks on, etc... I'm not kidding about this - it picks up more sounds than you're probably aware are around you.

Another point to consider... this is a condenser mic and as such requires 48 volt "phantom power" which must be supplied by your mixing console or preamp. This mic * WILL * NOT * WORK * without phantom power, and not all mixing desks or preamps can supply it, so check first. If you don't have a phantom power source and just want to use it straight into your computer for recording or podcasting, then consider its sister mic, the Behringer C-1U which is an identical mic, but features a USB interface which supplies it with the required phantom power, AND eliminates the need for an external audio interface - you plug it into your computers USB port and you're all set to record or podcast.
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