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BEHRINGER STUDIO CONDENSER MICROPHONE C-1U

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  • Professional, large-diaphragm condenser microphone with built-in USB interface, ideal for podcasters and musicians
  • Plug this amazing USB-mic straight into your computer and turn your PC or Mac computer into a recording system without the need for any other hardware
  • Directly works with your PC or Mac* computer - ultra-low latency ASIO* driver for PC audio optimization available at behringer.com
  • Exceptionally flat frequency response and ultra-high sound resolution perfect for voice, acoustic instruments, etc.
  • Cardioid pickup pattern for outstanding sound source separation and feedback rejection
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 2.2 x 6.7 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • 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.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001QXCYZY
  • Item model number: C1U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,276 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 16, 2004

Product Description

BEHRINGER STUDIO CONDENSER MICROPHONE C-1U

USB Studio Condenser Microphone

  • Professional, large-diaphragm condenser microphone with built-in USB interface, ideal for podcasters and musicians
  • Plug this amazing USB-mic straight into your computer and turn your PC or Mac computer into a recording system without the need for any other hardware
  • Directly works with your PC or Mac computer-ultra-low latency ASIO and WDM drivers for PC audio optimization included
  • Exceptionally flat frequency response and ultra-high sound resolution perfect for voice, acoustic instruments, etc.
  • Cardioid pickup pattern for outstanding sound source separation and feedback rejection
  • Pressure-gradient transducer with shock-mounted capsule
  • Comprehensive podcasting and audio editing software (Podifier, Juice, PodNova, Golden Ear, Audacity) for computers, both PC and Mac
  • USB connection cable included
  • Swivel stand mount included
  • Ultra-rugged construction with metal die-cast body
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
  • Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany

The C-1U is a digital home recording or podcasting enthusiast's dream come true. This professional quality condenser microphone is identical to the acclaimed BEHRINGER C-1 mic with one awesome difference: it's has a built-in USB interface so you can be ready to record faster than ever, and with minimal preparation and equipment. Just plug it into your computer and start recording!

What is a USB Condenser Microphone?

The primary type of microphone used in recording studios and radio stations, condenser microphones are the ideal choice for capturing vocals and acoustic instruments. Unlike a dynamic microphone, a condenser microphone collects sound from throughout an environment such as a room, rather than only picking up what's happening directly in front of it. It is capable of capturing much more detail with a wider, flatter frequency response. Trouble is, conventional condenser microphones aren't made to interface with a computer - you have to provide a microphone preamplifier and an analog to USB interface.

The C-1U has a built-in USB interface that derives the needed power directly from your computer's USB input and requires no special drivers. Just plug in and start recording your masterpiece!

Does Awesome Sound Come Any Easier?

The short answer is no. Unlike most other USB microphones, you won't need to download any additional drivers to begin using the C-1U right out of the box - it even works with Vista! You also get an extensive software package with Audacity for recording, Kristal Audio Engine for editing and multitracking, Podifier uploading software and PodNova downloading software. It works like this: Connect the mic to your PC or Mac. Load Audacity and save your recording onto your hard drive. Now load the included Kristal software and you can edit your recording or add tracks. Now you're ready to upload your work onto the Web via Podifier.

Sound That Astounds!

Getting started with the C-1U may seem like child's play, but this pro-caliber microphone is anything but a toy. It has an exceptionally flat frequency response and pristine sonic resolution that ensures content-rich audio that is as natural sounding as the original source. The cardioid pickup pattern provides unparalleled sound source separation and feedback rejection. The C-1U's ultra low-noise, transformerless FET input circuitry can handle extreme dynamics, all the way up to 136 dB, with ruler-flat frequency response from 40 Hz to 20 kHz. That means that even if the special guest on your next podcast happens to be a revved-up jet engine, this workhorse mic will not distort!

Here's Why You Need a C-1U...
  • Far better sound quality than the dynamic microphones you're probably using now
  • With its built-in USB interface and comprehensive software package, just plug in and start laying down tracks
  • You don't have to download any new drivers, and it's perfectly compatible with Windows XP/Vista and Mac
  • Includes swivel stand mount and carrying case

Customer Reviews

I plugged it in and it worked immediately (XP Pro).
Aaron Laws
I sent the unit in to be fixed, but they claim it's operating within there specifications.
M. Statkus
Behringer makes this and it is as good as any of their products.
Ridgeroader

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Shane W. Holloway on July 28, 2010
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This USB mic is fantastic. Easy to use with USB, as you don't need any external hardware to get the recordings into the computer. Behringer's C-1U sound quality is fantastic, as the condenser mic only picks nearby sounds. (Within reason, of course.)

I bought the mic in conjunction with a tabletop stand, a spider mount, and a pop-filter. All of which are recommended for a recording station.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Maclachlan on February 23, 2011
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I'm having what is a quite common complaint with this unit, which is that the level seems awfully low, even with the windows record level maxed out. However, this seems to be a combination of the microphone's inherent characteristics and some sort of windows misfeature. This is using Audacity under windows 7, but the same complaint is widespread on the net on other platforms.

A high-order bit is that if you use the ASIO driver, then (somewhat nonintiutively) the level seems to be about 10 dB higher than using the builtin windows support, which is a significant difference. It *will* work without ASIO (without installing any drivers at all), but the level will be lower. And with ASIO there seems to be no record level adjustment at all. The windows control has no effect, and the Audacity control is disabled. You can of course change the level digitally, but this won't recover from clipping.

As it says in the manual, this microphone is intended for vocal use at a fairly close distance (4-5 inches.) If the level is maxed out, and I speak in a loud-normal voice at this distance, then the level is plausible (but nowhere near clipping.) If I sing at this distance, then I can send it into clipping. Since there is no level adjustment with ASIO, I have to back off to a foot or so.

This is speculation, based on ignorance of the details of the USB microphone protocol, but it seems that in the absence of any way to set the analog gain before digitization, there is always going to be a design compromise of what level to use, and since a too-low level can be more-or-less recovered with digital gain, whereas clipping is just plain bad, Behringer chose a low analog gain level.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bill Bennett on October 1, 2011
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Originally I wrote "due to a Microsoft driver update this product no longer works with Windows 7 64-bit. If you use Windows 7 64-bit, don't buy this product!" As it turns out it was a USB driver problem and not the microphone's fault. I now rate this product with four stars. I couldn't give it five stars because even with all my volume controls set to their highest level, I still can't get this mic to reproduce voices as loud as I'd like.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By motorsep on December 13, 2012
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I've read couple of articles saying that this mic is a really good USB mic. And that's why I bought it. While C-1 works great via mixer, C-1U doesn't work as expected via USB because it doesn't seem to get enough power through USB port. Behringer doesn't mention that at all, nor provides solution for modern OS.
In other words, I found only 1 workaround to get clear and strong input signal from this mic on Windows 7. And that method only works if you need to do voice acting or record a podcast. If you need to simultaneously record a video and audio, you are out of luck because you will not hear a thing in that video.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacaboii on January 15, 2011
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For the price, the Behringer C1-U is pretty much a steal for the buck. Its as simple as plugging it in the PC and start using it right away. I love the fact that its software is compatible with both Mac and PC so choices are not limited to this mic. I love the crisp sound as I used it to sing a cover on the PC. If you are a vocalist or just needs a mic that is set to detail this is the mic to go. Though I wish they did come with a case but overall its a good condensor mic for about 50 bucks. Pretty solid body too. I recommend this to the people. Believe you will love it too
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By drock8894 on October 16, 2010
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So I bought this mic 2 weeks ago and it has amazing quality. When you first get it, it might not be as loud which may make you mad. But if you play aroud with your computer and get the right settings, its Amazing- way better than the samson's condenser mics. One little annoying thing is that the shipper is from New York, so the shipping took awhile, or maybe it was just because I really wanted it so i couldn't wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dolphin on June 13, 2012
I bought the Behringer Studio Condenser C-1U microphone to improve the quality of my home music recording efforts without going to the expense and complication of adding a pre-amp box. The selling point for me was the USB connection which is powered by phantom power directly from the computer.

This is a very solid and good-looking piece of gear, heavy and substantial in feel and offering the kind of convenience and low-cost solution I was looking for. It came with an adapter (you'll need to buy a mic stand) and a software CD (mostly obsolete): Juice software for podcasting, Kristal and Audacity for recording and editing (these last two are free software; you can get the latest version of Audacity from the Sourceforge web site.)

When I first got the mic (about two years ago), it took me a longish time to achieve acceptable results, the main problem being that the mic is on the quiet side. To produce the flat, quality sound I was hoping for requires all relevant computer settings to be turned up to the maximum. In the course of doing so, I ran into problems with my Realtek Audio Manager but that was quite possibly due to some limitation with my set-up. What finally worked for me was to separate the input jacks in the Control Panel, Audio Manager (I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium), turn the microphone (input) volume to the maximum in Audacity (having given Audacity control of the mic), and position the mic 5-6 inch from the source (guitar or singer). I then apply amplification and/or normalization to the resulting recorded sound wave. My research indicates that the problem of the low sound is common to other condenser mics of the USB variety, and I have seen suggestions that Vista is not very user-friendly in that respect.
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