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Samson C01UCW Studio USB Mic with Cakewalk Sonar LE

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  • Industry's first USB studio condenser mic
  • Plugs directly into any computer with a USB port
  • Cardioid pickup pattern
  • Heavy gauge mesh grill
  • Large 19mm diaphragm
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Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8 x 5.8 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000PTF0E2
  • Item model number: SAM C01UCW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Color: Silver

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. It also comes with Cakewalk's Sonar LE digital audio workstation software. 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 valueable addition to any studio.


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Customer Reviews

You cannot go wrong with this mic.
Steven
Also, this mic works perfect with Vista...no software needed.
kindasorta
This is the mic I recommend for home audition studios.
C. Carter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

119 of 121 people found the following review helpful By kindasorta on March 5, 2006
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
The audio quality of the mic is outstanding, worthy of 4 stars on its own. I use it to do production for radio and it sounds nearly as good as the studio mics. The problem lies with the software and the drivers. Mac users aren't the only ones experiencing headaches. If you are going to use this microphone on a Windows PC, I highly recommend using the native Windows drivers instead of the Samson SoftPre drivers, as the XP drivers are much more stable. The SoftPre, for some reason, conflicts with the native XP drivers and is prone to crashing and causing erratic audio performance - such as stuttering, clipping and popping noise, none of which I get using XP's drivers. The Samson drivers also crashed my computer three times in the first couple of days I used it, so now I am using the XP drivers. The Samson drivers aren't fully compliant with Windows XP, and as such you'll get a barrage of warnings when installing them ("Drivers are NOT digitally signed...may cause system instability!"). Its kind of a disappointment, because the SoftPre has some very useful basic features like Gain, LPF and such, but if you know anything about working with DAW's, any capable editing program will have these functions built in anyways. So for the price, I say go for it...just stay FAR away from Samson's software.

*update*

This mic works perfectly with the native OS X Tiger drivers. Its truly plug and play, have been using it in Garage band with no problems. Also, this mic works perfect with Vista...no software needed.

ALSO...I notice alot of people commenting on adjusting the balance when using this microphone. You dont need to do that, because you are forgetting that this is a MONO sound source. In your audio editing program, select the Samson CO1U, and then when you select input, choose "Input 1 MONO" instead of "Input 1-2 Stereo." Stereo is out of balance because again, its a single mono source. Hope this helps.
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129 of 132 people found the following review helpful By M.D.C. TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 23, 2010
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
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Small video to demonstrate the audio quality. The video was shot in iMovie and I didn't really care about the quality of the video (since it didn't matter). I was about two feet away from the microphone the entire time, talking at normal volume.

If you use GarageBand or Logic (Mac OS), the audio options for vocal enhancement will make the mic sound even louder when recording podcasts or music. Audacity also has such options, but if you're a Mac user stick with GarageBand/Logic. There is very little white noise or static when recording with the mic. A really good use for the mic is podcasting, as your voice is projected quite clearly to the audience. Since it's USB powered you can use it anywhere, for anything, but I don't find it to be all that portable (i.e. for remote webcam); for me not a big deal. But if you're at home and want a better audio alternative for voice chat or Skype, this mic is excellent.

Overall I'm quite satisfied. Well worth the money.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Latham on April 11, 2006
Color Name: Silver
I have some decent mics in my cabinet, as well as a nice preamp, A/D converter and fire wire interface for my home multitracking setup. I wasn't expecting as good or better quality than I can already get, but I hoped the Samson C01B USB Studio Condenser would at least give me a decent sound. The idea was to have freedom and portablility that my studio set up prohibits. I was not disappointed. Installation was no more complicated that plugging the cable into a USB port on my laptop running XP and the other end into the mic. It is far from the best mic I have, but it is certainly not the worst. I have read reviews that say the recording quality is too thin, but I found that not to be the case. The noise floor when recording with the Samson is a little high, and it is lacking in headroom compared to any traditional mic through my Millenia preamp. I have to record at slightly lower levels than I am used to, but for $79, I am not complaining. There is no significant latency recording 16 bits at 44100hz in Fasoft N-Track Studio. The ability to plug this thing in and record at a whim is quite liberating. Way to go, Samson!
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jon E. Rasmussen on March 11, 2006
Color Name: Silver
As I started building my portable music studio (laptop, mic, amp...) I ran into one major setback. The soundcard in my laptop just couldn't handle the quality of audio I was trying to record. For the price, this definitely seemed to be the best solution.

Despite the reviews sighting difficulties with OS compatibility I decided to give it a try. The mic is truly plug and play in Windows XP, requiring only a slight balance adjustment and setting the volume.

The sound quality is excellent, surpassing my expectations. For the money, and the entry level studio this is an excellent buy. I guess if you're trying to build a more professional studio, you should be looking at equipment on a different level than this.

This is a must have for the small home studio.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Shani Porter on January 8, 2006
Color Name: Silver
The installation sucks because if you do not have the following your screwed. I was just about to re-sell my Mic until i read a few reviews. You really need the aggregate device to use your Mic and hear sound for MAC OS X Logic and Garageband.

Using the Samson C01U with Apple Logic (Mac OS X)

This is the process of setting up the CO1U to work in Logic. This will only work in OSX 10.4 or later.

10.3 and earlier versions don't have this facility.

1. Open Audio MIDI Setup (from the Applications/Utilities folder)

2. Go to the Audio Menu - Open Aggregate Device Editor ⇧⌘A

3. Click on the + button to create a new device

4. It's a good idea to rename it (double click on Aggregate Device in the list and enter the new name eg. CO1U)

5. The list at the bottom of the window will show all the audio devices connected to the computer. Select the ones you want the device to use by checking the "use" button. For instance, if you only have a CO1U connected you will need to check CO1U and Built-in Audio. Check the clock button on one of the devices, not the CO1U.

6. Click Done

And that's it. The device will then appear in Logic under Audio Hardware and Drivers as an available I/O.

Using the Samson C01U with Apple Garage Band (Mac OS X)

1. Plug the Mic into a USB Port

2. Open Garage Band and Go to Preferences ⌘,

3. Click on Audio/Midi

4. Select Samson C01U from the Audio Input drop down list

5. Click on Yes when it asks if you want to Change audio driver

6. One the Driver initializes, close the preferences dialog box and Garage Band will be ready to use the C01U.
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