Samson C01U Pro USB Studio Condenser Microphone
- Professional USB Studio Condenser Microphone brings pro-quality audio to digital recordings
- Simple plug and play operation with Mac OS and Windows, no driver downloads required
- 1/8” headphone output with zero-latency monitoring
- Supercardioid pickup pattern provides excellent coverage of sound sources in front of the microphone, while rejecting unwanted noise from the side and rear
- Smooth, flat frequency response of 20Hz-18kHz
- Solid die-cast metal construction and shock-mounted mic element minimizes unwanted handling noise and vibrations
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Studio Quality, Minus the Studio
Bring the natural warmth and detail of a true professional studio condenser mic straight to your laptop. The Samson C01U Pro has a 19mm large diaphragm mic element that captures everything you throw at it — ideal for musicians, podcasters, streamers, content creators and gamers, the Samson C01U Pro delivers crisp, clean recordings that make it easy to get your point across.
No matter how you’re communicating, it’s important to have a microphone that captures every detail. The Samson C01U Pro delivers 16-bit, 48kHz audio resolution that ensures high-definition recordings and live streaming with a single USB connection. Enjoy studio quality straight out of the box with no extra gear or driver downloads required.
The C01U Pro expands on the capabilities of its predecessor with an 1/8” headphone output with zero-latency monitoring which allows the user to listen to themselves in real time. A lower signal-to-noise ratio and smooth frequency response range provides rich, noiseless audio that captures the depth of any performance.
The Samson C01U Pro comes with a tripod desktop stand and swivel mount for optimal boom-arm and mic stand placement. Enjoy plug and play operation (no driver installation necessary) with Windows, Mac OS X or even iPads and iPhones using Apple’s Lightning USB Camera Adapter for those looking to record on the go.
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|Type||Side Address Condenser||End Address Dynamic||Side Address Condenser||Side Address Condenser||Side Address Condenser||Side Address Condenser|
|Zero-Latency Headphone Monitoring||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Headphone Level Control||-||✓||✓||-||✓||✓|
|Additional Analog Input||-||-||-||-||-||✓|
|Output||USB||USB & XLR||USB||USB||USB / iOS||USB|
|Mounting Options||Laptop Monitor, Desktop, Mic Stand||Desktop (includes tripod stand and mic clip), Boom Arm, Mic Stand||Desktop (fold-back legs), Boom Arm, Mic Stand||Desktop (includes tripod stand), Shockmount, Boom Arm, Mic Stand||Desktop (fold-back legs), Boom Arm, Mic Stand||Desktop (includes desk stand), Shockmount, Boom Arm, Mic Stand|
|Frequency Response||Cardioid: 80Hz–18kHz; Omni: 20Hz–20kHz||20Hz–18kHz||20Hz–20kHz||20Hz–18kHz||20Hz–20kHz||50Hz–20kHz|
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|Item Dimensions||2.12 x 7.08 x 2.12 inches||4.88 x 2.60 x 7.28 inches||16.50 x 9.61 x 2.99 inches||12.00 x 2.75 x 9.25 inches||6.00 x 1.00 x 5.00 inches|
A New Level
Bringing the world's first professional USB studio condenser microphone (C01U) to a new whole level, Samson introduces the C01U Pro. This high quality USB condenser mic is the ideal piece of gear for any home studio. Conceived from a vision to transform the world of music recording, the C01U Pro is perfect for applications such as podcasting, VoIP, speech to text platforms and, of course, recording vocal and instrumental music performances.
Higher Accuracy, Zero Latency
C01U Pro builds on the legacy of its trailblazing predecessor with the addition of a headphone output for real time zero-latency monitoring of your recordings. It also boasts a significantly improved signal-to-noise ratio and adds a Peak LED indicator to match the ever-increasing capabilities of computer-based home studio recording setups. C01U Pro features a large, 19mm shock-mounted diaphragm efficient in capturing both low and high end frequencies with equal articulation. Capturing audio at 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution, the C01U Pro offers the accuracy you need to be sure that what you hear is what you get.
As always, Samson makes recording hassle free with the C01U Pro's plug-and-play operation for instant set up and simple use with most digital audio workstations. C01U Pro also includes a mini tripod stand and swivel mount, allowing for optimal desktop mic placement. C01U Pro is even compatible with iPads and iPhones (4S and later) using Apple's Lightning USB Camera Adapter or Camera Connection Kit (30-pin) for those seeking to achieve high quality sound in mobile situations.
Made of solid, die-cast metal construction with a heavy gauge mesh grill, the C01U Pro doesn't sacrifice durability for portability and performance.
What's in the Box?
C01U Pro USB Studio Condenser Microphone, mini tripod stand, swivel mount, user manual.
- Large, 19mm diaphragm studio condenser microphone
- Plug-and-play operation, no drivers required
- Compatible with most computer-based digital audio workstations
- Perfect for recording music, Skype, FaceTime and VoIP applications
- Headphone output for zero-latency monitoring
- Peak LED indicator
- Hypercardiod pickup pattern
- Shock-mounted mic element
- 16-bit, 44.1/48kHzresolution
- Smooth, flat frequency response of 20Hz - 18KHz
- iPad and USB bus powered
- Solid, die-cast construction with heavy gauge mesh grill
- Includes mini tripod stand and swivel mount for optimal desktop placement
Samson Technologies began in 1980 as a pioneer in wireless microphone technology. Today, Samson is an industry leader in professional audio solutions whose products are known for their fidelity and reliability. Samson products are preferred by recording artists, performers, educators and audio professionals throughout the world.
In the early '90s, Samson began to expand the reach of their audio products through the development of power amplifiers, mixers, wired microphones and signal processors. In 2005, the first professional USB microphones to be used by musicians, broadcasters and podcast enthusiasts were introduced, making Samson USB microphones the new industry standard. Over three decades, Samson has grown from a small two-person operation to a worldwide enterprise, dedicated to innovating new products that will enhance the lives of music and broadcast professionals everywhere.
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All together I recieved a mic, the usb cable, the stand, some sort of screw.
The mic seems to be very good quality. I had a lot of fun setting it up and testing it out.
My favorite thing about this is not only is the sound quality great, but the live playback feature has zero latency. It helps me improve my singing on the spot. I would definitely recommend this product to those on the fence.
Packaging: Came in a very nice box, neatly packed into a black styrofoam material separated by parts. The manual lay over the top the parts.
When I tested on 3-4 songs, these came clean. Not really warmer, but I did notice a very slight warmth <1k Hz. But then again, my set up is laptop on laps & mic 6 inches away, in a car. I sometimes have intermittent buzzing noises while recording (and high latency) but it might just be from the cable getting caught on something. This set up only works because this mic doesn't catch much noise from the back or sides so I don't hear any room (car) noise and outside noise until I push the gains.
If you don't have a decent studio set up, this may be the one for you.
Easily the best sub-$100 mic I've ever used. Sounds like it costs more than twice that.
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Took the plunge and gotta say I have not been disappointed.
I plug it directly into my iMac to Garageband. Then I add the results to give quality sound to videos I make of myself singing with acoustic guitar. With a little careful placement you can record both guitar and voice at good relative levels. Recording just guitar or just voice is certainly very easy indeed. For acoustic guitar it picks up wonderfully from between 6 and 12 inches away. Experiment by pointing it at the neck join, the soundhole or behind the bridge for differing tones. Positioned just above the guitar body and tilting down slightly is a good spot to record guitar and vocal together.
I've been a gigging musician so I have proper mic stands which is what I use it with. The little tripod stand it comes with seems good though, especially if you are going to put it on a desk to speak into. Put it on a chair and its fine for picking up a guitar, but obviously life is easier with a full size mic stand.
I'm using it at home in a non-soundproofed room. Cars go by outside, dogs bark in the distance etc. So I find it especially useful that it picks up whats going on from a few inches to a few fee away, but does not pick up too much background noise. I often use it in a room with an aquarium whose filter makes a small tinkling sound. The mic doesn't pick this up but captures whatever I am doing within its orbit quite beautifully.
There is the option to buy accessories such as a pop screen and an anti-vibration stand but I have really not found these to be necessary.
It feels and looks good. Sounds shallow to say it but the mic is visible in some of my vids and looks proper. Some other mics can look a bit gimmicky.
Just about the only bad thing I can think of to say about this microphine is that the supplied lead could be a bit longer to give a bit more flexibility. But a cheap extention cable solves that.
Yes there are better mics out there, but they cost a lot more. The market is getting very crowded in the sub £75 zone. I think this model totally dominates that territory and anyone looking to spend that kinda cash should be giving it serious consideration.
First off it's really heavy and big, the small stand it comes with can barely support it's weight and is prone to falling over. I've recently just bought the matching shock mount and a boom stand for it so I be able to see if they help with the recording quality.
This microphone really does pick up everything and more often than not there is always that annoying white noise/hiss in the background, however I've recently just discovered noise-gating. In most audio editing programs (I use Adobe Audition) you will be able to set a 'gate' which will block out sounds below a certain decibel. Now I no longer have that background noise and it's crystal clean.
I will say that it records voices rather quiet. Or maybe I just talk to quiet. I haven't found a way yet to increase the loudness at which it records but, I can always just increase it afterwards so It's not really a problem. It picks up vibrations off the desk or whatever surface you have it on really easily as well. Also, regardless of what it says in the description, this picks up noise in all directions. I live on a busy road and my desk is right next to the window. Even with double glazing this microphone still picks up the cars from outside.
Overall though I am happy with it, the matching Pop filter advertised for it is a bit useless as the pops still come through but I'm planning on buy a professional one anyway.
I was skeptical about buying it, due to some reviews. However, none of these turned out to be true and those people must have been unlucky.
Though the colours on the pictures show a hint of gold, that is almost invisible on the actual mic, which I personally like.
The tripod doesn't tip over or anything, even though the mic is pretty hefty.
If i were to point out a problem, it would be nitpicking, but here they are
The cable is short. Though it reaches perfectly behind my desk and to my pc, it would have troubles with a boom arm. However, for this price, that flaw is negligible.
1 - Price. It's the cheapest high quality mic you'll get
2 - Fully metal, making it seem very high quality
3 - Headphone jack for 0 latency monitoring
4 - Comes with an adapter to fit different stands
5 - Plug and play; no sofware required, which makes it work perfectly fine with a PS4. I am not sure about Xbox though.
Should you buy it? Absolutely yes, if you're looking for a cheap, high quality mic.
-En Windows 10 me lo detecta automáticamente.
-El sonido es casi idéntico al real, es decir, lo que oyes es lo que se graba.
-Es muy nítido.
-Puedes usarlo de diferentes maneras, me explico, puedes hacer perfectamente ASMR subiéndole la sensibilidad a más de 65 o 70, con lo que consigues captar todo tipo de sonido, pero si no quieres que se capte tanto sonido de fondo, la solución es la siguiente:
-Bajarle la sensibilidad desde el control de Windows en el apartado "Sonido / Grabar / Click derecho sobre el micro / Propiedades / Niveles"
-Comprar un filtro de aire para que no suenen las P y demás letras que hacen que muevas mucho volumen de aire.
-Ponerle otro soporte más flexible en cuanto a movilidad.
-Acercarlo a la boca después de haberle bajado la sensibilidad.
-Empezar a grabar sin sonido de fondo :D
El cable USB que viene es perfecto, se nota que es de buena calidad cuando lo conectas al micro, que entra muy suave y hace "click" cuando está bien puesto.
Cabe decir que pesa mucho, aunque el soporte en forma de trípode que incluye es plenamente capaz de sostenerlo, y no es de mala calidad aunque como comentaba, tiene poca movilidad.
Tienen un LED que cuando lo conectas se ilumina en verde, y cuando sobrepasas cierto volumen que crea distorsión en el sonido, se pone en rojo.
La salida de sonido para monitoreo de grabación está muy bien, se escucha muy bien con unos Fidelio X2, aunque cabe decir que estos auriculares son de baja impedancia, y es cierto que tienen ZERO DELAY, es decir, que te escuchas al instante, lo que hace que no te marees escuchando tu voz doble, porque no tarda nada en reproducirse, es instantáneo.
A estos auriculares les daría de un 8 a un 9 sobre 10 por calidad tanto de sonido como de construcción, es muy muy robusto, y se nota que es de buena calidad, aunque es un poco grande. (LA FUNDA QUE SALE EN LA FOTO NO VIENE INCLUIDA, ES DE UN PARAGUAS QUE TENÍA POR CASA Y QUE LE QUEDA PERFECTO PARA CUANDO NO SE ESTÁ USANDO).
Paso a enseñaros unas fotos, si os ha parecido útil mi opinión, puedes votarla como "Útil" aquí abajo, cosa que se agradece, ¡un saludo!
Once I had adjusted the levels it was good to go - I used to own a Blue Snowball mic - but the Samson outclasses that - despite being less than £100. The tripod which came in the box is OK -and will have to do for a while, because the mic stand I bought wasn't compatible - just be careful to check that the mic will fit your stand!
I'm using this under Windows 10 and if I do have a reservation, it's with regards to how this is picked up. As the microphone has a headphone jack, Windows sees it as an output device, and you can have a bizarre situation where some apps will only send sound out via this microphone, rather than the PCs microphone socket or built-in speakers. However, this is not a criticism of the Samson microphone (and is more likely an OS glitch). Just be aware if this happens to you!
delivery was good though, unfortunate the headphone jack didn't work at all, I mean it wouldn't event let my headphones go all the way in
It's more that enough for me. And since it's USB, it's very convenient.
I do hear a slight hiss but since the show i record has constant music "behind" my voice, our sound technician says it's not a problem.
"Even if there was no music" it wouldn't be a problem, he says.
My guess is that for any podcast this will do just fine.
PS: It's also very sturdy.