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Samson C01UCW Studio USB Mic with Cakewalk Sonar LE (OLD MODEL)
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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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Original USB Studio Condenser Mic Reigns Supreme in Popularity and Versatility
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 valuable addition to any studio. Musicians, podcasters, educators, business people and many more applicable users can continue to rely on Samson to provide the highest standard of simple, affordable, and mobile USB studio condenser microphone technology: The C01U.
The C01U features a large 19mm shock mounted diaphragm.
The cardioid pickup pattern provides a smooth, flat frequency response.
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.
Great for Business and Academic Applications
With computer-based technology becoming more steadily incorporated into educational protocols, useful functions for the C01U among students, professors and administrators are also on the rise. So, whether you're teaching an online course, reviewing a past lecture or studying for a big exam across multiple computers, the C01U helps to make education a more accessible and interactive experience. Additionally, the C01U provides answers for those business professionals in need of revitalizing their corporate communications. Ideal for rich media on websites, in multimedia presentations, company meetings or corporate events, the C01U's features allow for easy, cost-effective recording of studio-quality audio clips to make your communications more impactful and your presentations come to life.
Loves to Accessorize
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.
Bundled with Cakewalk Sonar LE music production software.
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.
- 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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Unbelievable! You can plug this genuine condenser microphone straight into your computer, enjoy studio-quality sound, and still have plenty of greenbacks left over. Yep, Samson comes through again, this time with their C01U mic. Talk into it, sing into it, mic your instrument with it... you'll love what you get out of it. All you need is the C01U and your computer. Imagine it — you can take your rig wherever the action is and capture it with top-notch quality! You even get audio production software from Cakewalk, so this mic is an even bigger bargain than you thought!
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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.
First thing I did was download Audacity, because it's free, and incredibly easy to work with. It's pretty much a 1:1 clone of Adobe audition (from what I recall of audition anyhow) the second thing I did was install the Asio4All driver, as was recommended by one of the other purchasers here. Supposedly that solves or helps reduce some of the supposed latency issues. I don't expect to do much overdubbing with this mic, so I don't know that it will effect me either way, but I'd rather be prepared just in case.
Would I recommend this product? You bet. At $35 is a freaking steal, buy a few of them, especially if you're a vlogger, podcaster, or gamer/streamer, or just a musician on a super tight budget who wants to put something out for the world to listen to.
That said: to my fellow musicians, don't buy this... I repeat, don't buy this expecting perfect studio sound. You will not achieve it. This mic has a sample rate of 16bits/44.1-48khz which is roughly CD quality sound. If you're looking for studio quality sound on a budget, you'd be better off getting a Focusrite Scarlett Solo, and a Samson C01 (xlr version of this mic) which would bump you up to 24bit/192khz audio and provide zero latency monitoring via the audio interface's on board headphone jack. However, if you're looking for a great "on the fly" recording mic, to capture live rough demos, or live performances for cheap, you can't go wrong here. And at $35 for one mic, this almost falls under the "drop in the bucket" rule.
In short, buy this mic, especially if you've been eyeing a Blue Snowball, or a Blue Yeti, buy this mic. Just don't expect it to be the end of your quest for sound quality for the home studio. Treat it as what it is, a great mic for quick rough recordings, or spoken word stuff. And pair it with a good shock mount and pop filter, that will make all the difference too.
I moved overseas and actually now use this for Google hangout calls and Skyping with friends and family. It sounds clear and has absolutely zero distortion. It's amazing how well it picks up the voice while not really picking up much in the background at all. I can say that because I had to edit our podcasts in Adobe Soundbooth and really all I ever had to do was adjust the volume.
The only thing I would say is to keep your distance (don't go closer than 5-6 inches) because if you lean in too close your voice can get distorted if you speak at a normal to high volume. Outside of that area it is 100% clean sounding.
I have tried this mike with various combinations of computers and software, and it creates top quality recordings every time. Wavepad software on an iMac seems to work best. Using Wavepad on my PC yields the same high quality recording, but I have to amplify the volume more than on the iMac. On either computer platform, the mike gives my voice a smooth, natural, soothing sound for my recorded narrations and books-on-tape. It also does a decent job completely blocking out background noises like air conditioning ducts or average traffic noise outside. Consequently by design, you must speak close to this mike. It isn't designed for distance recording. It also needs a pop filter for best results, although if you're careful, you can achieve satisfactory results without a filter.
The mike has very little preamp noise (low level hiss when there is no audio coming in), fully more than 60 dB below average voice level. Translation: your recordings will sound clean.
With every product made there is a point of diminishing return, meaning in order to achieve another 10 percent in quality, you have to spend much more than double the cost. This mike rides the cusp of diminishing return. It is much better than mikes made for podcasting. You can make professional network recordings with this mike if you have the voice for it. For most users needs, it will be a top choice until you get to the six hundred dollar and over price range.