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Samson C01UCW Studio USB Mic with Cakewalk Sonar LE (OLD MODEL)

4.3 out of 5 stars 299 customer reviews
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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 Description

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Record studio quality audio directly into your computer’s USB input and digital recording software with the Samson C01U! Some very clever Samson engineers managed to build the entire USB audio interface into the barrel of their best selling C01 Studio Condenser microphone. For the first time ever, musicians who record music on computers have a simple, affordable way to capture high-quality vocal and acoustic instrument performances. Seamless integration was the idea, and it was obtained by creating a studio condenser microphone that can be plugged into any computer with no in/out boxes, no expensive computer pre-amps, just a USB cable (includes 10 foot cable). The C01U condenser microphone features a 19mm internal shock mounted diaphragm with a cardioid pick up pattern ensuring pristine studio quality recordings. The C01U works perfectly on any computer, Mac or PC, and with any DAW software program. It immediately solves a huge problem for users of many laptops, many of which have no other input method for audio devices. It's a must for any musician on the road or in the project studio, but the C01U is going to offer solutions to more than just musicians. The mic opens up possibilities for anyone who records audio—from Podcasters, journalists, students, and business people adding audio files to websites and multimedia presentations. Also available as a package which comes with a desktop mic stand, mic clip, shockmount and USB cable in a durable, lightweight aluminum case. Samson C01U USB Microphone Features Industry’s first affordable USB Studio Condenser mic Plugs in directly to any computer with a USB input Cardioid Pickup Pattern Large 19mm Diaphragm Heavy Gauge Mesh Grill Smooth, Flat Frequency Response USB connection cable included

Product Information

Item Weight 3 pounds
Product Dimensions 8.3 x 8 x 5.8 inches
Shipping Weight 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Item model number SAM C01UCW
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 299 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #109 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Audio & Video Accessories > Computer Microphones
#159 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Microphones > Microphones > Condenser Microphones > Multipurpose
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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From the Manufacturer

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.

Music Manager

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.

Podcaster's Producer

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.

About Samson

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

Customer Questions & Answers

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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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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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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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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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I bought this mic to build video training sessions at work using Camtasia. The mic has a full rich sound with a lot of low end. I downloaded the driver from the Samson web site and it has a high pass (low cut) filter that rolls off all frequencies below 200 Hz. This solved most of the problem I was having. I experimented with mic placement and found that if I place the mic about 5" from my mouth I get the perfect sound I am looking for. If you place the mic too close the bass is really pronounced and can have a muffled sound to it. The bottom line is you have to play around with the gain (I used 38 Db), high pass, and mic placement but the time spent is well worth it. Another item was the sampling rate. I found recording at 11 or 12 Khz produced the best results. I tried going higher and the recordings got tinny. The SoftPre driver sometimes is persnickity but I just reload it and it works fine. I hope Samson fixes and enhances it in the future. I really like this mic and for the money you can't go wrong!
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