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Samson C03U Multi-Pattern USB Studio Condenser Microphone

4.2 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
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  • Plugs in directly to any computer with a USB interface
  • Switchable Cardioid, Omni, and Figure-8 Pickup Patterns
  • High Quality A/D Converter with 16-Bit, 48kHz Sampling Rate
  • Dual Large 19mm Diaphragm Elements
  • Switchable High-Pass Filter and 10 dB Pad
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Product Description

The Samson C03U is a multi-pattern studio condenser microphone that records pristine audio and has enhanced capabilities along with a high quality A/D converter and USB output. Featuring dual 19mm internal shock mounted diaphragms with switchable omni, cardioid, and figure-8 pick-up patterns, it is perfect for recording vocals or any acoustic instrument. Plus the selectable patterns make it ideal for a variety of specialized recording situations, like multiple vocalists, ambient room miking, and even a group of people around a conference table recording a Podcast. The C03U works seamlessly on any computer running Mac OS X or Windows XP, and with most DAW software programs without having to install any extra software or drivers. Samson C03U USB Microphone Features Plugs in directly to any computer with a USB port Switchable Cardioid, Omni, and Figure-8 Pickup Patterns High Quality A/D Converter with 16-Bit, 48kHz Sampling Rate Dual Large 19mm Diaphragm Elements Switchable High-Pass Filter and 10 dB Pad Smooth, Flat Frequency Response USB cable and carry pouch included

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Item Weight 5.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 8 x 3.5 x 5.5 inches
Shipping Weight 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B000QDF3G2
Item model number SAC03UCW
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4.2 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #16,666 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#141 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Audio & Video Accessories > Computer Microphones
#194 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Microphones > Condenser Microphones > Multipurpose
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By Christopher Nielsen on May 29, 2007
Like others, I purchased this microphone for Podcasting. And I am extremely happy with the Samson C03U. The audio quality is outstanding, the microphone is constructed like a tank (it weighs a pound, and has the same solid feel as a pro-quality camera like Nikon's D2X and D200), and it provides the simplicity of a direct digital connection.

I originally considered Samson's similar C01U, but decided to spring for the C03U. The latter provides three selectable pickup patterns (whereas the C01U has a single fixed pattern), a selectable high-pass filter, and finally, a selectable 10 dB pad. The C01U provides neither of the latter, either.

Bottom line, the Samson C03U provides outstanding audio quality, and is suitable for Podcasting and other recording uses. Buy it, you will not be disappointed!

p.s. Samson's SP01 Shockmount is highly recommended as well, and provides isolation from vibrations and the like. Bear in mind that the SP01 fits both the C03U and the C01U (i.e. there is no SP03).
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I had to do a bit of research to figure out which would be best (not having much experience in this area) and was very happy I did! This mic comes pretty highly rated on all pod casting sites for the price and (after using it with Dragon Naturally Speaking 9), I can see why. I use it to do term papers and it is great! It is an excellent mic with very solid construction. Only negative thing (although very minor) I wish I had know that I could have gotten a standard mic stand for it instead of the "fancy" "spider" or "cage" design advertised with it (you really don't need that). Lastly, no worries with the usb/windows set up. Literally took it out of the package, plug in and go! Again a great item!
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This microphone is fantastic. I do online tutorials and have struggled with the audio portion of my videos for a long time. I've used desktop mics, headsets, lapel mics, nothing come close... Problem solved, period. The sound quality is wonderful.
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A quality audio recording system is essential in laying down professional-grade tracks rather than the normal, mediocre, amateurish audio which is so prevalent amongst basement/indie recording artists, unfortunately. As someone who has worked in the music industry for many years, and now in the film and television industry, I've personally used or been exposed to some of the best (and worst) audio recording equipment available, and I've learned that the cost of the equipment is not necessarily the top consideration when selecting quality audio recording components, among which the microphone should be the first and most important component evaluated and selected of the entire mix.

So many amateurs who wish to set up their own home audio recording studios max out their credit lines to buy the top, name-brand, latest craze in mixers, stands, isolation accesories, speakers, computer equipment, etc., etc., but they often neglect to buy the best quality microphone, or the correct type of microphone, first and foremost. Strange, considering the first piece of equipment touched by the talent's voice or musical instrument's soundwaves is the microphone, right?

More often than not, these home-brew artists do not understand which microphone type to select for what their specific recording needs will be, or they figure they can skimp on the cost of the microphone itself, selecting whatever store-bought microphone they come across instead, hoping that they can "fix" the audio in post-production. Wrong! As they say, crap in, crap out. Sometimes, by the time these self-titled, home studio "experts" get to selecting the microphone to use in their studio, they are nearly broke (which is very easy to do).
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I bought this for recording music from an antique phonograph onto my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.4. I had previously tried using an unpowered microphone plugged into the audio input jack, but that setup produced buzzing and poor sensitivity.

This new USB microphone worked great. I didn't have to install any software, just plugged it in and selected it in the sound preferences. The sound quality is very clear and sensitive.
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I don't have too much experience on this type of microphone to make extensive/professional review. I just started playing with Garageband/pod cast and use Skype and wanted to improve the sound input.
Compare to the other mini microphones I've used, this is HUGE and heavy, solidly built. Connection is easy, just plug in the USB and the Mac recognizes it. To my not so experienced ears, it sounds better than iSight, built-in mics, and the Sony mic that requires an AA battery and a pre-amp.
Well-made, good sound, easy to use. 5-star for the prize/package/performance.
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Multi-pattern Condenser Mic Excellent microphone. Recently purchased and tested and am very pleased with the sound quality and pick-up pattern. I bought this primarily to do voice recording. Was recording within minutes of unboxing. Very simple plug-and-play operation with no drivers or software to install on my Mac. Works great with OS 10.5.2 Leopard without any difficulties that I've encountered so far. Was able to record directly into GarageBand without a hitch and am very pleased with the results. This microphone has a nice rich sound with very good bass response and pick-up for voice-over recordings. Would definitely recommend a stand and a pop filter though. I picked up a desktop stand for $14 and found plenty of sites online that can show you how to build your own pop filter very easily.
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