Samson C01 Condenser Microphone is a very basic entry level microphone. It is made for budding musicians looking for a budget condenser mic. Thus, the Samson C-01 is apt for home studio applications. I would recommend taking a look at this microphone for your first studio mic. Just like most other things, you get what you pay for. The same holds true for microphones too. Thus, don’t expect much from this microphone. It is just made for beginners on tight budget. However, the C-01 can work really good if used well.
China Made Samson C-01 is just about the most basic condenser out there. Good for tight budget garage studios as a first mic.
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Samson C01 Features
The C-01 is a large diaphragm XLR microphone. This means that it has XLR connector output which you need to plug into a mixer or an audio interface. The XLR connection also takes 48 Volts Auxiliary phantom power to the microphone. You need to flip the phantom power switch on the audio interface or mixer after connecting the mic. Once the switch is on, a blue light should glow on the front of the microphone. This also indicates which side of the mic should face the vocalist or performer. For best results, vocalist should be made to stand facing this light since the Samson C01 has a hyper cardioid polar pattern. Furthermore, you can experiment with different placements to get better results.
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Here is a video of how the microphone sounds. Notice the ‘sh’ and ‘ch’ sounds in the beginning and how it goes away once he EQs it down on the mixer.
Samson C01 Pros & Cons
- 19 mm ‘Large Diaphragm’ condenser microphone in very affordable price range. This is one of the cheapest available decent mics.
- Comes in gold plated XLR connector and packaged in a foam padded plastic carry case.
- Little too hushed on the mid and bass frequencies. Therefore, you may have to adjust EQ at mixer or in your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
- It is a very basic ‘no-frills’ condenser microphone. Hence, there is no Gain switch or pattern selector like in some other expensive mics.
Also take a look at Behringer C1 condenser microphone in similar price range.
Samson C01 Price Comparison
Samson C01 Customer Reviews
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