Hi friend and Welcome!!
Before we get started, grab a snack sit back, and relax because…
You’ve come to the right place!!
You can record vocals on the cheap yo!
Seriously, this bad boy here, the Samson C01 large diaphragm vocal condenser microphone, is about as rock-solid as they come.
this feels more like a barbell than a microphone. Well not quite, but you catch my drift.
For the price, this cannot be beaten. I’ve had it for years and it’s still kickin’.
It served me well when I was first starting out, and records clean as a whistle.
I’ve heard many recordings over rap beats in the past, and I can tell you even those guys (who I was friends with on YouTube) sounded crappy.
It wasn’t because they were bad vocalists, but their sound quality and equipment were atrocious.
They sounded like ET trying to rap. Raspy, airy, and alien-sounding. Like they were recording out of a tin can. Lol.
One day I decided I wanted to record a track but didn’t want to sound like them.
So I did some research.
I found that this microphone performs admirably with a good audio interface.
It also can be used with a Samson SP01 Spider Shockmount and should be used with a pop filter also.
Check out my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Review!
After recording some vocals with this, I can honestly say it exceeded my expectations.
My Video Review
This is actually the first review I ever recorded. The video below this one was uploaded to my main channel.
Video Review + Mic Shootout
As promised, here’s the update! Comparing the C01, AT2020, and Blue Yeti! Don’t forget to leave me some love!! <3
Click to see the C01 in my apt. I’ve had it since 2007-2008!
A word of advice…
Do not use this with the M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio Interface.
For some reason, the mic preamps are completely rubbish when coupled with this mic.
You have to scream into it, and still, it records quiet as a mouse). And yes, I had phantom power on.
I had not tested any other mic with the FTP before I sold it, so I’m not sure if I got a lemon or what.
After reading a ton of reviews, the same consensus was arrived at by some other reviewers.
That said, it sounds great paired with the 2i2, but any interface will do.
Right now I’m using the Universal Audio Volt 2 and it’s a fantastic product as well.
Look around the internet and you will be hard-pressed to find a bad word said about the C01.
The reviews are all spot on.
It’s a great mic for the beginner enthusiast looking for quality.
It also comes in a sturdy case with foam padding and really feels professional to the touch.
I was half expecting it to handle like a piece of glorified plastic but the C01 quelled my doubts and then some.
And at its current price? How could you go wrong?
To be clear, I bought a C01 back in 2007 or thereabouts, and it’s still about the same price as it was then.
What more can I say?
It’s a great budget mic that performs like an expensive piece of equipment.
It will last you forever and is built more like a barbell than a fragile studio piece.
If you guys have any questions or comments about the Samson c01 large-diaphragm vocal condenser microphone, please contact me!! I would be happy to hear from you…
What do you think about this mic? Does it seem like a good value?? I would love to hear from you…
All the best and God bless,