Ah, the tried and true Samson C01. Believe it or not, I’ve had this mic since 2007! Wow. Time really does fly. I can’t say enough good things about this baby. It’s rugged as a freakin’ barbell, and can withstand a lot of abuse.
It’s very similar to the C1 in fact, and definitely has a professional quality sound to it, but will pick up quite a bit of background noise. More on some remedies for that in the C1 portion of this article!
Great longevity factor. Will last you quite a while.
Rock solid build. It’s very heavy, and has a durable grill.
Smooth, flat frequency response.
Doesn’t come with any cables.
Does get a tad muddy in the low end past 200Hz.
I personally haven’t had anything to complain about if you can believe it. There’s not really much else to say about this thing. It’s just a solid piece of equipment.
Video Review (from me!)
Sound Test! Updated 8/28/16
Just as a side note: I didn’t set up any Acoustic Sound Treatment, so just be aware that you may hear a bit of background noise. Normally if I was recording a rap or something I would employ some room treatment before hand. 🙂
Gain around 75%
Max Gain (around 95%)
Who this mic benefits?
Endorsed for all of the following:
Rappers (Nice low end sound).
What you will need?
Everything you need is essentially the same as with the Behringer C1, reviewed below!
The Behringer C1 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone. Condenser mic vs. Dynamic mic. It’s a decent piece, but will probably end up failing you after about a year. You get what you pay for unfortunately. The people who have had good luck with it really do like it, so that’s a plus!
It’s got a flat response, good clarity, and also happens to be very versatile. Just be aware that with the C1, you’re getting a good sound, but not a great sound. It’s that little extra spent that sometimes makes the difference between a $50 mic and a $100 mic.
Good clarity, with no feedback.
Rich, warm, and accurate sound.
Cheap plastic. Not built to last. So not like Duralast 🙁
Failed in less than a year.
Big proximity effect. You must stand very close to the mic. If you move even a little bit, the volume lowers a lot.
Overly exaggerated high end.
Who this mic benefits?
Ambient room noise.
Country cymbals. The dark mid-range is captured very well.
I would say that the C1 is at it’s best in a voice-over type environment.
Acoustic Sound Treatment. Because this is a condenser mic, it picks up EVERYTHING. Be sure to take the time to treat your room, regardless of what mic you have. It really does go a long way when you upgrade mics and improve your sound.
Well, I’m partial to audio interfaces, and I use the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. It works great with entry to mid level condenser mics, and the Behringer C1 is no exception (I personally use it with the Samson C01). Highly recommended.
However, if you’re more hands on and prefer a mixer, the Xenyx 802 is a good option. Most of the Behringer mixers are just fine in fact. Just make sure that whatever you purchase has 48v phantom power. I Cannot overstate that point.
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
A few people are talking about the proximity effect, which should be discussed a bit further. At 4″, the mic is exceptionally sharp, but at around 6″ it starts to drop off considerably. At 8″? Pretty muffled. So in essence, you really get what you pay for here. It’s definitely a decent mic, but it’s issues are typical of gear in this price range.
Try the gain on your interface at about 12 o’clock to start. It’s a good benchmark number, and you can adjust accordingly. With cheaper condensers like the C1, you don’t want the gain too high, as it will cause sibilance. What does sibilant mean?
There were a few reviews pointing out that the mic is phenomenal without any EQ or effects added. One review on amazon particularly impressed me because he was in an untreated room and you really couldn’t hear any background noise. The mic sounded very crisp and clear as well.
A few people also compared it favorably to mics way out of it’s price range. A few examples: Shure SM7, AKG C414, and the Nuemann TLM 193.
Read a review that said he had the C1 for 4 years before it crapped out. Another review (the video one from above), had his for 1 1/2 years before deciding to upgrade.
A crispy sounding mic at an affordable price. Be aware that you may end up getting a lemon, overall the mic is certainly solid. It’s also pretty versatile, but some say the build quality is suspect.
Similarities & Differences
Both are good for voice-over work, and are pretty versatile.
Both pick up a lot of background noise, and may need some Acoustic Sound Treatment.
Both are cardioid condensers that need 48v Phantom Power.
Both have an eerily similar shape.
Both come with a stand mount and carry case.
There were people complaining about build quality with the C1. The C01 however is build Ford tough.
The C01 has a natural low end sound, conducive to rapping. I didn’t see any mention of the C1 being a mic that excelled in this sort of instance.
It’s extremely difficult to come up with a Final Word here. So I’ll pose the question:
What are you trying to record?
If it’s voice-over strictly, I wouldn’t even go with either of these. I will recommend the Blue Yeti instead, which I consider the best USB microphone on the market. 🙂
Stu is determined to provide the truth about all things audio, and strives to deliver excellent content to you the reader! In his spare time, he likes to fish, paint, play guitar, attend church, take photos, record videos, graphic design, and more. His attention to detail and perfectionist attitude are what allow him to excel, but it can be both a blessing and a hindrance at times.