C-1 Studio Condenser Microphone Review

manufacturer: Behringer date: 08/20/2014 category: Others

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Behringer: C-1 Studio Condenser Microphone
If you're going to use the Behringer C-1 in the studio give it to a backing singer or use it on an instrument you don't want high in the mix, or if you intend to dampen the brightness or fullness of an instrument.
 Features: 5
 Sound: 5
 Reliability & Durability: 8
 Ease of Use: 7
 Overall Impression: 4
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C-1 Studio Condenser Microphone Reviewed by: SteveArmourae, on august 20, 2014
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Features: The ubiquitous Behringer C-1 is everywhere it's promoted relentlessly claiming a low price with a quality performance. I've used these and previously considered buying some for the studio. It's been in continuous manufacture for a few years now. It consists of a somewhat squat silver body with a large circumference. Atop is a large condenser microphone capsule. It's one of the cheapest condenser microphones so you cannot expect a Neumann at the price. Its circuitry is passive and there isn't any valves. An advantage is that despite being a condenser it doesn't need phantom power and there is USB version of this microphone. // 5

Sound: It's marketed as suitable for vocals and acoustic instruments. In other words most applications then. Behringer have designed it to have a flat response to emphasise it versatility as a general purpose microphone. But as users we want peaks not flat and choose the best microphone for the voice or instrument being recorded. Sound of frequency response on this large condenser microphone capsule is flat across the range. Too flat. This means their is an evenness in output but this uniform response across the frequencies is lifeless. A good design for conference microphones or live news gathering but not good for a studio large condenser microphone capsule. // 5

Reliability & Durability: Solidly built this microphone could be dropped without being damaged. And if it did get damage it could be easily replaced at the cheap prices they are retailing for. Performance is totally reliable from the moment it is switched on. It gives its full quality output immediately and its performance is not affected by lower temperatures. The body consisting of a silvered metal alloy handles well and the capsule is well protected by its solid grill. As the capsule is solidly built it can perform similar to a dynamic microphone and doesn't suffer the problems of delicacy that accompanies more expensive condensers. // 8

Ease of Use: It's easy to use and will produce an acceptable sound for a demo. Best used outside of music in media, conference and news applications. The standard sound quality from the C-1 is obtained from the moment it is switched on and it doesn't require adjustments or level checks to perform satisfactorily. It does have a lot of noise which for me is the most important factor in choosing a microphone. No matter what the brand, if there's a high level of noise it will interfere with the recording and production. // 7

Overall Impression: If you're going to use the Behringer C-1 in the studio give it to a backing singer or use it on an instrument you don't want high in the mix, or if you intend to dampen the brightness or fullness of an instrument. The best recommendation for this is a recording studio is to use it as a lesser quality microphone to make the better quality microphones on the recording stand out more. I would only buy this microphone if there was spare cash or if it was even cheaper than the retail price. I would use it on field recordings where there in an extreme environment like a waterfall or explosions or sandstorms. There are Chinese microphones for example BM-700 which are cheaper and perform far better. // 4

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