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At this price, this mic is a steal. Sound quality is pretty good, not the best vs. other condenser mics, but it gives that nice wide range and depth that cheap mics just don't have. If you want to have it sitting on your desk, rather than on a boom in front of your face, you'll need to smash in about 15dB of gain. Even then it won't pick up a room, but that's not really what these things are for. For streaming and podcasting though, it's an astonishingly cheap "not crap" mic for someone who wants to get started without a huge investment.
What a disappointment. The tales of this mics volume levels are very common but I stupidly thought I'd be able to work my away around the issues. For a device that is touted as being simple to use, 'Plug and Play', you have to do a hell of a lot of work to get this thing to put out anything approaching a decent level. I have used this mic both for recording straight into Sony Movie Studio and thanks to that excellent packages options and capabilities I was able to boost the signal to a reasonable level (though the waveform is still rather small) and I recorded over Skype last night for a pod cast. Skype has much more limited functions for audio tweaking, a simple volume level which I think is linked to the OS mic level so there's little to help and the recording at my end was very, very quiet. I've maxed out the volume in the hardware options, I've switched USB ports to try to find a good power supply but the mic light stays green when apparently it should be blue (this indicates a power issue). I'm waiting on a powered USB hub to give this thing its last chance otherwise it's going back to Behringer. Now some claim to have successfully worked around the problems and good for them (sincerely). My problem with this whole deal is not that the mic is bad, it's sound quality seems quite lovely and clean, but that volume level issue is not something I should be banging my bloody head against a wall over and I've tried everything from the Assio4all driver package, to changing the port, to upping the levels here there and everywhere. The point is this, I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE CHASING AROUND PROBLEM SOLVING LIKE THIS! This is a USB device on an OS that even installs everything for you, it should be good to go. Plug and start recording your masterpiece? Not until you spend hours chasing around for a device level fix until you eventually give up and surrender your recording to the murky world of post record fixes. How is this problem not sorted by now? the mic has been out for years. Behringer undoubtedly know of this issue and aside from throwing some unfriendly and grungy looking OEM software at you they seem embarrassingly silent on the subject. I should NOT have to be significantly amplifying the signal artificially through software, there is no reason why I should have to have the levels maxed out under any circumstances, it's forcing me to use multiple software fixes for what is apparently a hardware problem (lack of power I suspect). If the powered USB option works (I'm hoping to find out by the weekend) then Behringer should supply such a PSU with the mic as standard because clearly there is an issue with the compatibility of the hardware with the average users USB set up. If it doesn't then stop selling it as being plug and play level of simplicity to use because it simply isn't.
Doing a hospital radio show on lockdown and found I needed to up the quality from what i had and this did the trick a nice clear sound whithout any echo the reason for the 3 stars on value for money is that I found one for my colleague at 30% cheaper on another platform but I do always prefer to buy from amazon as it is hastle free if ever I need to return
Once I got this set up on a boom, it works beautifully. Use it while gaming to chat to my fellow team members, and while streaming talking to my followers. Nice clean crisp sound with no need for a pop filter (well, I don't need one) only drawback is it can be a bit quiet without much boosting available as there is no software, only Windows to control it. Make sure you have the mic pointed the correct way though (Yup, I had it wrong initially) as this improves the sound.
I have been using Garageband on a Macbook Pro for just a few weeks now and wanted a mic that was going to give me better results than the on board mic of the macbook. I have tried to record acoustic instruments using the on board mic but results were not great. After looking around I wanted a mic that did not require phantom power as it would just add more expense purchasing a power supply. I opted for the Behringer C-1U as it was powered from the USB which is just very convenient for me.
After reading other reviews about the low volume issues I was a little wary, however I have no issues with recording volume as I simply turned the mic input up in my audio settings to 90%. When recording my acoustic guitar from about 1 foot away the results were great and so much better than the on board mic, I tried a few vocals and again so much better than the on board mic.
Agreed that there is a little hiss at the high level but nothing that cant be filtered out with software but this still gets 5 stars from me as I have used other mics in this price bracket and none even come close to the recording quality I get from this.
*Update* After using this for over a mouth now I still have no issues with recording level. I have some noise as expected but noisegate in Garageband got rid of most of it, Here is a sample of the recording of acoustic guitar and vocals. Noisegate has only been applied to vocal tracks not the acoustic recording. [...]
I actually but this not to sing into but as a clear and sensitive mike for speaking foreign languages into a PC. Installation was easy and screwed onto a £10 Konig & Meyer tripod stand it sits nice and solidly on the desk. The only issue was that it was initially picking sound up very faintly, but some tweaks to Windows settings solved the problem and it's now doing the job I required beautifully.
Build quality is fine, and the audio quality is great, the only problem is the recording levels are really low! You have to boost them a great deal to get them to a useable level. It's a shame that this problem mars an otherwise excellent product... If I were to buy again I'd probably opt for something like the Blue Yeti, or pick up an XLR mic with a pre-amp so increase the gain.
If you can live with the low level, then it's a nice microphone.
I'm usually a great fan of Behringer kit. It usually just works, and the quality is great. I was hoping to improve on my current setup (a 302USB mixing desk + C-2 mic) with something a little bit more compact. Sadly the gain on this one isn't enough. I wanted something that was designed for voice recognition and phone calls; this mic seems to be calibrated for singing very loudly straight into it.
You would think, as i would, after several people leaving reviews about the poor quality recording, as in the recording volume from this mic, that Behringer would do something about it.
Sadly, i ordered the mic without seeing the reviews (going back to 2009 i might add) about the extremely low recording volume of this mic - it's all very well saying use software to amplify the volume, but i was meant to be recording vocal inserts for an online radio station using their software, so they would have got my vocals "as is" - as really, really quiet
Behringer C-1U Studio Condensor Microphone
- so sadly, i've had to return it for a refund - for a mic that says "plug & play" and get on with it, you couldn't be more wrong - great if you want to spend time in post production "amplifying" your vocal but rubbish for on-the-fly recording!
This Condenser Mic is of exceptional build quality, it has an amazing depth of sound, it is good for everything from a skype call, to narrating over a video, and live broadcasting. it comes with a CD, a USB Cable, a mic clip (not a shock mount). (The only useful program on there is Audacity which you can download off of the internet for free any way) Overall i am highly satisfied with the quality of this mic, for £40 it is an excellent alternative to an XLR condenser because it is simply pugin and use.