Behringer C1 condenser microphone product breakdown
- Color: Gold/Silver
- Type: Condenser
- Ports: 1 Male XLR
- Weight: 14.9 oz
- Dimensions: 2.1 in x 2.1 in x 7 in
- Power: 48v Phantom
- Professional, large-diaphragm condenser microphone for unsurpassed audio quality
- Cardioid pickup pattern for outstanding sound source separation and feedback rejection
- Ultra-low noise, transformerless FET input eliminates low-frequency distortion
- Home audio recording
- Extremely affordable
- Great quality for value
- Ease of use
- Lacks clarity and sensitivity of higher quality mics
Full review: Behringer C1 condenser microphone
The Behringer C1 condenser microphone has been an unexplainably effective resource in my home recording projects. With a small budget, I was able to produce professional audio with ease. The Behringer C1 is easily portable in its included case and travels with me everywhere. With only a USB preamp to supply power, I can connect to my laptop and make any location a sound studio.
With a price point of less than $50 on Amazon.com, the Behringer C1 microphone immediately peaked my curiosity.
After reading several reviews gushing with the C1’s accolades, the purchase was a no brainer. I have used the microphone for vocal recording in a less than perfect environment for a studio (bedrooms, living rooms, etc). Very little noise and a suprisingly decent clarity make the C1 a great choice for podcasting and recording hip hop vocals. In comparison to the competition, the C1 outperforms with a better price tag.
The Behringer C1 microphone sets up quickly
Removing the Behringer C1 from the durable hard plastic case, I notice it comes already mounted on an easily connected stand. There is no hassle with a shock mount. A connection to an XLR cable after mounting the C1 completes the setup. Some slight tweaks to the pre-amp gain and options in my software enabled to me to bring out a solid, clear sound from the Behringer C1. A small complaint I have is the quality is best from relatively close to the mic (8 – 10 inches). Any farther than that, and the levels become unpredictable and quality suffers. It is not an ideal mic for “full band in a room” type of recording.
As it has a standard XLR male connector, it is compatible with almost all recording gear. Just supply the aforementioned phantom power, and you’re golden. I noticed that quite a high gain was needed to get the desired signal. That isn’t really a problem, but it is a reminder of the C1’s price and limits. You get a little more than you pay for in my opinion, but we can’t expect a miracle for $49.99. So the C1’s greatest attribute (great price for overall quality) becomes its downfall (limits because of price).
I would recommend the Behringer C1 to any home producers on a budget.
For less than $200 you can start recording almost anywhere and learn how to record and mix on your own time. No appointments or hourly rates. A one time flat fee and a little motivation will have you releasing tracks or podcasts in no time. A beginner could easily setup and operate the Behringer C1 with ease. I do recommend checking Amazon for accessories like a preamp, stand, cables, etc. You can usually find a great discounted bundle. The Behringer C1 condenser microphone definitely gets my stamp of approval and a firm recommendation to beginners on a budget.