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Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic

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The Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic employs a 1" capsule to capture sound with incredible realism and sensitivity. Its wide freq...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 11-10-2017

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Designed for home-studio owners and musicians.

The Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic employs a 1" capsule to capture sound with incredible realism and sensitivity. Its wide frequency response from 20Hz-20kHz is enhanced by a pronounced presence boost, making EQing unnecessary in many cases. The cardioid polar pattern, switchable high-pass filter, -10dB pad, 148dB SPL capability, and low self-noise make it perfect for close miking. Requires 48V phantom power. The Behringer B-1 Mic includes a carrying case, shock mount, and windscreen.

FEATURES
  • 1" capsule
  • 20Hz-20kHz frequency range enhanced by a pronounced presence boost
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Switchable high-pass filter (-6dB/octave at 75Hz)
  • -10dB pad
  • Low-cut filter -6dB/octave @ 75Hz (switchable)
  • SPL of 148dB
  • Low self-noise
  • Perfect for close miking
  • Requires 48V phantom power
  • Gold-plated balanced XLR connector

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BehringerB-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic
 
4.7

(based on 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (60)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (4)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Easy to use (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best condenser mic for the money

I was looking for a condenser mic to do vocal recording (and to experiment with some multi-mic recording of my guitar amp). I fully expected to pay $250 for a low-end mic, and...Read complete review

I was looking for a condenser mic to do vocal recording (and to experiment with some multi-mic recording of my guitar amp). I fully expected to pay $250 for a low-end mic, and when I found the B-1 I was a bit skeptical at first. I do own some other products from Behringer, and I'm happy with them, so I rolled the dice, and boy am I ever glad I did. The clarity of this thing is phenomenal. It is extremely well constructed, comes with a rock solid shock mount, a removeable wind screen, and a really nice carrying case. For vocals, I could literally whisper into this thing and not get lost in the mix. For my amp (a Fender DeVille Deluxe with a Gibson SG guitar) I miked it about a foot from the front, off center, and the attack was just great. I will never go back to shoving an SM57 into the grill cloth again, those days are over. If you're on the fence, I suggest you buy this mic and try it. You will probably be just as amazed as I am.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great for acoustic and drum overheads!

I absolutely love this mic. I will never mic another acoustic without it. It's nice and a solidly well built, and it sounds great too. The case and shockmount are also a nice...Read complete review

I absolutely love this mic. I will never mic another acoustic without it. It's nice and a solidly well built, and it sounds great too. The case and shockmount are also a nice plus to the whole package. Trust me, if you need a good mic for acoustic or overheads and you're on a budget, then this mic is for you
Features aren't bad. The -10db pad works quite well for close micing of sources with a high SPL rating.
This thing seems to be of great quality. I compared it to my Audio Technica AT2020 and as far as vocals go, I think that the at2020 was quite a bit better, but when it came to acoustic guitar and drum overheads the b-1 is amazing! Don't get me wrong, the b-1 sounds nice on vocals as well, but with the decent rise around the 12K range, you might wanna do a little corrective eq on the high end.
With the way this mic sounds on acoustic guitar and overheads, I would expect it to cost at least a couple hundred more. Definitely worth the price.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The B1 isn't the bomber but it is the bomb

By Ron Wells

from Wilmington, NC

Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

I have used the B1 in my studio for about 4 years now and it has been absolutely trouble free. I have some very expensive mics and some inexpensive ones as well. In my opinion, it performs well in comparison to some mics I own which cost 3 or 4 time as much. Not to be confused with Neuman or Blue, but still a GREAT value for the bucks.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great!!

By BluMondie

from Pecos(Tarilas,) Tx

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Excellent
  • Versatile

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

Behringer always blows me away with their products.. Have been a Behringer customer for over 10 yrs.. This mic just keeps me coming back for more!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good condenser for the price

By Bob F.

from New Mexico

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Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

Good crisp sound for vocals - whether lower or higher range, this mic is versatile. I always records the vocal track dry - then add whatever effect plug-ins during production. With good equipment, production programs, and expertise, one can effectively create a vocal track as good (note to all high-priced mic owners) as a Neumann, Bock, Blue, or any other professional studio mic.
Unusual for a condenser mic at the price to have a low 10dbl switch - this is a plus.
Seems to be built strong - shock mount is nice with two prongs that quickly snap the mic snuggly in and out. Hard shell case looks good also.
Best condenser mic out there for the price.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best condenser mic for the money

By MadscientistDave

from Chicago

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Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

I was looking for a condenser mic to do vocal recording (and to experiment with some multi-mic recording of my guitar amp). I fully expected to pay $250 for a low-end mic, and when I found the B-1 I was a bit skeptical at first. I do own some other products from Behringer, and I'm happy with them, so I rolled the dice, and boy am I ever glad I did. The clarity of this thing is phenomenal. It is extremely well constructed, comes with a rock solid shock mount, a removeable wind screen, and a really nice carrying case. For vocals, I could literally whisper into this thing and not get lost in the mix. For my amp (a Fender DeVille Deluxe with a Gibson SG guitar) I miked it about a foot from the front, off center, and the attack was just great. I will never go back to shoving an SM57 into the grill cloth again, those days are over. If you're on the fence, I suggest you buy this mic and try it. You will probably be just as amazed as I am.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid Mic/Low Price

By Adam Thompson

from Western NY

Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

I bought this while setting up a low cost home studio. I haven't managed to get an interface/mixer yet, so right now I'm running this and two other condensors into a mixer amp and straight into the computer. I only say this because it means I'm not using this mic to it's full potential-and it's still turning out great. vocals are very crisp, and there doesn't seem to be much background noise. Just don't do what I did and forget to buy a phantom power source.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding microphone for the price

By MC RIDER

from Near Tampa Florida

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

    I use for Amateur Radio microphone with a Behringer 802 mixer. Of course, there are much better mics, but for the money, this is hard to beat, especially for the application for which I am using. I have been told that my transmit audio is much better than any Amateur Radio microphone that they have heard; that I sound like a professinal broadcast station.I am sure that this mic would serve well for any home recording studio. Their construction seems well. I also like the fact that the mic package comes with a decent shock mount and foam pop filter, all in a very nice foam filled case, Hard to beat package for the price.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Super General Purpose Condenser Mic

    By kg4muc-hC.8n

    from Virginia

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Maybe A Tad Too Bright

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Vocals And Acoustic

    Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

    I have owned the B1 for better than 5 years now,and thought I had previously reviewed it but apparently I did't.

    We have used the B1 in the studio on mostly acoustic instruments as that's basically all we record but have also found it to perform well on guitar amps,and fair on acoustic bass. Over all it's a great add to any mic closet! We use it at least twice a year on outside open air shows and it has really impressed me there. Can't hardly go wrong with this microphone. At it's affordable price and it's overall dependability it's a keeper!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Behringer does it again

    By Moxxi

    from Winnipeg, MB

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    Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

    A friend of mine brought this mic over last night for some test recording and I was blown away by the sound quality produced. A deep, warm lower tonal quality that instantly made me want to purchase it. We only used it to record vocals which was impressive enough, but I can't imagine how well an acoustic guitar would sound with this bad boy on the receiving end. I noticed an immediate boost in the high end and mid range and being able to roll off bass frequencies if need be at the touch of a switch is a great feature. This mic feels built Ram tough as it's no light weight. The case, shockmount and pop filter are all excellent quality as well. If I didn't already have a couple of condensers, this one would be on my immediate purchase list due to the sound, quality, price and excellent extras (case etc). I only knocked off half a point on each for realism. Let's be honest; you will notice a diff if buying a super high end condenser, but for most of us that's not an option. Let's just say this versatile mic is your option!

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Great for acoustic and drum overheads!

    By Derrick Edwards

    from Grundy, Virginia

    Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

    I absolutely love this mic. I will never mic another acoustic without it. It's nice and a solidly well built, and it sounds great too. The case and shockmount are also a nice plus to the whole package. Trust me, if you need a good mic for acoustic or overheads and you're on a budget, then this mic is for you
    Features aren't bad. The -10db pad works quite well for close micing of sources with a high SPL rating.
    This thing seems to be of great quality. I compared it to my Audio Technica AT2020 and as far as vocals go, I think that the at2020 was quite a bit better, but when it came to acoustic guitar and drum overheads the b-1 is amazing! Don't get me wrong, the b-1 sounds nice on vocals as well, but with the decent rise around the 12K range, you might wanna do a little corrective eq on the high end.
    With the way this mic sounds on acoustic guitar and overheads, I would expect it to cost at least a couple hundred more. Definitely worth the price.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Chrystal clear!

    By B

    from Pa

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

      This mic is impressive! Clear sound at an affordable price. I bought this mic based on reviews that I read that were all positive. Now I'm adding my own positive review... great clarity for the buck!!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great all around studio mic

      By bigdrumguy

      from wa

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      Pros

      • -10 Db Pad
      • Clear Sound
      • Comes with case
      • Comes With Shockmount
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Acoustic Guitar
        • Amateur Recording
        • Drum overhead
        • Home Studio
        • Room mic
        • Vocals

        Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

        I ordered two of these, and let me tell you they are GREAT! I mainly use them for drum overheads, but they sound great on vocals and guitar. Back to drum overheads....the -10db switch helps with the drums because they are pretty loud and considering this is a large diaphragm condenser, you need a reduction of some sort if your playing drums. Also the large diaphragm helps give a better overall picture to the drums when placed higher. I play worship music so its not like I play super light or super heavy so this would be perfect for you if you play this genre. This is a great beginner to mid range microphone depending on what your doing.

        Hope this helps :)

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Shocking price/performance ratio

        By Pastor JC

        from Sperryville, VA

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        Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

        I could not understand how the specifications of this microphone consistently exceeded others costing two- or three-times the price. Knowing Behringer, I did not expect to be disappointed, though. This is an outstanding product.I have been totally amazed by the quality of this microphone, both in performance and in construction.I use this microphone, along with a B-5, as input to a Behringer UB1202 mixer. I then channel the output into an Creative Audigy Z2 PCMCIA card in a HP DV1340 laptop. PG Music's PowerTracks provide multi-tracking recording capability. For significantly less money than any other option, I have the ability to record professional-sounding demos. I have always heard, "Never skimp on the microphone; you can't recreate what is never captured in the first place." Well, with this microphone, you will not lose a thing in quality, but you will be able to afford a few other items for your studio!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Affordable excellence

        By The King of Thing

        from Maine

        Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

        I was on the verge of trashing my entire computer recording setup -- noise everywhere, every mic, even the expensive Shure -- when the UPS guy knocked on the door: Here's yer B-1 mister. Behold: I jack it in. Then: Dead quiet. Then: Huge response, great shine, even on the low end -- and this with a mahogany Larrivee -- presence, punch, beauty. I'm a fingerpicker, and I sing through my socks (baritone); my acoustic is not just a jangle-y background to something noisy, electric and boisterous, and I need those *freq's,* y'all. There are better condensers out there; but for the money, this thing delivers. Don't even look at an MXL.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best bang for the buck

        By wilkyway

        from Joplin, Mo.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

          Nothing better for the money.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Mic for a great price!!!!!!

          By KJB-Ek1wq

          from Riverdale, MD

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          Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

          This is one awesome mic. I must say for the price I was thunderstruck to say the least. I am a 16 year old guy who made my own recording studio and was looking for a mic that would get me on my feet, and the B-1 was sure it. If you are looking for a great mic, with a low budget, get this. It may not be the best mic in the world, but it is for the price!!! -- KJB

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great!

          By mastertone44

          from San Francisco, CA

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          Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

          Definitely one of the best condensers around. I own one myself and I couldn't be happier! It has great quality during recording and also a really good live microphone. If you're looking for a good condenser mic, get the B-1 you will not be dissatisfied.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT FOR THE PRICE

          By TNT ENTERTAINMENT

          from VANDALIA, OH

          Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

          This mic sounds great and the case and shock mount that came with it are very nice also.

           
          5.0

          Behringer B-1

          By On Stage Sound Productions

          from Coral Springs, Florida

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Neumann TLM170. AKG 414, Sennheiser 441, MXL V69
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

            Recently I have been recording live 16 track performances of groups in either Clubs or Stage Productions, bringing the WAV Files to my studio, importing them, and mixing them in Pro-Tools.

            I am always looking for low priced high quality microphones that I can use in the field. The Behringer B1 fits all of requirements, it is a quiet, full frequency microphone, I will buy 2 more and use them on the horn section.

             
            5.0

            Great Mic for the price.

            By TQM3

            from Tucson, AZ

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            Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

            Thought when I bought this it might not work out. I sounds great and have had no problems so far. Much better than the dynamic mic I was recording vocals with before. Well worth the money.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Am I the Only One?

            By AK-PBjuP

            from Saint Louis, MO

            Comments about Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic:

            I bought this Mic, hooked it up to my Pre-amp (ART TPS II) and my M-Box and it sounded really bad. The sound was distorted and muddy. Tried playing with the switches but nothing changed. I thought something might be wrong with my setup since I had just bought everything so I hooked up an old Oktave Condenser that I bought about 3-4 years ago and it sounded a lot better then the B-1. Hopefully mine is just defective because I will return it.

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