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Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic

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The ultra-affordable Behringer C-1 microphone is a large-diaphragm condenser mic with a cardioid polar pattern providing the performance you'd expec...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

A professional large-diaphragm condenser microphone with unsurpassed audio quality for both live and studio applications.

The ultra-affordable Behringer C-1 microphone is a large-diaphragm condenser mic with a cardioid polar pattern providing the performance you'd expect from a studio microphone costing hundreds more. The recording mic delivers an exceptionally flat frequency response, ultra low-noise transformerless field-effect transistor (FET) input circuitry, and incredible audio transparency.

With its high-quality transducer and gold-plated XLR output, the condenser mic is very neutral-sounding and truly delivers on the promise of noise-free transmission. It also offers a phantom power LED indicator and a swivel stand mount. Whether miking acoustic or electric instruments or using it for vocals or drums, the Behringer C-1 is an excellent choice for both live and studio applications.

FEATURES
Exceptionally flat frequency response and ultra-high sound resolution
Cardioid pickup pattern for outstanding sound source separation and feedback rejection
Ultra low-noise transformerless FET input circuitry
LED indicates phantom power operation
Gold-plated 3-pin XLR output connector for perfect signal transmission
Ultra-rugged construction with die-cast body
SPECIFICATIONS
Transducer type: condenser, 0.63"
Polar pattern: cardioid
Connection: gold-plated balanced XLR connector
Open circuit sensitivity: -33 ± 2 dBV (0 dBV = 1 V/Pa)
Frequency response: 40Hz - 20kHz
Max. SPL (1% THD @ 1kHz): 136dB
Nominal impedance: 100Ohms
Load impedance: ‰1 kOhms
Supply voltage: +36 - 52 V
Supply current: 2.5mA
Dimensions: shaft diameter: 2.13", length: 6.65"
Weight: approx. 0.99lb.
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BehringerC-1 Condenser Mic
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

C-1 rox the box

I bought this over two years ago and could not be happier. Use it for home recording and even use it live. If you buy one you may want to reduce the treble in...Read complete review

I bought this over two years ago and could not be happier. Use it for home recording and even use it live. If you buy one you may want to reduce the treble in your eq because if you don't the feedback is killer. Use it without eq like the user guide says and you should be fine. It is unidirectional but if you face a wall and turn the mic capsule around so it faces the wall and away from you you can get a very nice reflected sound, like a very short delay or room reverb. At this price you can get one for everybody in the band. I would say check out some music I recorded with it on myspace but that would probably violate the product review guidelines ;-)

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Good but not ultra quiet!

I bought this mic five years ago, thinking to use it in home recording. At first I was impressed with the crisp sound and increased output over the Shure SM58. However, when gains...Read complete review

I bought this mic five years ago, thinking to use it in home recording. At first I was impressed with the crisp sound and increased output over the Shure SM58. However, when gains were adjusted to be equal, there was more hiss in the C1 than I judged acceptable for recording. I bought an MXL V63 and found substantial improvement over the white noise of the Behringer C1. Still, the Behringer was a good value as an introduction to condenser mics. I have seen it used on instruments in live performances, and I think that is where it works best. I recently sold the C1, which means it did not cost very much to try.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Value

By tommisalami

from Kalispell, MT

About Me Novice

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

      I didn't realize when I bought it that it has to be powered, you cannot simply plug it into anything. It requires "phantom power" which must be built into the device you're plugging into, or you must buy a phantom power supply.(I bought one for cheap). The mic is durable, BIG, and records nicely for my home studio. Good price for what you get.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Mic for Great Price

      By Simonbeck

      from Simi Valley, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

        This mic sounds very nice for its price. I have used it for vocals and used it as a single drum overhead and had better results than expected.

        (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        mediocre.

        By jojolafrite

        from Bordeaux, France

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Cheap
        • Powered

        Cons

        • Lots Of Medium
        • Not That Much Gain
        • Not versatile
        • Very Short Scope
        • Volume Differences

        Best Uses

        • Podcasts For Poor People

        Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

        when i bought the C1, i was unexperienced, i thought it was possible to get a cheap studio microphone. I was naive.

        At some point, i wanted to use it for podcasting but i have discovered it was difficult to manage the difference of volume, if you move aways from the mic just a bit, your volume tremendously go down. So, if you are streaming, your listener have to turn up the volume or turn down the volume.

        Comments for guitar player:
        I looked for cardiod option to mix the output from guitar with the C1 input for environment. I have never succeeded in getting anything good. However, i think at some point i have tried a pre amp but it distorted the sound. Strangly enough i had better result with a regular Shure microphone for my guitar.

        Comments for podcasters, singers and voice-overs
        Anyways, after recording my podcasts and even after normalising my track, the dynamics are too high between lowest and highest.

        It is very receptive to P & T and even with anti pop filter it is still peaking.

        Invest into a more expensive microphone, if you want mininum quality like MXL, AKG, Rode or even Blue even if you are an amateur... I tell you so because i know the audio signature of MXL, AKG and Rode, and if you sing in one of those mic, there is a satisfaction feeling because of the warmth and balanced sound. On the other hand, the behringer looks like some engineer tried to get into the mic business, get very much inspired by a neumann but didn't get anything really out of it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        C-1 rox the box

        By Scott-9Czvz

        from Omaha

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        Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

        I bought this over two years ago and could not be happier. Use it for home recording and even use it live. If you buy one you may want to reduce the treble in your eq because if you don't the feedback is killer. Use it without eq like the user guide says and you should be fine. It is unidirectional but if you face a wall and turn the mic capsule around so it faces the wall and away from you you can get a very nice reflected sound, like a very short delay or room reverb. At this price you can get one for everybody in the band. I would say check out some music I recorded with it on myspace but that would probably violate the product review guidelines ;-)

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fabulous mic for the price!

        By Sherm

        from Jackson, OH

        About Me Experienced

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

          I've owned about 7 different microphones. Not only is this the cheapest, but it is also one of the better ones I use. Even recorded some non-vocal tunes on it, in a pinch you'll be glad you shoveled out such little money for such a valuable tool.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Mic

          By Greg

          from Marion Ill.

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

            Great mic for the price....

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good but not ultra quiet!

            By Athens Ron

            from Athens, AL

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

              I bought this mic five years ago, thinking to use it in home recording. At first I was impressed with the crisp sound and increased output over the Shure SM58. However, when gains were adjusted to be equal, there was more hiss in the C1 than I judged acceptable for recording. I bought an MXL V63 and found substantial improvement over the white noise of the Behringer C1. Still, the Behringer was a good value as an introduction to condenser mics. I have seen it used on instruments in live performances, and I think that is where it works best. I recently sold the C1, which means it did not cost very much to try.

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome mike

              By David G

              from Jupiter, FL

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

                For Vocals this out-performs top microphones that cost three times as much. I use the Art Tube MP pre-amp without the 20 mb gain. I use my AT2035 for the guitar amp. You would think that it would be the other way around. They have since come out with the C-3. But the cardioid sound is enough for me. I wanted to upgrade and bought several other microphones which I returned because this was the best. I heard the NT-1A has similar characteristics but at three times the price I'm not even going to try. This one does it for me.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                works well

                By bluesmusic

                from Fl

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

                  i've used the mic for a month now to record vocals and guitar solos in my home studio. it's easy to use seems to work well especially for vocals. my only small complaint is it seems to be picky about which cables it likes, but that is minor.
                  i like it so far, and you can't beat the price.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Surprising!

                  By colakeith

                  from Columbia,SC

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

                    I was looking for a large diaphragm for my home studio & hoping to find something affordable. The C-1 fit the bill. Granted it is NOT Neuman, but the clarity was unbelievable. It came in the sturdy black case for transport. I like! I have used it in rehearsal with my sound system and it sounded awesome!. I then recorded one on my new tunes, first recording acoustic guitar, then vocals. To say the least, I was extremely pleased. I will soon replace the plastic holder for a real shock mount. I would really recommend that. I also use EV PL84 mics mainly for live now. The C-1? As soon as I can, I am getting another one!

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Pretty Darn Good

                    By w3st0n21

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

                    I got this mic about a year ago and havnt really given it much use until the past few weeks..I never knew how amazing it sounded! I used it on a violin, an acoustic guitar, and a drum overhead and it sounds spectacular in all situations. very impressed. will probably get more in the future. I gave it a 4 in quality because my clip just randomly broke today :/ but thats easily fixable! BUY IT!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This mic RULES

                    By D. Knight

                    from Colorado Springs, CO

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                    Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

                    I purchased two of these mics some time back to use with my home studio. I've always appreciated Behringer's prices and have usually been happy with their quality, but this mic surprised me. For such an inexpensive condenser, the quality is astounding. Crisp, clear sound, durable, attractive. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, simple condenser mic. I might buy 2 more, what the heck.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Rivals Way More Expensive Mics!

                    By Proaudiosoft

                    from New York

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                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Mic Rivals Mics

                    Cons

                    • Nothing

                    Best Uses

                    • Vocals

                    Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

                    This Mic Sounds Better than the MXL4000 that cost me 4 times as much!!!! Buy it, use it with Nectar 2. Love it!!!!!

                     
                    5.0

                    Surprised!

                    By Anonymous

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Behringer C-1 Condenser Mic:

                    It was a kind of surprised to me but this mic is GOOD. It maybe one of the cheapest condenser mic on the market but as the ad said it sounds very clean/transparent. I used it for recording my vocal and I loved it! I use symetric 202, FMR RNC1773, AKG C1000 etc. and this mic became a member of my recoding team!

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