Samson C02 Condenser Microphone | Jeff M.
There’s something to be said for small-diaphragm microphones. They generally come in small-framed microphones and have a leg up on medium and large-diaphragm microphones when it comes to capturing the nuances of high-end frequencies. So is the case with Samson’s C02 condenser.
The C02 is a phantom-powered pencil condenser microphone that performs well in both studio and live applications. Its tight cardioid pattern helps to reduce feedback and eliminate sounds that may creep in from the sides and back of the microphone. The C02 is sold in pairs for stereo capturing and retails for under $150. The C02 has a terrific transient response on and is perfect for picking up the subtle nuances of most any performance.
The C02’s wide frequency range of 40Hz – 20kHz makes it a viable choice for both vocal and instrumental use. Also, for C02 was being sold with the C01 as part of its popular ConcertLine series of condenser microphones. The C02 is not the quietest microphone you’re going to find with a self-noise level of about 22dBA, so I wouldn’t consider it an excellent choice for broadcasting or podcasting, but it is quiet enough for most instrumental applications. This is undoubtedly not the microphone for recording your voice overs. Still, it would work well as a pretty solid vocal and instrumental microphone, and the supercardioid pattern keeps you from having to worry too much about vocal bleed.
The C02s are lightweight and compact, increasing the flexibility of their use in a wide range of recording and audio applications. They are well-made microphones with a rugged brass exterior to ensure that these babies are available to perform when you need them to perform. They do come with a foam wind screen to reduce environmental noise. Without the windscreen, using them in vocal applications can be tricky because the microphone’s sensitivity makes your plosives and sibilance noticeable. The super-cardioid pattern helps to minimize that a bit, but the windscreen is definitely a necessity for vocal recording.
In-room recording and use as an overhead, I would recommend using the shock-mount to reduce handling noises and vibrations that will travel through the air and up the microphone stand. The microphones can be mounted on any standard stand using the shock mount microphone clip included. The Samson C02 is great for drum overheads, piano, guitar and hi-hat and the microphone does well to pick the ambiance of the room without sounding too airy.
Samson includes with your two microphones a 20-foot cable, 1 stereo microphone bar, and a tripod boom stand. Rest assured that if you’re in the market for a pair of serious stereo condenser, it may be to your advantage to check into Samson’s C02 condenser microphones.