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Behringer B-1 - Single Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

You Pay: $99.99

The Behringer B-1 large diaphragm condenser microphone is manufactured for project and professional engineers who favor quality at an affordable price point. The B-1 features a pressure gradient, capsule that delivers a transparent 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response while handling with an SPL rating of 138dB (148dB with Pad). The result is clean transparent audio even at extreme transient peak levels. The B-1 features a cardioid polar pattern, minimizing off-axis audio and noise caused by ambiance, noise additional instruments etc. A -10dB pad switch provides even further headroom when recording loud signals that can distort on input. A Low-frequency roll-off switch minimizes low-end noise at 75Hz (6dB / Octave).

Cardioid Polar Pattern
The B-1 features a cardioid polar pattern effectively minimizing off-axis signal and noise caused by room ambiance, monitors, noise, additional instruments etc.
High-Pass Filter Switch
A high-pass filter switch eliminates low frequencies at 75Hz (6dB / Octave). This is useful when ambient hum or line noise is prevalent.
-10dB Pad Switch
The B-1 is capable of handling Sound Pressure Levels of up to 135dB, a -10dB pad switch allows for a total of 148dB of headroom. Engineers will find the pad useful when close miking instruments with high transient character.
Transducer Pressure Gradient Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 81 dB, A-weighted
Maximum Input Sound Level 138 dB (0 dB), 148 dB (-10 dB)
Power Requirements +48 volt phantom power
Output Impedance Nominal: 50 ohms
Load: > 1000 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR male
Pad -10 dB (switchable)
Low Frequency Roll-Off 6 dB per octave starting at 75 Hz (switchable)
Dimensions 6.85 x 2.28" (174 x 58mm) (Length x Diameter)
Weight 0.461 kg
Behringer B-1 - Single Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
  • Shock-Mount
  • Carrying Case
  • Wind-Screen
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    BehringerB-1 - Condenser Microphone
     
    4.7

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (15)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Versatile (7)
    • Durable (4)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (14)
      • Amateur recording (10)
      • Professional recording (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (8), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Budget Studio Condenser!

      I've been doing broadcast voiceovers since 1968. I bought my first B-1 about 7 years ago strictly for voiceover work and it quickly became one of my favorite voiceover microphones for soft spoken...Read complete review

      I've been doing broadcast voiceovers since 1968. I bought my first B-1 about 7 years ago strictly for voiceover work and it quickly became one of my favorite voiceover microphones for soft spoken word recording. The only microphone I like nearly as well for voiceover work is the Shure SM7B which costs many times more and has a subdued output compared to the B-1, so I use the SM7B for stronger voicings. I also have been playing in a band for about 7 years. Recently we decided to start recording our rehearsals and eventually will start working on multi-tracking some demos, so we needed a condenser for live band recordings (scratch tracks) and the eventual multi-track work to come. We started acquiring gear for recording. I tried my old B-1 to see if something like that would work OK. I found it actually works very well as a live music recording microphone, so I bought another to record in stereo live. Surprisingly the two match up almost perfectly! Set up in front of our six piece old school Motown/Stax/Atlantic combo band the B-1 microphone pair sounds almost as if each instrument is miked individually! You can hear each drum and cymbal clear and sizzly. The keys and bass are full and are actually sitting correct in the mix. The sax and guitar solos come through when they should. The vocals sound just as natural as on the PA in the room live. Frankly it is amazing to me that the B-1 pair so accurately captures how the band sounds live in the rehearsal studio. The B-1 is a very sensitive and quite accurate microphone up to certain limits. I can see where it might sound brittle with violins or piccolos. All studio condenser microphones should come in a nice case like this with a shock mount and windscreen, but they don't. I frankly bought my first B-1 blind because it looked like a more complete voiceover setup to me than anyone else was offering for the money. There are no cons other than like all studio type condensers it is more fragile than a dynamic while also more sensitive to backgound noise such as air conditioning. I have seen one used on stage for pickup of bluegrass acoustic instruments and it worked great. I can not think of a single reason not to buy a 3rd or 4th B-1 if the need ever arises. I can recommend trying one of these cost effective mics. For home studios, freelance voiceover work, band demo projects and such I just don't think you can do better for three or more times the money. The B-1 isn't a U87, but personally I am not especially fond of U87's anyway. The way the B-1 captures vocals and cymbals live is more exciting and energetic. Even the sax player likes the way the recordings sound. While not all Behringer gear is this amazing, I don't think you can go wrong here.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good mike - not warm enough for vocals

      I was looking for a microphone that had a warmer sound

      I was looking for a microphone that had a warmer sound

      Reviewed by 18 customers

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      5.0

      Great plug and play mic

      By Tee

      from CO

      Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

      We use these for our elementary school musicals and they supplement the solo mics perfectly. They pick up the kids with easy set up and no problems.

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      5.0

      Great Product!

      By Under Feather

      from mpls mn

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

        Love the mic! Perfect for home studio use.

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        4.0

        Great Mic and Great Price

        By JimmyDean

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

          Really really good mic, I live in quite a noisy area and it doesn't pick up any of the outside noise (just face the mic away from the noisiest part of the room).

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          5.0

          Very bright, great for value

          By Jimmy

          from Hong kong

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Pickup noise easily
          • Weak bass

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

          This is my first condenser mic I own, while I also own a shure sm58.
          It sounds very bright comparing to the sm58, may be because it's a condenser, but a little less warmth, and it also pick up much more ambient noise then the sm58, the polar pattern itsn't that "polar" to eliminate the other noise(I guess it might be fixed if I own a soundproofed room?since I don't have one and I have got a computer running in my bedroom where the recording take places.)
          Anyway I m very satisfied with this mic, it's very bright and clear and realistic, for such a low price
          And the feel of it is very dense and robust too, though I havnt tried to abuse it yet(and will not do so either) looks like it will last very long.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Budget Studio Condenser!

          By BrotherDave

          from Albemarle, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

            I've been doing broadcast voiceovers since 1968. I bought my first B-1 about 7 years ago strictly for voiceover work and it quickly became one of my favorite voiceover microphones for soft spoken word recording. The only microphone I like nearly as well for voiceover work is the Shure SM7B which costs many times more and has a subdued output compared to the B-1, so I use the SM7B for stronger voicings. I also have been playing in a band for about 7 years. Recently we decided to start recording our rehearsals and eventually will start working on multi-tracking some demos, so we needed a condenser for live band recordings (scratch tracks) and the eventual multi-track work to come. We started acquiring gear for recording. I tried my old B-1 to see if something like that would work OK. I found it actually works very well as a live music recording microphone, so I bought another to record in stereo live. Surprisingly the two match up almost perfectly! Set up in front of our six piece old school Motown/Stax/Atlantic combo band the B-1 microphone pair sounds almost as if each instrument is miked individually! You can hear each drum and cymbal clear and sizzly. The keys and bass are full and are actually sitting correct in the mix. The sax and guitar solos come through when they should. The vocals sound just as natural as on the PA in the room live. Frankly it is amazing to me that the B-1 pair so accurately captures how the band sounds live in the rehearsal studio. The B-1 is a very sensitive and quite accurate microphone up to certain limits. I can see where it might sound brittle with violins or piccolos. All studio condenser microphones should come in a nice case like this with a shock mount and windscreen, but they don't. I frankly bought my first B-1 blind because it looked like a more complete voiceover setup to me than anyone else was offering for the money. There are no cons other than like all studio type condensers it is more fragile than a dynamic while also more sensitive to backgound noise such as air conditioning. I have seen one used on stage for pickup of bluegrass acoustic instruments and it worked great. I can not think of a single reason not to buy a 3rd or 4th B-1 if the need ever arises. I can recommend trying one of these cost effective mics. For home studios, freelance voiceover work, band demo projects and such I just don't think you can do better for three or more times the money. The B-1 isn't a U87, but personally I am not especially fond of U87's anyway. The way the B-1 captures vocals and cymbals live is more exciting and energetic. Even the sax player likes the way the recordings sound. While not all Behringer gear is this amazing, I don't think you can go wrong here.

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            5.0

            Great for home recording

            By Nick

            from New Jersey

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

              I use it for home recording. It's plain, durable, and reliable.

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              3.0

              Good mike - not warm enough for vocals

              By Mark V

              from Texas

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

              • Too sensitive

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

              I was looking for a microphone that had a warmer sound

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              5.0

              This is the best mic that I ever used...

              By JovannyRodz

              from Isabela, PR

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

                The quality is amazing, and the price is good. Try it yourself. =)

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again and again

                By William

                from Rego Park, New York

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

                  Very good product, clear sound, good price too.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing Value

                  By Person

                  from Raligh, NC

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Professional Functions
                  • Shock Mount Included
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

                  This is my first "real" condenser mic that isn't USB powered for my small little project studio. For the price, I wasn't expecting much, but was blown away by the all around quality of the mic. First of all, the construction quality is great. The metal used in the capsule seems very durable. The included shock mount and case are also very sturdy as well. The mic has a very clear and transparent sound, which is great for recording vocals and acoustic instruments. It also has the 10 db pad and low frequency roll of switch which both add to the versatility of the mic. It obviously doesn't have the quality found in an $800 dollar mic, but I don't think there is a better value out there for the amateur recording artist.

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                  5.0

                  Works good so far.

                  By garrmack

                  from st. louis, mo

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

                    I haven't used this very much yet, but the performance has been good for what I've done. I recorded my acoustic guitar and it sounds way better than my electric-acoustic does plugged straight in! Vocals sound very clear and give a great raw track to enhance with software. The case is nice, though I don't use the mount or cover so its wasted space.

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                    4.0

                    Much quality for this price

                    By Denis Lee

                    from São Paulo, SP

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

                      I was searching for a good quality microphone to use at my home. But, all expensive ones are designed for professionals; so B-1 was my choice, my perfect choice.

                      Is very easy to install and use.

                      Honestly? Nothing is bad with this mic.

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                      4.0

                      Great Value

                      By ol' country

                      from Arroyo Grande, CA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

                        Good mic at this price point, low cut and high-pass switch, solid construction, nice sound quality, and the shock mount, pop filter and rugged case just add to the value.

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                        5.0

                        Perfect Budget Mic

                        By Greg

                        from New York

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

                          We used this mic to record voice-overs for an animation project. The sound was crystal clear and the mic was easy to work with. I am a recording novice, so I can't speak to how it compares with other high-end equipment. But to my untrained ears it passes with flying colors.

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                          5.0

                          Good Vocal Microphone

                          By Max

                          from Israel

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

                            A good condenser microphone. More than enough for home studio. Comes with shockmount, windscreen and case.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Hear it for yourself!!!!!

                            By Ja Foxx

                            from Dominica W.I or Caribbean

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Limited Functions

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

                            for the price......it don't get better than this. I was skeptical about purchasing this product. when I first used it to record guitars and compared it to my Shure KSM32/SL microphone it was unbelievable. when it was used to record and capture vocals and precaution there was little and or no Equalization done. I have used this in the studio for little over a year. it is not the best mic, but the frequency response on this mic is worth the buck.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            I will buy more of this product.

                            By Mano Andrey

                            from Brasil

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Quiet
                            • Simple Use

                            Cons

                            • Hard to Clean

                            Best Uses

                            • Professional

                            Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

                            * We use in live studio radio, for interviews basically;
                            * Good audio response, nice design;
                            * I don't have complains at all, this mic overwhelmed all my needs.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Good Mic

                            By Anonymous

                            from Undisclosed

                            Comments about Behringer B-1 - Condenser Microphone:

                            I use this mic with the Alesis Multimix 8 and I like it alot. With the levels set right on the mixer I can heartalking in almost any room of the my house. On the otherhand I can adjust to just hear only in close proximity tothe microphone. It's a good clear condenser for the price.

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