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Behringer C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

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Behringer C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

Behringer C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone With Supplied Swivel Mount

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  • Dual-Diaphragm Design
  • Cardioid or Figure-8 Capturing

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The C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone from Behringer features three selectable pickup patterns, frequency filters, and input pads for a wide variety of recording scenarios. The omnidirectional pattern can capture sound equally on all sides, the cardioid pattern can pick up your source signal while rejecting off-axis sounds, and the figure-eight pattern can capture sound both behind and in front of the microphone. The C-3's transducer and gold-plated XLR output provide a neutral sound and offer transmission with minimum noise. The microphone is constructed of a die-cast metal body for durability and includes a swivel mount and carrying case.

Dual capsule design
Cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8 polar patterns
High quality diaphragm and output electronics
UPC: 689076112710

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Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
Transducer Condenser
Diaphragm 0.63" (16.0 mm)
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Figure 8, Omnidirectional
Frequency Range 40 Hz to 18 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level 23 dB A-Weighted
Maximum SPL 142 dB SPL 0.5%
Sensitivity -40 dBV, re: 1 V/Pa
Power Requirements 48 V
Output Connectors 3-Pin XLR
Operating Current Consumption 7.0 µA
Dynamic Range 119 dB
General
Length 7.09" (180.0 mm)
Diameter 2.13" (54.0 mm)
Weight 0.93 lb (0.42 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.0 x 5.2 x 3.4"
Behringer C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
  • Swivel Mount
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    BehringerC-3 Studio Condenser Microphone
     
    4.9

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (6)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (7)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Professional recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3), Novice (3)

    Reviewed by 7 customers

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    5.0

    So far a really good buy!

    By blancocooper

    from Blanco, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Behringer C-3 Studio Condenser Microphone:

      My lo-tech home recording studio has two different ways of getting it done -- an old but solid Fostex MR-8HD stand-alone digital recorder and a Tascam US-800 front end to my fairly powerful PC.

      So far I have just used the C-3 plugged into a Behringer mixer in front of the Fostex MR-8HD (much better control of quality and EQ than directly into the recorder).

      The recording quality is really amazing. I have used a CAD GXL-2200 and a AudioTechnica AT-2020 on and off for several years, and while both are fairly good low-priced condenser mics, I was intrigued by the dual-diaphram and 3 external controls built into the C-3. For recording I use it primarily on cardioid setting, and the nice thing about it is you don't have to eat this mic to get clean input, so you can easily avoid plosives even without a pop filter. It performs, for me at least, better than either of the other two mics. Real clarity that rivals a friends much more expensive rig, even on the stand-alone recorder, and when I move the tracks over USB to the PC for DAW post-processing and mixing, it gives me extremely clean input to work with.

      I look forward to trying it our on the US-800 when I have the time.

      It's a keeper.

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      5.0

      Crazy mic for the price!!

      By Renotunez

      from So. WV and Central NM

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Great Condenser For Kit
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Behringer C-3 Studio Condenser Microphone:

        Behringer does a great job. I had a Vamp 2 and enjoyed that so I have become a fan of their products and price points. I am using it for recording in a small moble(RV) home studio, lol!! B & H's customer service is impecable! 3 different agents responded to a BO issue on another item and nothing got lost in the communications!! I will do more with them as my needs expand.

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        5.0

        the best choice for starter~

        By Kinson

        from Hong Kong

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Behringer C-3 Studio Condenser Microphone:

          The noise reduction is very good and the mic response well to the any tiny changes of sounds and voices. It is not the best mic for sure but you can hardly find another one can compare to this with also the consideration of price.I suggest this great product to all amatuers who would like to have their own studio in their room.

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          5.0

          MIke brings out the tone... for real!

          By deedubs

          from Charlton MA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Behringer C-3 Studio Condenser Microphone:

              I am a Beginner with Guitar and Recording.
              Purchased digital recording mixer (Tascam DP-02)
              Epiphone Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar

              Recording thru the Behringer C-3 brought out incredible tone and depth. Now I only want to listen thru my headphones. Sounds incredible when it comes in thru these mic's. Brings out the bass. Slide sounds incredible thru the mics compared to just my ears.

              Get Two of these. Record with two mic's at once.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great vocal quaility and great price

              By Ben Holland The Slam Folk Poet

              from Bristol VA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Good audio
              • Nice weight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Behringer C-3 Studio Condenser Microphone:

                I started out recording at home with a but my vocals ended up sounding really flat. So I knew that a condenser mic was the answer I was looking for. But the prices on most are extreme. The C-3 is beautifully crafted and sounds warm and full. Anyone needing a condenser mic for home recording should definitley make this purchase

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Surprising

                By Stephen B.

                from Graceville, FL

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Behringer C-3 Studio Condenser Microphone:

                  I didn't expect much from this little mike but ordered a pair on sale as backups/extras when I do location recording. It has proven to be surprisingly good, especially considering the price. There is certainly no other small-diaphragm (it is not a large diaphragm condenser, despite being side-address) multi-pattern microphone at anywhere near this price...and it sounds pretty good too. It would work, if need be, as a vocal mike (not much sibilance -- another surprise), but seems better suited to distant miking or for instruments. There is an almost flat response in figure-8 but the typical high frequency bump at other settings.

                  Build quality: there are plastic fittings that will probably deteriorate with use. Otherwise, nothing glaringly wrong with it. The single layer mesh headbasket has a foam pop-filter inside. Eventually, that too may deteriorate and cause problems.

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                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  One great multi-pattern mic!

                  By Smurf

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • 10db Pad Switch
                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Low End Roll Off Switch
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Acoustic Bass
                    • Acoustic Guitar
                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Male Female Vocals
                    • Mandolin
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Behringer C-3 Studio Condenser Microphone:

                    I received this mic a few weeks ago and after using it on both male & female vocals, acoustic guitar & acoustic bass, mandolin and as a room mic I have to say that it performs FAR above it's price point.

                    The mic has a decent warm sound, with just a hint of brittleness in the high end. The low end is pretty tight, not flabby at all. In Cardioid the mic has a great full sound, in Figure-8 it warms up a lot and works well in an M/S setup. In Omni it is almost ruler flat. In all settings the sensitivity is great.

                    One thing that is not shown in the pic's, or mentioned in all the add's I have seen, is that this mic comes with 10db Pad & Low End Roll Off switches, and these work 100%.

                    I got this to add to my home studio "mic locker", and have not been disappointed in the least. The ONLY negative is that it did not come with a suspension mount, just a hard plastic style clip.

                    One of the best buys out there at the moment!

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                    Auray - PFN-6 Nylon Pop Filter with Gooseneck (6")
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                    Auray - MS-5130 Round Base Microphone Stand
                    • You Pay: $19.50
                     

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                    Stabilize and isolate your mic from vibrations with a shockmount.

                    Auray - SHM-SCM1 Suspension Shockmount for Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones
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