Behringer B-1 Gold-Sputtered Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

Behringer B-1 - Single Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

Behringer B-1 - Single Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

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The B-1 Gold-Sputtered Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone from Behringer features a large diaphragm condenser design and can be used for project and professional studio applications. It offers a pressure gradient capsule that delivers a transparent 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response while handling an SPL rating of 138 dB (148 dB with pad), resulting in clean transparent audio at transient peak levels. The B-1 features a cardioid polar pattern, minimizing off-axis audio and noise caused by room ambiance and additional instruments. A -10 dB pad switch provides headroom when recording loud signals that can distort on input, and a low-frequency roll-off switch minimizes low-end noise at 75 Hz (6 dB / Octave). The microphone includes a shockmount, windscreen, and carrying case.

Cardioid Polar Pattern
The B-1 features a cardioid polar pattern, minimizing off-axis signal and noise caused by room ambiance, monitors, noise, and additional instruments.
High-Pass Filter Switch
A high-pass filter switch eliminates low frequencies at 75 Hz (6 dB / Octave). This is useful when ambient hum or line noise is prevalent.
-10 dB Pad Switch
The B-1 is capable of handling Sound Pressure Levels of up to 135 dB and a -10 dB pad switch allows for a total of 148 dB of headroom.
UPC: 705105160184
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Behringer B-1 - Single Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
  • Shockmount
  • Carrying Case
  • Windscreen
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    Behringer B-1 specs

    Analog Performance
    Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
    Transducer Condenser
    Diaphragm 1.0" / 25.40 mm
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio 81 dB A-Weighted
    Equivalent Noise Level 13 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 138 dB SPL
    Pad -10 dB
    THD 1%
    Impedance 50 Ohms
    Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
    Sensitivity 20 mV/Pa
    Low-Cut Filter 6 dB/Octave @ 75 Hz
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 3.0 µA
    Operating Voltage 48 V
    Length 6.85" / 174.0 mm
    Diameter 2.28" / 58.0 mm
    Weight 1.02 lbs / 0.461 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.2 x 9.6 x 4.5"

    Behringer B-1 reviews

    B-1 Gold-Sputtered Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hear it for yourself!!!!! for the 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.
    Date published: 2009-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2012-02-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Mic 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.
    Date published: 2008-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very bright, great for value 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.
    Date published: 2012-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Value 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.
    Date published: 2011-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will buy more of this product. * 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.
    Date published: 2008-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works good so far. 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.
    Date published: 2011-03-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Budget Mic 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.
    Date published: 2010-07-15
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